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  Dip Pen Doogles!Feb 08, 2012 3:07 AM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I'm not sure what happy stars aligned but for some reason I got a lot of nice feedback and support from readers in the last day or so, which was really enjoyable and encouraging. :) In fact I think it was pretty definitely the largest spontaneous outbreak of support A* has had ever. Gosh! Thanks to everyone who wrote in -- and to all those lovely readers who have written me at some point over the past several years!
 
Okay I have something else I did this weekend to show you! With that hot lava painting I showed yesterday I mentioned I'd got a new brush--but I also picked up a few other items (Christmas gift certificate! <3 :)) when I was at the mega local art supply store this weekend! A few of them assemble into something called a "dip pen," which is pretty much like a fountain pen, with a split sort of spade-shaped metal tip, only it came before the "fountain" part, so you have to dip it into an ink well every few lines or so. It sounds crazy but apparently lots of comics have been made with such things, and I wanted to try one out, and they're pretty cheap, so I did! This first bunch of doogles (haha that's an interesting typo for "doodles," I think I'll just leave it :D (probably Google's fault :p)) are pretty awful, but I was mostly just trying to see what kinds of marks the crazy pen would make:
 
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Lots of fairly even lines! That drawing's about 7" per side. I tried another quicky on Sunday, partly to see if I could do large black areas with the pen, but I couldn't really for technical reasons I'll go into tomorrow (I know, I know, you can't wait! :P), so eventually I settled for finishing it, as it were, with just a lot of cross hatching:
 
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Aside from the sloppy rushed anatomy, which wasn't the pen's fault, I rather like how that came out (the part you see there is about 10.5" per side)! You can definitely get a nice sharp look with the pen, and now I think I understand a lot more of why a lot of comics look the way they do. I'm thinking that I'll incorporate the dip pen into my work alongside the brush, at least for certain textures and effects. I can't start on that quite yet though because I...got the wrong parts. Yeah I'll explain that foolishness tomorrow--or try, anyway. :P
 
 
 
 
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