Hey there, fountain pen friends, Whitney here. This week, I've paired Noodler's Dostoyevsky with a Pilot Falcon SEF. Read on to hear my thoughts on this pen and ink and why I may not be able to part with it!
I really enjoyed the fact that I've continued to break my trend of pink inks from previous matchups. Dostoyevsky was a lovely blue and worked well in the Falcon. My inspiration for the piece came from Dostoyevsky himself. I read this quote from him and felt it really resonated with me. I had a few negative memories and feelings from the past year, but I like the idea of balancing the good wtih the bad. This past year was a difficult one for me on a personal level but I chose to focus on the things I got to do in the course of a single year and the progress I made as a person. I think that was the attitude Dostoyevsky was encouraging.
I did a few versions of this piece that included only the text, but they didn't feel quite right. In hindsight, I wish I had been a little more focused in my vision. I decided I liked the way the Ayn Rand portrait from my last Monday Matchup turned out and thought I'd give the technique another shot. I found it was already getting easier to have more confidence with using the water brush, so that was encouraging. I used a water brush to construct a likeness of Dostoyevsky. Once I was satisfied with the portrait, I wrote the quote in with the pen.
I am so in love with this pen, I really wanted to keep it for myself. The Falcon is amazing. It's got a very fine nib when not flexed and the nib is soft enough to offer plenty of line variation. It even has a bit of feedback, which I find perfect. The ink is great as well. I had a fine time using it for both writing and making the tiny water brush portrait.
I would recommend this pen and ink for all types of writing. I used it for writing some notes when I was getting a feel for it and it worked just fine. It would be great for writing that is intended to be more stylized as well. It would work for drawing and sketching as well.
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What is your New Year's motivational quote?