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Capless fountain pen fine print (F) [Deep Red] axis FCN1MRDRF (japan import)
Capless fountain pen fine print (F) [Deep Red] axis FCN1MRDRF (japan import)
Offered by Fast Japan eu
Price: £71.24

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly like the 18K version but with an alloy nib and nearly £100 cheaper, 6 Nov. 2015
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I own 4 Pilot Capless pens with the 18K solid gold nibs, they cost nearly three times as much as this pen, they share the same body and nib housing but this pen has an alloy nib(no idea what it is but it's not gold). This pen performs exactly the same as my Capless with a gold fine nib, as you only see the tip of the nib it even looks the same, for this price it's a bargain.
It comes with a cartridge so you can use it straight away but no converter, you can pick up a Con-50 converter for around £5-6 from CultPens, TheWritingDesk or Amazon though.

As to delivery times(the pen comes from Japan) it arrived from Santa Trading JP one day after the last delivery date so it took 4 weeks to arrive, if you're not in a rush this is no problem but don't expect next day delivery or even 7 day. My pen was packed in a large box with newspaper to protect it and the pen was in a plastic clam shell box which was in a card sleeve.


Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Brass Wave Nib: EF (extra fine)
Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Brass Wave Nib: EF (extra fine)
Offered by Seitz Kreuznach e. K.
Price: £52.29

5.0 out of 5 stars has a great weight compared to the standard aluminium version and looks ..., 15 April 2015
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Fatastic pen, has a great weight compared to the standard aluminium version and looks beautiful.


Pilot fountain pen custom 74 black fine print, soft FKK1000RB-SF (japan import)
Pilot fountain pen custom 74 black fine print, soft FKK1000RB-SF (japan import)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic pen, 9 Jun. 2014
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The pen was shipped quickly from Japan.
The pen exceeded my expectations, the resin feels good quality and the soft fine nib is springy and gives good line variation. Compared to UK prices this pen is a bargain.


Raphael: Drawings
Raphael: Drawings
by Joachim Jacoby
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 29 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Raphael: Drawings (Hardcover)
This book is not cheap but if you have an interest in studying old master drawings you should buy a copy. The reproductions are all very good quality and perfect for copying/studying, I have not read much of the text as the drawings were what interested me but the little I have read is decent and not too dry or boring. One small criticism is that some of the drawings a a bit small but most are a reasonable size.


Sketching Without a Master
Sketching Without a Master
by J. Hullah Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, 29 Mar. 2014
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When I ordered this book the price had dropped to around £3, had I paid the current £16 I think my opinion of the book might be different.
The author details how to sketch outdoors with pen and ink, the materials he describes are all still available but there are newer alternative(fountain pens). He gives a few exercises that can be done to improve pen control and spends a lot of time explaining how to build your drawings using only ink. The chapters the show different ways of composing your drawings using tones are good and the authors drawings clarify his writing.

If you have read Rendering in Pen & Ink by Guptil you probably won't find much new information in this book and as it's a similar price I would say buy the Guptil book but if you can get this book for under £5 it's worth reading.


Pen Drawing and Pen Draughtsmen: A Classic Survey of the Medium and Its Masters (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
Pen Drawing and Pen Draughtsmen: A Classic Survey of the Medium and Its Masters (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
by Joseph Pennell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Good but dissapointing, 29 Mar. 2014
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The book is huge and full of pen and ink drawings, most of the drawings are big and clear,I was however disappointed that all the drawings are very finished, there are no sketches or preparatory drawings.
The author says in the first few pages that he made the choice to include only finished drawings to show what skilled draughtsmen can/could do in the medium.
If you want to study old master pen and ink drawings(Raphael, Rubens, Pontormo etc) this book probably isn't what you're looking for, it isn't a bad book but I find the type of drawings in the book dull, this is just my personal opinion and others may love the style of drawing that the book is full of.


Sketching People
Sketching People
by Jeff Mellem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 29 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Sketching People (Paperback)
Mellem's drawings resemble those of Glenn Vilppu which for me isn't a bad thing, he uses the same pen, waterbrush and paper too.
The book covers basics such as gesture drawing and simple forms but spends far more time on drapery, I think the reason for this is that the book is about sketching people in everyday settings not just life drawing . There are also sections on composition, facial expressions, body language and value.

