Finished line art for "The Tree People." I used a Sailor Professional Gear fountain pen with an Extra Fine nib. It's nib tip isn't as narrow as a Pilot or Platinum EF but it feels great to sketch and draw with.
Sailor pens are oddly short and stubby. I imagine Pilot pens must feel very long to Sailor fans. I'll have to color this with marker because I used Pilot Black ink which isn't waterproof (but it works great with alcohol markers.)
I don't use fountain pens to draw. I draw to use fountain pens.
When Rebelle 3 by Escape Motions came out I wanted to create something that really shows off its power. I normally draw in fountain pen first, but this was created entirely from scratch in Rebelle 3.
Digital art tends to be cold and impersonal, but Rebelle's watercolor simulation looks & feels like real paint... and you can undo! That's critical for illustration work, as clients often request changes... But even for personal work- it means an artist can achieve a watercolor look without being at the mercy of the medium. So the result is more true to his or her vision.
So mbpardy was like, "If she's going to whack him with a feather duster wouldn't she hold it the other way around?" But that's just weird, right? They do things differently in down there. We only whack our kids with the feather side of a duster... And only pink ones.
Image from Graham's Up the Tree.
From Graham's Up the Tree. We also have a paperback edition of the book available here.
I bought a transparent Pilot Kakuno EF fountain pen for my 10 year old.
The photos show a quick doodle I did to test it. It's loaded with Noodlers Black and the flow was perfect right out of the box. The nib isn't "smooth" -- it's very firm and has a distinct pencil like feedback which is even better.
He loves it... but there's a problem. I want to keep it!
It's cool how the internet can bring people together from far away places to make things. "Graham's Up the Tree" is based on a true story from the life of author mbpardy ... He's in Australia - I'm in Seattle area. When he posts these images at his page I see comments from people who grew up with real life versions of these characters I drew -- People that actually looked out the window and saw this little guy high up at the top of a tree... where no one else could go.
And now we interrupt your regularly scheduled Graham's Up the Tree programming to bring you a special edition of Sad Man: Broken Inside.
This was painted digitally in Escape Motions Rebelle. It looks like real watercolor though, doesn't it? Unlike other painting software that just stamps texture on, Rebelle as a real digital water system where the paint soaks into the page and the colors bleed into each other... wet on wet. Just like real watercolor.
I took on the Graham's Up the Tree project one week before little Izobel, my 4th kid, was born. Looking back I have no idea what I was thinking (I also work full time as a game industry artist) but I'm glad I did.
This one was drawn with a Pilot Custom Heritage 92 piston filler fountain pen. The magic of these smaller #5 Pilot nibs is that they're actually softer than the larger #10 and #15 nibs - but not soft enough to have the side effects sometimes associated with soft nibs. Great pen.
Junkyard Sam is a Seattle area artist, illustrator, and designer.