Fortunately, in an old book by John Ruskin there are some very simple drawing exercises that you could easily do at work or at home. They were printed as if they had been drawn with a dip-pen and ink. This could be just what you need to sharpen your drawing skills.
An added benefit of getting familiar with dip-pens is that you can substitute fluid watercolor paint for inks, allowing you to strengthen your paintings without a paint brush.
Although dip-pens and fountain pens are less common than ball-point and fiber-tip pens they can be great to use. When used for hand-writing you find that your writing quality improves because you need to be slightly slower and more careful. If you rush or accidentally touch the wet ink it can easily smudge and spoil. Not only that but you get the same kind of damage if you don’t let the ink dry after you have finished writing.
This might sound incredibly negative. For most people in their busy working day this would be true. When you are being rushed you can’t afford to wait.
With art it is different…
What the pen and ink gives you is a reason to