31 August 2019

I’m one of those terrible people who, upon seeing something wonderful that somebody has created, will ask the artist “so what pen did you use?” I realise it’s kind of an insulting question – oh so you must be good because you use that brush – but I can’t help myself. Fortunately some people are patient enough to actually answer this. Austin Kleon has put together a shopping list of his favourite tools, and Rob Turpin has laid out his many pointy pens and pencils for those who keep asking. Even better are these portraits of pointy sticks from The Secret Life of the Pencil, revealing every little scratch and gnarl. At some point I’ll make a list of my own tools – most of which have a touch of Copic R27 about them, following an unfortunate leak in my pot.