Monday, June 13, 2016
If you cartoon and you travel, then you tend to take your tools with you. But what if the tools you use are of the old-time paper-and-dip-pen variety?
Here's some advice about traveling with your precious old school drawing tools:
Traveling? I don't envy you. But if you have to travel, and you are a dedicated old school cartoonist who loves the old school drawing tools, then you already have a method for safely transporting your beloved art supplies through the rigors of the TSA, the baggage handlers, airplane pressure, etc.
Here's what I do:
Nibs! Those nibs (that you have delicately broken in) can be easily placed ...
... in a protective matchbox. When the TSA employee asks, Do you have anything that could be considered a weapon? -- Well, I have do not believe that nibs could be used as a weapon. At least, not a very effective one. Regardless, nibs get checked thru baggage. Along with the holder.
I like the ink in those squatty glass containers that are tough and ready for some travel tumbling and turbulence. (No Higgins Ink plastic containers if you please!) Wrapped in a couple layers of plastic wrap and then this baby is wrapped again in swaddling clothes (i.e., a black t-shirt),
A good brush is like your pal. Like a pen nib, it needs to be broken in and then it can last (with the proper care) for a long time. The problem is how do you protect your brush shape?
I just get a card (an index card, or piece of cardboard) and tape the brush down. And then I take another card and tape it on top, creating, for all intents and purposes, a snug brush sandwich.
Confession: I usually use those Pigma permanent ink pens. Below is a drawing from last year depicting "the pens on my desk:"
Related: Some sketchbook drawings and a few more of my sketches.
Also related: Do you have too many sketchbooks?
-- This blog entry originally appeared in January 2010.
Posted by Mike Lynch at 9:12 AM