Thursday, July 29, 2010
These are two nibs I ground for a fellow fountain pen enthusiast. They were fine/medium ballpointed to begin with, so became extra-fine italic after grinding (as a rule, nibs end up a size smaller when converted from ballpointed to italic). The writing you see was done with the pens after they were ground.
This was written for fun on a scrap of art paper measuring 4.5 by 6.0 centimetres, which is roughly the size of a gift tag. Flourished Copperplate using a vintage Hunt 56 nib and Talens gouaches (deep gold + silver).
Photographed handheld using Canon 5D Mark II and 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.
These were three pieces commissioned in September 2006 by a freelance copywriter, whose name I’ve forgotten, for the Creative Circle Awards — a competition in which ad people create fictitious products and ad campaigns for fictitious clients. The product here was a toothpaste so pleasant that, however vile the user’s words might be, they’d still come out sounding sugar-coated. For my efforts I was paid a couple of hundred dollars, a bonus considering that I badly needed practice at the time and would gladly have done it for free.
P.S. The last piece is particularly awful; I’ve never sat down to learn Gothic lettering properly.