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Here is a morning sketch of my friend Brittany and me, when we were about six. We pestered our neighbours a lot when we were little, usually with money-making schemes. About ten years, later, Brittany was interviewed on national television for being struck by lightening twice in one day.

Last night our watercolour tutor had a fever but came to teach anyway. I really hope I don't get sick. He had us doing some more colour wash combinations in imaginary lanscapes. It wasn't the best class we've had, and Turner I am not, but here's one of my pichers.


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Feb. 28th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Nice pichers!
Aw, that's lovely. I've been really enjoying your pictures every day, it almost makes me think I should develop some sort of work ethic! Luckily I've got an illustration that needs doing today...

Also I'd been meaning to say - I really like your handwriting. Those little bunches of notes next to your sketches always feel good and satisfying. I'd be interested to know what sort of pens you use for your sketches.

Sorry, it's just that I'm investigating all manner of pens and such to use to letter some specific comics I have in mind right now. I can never decide what to use!
Feb. 28th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Re: Nice pichers!
Thanks! I use different pens; if I'm at home, I often use a dip pen with India ink. The ink clogs up the nib, but then I put the nib in a teacup of boiling water and poke at it with a toothpick until the ink comes off.

If I'm out, I just use any black pen I can find. I think a lot of them are Pentels. I use a Pentel brush pen for thicker lines. Let me know what you find useful! I'm always on the hunt for a good black pen.
Feb. 28th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Re: Nice pichers!
Ha, a Pentel brush pen is at the top of my list of things to get! I keep hearing good things about them, I'm looking forward to trying one out.

I get so fed up with cleaning the nibs of dipping pens, it drives me insane! I used to do all my lettering with them until I could no longer handle them stubbornly refusing to work (although they're still great for other stuff, and the lines they give can be oh so lovely, I always like to use them for borders). But for letters I've been using Faber-Castell TG1-S pens lately, and they're ace. They're expensive, and you dont get the same line variation, but they do give a proper solid black ink line that's as rich as a dipping pen rather than anything that could possibly fade or look grey if you erase around it.

As well as pens for lettering, I've just been looking for nice markers to write on envelopes/labels and such. I really want to find something that fits just in between thin/piddly and huge chunky markers. Seems surprisingly hard to find pens that nestle in that little spot! I've found a few, but nothing that's ever quite what I'm looking for...
Feb. 28th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
WOW, that watrcolour piece is REALLY interesting!!!
Just to hop in on the pen debate, I use the Pilot DR drawing pens http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot_DR_Drawing_Pens.html The finest size (01) is just as good as most dip pens without all that clogging or the constant fear of dripping and splattering. I bought one o' them Pentel brush pens but it won't do anything it's told...
Feb. 28th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks! I should get me one of those Pilot pens and try it.

The thing I like about dip pens is that they give a very uneven line, which is useful when I'm trying to make the piece look as hand-made as possible, or change widths in the middle of a line.
Feb. 28th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
i think you do fab work with the dip pens!
Feb. 28th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
oh but i find those pilot pens don't feel ergonomic, like you've got to be very careful not to press too hard. not 'flowy' enough, for lack of a word to describe it.
Feb. 29th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I feel the same. But sometimes non-dip pens are good for some of the details, or when you definitely, definitely need a line to look a certain way.
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
She was struck by lightning twice in one day ? And survived ? Was she badly hurt ? Had she done anything to offend a god or another ?
Feb. 29th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, crazy, isn't it! I think she was okay, I seem to remember something about her shoes being the right kind to wear if you're going to be hit by lightening. She has some back problems, but I'm not sure if they're related to the lightening strikes.
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Great stuff
Turner's pretty good. But I like your watercolor a lot too.

The autobio drawing is nice. But if I may be a little picky, I think the lenses in your glasses should be colored white.
Feb. 29th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Re: Great stuff
Thanks, David! You know, I was vaguely thinking that about the glasses, too, like she looks like the glasses are holes that go right through her head. But you've given me the motivation, I think I will go change it! :-D
Feb. 29th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Re: Great stuff
yeah, that was my thought -- holes in the head. But otherwise, what a sweet drawing!
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Re: Great stuff
Done, it's fixed!
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Like magic!
Thanks! It feels much better now!
Jan. 20th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Dip pen clogging
I use meths to rinse my dip pen in.
It works.
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