Artistic Research and development

 
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Here's a glimpse behind the scenes at some of the research and development that contributes to a finished drawing.  Part of my mission is to use the best materials for expressing an idea, so I am always refining my process.

Here, the world's best drawing pen is about to meet America's finest archival artist inks.  I bought these pens with the intention of draining out the original ink and refilling them with artist-quality inks.   Despite a bit of a playful-sounding name, Noodler's Ink Company is serious about its craft.  Their inks are thoroughly tested, and they freely share their stats.  Everything from lightfastness to an ink's ability to withstand freezing temperatures is listed by Noodler's.  They greatly aid artists in selecting the right ink for the job.  So, when I recently came across samples of Nooder's Ink, and decided to "test drive" the inks in Pilot V7.  The results so far have been phenomenal. 

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The Ink Lab

 

In the ink lab, I drained the original ink from the Pilot V5/ Pilot V7 pens and saved it for a later use.  I then added the new ink samples to the pens, and labeled each one.  

For info on why I would want to go through this somewhat laborious process, see my post on why the Pilot V5 drawing pen ever made.

For information on how to do this yourself, check out my post on How to Perform a DIY Pilot V5 Ink Swap.