Year: 2020

1,000 subscribers

Compared to this blog, which is more than ten years old, my YouTube channel is quite young – just a bit more than five years old. The number of popular videos is fairly small. They are usually watched by non-subscribers and somehow these popular videos seem to be the ones without much substance, while the more in-depth videos don’t tend to be popular overall, but are popular with subscribers. This is a surprise to me, even though maybe it shouldn’t be.

Today, I was quite surprised when, within a short period of time, the number of subscribers jumped by more than 50 to 1,000. Thanks for that to all my viewers and subscribers.

Also thanks to Sean of Contrapuntalism fame. Some of the videos feature a beautiful intro music that Sean made for me.

Shall we play a game?

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Greetings Professor Falken.

Image © MGM/UA Entertainment Company

It’s amazing how a movie from the Eighties knew the password I am going to use decades later 😜

Image © United Artists

I believe that the use of these photos falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service. I also belive that camelCase, as used in this movie’s title, should be used more often.

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Analog Futures

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

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

Number 1 out of 50 things to do with a penknife [1]currently $4- $15 at and £7.72 at Amazon UK, 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