Using pen and ink I did a series of two of my favourite things... Drawing and Hands.
They were inspired by photographs in a book showing various ways to hold drawing tools.
The quill (above) is held firmly between the thumb and the forefinger... the shape of the quill and the pressure you apply make all the difference in the marks produced.
For strong and sharp lines that require more pressure, support the pen on two fingers
I did one in gray ink but it seemed a little pale so I continued on using Sepia.
This shows the pen being held between the second and third finger... good for a rich, rough line.
Most often a Chinese or Japanese calligrapher's brush is held vertically... a very particular technique altogether that creates flowing lines in varying widths. I have watched an experienced artist work in this method and it seemed to flow from them...but I am sure they practiced for years to make it look that easy.
You can use the pen nib with the reverse side facing down to make large areas of color.
Your little finger can be used as a lift to elevate your hand and brush when detailing or working over wet ink.
The brush can be balanced very gently between thumb and forefinger for fine delicate lines
Grip it close to the ferrule to separate and spread the hairs to create broad chiseled strokes.
For stability and raising your hand above the drawing surface and being precise, you can brace your hand on your other hand. I have found myself doing that quite often.
11" x 14" page from my sketchbook...
*Note* I should have taken the recycled paper that I was using to divide the pages, out from behind the drawings before I took the pictures because I now notice faint lines showing through...... darn... just got to carry on. Cheers.
Desideratum Art and Jewelry studio, St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada