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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Goulet Guests: Spotlight on Liz Steel




We have a new video series that we're starting called Goulet Guests! It's a spin on our regular weekly Goulet Q&A, though instead of me (Brian) sitting alone, I'll be doing Skype interviews with other interesting people in the pen community. In the past I've interviewed Nathan Tardif of Noodler's, Brian Gray of Edison Pens, and Dante Del Vecchio and Mark Coles of Visconti. I hope to interview many more people and make this a regular thing.

This interview kicks it off strong with urban sketching legend and educator Liz Steel. Liz has been a fangirl of Goulet for some time now, and we've been following her and learning a lot from her sketching tutorials for a long time. When the idea came up to interview her, it was a natural fit.

In this video, Liz and I are speaking from halfway across the world, as she's in Australia and we're in the US (Virginia). The conversation flows very naturally so I don't have specific time markers, but these are some of the high points of what we discuss:


  • What is her background, how did she first get into sketching? 
  • What are her most indispendsable tools (pens, ink, paper)?
  • What first gave her the idea to use fountain pens? 
  • What is her method for sketching? 
  • What gave you the push to leave architecture and get into art education full time?
  • What's the best way for someone interested in sketching to start?
  • How has sketching changed or enhanced her life? 
  • What is the urban sketching community like, especially the global meetups?


We created a package set on our site specifically for Liz Steel based on her recommendations, check that out here! We have a shopping guide she helped us put together for sketching, too, check it out here.

Thanks again to Liz for doing this interview, it was a total blast. We'll be doing more interviews coming up, this is going to become a thing :) Next on the docket is Kara Benz from Boho Berry talking about bullet journaling, look for that sometime next week!


photo credited to lizsteel.com

What do you think of the Goulet Guest format, and Liz Steel? I'd love to hear your comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

3 comments:

  1. oh gawsh my 2 favourites on a video together??? absolutely amazing! I love watching your personalities on video, and how utterly passionate Liz is about sketching AND sharing. it's like Brian talking about pens and inks and paper. and yes, when you share from your heart or your passion so genuinely, it speaks directly to the heart and passion of others. I love that this is a platform for guests to share what they do and hear their story. it creates opportunities for us to consider and explore, and of course encourages us too in our own writing/sketching/creating journey. more than just buying tools or pens for collection, really to buy something that becomes an extension of ourselves... wow. it really changes one's perspective when purchasing. i LOVE it when Liz said "building a narrative", and I guess that's what we're all doing, whether we're aware of it or not - makes me consider what narrative I've been building all this time. THANK YOU Brian and Liz for sharing ^_^

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  2. Wow, yes! Two of my favourites in one video - Goulet pens and Liz Steel! I felt so inspired that I had to grab my Lamy Joy and do some sketching while watching the video. Don't forget the D'Atrimentis document ink too - Lamy pen and D'A ink, the perfect combo for pen, ink and watercolour sketching. I started urban sketching about 6 months ago and there really is something about it that works well with a fountain pen. And the service from Goulet is fantastic. Thank you both.

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  3. Very fun and inspiring interview!

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