Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
First let’s start with the ergonomics of the pen.
It feels pretty hefty in your hand (which I like), and is round and smooth in circumference; lacking the flat ridges of most other pens and pencils. The manufacturers have made up for this by using a matte finish plastic. Even with this though, the pen can slip in your hand sometimes, and one recommendation I would have is for the makers to experiment with some perpendicular ridges near the tip for better gripping. With the cover slipped onto the back of the pen, the balance is even and the weight is distributed evenly across the pen’s length. As I said before, I like a little "heft" in the pens I use. I tend to work heavy, so I like a drawing instrument that is also heavy.
Now the tip.
The tip produces a medium line weight and feels really comfortable as it hits the paper. With some other pens you can get a "spotting" effect either at the beginning or end of your line art. There is none of this with the Gelly Roll. I find the line to be fluid and smooth; without any clumping or "dotting." The ink leaves the pen tip in a fluid and even manner with no bleed or overflow.
Quality of Line.
This is where the pen really excels. The Sakura Gelly Roll pen is a roller ball, which uses a patented, Gel, archival ink. The line is consistent and even, yet you can still vary the line weight from light to medium by how much pressure you put on the pen tip. I'll include a detail of one of my cartoons inked with the Gelly Roll pen, so that you can see the quality of line in a finished piece of art.
Longevity and Durability.
This pen is built like a tank. The plastic barrel is hefty and the cap clicks securely onto the tip end. The tip can take a fall from a drawing table easily and keep working well. The ink also seems to hold up really well over time. Cartoons that I’ve done 10 years ago still maintain the clarity in the blacks, and there is absolutely no yellowing around the lines. I can usually get about 5-10 cartoons out of one pen, depending on how much cross-hatching is involved.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Got this idea yesterday around 2PM. That left me only 3 hours to ink it before last night's opening, but I got it in for today's syndicate post. Whew! First time drawing Michelle Obama too. She has a really lovely face for caricature. I'm looking forward to sketching her again.
Happy weekend everybody!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here are a couple more pages out of my new Moleskine. I haven't been going to figure drawing classes lately, so I've been working in here. I pretty much carry it with me everywhere I go now. This first page was sketched at Barnes & Noble. I tend to sketch people from behind, so I don't get busted. The second page is from a couple of photos I found of musicians over the weekend. I exaggerated the forms somewhat, and played with the positioning of the figurative elements. Speaking of figure drawing, there IS a class tonight that I MIGHT be attending downtown. If I do, look for the results in the morning.
Thanks, and let me hear from you!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This cartoon deals with a new initiative in St. Johns county to keep kids in school.
From the article:
Students in St. Johns County who skip school will soon taste justice inside a real courtroom.
Beginning March 23 the Student Services division of the county school district in conjunction with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Johns Juvenile Court system will begin holding students accountable for too many unexcused absences in truancy court.