Monday, 1 October 2012
Bad workmen blame their tools, and a good pen won't help you draw any better than you already do. But horrible pens will make your fingers bleed and cause you to squint permanently.
Rather than stop drawing, I treated myself to a fountain pen that looks and feels like a dip pen. Beautiful, beautiful thing. (It's the Desk Pen from Sailor Pens, and I got mine here.)
A couple of comments on my last post, about teaching printing classes, have really made me think. The consensus seems to be that learning from a real live teacher is best, but I can't help feeling that I don't know many people who could or would drop a couple of hundred ZAR for a printing class. Someone pointed out that they'd rather not trouble-shoot on their own - but I can't think of a single printing method that doesn't require a bit of trouble-shooting, which means that trouble-shooting is the skill needed, not printing.
Looking at other classes on offer, the trend also seems to be towards classes in which people learn to make a Thing. I get the sense that a class seems more valuable if you come away with an item that you've made, rather than some skills and a whole lot of samples and test prints, and a bunch of inspiration and courage to try it alone.
So... I'm still thinking.