Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Work continues at BattleCry. We’re doing some really cool stuff, and of course I can’t talk about it. The team here is fantastic, and we’re hiring: BattleCry Studios

So, unannounced projects aside, an unannounced interest entered my life recently: fountain pens. I’ve always been into pens, and I suppose that comes from an early childhood interest in clean handwriting. But through fountain pens, I’ve found a completely new level of depth and subtlety in regular old writing — this was a nice surprise. What makes it so enjoyable? Well there are several things, the first being that I enjoy holding a well crafted object, whatever that may be. The human ingenuity behind carefully controlled capillary action, suction, and seals, is so mechanically poetic! How could I not enjoy these little things? Another fantastic aspect of fountain pens is that you can put whatever inks you want into them, and get a refreshing new look at a pen all over again.

If you’re someone who enjoys writing, I urge you to pick up a fountain pen and try it out. For that matter, drawing with them is great as well. Depending on the ink you have loaded, you can get water-soluble or completely bullet-proof, water resistant effects. Both are desirable in certain circumstances when doing watercolor sketching, so I like to keep a couple pens with both kinds of ink lying around.

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