Do not hold the pen like a standard writing pen. You always want to be sure the nib flare is parallel to the page as you draw. Try to keep the pen angled about 45 degrees or so. It will take some practice learning how to hold it, just don't hold it at a 90 degree angle. The pen will be more prone to digging into the page, and ink will run like mad.Problem:
The nib sometimes seems as if it's digging into the paper.
Also, the ink seems to get applied thicker tha when I used a brush and takes longer to dry (if that's a problem)..
Work around your freshly inked areas, of use a hair dryer to speed the drying process. Just be careful not to use too high a power and potentially blow the ink away from the line, making a mess.
I try to dip up to the base of where the nib becomes a barrel.Other quesions:
To use it, do I just dip the tip of the pen in the ink?
Or the entire nib (ink seems to hold more when I do it that way, but it's messier).
A sort of wasteful, but useful tip I found is to keep a splatter page handy, taped to your table - dip your nib, then shake off the excess ink onto the splatter page gently. You just want the overflow to come off, not dry out the nib.
You can also whack the pen against your ink jar, but throwing the ink from the pen also seems to aid in proper flow.
Just take your time.
Also keep a razor blade and candle or lighter handy. You'll want to scrape residue off of the nib as it accumulates, or burn fibers out.
I hope that helps.