Analog Futures 1

Yesterday, I was contacted about a new Kickstarter project. My understanding of the essence of this project is that it tries to fine-tune the common fountain pen (and rollerball) design to make a better pen for a ‘broad spectrum of users’.

The Hungarian designer behind this project has worked with Montblanc and Montegrappa which looks like a very promising starting point for this project. Not wanting to fall into stereotypes, but Hungary has a reputation for great inventors, think of the biro, the Rubik’s cube, the gömböc, etc, so all I can say here is ‘no pressure’ ;^)

If you want to find out more you can do so on their Kickstarter page, on their web site or on their blog.


Traces of graphite – Massimo Fecchi update 2020 5

I have a small update for my 2016 blog post about Massimo Fecchi, the Italian artist who draws comics with the, in my opinion, best proportions, shapes and lines with beautiful variations.

Massimo Fecchi drawing with his Rotring 500
Fecchi with a Rotring 300 (Image © Massimo Fecchi)

When I asked Massimo about his pencils in 2016 he used a Rotring Tikky II for his initial drawings. Recently, he posted a photo of himself drawing for fans at the Comic Con in Wels, Austria. In this photo, he has switched pencils, or rather pencil models, not the pencil brand. When I asked him he told me that he is now usually using a Rotring 500 in either 0.5 mm or 0.7 mm. He described it as being lighter and more precise than the Tikky II.

Rotring 500 on a Fecchi drawing
Not quite fake news, but this is my Rotring on Massimo’s drawing – not his Rotring

I find it astonishing that even though most of us amateurs associate heavier pens, including mechanical pencils, with a more luxurious pen or better quality, while the professionals, in this case, Massimo, who use pencils as tools to get work done value lightness, probably to stop them from getting some sort of finger fatigue.

Massimo Fecchi's Comic Con Austria sign
Comic Con Wels (Image © Massimo Fecchi)

I believe that the use of this Massimo Fecchi’s photos falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.


#1 Penknife pencil sharpening 2

Number 1 out of 50 things to do with a penknife1, according to the book’s author Matt Collins, is (… drum roll): Sharpen a pencil!

(Image © Matt Collins)
(Image © Matt Collins)

I believe that the use of this excerpt, taken from the book 50 things to do with a penkinfe by Matt Collins, falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service

  1. currently $4- $15 at Amazon.com and £7.72 at Amazon UK []

Portillo / Staedtler

Tory turned TV presenter Michael Portillo has visited Nuremberg as part of his latest series (series 7) of Great Continental Railway Journeys.

Michael Portillo in one of his trademark high visibility suits is left of the fountain, the Staedtler store is right of the fountain. (Image © BBC)

I was delighted to see that he was outside Staedtler’s own shop in Nuremberg’s city centre and hope he had time between filming to visit the store.


I believe that the use of the screenshot, taken from the BBC series Great Continental Railway Journeys, falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service