Author Archives: bissempalla

how long does it take to break in a fountain pen?

People sometimes ask me how long it takes to ‘break in” a new fountain pen.  This is normally a hard question to answer, since a lot of it depends on the pen. Softer nibs break in faster than harder ones, … Continue reading

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1008 posts– more reader appreciation drawings

It’s been audience appreciation week here on the old blog, since I was kind of surprised when the old blogging software told me I’d made a thousand posts.  I wouldn’t have made them if it wasn’t for you, dear readers, … Continue reading

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used vehicle sales in the coffee table notebook

Stormy weather prevents the post I planned for today, so it’s time to turn to the notebook for inspiration. I don’t know if you’ve met the house notebook, which normally lives on the coffee table so I can write in … Continue reading

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the five secular saints of antelopia

Today was a day for photographing giraffe heads and eating tater tots, and for a first encounter with the Five Secular Saints of Antelopia. Stuffed antelopes are among my favorite photographic subjects, and these five seemed to be arranged purely … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 123: brushwork hexapod

When you’ve been drawing a lot of group portraits of your audience as you imagine them and inking them for hours with the scritchy-scratchy pen, it’s fun to take up the drawing of the day sketchbook and one of the … Continue reading

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1004 posts (reader appreciation week continues)

A thousand posts and a post here on this little blog, and all due to our lovely, lovely audience.  I have drawn some more pictures of you  to say thank you.  Here’s hoping you can see yourself in there somewhere.

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the shadow of the toadfrog

This little guy was hanging around on the back wall of our house last night, being extremely hard to photograph.   The harsh light from the floods and the tiny sensor of the New Phone Camera are not well matched, … Continue reading

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six turning, four burning– the biggest photobomb ever

Imagine the scene: it’s Sunday evening and you are sitting peacefully in your own living room, doodling in your sketchbook while you watch this week’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race.  (This is a completely pointless Food Network program … Continue reading

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1001 posts

It was only after yesterday’s “Food News” went up that the software that underpins this blog (and which I usually do my best to ignore unless it is doing something weird or stupid) informed me that I had, all unknowing, … Continue reading

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food news

Two items of food news from the Files of the New Phone Camera.  First, there was a sale at the Local Chain Grocery Store this week.  The values are astounding! Everyone is talking about it.  Look at those big, big, … Continue reading

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