There Is Something Fascinating About Noses

February 11, 2012

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Left: Quick sketch from the TV using dried out Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pens; in a book I made with Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper. Gouache background (mix of yellow and red.)

I was watching a moving that wasn't very interesting ("Salt"). I had seen it when it first came out and remembered that I hadn't been surprised by the plot line, but I couldn't remember how they lept from one plot point to the next. I decided to watch it again. Once I start a movie I pretty much always finish it, even if I just fastforward through it. 

But sometimes I get stopped by things. Liev Schreiber has a really interesting nose. Noses fascinate me. When you see one that catches your attention you need to "note" it down. (Well I do.)

As to the dried out pens—even when they are dried out they are still fun to use. It's too bad Faber-Castell can't sell a "dried" out verision of this pen so that you can get this fun right at the start. And then have it last! 

I now keep about five of these pens around at the same time; they are in various "levels" of their used-up state. If one pen starts to get dry I put it in a "starting to dry out" pile. I also have an "almost completely gone pile." Don't toss even the latter right away. Let them rest for a day or two (cap always on). Sometimes if they rest more ink seems to have time to wick into the tip and they are good for one quick sketch on very slick paper (slicker than the paper I was using today). That can be a lot of fun.

(Only a few more pages from this book to show you. Then I'll be showing you pages from another new test paper that I'm really enjoying. Somehow I didn't read my own memo about testing fewer papers this year. So far it has been pretty painless.)

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