Following up on my earlier review of the Tachikawa fountain pen for fine Manga drawing, I have continued using it on my daily drawing exercises. The sample below, about half an A5 paper, is an exercise taken from the "Pen and Ink Techniques", by Frank Lohan.
Pen and Ink Techniques is a book on ink and line drawing that I am using to learn about shading, hatching and other techniques. The book works through exercises, some of which are commented highlighting the choices, the techniques used and how to best implement different ideas. Quite nice, though also quite brief!
I am working through the examples and in doing that, found that some of the finest shading techniques, and also for some textures, it would be nice to have the finest pen possible -- here the Tachikawa fulfills the role perfectly. At this point of my tests, though, I am wondering how much of this is due to the pen (which is not very wet) or due to the ink (which is quite thick and has a graphite-like color that adds up nicely). I suspect the best way to learn about this is to try new inks in other pens!