Letter Mediums, Continued
Pens and ink
Pens and ink produce dense black, opaque strokes. Pens have differently
shaped nibs that determine how easily serifs will execute. Standard lettering
nibs are used for letters up to 72 points in height. Larger letters require
especially large nibs. Left-handed DMs will want to purchase pen nibs
particularly suited to left-handed letterers. These nibs have angled tips cut
opposite to standard lettering pens. Hold lettering pens as you would
pencils. Do not grip the handle too tightly or you lose the sense of feel
necessary to execute proper letter forms. Wipe nibs often with soft tissue to
remove paper fibers that cause ragged edges. Always follow manufacturers
instructions for cleaning before putting pens away.
Figure 5-49 shows different types of lettering nibs.
Figure 5-49.Lettering nibs.
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