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Old 01-27-2018, 10:22 PM
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A Few Sketches

Hi, all.

I've been getting back into pen and ink and thought I'd post a few sketches in hopes of getting some feedback on style, etc. They are all so different and I'm curious as to which you might find most effective.

These were drawn in sketchbooks I bound with Stonehenge paper. All but the pumping unit are about 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". The pumping unit is about 7-1/2" by 9-1/2". Pens, ink, and photo credits (where applicable) are noted on the sketches.

Criticism and observations are always appreciated.

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Old 01-27-2018, 11:19 PM
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Re: A Few Sketches

Well done, these all suggest to me you are not new to drawing.. right?

Anyway, the pumping unit is my favorite.. fabulous... showing a well-versed feel for texture, tone, composition... even a bit of vignetting.

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Old 01-28-2018, 11:20 AM
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Re: A Few Sketches

Natural subjects are to my personal taste so the Northern flicker caught my eye.
The use of the Lexington grey added much subtlety but it is still 100% a pen line drawing.
You mention the Falcon soft nib EF , how much line variation can you tease out of it ?
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:18 PM
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Re: A Few Sketches

Thanks, Batman55. Yeah. Been learning to draw for about 15 years. Only about 98 more to go. Ha! I had fun with perspective on the pumping unit. Wish the gravel looked more like gravel than a pile of leaves. Ha!

Thanks, Mike. I was mostly pleased with the Flicker effort...got a little sloppy here and there. I didn't think I was getting as much flex from the Pilot Falcon SEF as I'd expected until I did this comparison. Not too bad for a modern fountain pen. (I've never used a vintage fountain pen.)

My Noodler's Konrad Ebonite (not shown) provides a wider fine line and about the same thick line width but its feed is unreliable and, frankly, a pain in the behind. So, I'm happy with my investment in the Pilot. It's been very reliable so far and seems well made.

The Pilot sample below is with Lexington Gray ink as I was too lazy to re-ink it. It feathered a bit on the Stonehenge. I switched to Platinum Carbon Black for the dip pens as the Lexington Gray seems too "thin" for dip pens.

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Old 01-29-2018, 02:45 PM
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Thanks for that comparison Herb, it does look like you get a lot of width variation looking at it !
The old flex fountain pens were reported to have a load available but they just don't male them like that nowadays.
I've got a Konrad but find it takes a touch like an engraver to make it flex much ! Never mind I love the super fine line you get off the back of the nib for light hatching & fading distance sort of stuff.
You mention Noodlers Lexington grey quite a bit - I know very well why you would like it BUT are you aware of it's deserved reputation for ruining fountain pens ? It does depend on what plastic the manufacturer uses as to how fast or even whether it happens at all , but be warned.
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Old 01-29-2018, 06:20 PM
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Thanks for that information, Mike. The only negative Iíve heard is that it feathers on some papers. Iím definitely going to check it out. May not be much to some folks but I thought long and hard before I plunked down $155 for a fountain pen. Iíd hate to ruin it. Iím worried enough about dropping it. Ha!
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The flicker is my favorite. More like a painting.
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