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Hi Russ,

I really love your subway sketch series, especially the ones with the brown ink (I gathered it's Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Brown then you changed to Waterman Havana Brown). I've found out that they're both not water resistant, so now I'm curious about how you wash the sketch. Did you use clear water in the waterbrush, wet the ink lines and let them dissolve a bit?

My second question: when you fill up your brushpen with brown ink wash, how did you make the brown ink wash?

Thanks in advance :)

Admin reply: As I recall (and those sketches were done 16 years ago!) I experimented with different ratios of brown ink and water until I found a nice medium shade, and just filled the brush pen with the ink wash. Coming through the brush pen, the ink wash was fairly dry and not very wet, so it didn't smudge the underlying ink lines much at all.


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I want to express my appreciation and thanks for your article on the history of the Kirishitans in Japan. I recently saw the movie "Silence" based on the book by Shusaku Endo and found it confusing, unsettling and disturbing. Much of this reaction I realize now is because I had no background context about what was happening (as an American....). Coming home after the movie and researching 'fumi-e' I found your website. Now I feel I can appreciate the movie and will see it again. Wishing you health and happiness in this new year.

Admin reply: I'm glad you came across my article, and found it helpful! I hope to see Silence when it comes to Japan later this month. I wonder how Japanese viewers will react to it.


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I have been chanting the office with a couple of tone sets developed for the english language. I won't type the url but you can see something about it if you search for moungerblog (dot) wordpress (dot) com. I haven;t seen these mentioned on your site, so I hope this is of interest. :)

Admin reply: Thanks! I took a quick look, and they seem great. I'll take a closer look at these later and most likely add them to my ever expanding article!


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Dear Mr. Stutler,

Our publishing house, Azbooka-Atticus Publishing Group LLC, is interested in using your work - 221B Baker Street - in our edition of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Please let us know if it is possible? Please get in touch with us via email.

Thank you in advance.
With best wishes,
Yulia Lukina


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Hi. I have really enjoyed reading your pages on sketching - informative and practical. Can you tell me where you get the 7 well/3 mixing area liners for your home made wooden sketching kits? I am learning via the Crawshaw book and love the limited palette approach - less time thinking, more focus on painting! Thanks. Hugo

Admin reply: Hello, thanks for your comments. I continue to use the limited color palette for those very reasons. I made those 7 well / 3 mixing areas out of plastic. The details are here:

http://www.stutler.cc/other/sketchbook/sketchbook_c_05.html

It' s a challenge, but worth the effort!


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Admin reply: Hello, I don't have any Kaimei brush pens, but I'm sure the principles are the same for all the brush pens. You can soak the tips in water since the ink should be water soluble, and maybe the passage will become unclogged. If not, you may have to buy a replacement brush unit. If the unit comes with a cheap plastic cap, don't throw that cap away.

I always store my brush pens with the ink cartridges in them. The more expensive ones with regular metal caps would dry out in time, but the ones with cheap plastic caps had air-tight seals, and the ink did not go dry no matter how long they went unused.


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Congratulations on 221B the Baker Street work! I am an architecture student currently working on an essay that analyses Holmes's dwelling from an architectural point of view and your work was a great source of information and content.

I was just curious and wondering if you had tried to conciliate the Second-rate terraced house standard floor plan with the descriptions given in the stories whilst doing that drawing! :)

Admin reply: If I ever learn what a" Second-rate terraced house standard floor plan" is, I might attempt it some day if it doesn't compromise the elements already found in the stories. Thanks for the comments!


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Wow -- thanks for the wonderful page on various ways to sing the Psalms! I'm an Episcopal priest and used N.T. Wright's book, A Case for the Psalms, for a summer book group. I took several of my liturgical resources there (Carl Daw's HymnTune Psalter is really terrific, although the lectionary is from the Book of Common Prayer which hardly anyone uses any more, and there's no index to Psalm numbers, so you have to flip through!), but your discussion is fantastic and a great resource for me and also for any parishioners who are interested in looking close (mostly choir members, I'd guess). Thanks very much for your work and care; the rest of your site is very interesting, too. :)

Admin reply: Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad the material on the Psalms was useful.


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Admin reply: I was going to ask you if there were any accent marks in the Polish version, but then I remembered I already made the Polish version (and there were LOTS of accent marks!). Please scroll down on that web page to find it.

If there were a compelling reason to make a new illustration with no rays, I would do it, but I don't think there is a compelling reason, so I hope you can live with the design as it is.


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Admin reply: Please supply me with the Polish translation, and I will make it. As for the rays, I'm not sure I can remove them from the illustration at this point. Why no rays?


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