BEFORE I COMMIT myself to the final artwork, I want to quickly try out my ideas for
the latest picture maps for my walks booklet. The booklet is only 32 pages long but
when you’re beetling away as I do on the artwork that seems like a lot of space to
fill. I’d like to quickly put together a complete version of the booklet with colour
roughs of all the maps, illustrations and comic strips dropped in, so that as I’m
laboriously producing the final artwork I can see exactly what I’m aiming at and
tick off the illustrations one by one.
I’m trying a Stædtler permanent lumocolor marker which is waterproof on most surfaces,
even on CDs. Warning: it bleeds through paper! But I like the way it bleeds every
time I pause because that gives a variation to the line. As you can see, on the lettering
it gives a blob at the end of each stroke, giving me instant blotty serifs.
It’s clear and lively but I don’t think that I would use it for the final artwork
as I prefer the calmer effect that I get with my dip pen drawing.