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.
My thumbnails were the guides to the finished drawings. They were sketched quickly with a combination of the Falcon and Pentel brush Pen. It was important to sketch out the type design as well to determine the proportions I needed for the final layout.
I used a combination of my Pilot Falcon and a Pentel Brush pen for this design.
|The line variation is awesome.|
The Falcon II is just a great feeling pen; it's hefty, nicely balanced with a smooth finish. The nib is fantastic, besides the very economical Noodler's Flex
, this is the only flex pen that I've found. Works like a dream.
The Pentel Brush Pen did most of the work on these two design with the Falcon adding the sharp details.
The Falcon and brush combo really helped capture the carnage.