The quill pen, my favorite
tool for ink drawing, was the standard tool for writing and drawing in Europe until the 19th century. Goose quills, particularly large (at least 10-inch) feathers taken from the edge of the wing, provide the ideal combination of flexibility and strength needed for fluent drawing that will not scratch the surface of the paper. This Instructable is part of a project I completed for the RISD Museum
, for which I copied Luca Cambiaso’s drawing Deposition from the Cross (ca. 1570). You can also read an article I wrote discussing my process for copying Luca Cambiaso 1570 drawing using a quill pen.
Written by Andrew Raftery (RISD faculty, Printmaking)