Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Foghorn Cartoon Magazine. Wagnerian Valkyrie strikes a musical note.

Foghorn cartoon magazine Issue 49. .
Here's the current issue featuring my artwork on the cover. The magazine is packed full of cartoons and this issue has a musical theme. What a blast!

The formidable Wagnerian Valkyrie was drawn using a dip pen, Noodler's ink, and coloured in Photoshop.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Another drawing using my new Pelikan M400 fountain pen

Birds are hugely interesting to draw. Since I’m still enthusing over my recent Pelikan M400 fountain pen purchase, I decided why not try and draw a Pelikan today? Perhaps it is customary to demonstrate handwriting when it comes to discussing the merits of a particular fountain pen, but there are plenty of folk with beautiful hand writing to do that, so I'll post a drawing instead.

And now for some some exciting news for pen and ink aficionados: Noodler’s Ink is now on Facebook. Yes. How wonderful. You can watch enless clips of the ink god genius Nathan Tardiff demonstrating and talking about his beautiful liquids. The Facebook page is administered by the pen passionate folk at Goulet Pens. For further information about Nathan Tardiff’s inks, this fascinating article published in The Economist may be of interest to you. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fountain Pen Forums, Love, St Valentine's Day & the Pelikan Souverän M400

Having never owned a Pelikan fountain pen before, I thought a purchase was well overdue and perhaps an imperative since losing one of my all time favourite fountain pens in a transit flight last year. After considerable research which included dipping into fountain pen forums-yes, fountain pen forums, I finally decided to gift myself a Pelikan M400 especially for Saint Valentine's Day. Saint Valentine's is about love is it not, so where better to gain a deeper understanding of the subject other than on a fountain pen forum?

The Pelikan Souverän M400 arrived presented in a large red heart shaped box which included a bottle of Pelikan ink, ok, so I selected it during the online check-out process seeing as it was listed as an alternative packaging. Why opt for a pen coffin when you can get an irresistible heart shaped box including a bottle of ink? Pen purists may probably shake their heads in despair. Perhaps that could be my only mistake in the purchase of this item because other than that, my heart thumps with excitement. The fountain pen is wonderful.

But what is the pen like? The Souverän M400 (nib size BB) fountain pen makes quite a statement on my studio desk, though it does blush to be sitting next to my somewhat meagre collection of fountain pens. Part of my collection includes a vintage Swan flex, so it's not all bad. The Pelikan Souverän M400 is dreamy: minimal pressure need be applied to the nib upon contact with paper and so it glides like a professional ice skater. The fountain pen is pleasing to hold with a good weight and balance. But does the pen work as a drawing instrument? After knocking out a few drawings with the beauty, I can confirm that the results are mighty pleasing. This is a pen which will certainly remain on top of my desk.
Now I've got my eyes planted on the soon to be released Pelikan Edition Demonstrator M1005. The instrument appeals because the internal mechanisms are visible. It's a beautiful piece of engineering way beyond my budget...if life is about unsatisfied desires, I've just added another one to my interminable list.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Every time I hit the 'Done' button on my Smartphone, I think of Lady Macbeth.

At present, it is a little irksome trying to key in significant calendar dates into my Smartphone, more so when somebody else is watching me. Accomplishing this seemingly simply task with an air of nonchalance is something I have as yet to master. Invariably, the Smartphone makes me feel like a klutz because once all the information has been entered, it soon becomes apparent that all the details I have painstakingly keyed into the device have gone in a puff because I forgot to press the 'Done' button.
'What's done cannot be undone.' Perhaps Lady Macbeth wouldn't have had the same problem. She was a tremendous do-er. If she had a Smartphone, one wonders what her preferred ap(s) of choice would be?