My Christmas Gift to myself...................The Pilot Namiki Falcon Soft Fine Nib
What a gem of a pen!!!! I first dipped the nib in ink just to test it before filling it up. Wrote beautifully just dipping the nib. Then filled the included converter with Noodler's Black ink.
I used the Falcon for the basic shapes of the pen parts but used my Lamy Safari EF nib for the shading. I wanted the EF so I could slowly build up the black color of the pen because it's a bit of a dryer feed plus definitely finer lines.
I finished the black off with the Falcon.
Using the barrel part, I scanned along the way to show how I built up the body color.
Strathmore Soft Cover Ivory sketchbook
I tried to replicate the exact lighting effects on the parts with only the nib/feed and converter portion showing a definite light line.
Looking a llittle flat, I decided to add more light in the other two parts of the pen using a charcoal white pencil and a little water based marker pen. I'm not sure which I like best but at least I have a scan of before and after. I can always go back over and darken those light lines if I find I really don't like it.
Although I could have anchored by adding shadows, I just didn't feel like messing with them.