The Song of Roland is the oldest surviving work of French literature; dating from the twelfth century. It tells the story of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass where the rear guard of Charlemagne's army was slaughtetered to the last man... so it's a "feel good" book as well. Penguin USA wanted a fresh cover design for this new edition, I used my Pilot Falcon for the job.
This is hands-down my favorite fountain pen to draw with. It's got an beautiful flex nib; I could not believe my eyes the first time I gave it a try. Fantastic line quality, thick to thin with a generous flow of ink. The Falcon II is all metal and lists for $280.00, but Goulet Pens carries a more economical resin version; the Pilot /Namiki Falcon. It's the unusual nib that really make the difference.
These are four of the proposed cover designs.
Below is the approved design for the edition that will be in bookstores in March, 2012.
I used a combination of my Pilot Falcon and a Pentel Brush pen for this design.
The Pilot Falcon II uses cartridges or fills with an
included converter. I used Aurora black fountain ink.
|The line variation is awesome.|
The Falcon and brush combo really helped capture the carnage.