I drew this in a Moleskine while waiting to be picked at jury duty. I used a Pentel mechanical pencil and Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. This piece is totally off the dome, so it’s not based on any real ship or wreck, and the name “Halifax” is probably already used somewhere else, but I am happy with how it turned out.
To be totally candid: I’m just trying out different notebooks that cost less than Moleskine’s, the “budget alternatives” if you will. So the Red Co Impressions series clocks in around a tenner, and it’s got 240 pages, they are a good weight, but unfortunately the hardcover is not very hard at all, in fact it’s floppy.
The one I’m reviewing is the 5″x7″ version with “plain” pages, it’s extremely flexy, you won’t be running your bluetooth mouse on top of it. Other than the flaccidness, it’s an all-around strong offering for the price.
On top of being a good, utilitarian notebook, it has TWO ribbon bookmarks! This is the only model I’ve encountered so far to have this feature, it’s pretty useful if you are doing more than one project at once like…uhm…everyone.
I’ve been using the Pentel GraphGear 800 (PG807), 0.7mm mechanical pencil, and inking with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. This is an homage to the Generation 2 Optimus Prime that came out in the 90’s, but this is the new Prime from 2017’s Titans Return line.
I’ve been fascinated with the tales of The Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship never allowed to return to port. It may have been based on reflections on the ocean’s surface making ships in the distance appear to float several feet off of the surface.