**WINNER: Congrats to Amy (Entered on Instagram). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hi, everyone. It’s Jenn. This week, I used two pens and two inks to create my Monday Matchup, so the winner will be doubly lucky! Read on to hear about my experiences with Colorverse Matter and Anti-Matter and the 0.8mm Stub nib Clear and 0.6mm Rose Gold Nemosine demonstrators I used. You can enter at the end of this blog to win them for yourself!
I really struggled to find inspiration for this drawing. I knew I wanted to do something with a lot of lines so I could show off the stub nibs, but I was having a hard time finding a subject that felt right. Then a local tattoo artist who I follow on Instagram posted a picture of a mushroom tattoo she had just completed. It was absolutely beautiful! Her line work was stunning, and I was immediately inspired to base my drawing off of that concept.
This was the first time I’ve pre-drawn my Monday Matchup picture with a pencil. It’s the most complicated drawing I’ve attempted, what with the multitude of lines, and I just didn’t trust myself to get it right the first time around. I did a lot of erasing before I was happy with the drawing! I chose Rhodia paper because it has an ever-so-slight bit of “grip” and gives me more control when writing and drawing. After I was done with the pencil outline, I started tracing the outer lines of the mushrooms and fairies with the darker ink, Anti Matter. About the time I was almost done, I realized I was using Anti Matter in the 0.6 stub, which was not my original intention. It would have been easier to outline with the 0.8, plus the wider nib would have given those lines more impact. Not only that, but now I had to fill in all the littlest details and fine line work with the larger of the two nibs. The difference was slight but noticeable, which was frustrating and entirely my own fault. When drawing the inner lines with the 0.8mm stub, I focused on turning the pen sideways so that the nib put down an extremely fine line. I really wanted to show how fun and versatile these smaller stub nibs can be. I went back to the darker Anti Matter to color in the fairies, aiming for a simple, silhouette feel.
I found myself tracing everything multiple times. Both inks were very light, and it took several passes to get the darker look I wanted. I switched back and forth between pens, letting one color dry while working with the other. This Colorverse ink dried quickly so I really didn’t have to stop and wait before layering on another level of ink.
I hadn’t planned to include the grass at the base of the mushrooms, but when I was done with everything else I felt like it looked just a little too bare. To be honest, I was terrified to add grass because I’ve never been able to draw it well and I thought I was going to ruin my drawing. I started off with some very thin lines, using both Matter and Anti Matter, and slowly layered in more lines of varying thickness. The stub nibs were fantastic in helping me achieve a varied, aiming-for-realistic look. I chose the quote after my drawing was complete. I wanted something short and sweet to reflect the simplicity of the picture. The quote from Hans Christian Anderson resonated with me and I felt it was quite fitting for this piece.
You could win this pen and ink! In an effort to make entering Monday Matchup a little easier, we’ve done away with the Rafflecopter widget and will be randomly selecting a winner from a randomly chosen platform each week. The entries methods will still be the same: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a blog comment, but you’ll no longer have to complete your entry through Rafflecopter.
How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
- Match a pen and ink together. They don’t have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
- You can choose to enter only one way or submit up to 4 different entries if you’d like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
- Here’s how to enter:
The contest is open Monday, May 7, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 12 pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.