Monday, December 26, 2011

It's the only thing

Done using a homemade folded pen with Parker Quink ink on S&B "Gamma" paper; about 9" x 10".
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tool Report: the Folded Pen / updated 4July2012

I love the drawing and lettering tool called the Folded Pen.

Why: The nib's curves and flats induce me to do unexpected things.

How:
How you can make a folded pen, from Scriptorium (both this and the following document are translated from the original French, so are little bit garbled)
How do you use a folded pen, also from Scriptorium and showing the "shivering" line.
The Way of the Folded Pen, from Leigh Reyes
A Folded Pen Video, from Leigh Reyes (drawing with the Folded Pen)
I made a folded pen . . . , from Stephanie at Biffybeans
The written word is a beautiful thing.... includes templates for the pen blade and a note on appropriate ink, from Maria Whetman.
How to Make a Pop Can Pen from Diane Hutt
Aluminum Can Folded Pen, clear and concise, from DocStoc.
An example of the line quality you can get with the Ruling Writer pen.
☛ A short essay on one of the calligrapher artists that favored the pen: Gottfried Pott – A Look into the World of Calligraphy


More folded/ruling pen videos, these showing lettering:
in me, by Letterarte
thank.yOu_1, by Letterarte
Folded Pen, by Beach House (sound track warning! --> YUCK! mute the sound!!)

Buy:Either the traditional N22 or the more basic N30, both from John Neal can get you where you want to go. The designs are different, but the underlying ink-delivery concept is the same. The Horizon Folded Nib from PaperInkArts works well too. Their Ruling Writer is equivalent to John Neal's N22.

If you find any other useful info on this nifty tool, please leave a Comment here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Man from Possum Lodge

This is about 7" x 5" on S&B 'Gamma' paper, done with a fude pen, in ink and watercolors.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pears and beer

About 3" x 4-1/2"; done with gouache and with "opaque watercolors" on St-Armand "Colours" paper.

Saint Amand (aw heck, close enough) = "patron saint of all who produce beer: brewers, innkeepers and bartenders (and presumably also hopgrowers). He is also the patron of vine growers, vintners and merchants, and of Boy Scouts."