Submitted by Name: Dave Lindberg From: Rochester NY USA E-mail: Contact
I see that on some of your sketches you mention that you use a carbon ink + brush pen for sketches where your ink then add a watercolor wash over it.
Can I ask what ink + brush pen combo you use?
I have been trying to do the same with a vintage flexible fountain pen with Noodler's ink without success. The pen digs into the paper too much tough.
Admin reply: Hi Dave,
I generally use a Platinum carbon ink cartridge in a Kuretake brush pen (Kuretake brush pens take Platinum cartridges fine but it might be a secret since nobody talks about it). Platinum makes two types of carbon ink cartridges, one for pens and one for brush pens. I prefer the pen ink even in my brush pens because it seems to smudge less.
I also use Platinum carbon ink from a bottle in a Pelikan fountain pen (M150) that has a vintage Pilot flex nib (my own Frankenstein). I can find Platinum carbon ink everywhere in Japan, even in shops in my neighborhood. If I lived in the States I would probably use Noodlers and find a paper that works with it.
If the pen digs into your paper, obviously that implies heavy pressure. A wet noodle flex pen takes very little pressure (as you know) while a semi flex pen forces you to dig in to get line variation.
Added: August 26, 2012
Submitted by Name: Michael Donodeo From: USA (VA) E-mail: Contact
Comments: Just read your "Why i am Catholic' essay....Welcome home!
Admin reply: Thanks, Michael!
Added: August 10, 2012
Submitted by Name: Paul From: Belgium E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks's for such informed and extensive advice. It is very inspirational.
Admin reply: Thank you for visiting!
Added: July 28, 2012
Submitted by Name: Alexandra From: Barcelona (Spain) E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi! I'll explain you a bit about Spanish School: Here to get to university, we have to do a kind of written work (I'm not sure if you understand the expression) about whatever we want. The topic is free. I decided to do it about "Is Sherlock Holmes (the serie) a good adaptation of the books?" and now I'm collecting a bit information. So thank you, because your page really has helped me. I won't copy everything (of course) but for example, your picture, will help me comparing the "real" house and the "serie" house. So thanks so much for uploading this and for your work :D
PD: Sorry for my english, it sucks.
Admin reply: Hi Alexandra,
Your English is fine! I think my layout of 221B Baker Street solves more problems than does the flat in the TV series (which I thought was excellent). Good luck with your project!
Added: July 24, 2012
Submitted by Name: David Koyzis From: Canada E-mail: Contact
I'm leading a mission team to Japan in a few weeks. Part of our ministry will be a puppet ministry, and I'm looking for some good puppets shows/scripts/songs to use in Japan. Can you point me in the right direction?
Admin reply: Hi Tom,
I don't know if my puppet ministry book can still be found in the stores, but I donated my own remaining stock to One Way Japan. They are the ones to go to for all puppet ministry needs in Japan:
Added: July 5, 2012
Submitted by Name: R.Horton
Comments: With reference to the dancing men in japanese: a similar idea using suns and circles is featured in the manga Case Closed/Detective Conan where the protagonist is an extreme Sherlockian.
Added: May 26, 2012
Submitted by Name: Cheryl From: Calgary, Alberta soon to be Tokyo E-mail: Contact
Admin reply: Thanks for the message. I'll contact you when I can find some time to do it properly.
Added: May 20, 2012
Submitted by Name: Munawar rana From: San Francisco, CA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hello Russ, I see your pen Pelikan M730's pictures. How do you do that beautiful pictures. I have a Pelikan M730, instead whole set of 4 & wanted to sell & also wanted to know your sell price, so I have some idea.
Admin reply: I sold that pen several years ago and took down the link. You must have found it by a web search. I can't remember what I sold it for. Sorry!
Added: May 8, 2012
Submitted by Name: George Dalton From: Sacramento, CA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi Russ. I have really enjoyed your message board, your book on sketching, and the forum. I would like to see more of your sketches in your Sketchbook, but I understand the trials that life and family put on us to keep some things on the 'back burner'. Anyway, hope you get some time to post sketches. I am totally amazed at your skill and talent in sketching.
Best wishes. George
Admin reply: Hi George, Thanks for the kind words! I always keep my sketch stuff with me just in case. It usually happens unplanned!