The Perry 88F Nib

As a simple way to get myself started on some short YouTube videos of my work, I tried filming myself drawing with this vintage pen nib.

Perry Nibs box.
Perry Nibs box.

These steel nibs were manufactured by Perry & C0. Limited, Old Bailey (Late Holborn Viaduct). I’m not sure what the connection was with the Scotsman on the lid of the box.

perry nib in pen holder

It’s revealing to study myself in action. I’ve got such tentative way of starting to make marks – I guess my motto is think twice and draw once, except I seem to go over each line two or three times as well. My shaky hands are much in evidence. In my defence, I found it cumbersome to work around the camera on the gorilla-pod on my desk.

It would be so useful to have someone else handling the camera while I focus on the drawing but at least for now I can explore the basic problems of putting together a little video before I enlist the help of my friend John Welding as my cameraman/director and stylist.

One of my shaky hands drawn with a fibre tip pen; a Uni-ball Signo Gel Grip. Stabile crayons.
One of my shaky hands drawn with a fibre tip pen; a Uni-ball Signo Gel Grip. Stabile crayons.

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