This time I’m trying the watercolour brush pens undiluted. So, they’re basically classy magic markers. I don’t believe any of these pens are lightfast (or archival), so a journal that will mostly stay closed is a good use for them.
I burned out on keeping up with doing a daily journal, and I’ve decided it’s because I was trying to make it align with the cool ways people typically use their Hobonichi Techo journals and turn them into these splendid objects of beauty. I’ve decided to use the thing again, but for doodling (no matter how loose and sloppy), for sketching poses found here and there, for playing with art supplies and not minding if I do the same exercise over and over. I figure these journal pages can count as a sketch of the day because there’s a little Talicus in there. And a colossal imperial foot.
The usual pens ran out of ink so I went through the pen drawer for options. I am irrationally excited about my new inking arsenal. The next comic (posted tonight if the scanner works) was inked with this variety of pens:
left to right: Sailor Fude Nagomi fine point, Deleter Neopiko Line 3 (super-fine), another Sailor Fude Nagomi (dual fine/medium point), Derwent Graphik, old reliable Sakura Pigma Micron, and Ohto Graphic Liner.
The Sailor brush pens give a different look to the comic than usual, but I am loving them. I almost don’t need any other pen than one of these, since the fine gives so much variation. I had been using the extra fine on previous comics, and it has only a little width variation in comparison. But, I do love extra-extra-fine lines, and the Deleter Neopiko Line 3 at 0.03mm may be the finest (while still reliable) pen I’ve used yet.
Every time I go back to a brush pen after using the Micron pens, I have this revelation once again that I prefer a brush-pen line (albeit a very fine one).
Some random tests of the random assortment from the drawer (click to see larger):
I consider these loose pencils, even though they look fairly tight–I’ll go over it to be more precise about proportions, details, and to add backgrounds. The dialogue, also, will probably change before the final comic.
It took hours to get it scanned 😛 But, good news: a wonderful wonderful friend is lending me her old laptop, and that should be a major step up from my old workhorse.
Today is the birthday (dies natalis Antinoi) of Antinous, deified lover of the Emperor Hadrian, who will be coming along in a generation or so (we’ve already met Hadrian’s foster father, Trajan). Antinous was born in Bithynia, a place which you’ll find reference to in the print version of SPQR Blues (which MUST get sent out before this year is done). Antinous died young and under mysterious circumstances–whether accident, suicide, sacrifice, or murder is unresolved. The emperor made him a god. For almost two thousand years he’s been a symbol of male beauty and enduring love.
I was reminded of the birthday by the very interesting twitter account and website Following Hadrian–well worth following–where there are nice pics of some excellent examples of the many, many statues dedicated to the young man, including one that still has traces of red paint on the hair. (Remind you of anyone?)