Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sketching with the Tombo Airpress pen.

I'm not a big ball point guy, but the Tombo Airpress at JetPens terrific. It came in handy when  personalized copies of paperbacks that I had illustrated. I would prefer to use one of my favorite fountains, but with the pulpy stock I did not want to run the risk of making a mess of the title pages.

 Beowulf, Dante's Inferno, Ten Plays of Sophocles and Ben-Hur are just a few of the covers I've designed and illustrated for Penguin, USA. To say I was red-faced to be asked to sign some copies would be an understatement, but I truly appreciated the sentiment!

The Airpress has a nice smooth line and a chunky barrel that feels good to hold. It's also pretty cool looking, you can see the inside mechanism that forces air into the ink cartridge, making it easy to write (or draw) on tricky surfaces. Comes in different colors too. Ten buck us a little pricey for a ball point in my opinion, but it makes up for it in it's cool design features and usability.

I can only hope the owner of this book likes my sketch as much as I enjoyed making it! 
Thanks to Drew at Goulet Pens for ask me to sign them!


  1. Not a big fan of ball point pens in general, but those sketches certainly look terrific. Couldn't imagine the book owner being less than thrilled with them.

  2. Hey Alberto!
    Thanks for the kind words!

    I agree, not a big fan; but like The Most Interesting Man in the World says: "I don't always use a ballpoint; but when I do, I use a Tombo Airpress."

    "Stay Sketchy my friend!"

    SBTW, saw the Meruzen 3mm on the Sketching Scrolls.. I've added it to my wish list too... looks awesome.

    Tom, NYC

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