A conch-themed illustration and quote drawn using a TWSB GO Smoke fountain pen and Noodler's Cardinal Kestrel ink

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Hi everyone! Jenn here again with another Monday Matchup drawing for you. This week, I got to use the TWSBI Go in Smoke and Noodler’s Cardinal Kestrel ink. Read on to hear about my piece and what I thought of the pen and ink.

I was pretty excited to try this pen and ink. I love my TWSBI 580ALs, Eco, and Mini, but I’d never used the GO. And shockingly enough, even though I’ve worked at Goulet for 2.5 years, I’ve never inked up a pen with Noodler’s brand ink. So both were new territory for me, which is always fun.

Unlike most of my fellow team members, fall is my least favorite season. I have a number of reasons why, but the biggest is it signals the end of beach trips for another year. I adore the beach and have a hard time going for months on end without getting to swim in the ocean. When I do get to enjoy a beach day, if I’m not in the water then I’m scouring the sand searching for shells. I love the look of a perfect, unbroken conch shell, so I decided to bring back a bit of summer with my sketch for this Monday Matchup.

I started my piece by outlining the conch and drawing the lines that circle around the shell. Using a broad nib, I wasn’t able to get the lines as thin or close together as I would have liked, so I decided to offset that by making the outline of the shell thicker and darker. I ended up really enjoying the resulting contrast. The Noodler’s ink dried very quickly and I was able to trace over the outline multiple times without having to worry about smearing the inner lines.

Once I was happy with the lines, I added details to the outer and inner areas of the shell to give it depth and texture. I followed that with adding some color to the inner area and curve of the conch. I dipped a very wet Q-tip into a tiny bit of the Cardinal Kestrel ink, brushed it on a separate piece of paper to release some of the ink, and then spread it onto my drawing with a light touch. I did not want to the solid areas to be too dark. Most of the resulting color came from smearing the ink that was already on the page. I wasn’t thrilled with my shell just floating on the page so I decided to add sand. Guess what? Sand is really, really hard to draw. I tried a few techniques on scrap paper and wasn’t satisfied. Instead, I went with a few wavy lines. I drew them as quickly as I could, which helped to give them a free-flow feel, and then I traced each line with a wet Q-tip. The quote is, as far as I could tell, not attributed to any one specific person. I used it because it resonated so true for me, and it was the perfect compliment to my drawing.

Much to my surprise, I did not fall in love with this pen and ink. They weren’t bad; they’re just not my favorite choices. The GO is a lightweight plastic pen with a smooth grip; I liked that it was comfortable to hold both posted and unposted. The broad nib put down a decent amount of ink, but it’s definitely not what I’d consider a gusher. When drawing, the nib had just a bit of resistance, a touch of feedback, that I found I didn’t enjoy. It wasn’t scratchy at all, but I didn’t get that butter smooth feeling that I love while moving my pen across the page. Cardinal Kestrel is a pleasant red ink with a lot of shading. When layered, the red darkened up nicely, but even just one pass still resulted in what I consider to be a true red (the color of the quote is a good example). The dry time made drawing easier for me, which was great. Honestly, I’m just not a big fan of red and would have preferred a darker shade in general, but that is my only issue with this ink.

This pen and ink would be a great for making notations in red, as it is easy on the eyes and dries quickly; teachers correcting papers and students/writers making edits by hand come to mind. For fans of this shade of red, it would be great for journaling, note-taking, and quick sketches. Lefties would likely enjoy these as well; this pen and ink combo could be a good opportunity for them to try a broad nib without too much worry about smearing.

A conch-themed illustration and quote drawn using a TWSB GO Smoke fountain pen and Noodler's Cardinal Kestrel ink

A conch-themed illustration and quote drawn using a TWSB GO Smoke fountain pen and Noodler's Cardinal Kestrel ink

A conch-themed illustration and quote drawn using a TWSB GO Smoke fountain pen and Noodler's Cardinal Kestrel ink

A conch-themed illustration and quote drawn using a TWSB GO Smoke fountain pen and Noodler's Cardinal Kestrel ink

A conch-themed illustration and quote drawn using a TWSB GO Smoke fountain pen and Noodler's Cardinal Kestrel ink

You can find the TWSBI Go in Smoke at GouletPens.com for $18.99. Noodler’s Cardinal Kestrel is available in a 3oz. bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml sample for $1.25.

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Write On,
Jenn