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Wendy Beth Jackelow <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:49:23 -0400
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Hi everyone,

I thought I should follow up on my venture into the world of ink marker pens. I used the Pitt pens I had
and since I have kind of lighter touch I basically used the superfine (S) and fine points (F). I worked on
the denril multimedia vellum which I use for traditional  pen and ink.

First off, the pens worked really well on the vellum and I got a consistently dark black line. They scanned
beautifully--no watery patches and very crisp. I was able to scratch off the highlights with a razor blade just
like with bottled ink. Overall I was very happy.

On the flip side, the superfine tip mushed out on me pretty early on. It was just not as fine as I would have liked.
I think I could have remedied this by working larger so I wouldn't have been so dependent on that fineness of
line. It wasn't a terrible difference, but one you would notice if you are used to the 000 or 00 rapidographs.

I scanned the inked images and traced them using live trace in Illustrator CS4. I am not used live trace since on
my previous computer I always used my old version of Streamline! I had to play around to get it to scan the way
I wanted--it wasn't quite on the money, but good enough when reduced. This will require further investigation,
but the deadline was looming!

Thank you all for the suggestions and recommendations. I would like to try the other pens everyone mentioned
and see how they all compare.

Take care,

Wendy Beth Jackelow, MFA, CMI
Medical & Scientific Illustration

266 Pelton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
Tel/fax (718) 273-0002
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