SPRING

I made this drawing on purpose, to illustrate the qualities of PLATINUM 3776 SOFT FINE nib and demonstrate it’s springiness. While not a flex nib in the vintage sense of the term, it still can provide some line variation, especially in the finer register of spectrum.

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You can easily pull the hairlines with it (as seen in the spots on the scarf and wrinkles around the eyes) and push it to some extent (like deeper folding in the drapery). Someone might jump at this with a “you can get more line variation from Noodler’s AHAB or KONRAD“… and while it is true considering just the extreme width of the line, PLATINUM is so much more pleasant to work with, supple to spread as much (or as little) as it can and always prompt to snap back. On top of all that, it’s a solidly built and truly reliable pen that never failed to start or perform. Makes me wonder how higher-end NAKAYA pens perform if this entry level pen is this charming.

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CARTHAGO – CYCLES

Venu directement de BLOG DE CHRISTOPHE BEC, voici LE PLANNING GENERAL DE CYCLES DE CARTHAGO, ici mis en copie et accompagnie par ex-libris fait pour la librairie DURANGO:

La série CARTHAGO va s’articuler en trois parties.

Un premier mini-cycle comprenant les 3 premiers albums (les deux premiers dessinés par Eric Henninot, le troisième par Milan Jovanovic) :

– Le Lagon de Fortuna

– L’Abysse Challenger

– Le Monstre de Djibouti

Cette première partie boucle la première traque du megalodon et une page se tourne pour l’héroïne principale, Kim Meville.

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Suivra un deuxième mini-cycle constitué de 2 albums, déjà écrits et qui seront dessinés par Milan Jovanovic, dont les titres seront :

– Les Monolithes de Koubé

– La Cité de Platon

Ils seront un peu plus centrés sur les personnages principaux : Kim, Lou, Donovan, le Centenaire, etc.

Et enfin, si bien entendu les lecteurs sont toujours fidèles, un troisième et dernier mini-cycle de 3 albums viendra conclure la saga.

8 albums au total.

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ART MEET #21

Nos ART MEETS continuent dans le mode “mini”, sans l’equipe entiere, manquant DRAZEN et DULE. Cette fois chez BRADA, toujours sur la decoupage de LIGNES DE FRONT:

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A droite de lui, TIHO, sur les encrages de TITANS:

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Oppose a lui, moi, (pris par DULE qui a fait juste l’apparition breve avec la famille) prennant la photo de…

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SINISA sur les crayons de MOWGLI:

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Apres la pause photographique, retour dans les egouts de Bruxelles, dans le deuxieme tome d’ARS MAGNA:

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ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 027

On my way to ART MEET #20 I made a little detour to see what I might find of watercolor material in a near-by art shop. They carry only the SCHMINCKE HORADAM line. I’ve read that the brand is well regarded, but seemingly for the vibrant and “buttery” quality of paint, not as much for the granulating properties. But nevertheless, I bought two pans to see for myself:

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Schmincke GOLD BROWN is indeed a vibrant paint that wets easily and spreads smoothly; the hue has a fiery glow to it, a nicely warm orange brown. It reminds me of one of my favorite fountain pen inks, DIAMINE SEPIA, which shades in close warm tones and could have given the similar result. But Schmincke GOLD BROWN is much easier to work with; it can be moved on paper much more freely and lifting allows for a degree of correction that fountain pen ink simply does not.

But texture? No. The effects in the lower left are the consequence of dragging the dry brush, not the granulating properties of the paint itself. I would love to see some texture in darker parts, giving structure and interest, similar to HEMATITE BURNT SCARLET tested earlier.

The closest granulating hue I found on Daniel Smith’s SAMPLE CHART is POMPEII RED. Although not as warm and saturated (at least from a little paint dot used as a sample), it does produce the speckling effect I’m after:

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Testing was done on small block of  BOCKINGFORD 300gr NOT watercolor paper, that I bought also out of curiosity. I like it a lot, and this is the entry line from ST. CUTHBERTS MILL. Wonder how their top SAUNDERS WATERFORD paper might be.

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