The author hasn't set out to make a "complete" book of sketching or life drawing but has created a book to give the reader a good grounding in how to sketch/draw people.
It's not an expensive book, nor is it a cheap one but I feel that it's worth its price, I often flip through it when looking for inspiration.

For anyone looking to study the style of drawing the author uses have a look at Glenn Vilppu's books and dvds, they go into far more detail than this book but cost more, the drawing manual can be purchased as a download and is well worth buying.


Drawing with an Open Mind
Drawing with an Open Mind
by Ted Jacobs
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Student has surpassed teacher, 22 Aug. 2012
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I bought this book after reading Tony Ryder's book The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, Ted Seth Jacobs taught Ryder so I assumed that his book would equal or surpass Ryders. I was wrong. Tony Ryder's book isn't a step by step drawing book it has a philosophical feel to it but through that you get an understanding of what he's trying to achieve, his book is well illustrated with beautiful drawings that help to show what the text describes.
This book on the other hand lacks the clarity of writing and quality illustration of Ryder's. Most of the drawings are very good but there are quite a few that are lacking and the quality of the printing doesn't help them, the text feels bloated and at times obtuse. I'm sure Jacobs is a good teacher and his methods work but for me Tony Ryder's book(and portrait drawing DVD) are more useful. The drawings in Ryder's book are all stunning and printed better, the text while not to everyone's taste is well written and understandable, the drawings in his book help to illustrate the text and are designed in a way that shows the process so helping the reader to absorb and understand the artists methods.

This book is ok but if you really want to grasp Jacob's teachings buy Tony Ryder's book instead, it's cheaper and far more useful.


Alberto Giacometti: Works, Writings and Interviews (Essentials Poligrafa)
Alberto Giacometti: Works, Writings and Interviews (Essentials Poligrafa)
by Angel Gonzalez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you're new to Giacometti, 13 Jun. 2012
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I've read quite a few books about Alberto Giacometti(James Lord's biography, Plausible Portraits and A Giacometti Portrait, In Giacometti's Studio by Michael Peppiatt and Giacometti by Yves Bonnefoy) I also have the arte editions DVD with two French documentaries on it. Knowing about Giacometti's life and work meant that most of the information in this book was known to me already, I only bought the book as it's title led me to believe that it focussed on Giacometti's personal writings and interviews, it doesn't. The bulk of the book is the standard biography and notes on his work and it has only two interviews and just one letter, calling a book 'Works, Writings and Interviews' is a little misleading when it contains just one letter(and not a very good one at that), the interviews are interesting but not really worth the price of the book on their own. The photographs in the book are good but again nothing that hasn't been seen in other books before. This book might be a decent introduction to anyone looking to learn about Giacometti but if you have read other books on the artist and his life/work you may be dissapointed by it.


A Giacometti Portrait
A Giacometti Portrait
by James Lord
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A facinating read, 4 May 2011
This review is from: A Giacometti Portrait (Paperback)
I bought this book hoping it would give me an insight into how Giacometti worked when painting, it gave me that and much more.
The book covers an 18 day period when James Lord(the author) sat for a portrait with Giacometti, Lord kept a surreptitious diary during the sitting as well as took photographs of the painting in various stages of completion. Lord has produced a book that anyone interested in art and the process of creating should read, we get a glimpse into the mindset of one of the greats of art. Giacometti doubts himself and his skills constantly during the sitting and was never satisfied with what he produced, the most positive thing he says in the book is that "there's an opening" or that "tomorrow will be better". It may initially seem pessimistic but I found the book to be hugely uplifting, as someone who is self taught in painting knowing that a man as talented as Giacometti doubted his ability to capture the world as he saw it gave me hope and a comforting sense that I'm not alone in the struggle to produce work of worth. The photographs in the book are very poor but Lord admits that he's not a photographer, although I think part of the problem is in the printing of the book and paper used, however it doesn't detract from the quality of the text.
Lords biography on Giacometti is worth a look too if you want to know more about Giacometti's life and Yves Bonnefoy's coffee table sized book is the best collection of photographs of Giacometti's work(although finding a reasonably priced copy is difficult).


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