Beginning Pen and Ink... and the Gillott 290
I recently started working with pen and ink for scientific illustrations. I've read through the Guild Handbook's chapter on pen and ink and found it very helpful, but are there other good resources or drawing samples to look at? I'm still having some difficulty in placing my lines, especially on objects with local color.
Also, I've seen the Gillott 290 referenced over and over again, so I've been trying to use it... with no luck! I've tried several different 290 nibs in case I had a dud, and tried running a lit match under a couple of them, but the ink just won't flow. Is there a secret trick that I'm missing out on? Or are me and the 290 just not meant to be?