Monday, January 21, 2008

Kuretake pen

In addition of being a cartoon fan, I'm also an aspiring cartoonist. Lately, I've been experimenting with various tools to ink the strip. I'm particulary fond of Rapidograph, but the lines were too uniform for me, so I decided to set out and try brush...again.

Back in Japan, I bought a Kuretake brush pen. Several cartoonists (Norm Feuti and Brian Anderson in particular) uses it. It's very expensive to get the pen in US, going over $50 in some retailers. However, it's very cheap to get one in Japan; about 700 yen, which is roughly $5 in exchange rates.

The pen, at first, gave me frustrations. It was coming out too thick when I used it, despite all the practice. I eventually gave up and stopped using it...until now.

I took the pen with me to America and recently, I decided to try it out again, and what do you know, I liked how my drawing came out. I don't know if it's because my artwork improved or not, but I was very satisfied with it and am now devoting my life to it.

So if you like to use brush, here's a pen I'm recommending. Sure, it's expensive (unless you live in Japan), but in the long run, it's cheaper than sable brush, which you have to replace after it wears out. Kuretake's tip is nylon, so it doesn't wear out unless you're really rough with it.

Oh, and don't bother with the cartridges. Just get a jar of ink and dip it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Original comic arts

Cross-posted at Bakertoons.

Lately, I’ve been collecting originals for newspaper comics and editorial cartoons. It’s a relatively expensive thing that only die-hard comic fans do (although some originals I've recieved as gifts from cartoonists) but all in all, it’s pretty worth it. What makes this cool is that while there are probably millions of copies of one comic strip (through newspapers and book collections), there’s only one original artwork in existance. Once you have it, nobody else can’t.

Most of my originals are in Japan, preparing to be shipped to my home here in Tennessee in March, but from top of my head, I have the following:

Chuck Asay - 1 editorial cartoons
Henry Payne - 1 editorial cartoon
At the Zu by Ron Ruelle - 1 daily, 1 Sunday
The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee by John Hambrock- 1 Sunday
Dog eat Doug by Brian Anderson - 1 daily
Dooley's World by Roger Bradfield - 2 dailies
Heaven's Love Thrift Shop by Kevin Frank - 1 Sunday
Prickly City by Scott Stantis - 1 Sunday
Retail by Norm Feuti - 1 Sunday
Sheldon (webcomic) by Dave Kellett - 1 daily

I’m not including autographs and sketches I’ve recieved from cartoonists, BTW. There’s too many to list for those.

If you have any originals, feel free to write about them in the comments section.

(edited 3/3/2010)