Taking the Pelikan 400nn to School

The Pelikan 400nn is a fountain pen produced in 1958. It is a small, lightweight pen that contains its own filling system, a piston filler, with a HUGE ink capacity. I am challenging myself to take only one or two pens with me in order to lighten my load and reduce time wasting decision making.

Here it is next to my 4X3 Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal:


My 400nn has a 14K gold extra fine semi-flexible nib and I keep it loaded with Platinum Carbon Black ink.

I started the day taking the downtown 3 train from the Upper West Side to Brooklyn.


Lecture at Namm Hall, room 1021:


Heading uptown on the 2 train from Borough Hall, Brooklyn, to Upper West Side, Manhattan:






This morning, a study break at the bagel shop gave me a couple more models.


I enjoyed sketching with the Pelikan 400nn very much. I never had to worry if the pen was about to run dry. If it did, I could always have the 140 ready to go as well.

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Subway Sketches Starring the Pelikan 400nn


Added watercolor when I returned home.

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The Lunchtime Adventures of the Sailor 1911 Large with an Extra Fine Nib and the Sailor 1911 Large with a Medium Nib

5 April 2018

The apartment has been without gas for over a month. I haven’t been able to cook, so an awful lot of take-out and delivery food is what has been eaten. Occasionally there’s a chance for an adventure by eating a meal at a restaurant. This afternoon I had one of those adventures, and I took my two Sailor fountain pens with me.

I didn’t want to go far, so I went to the Metro Diner a couple of blocks up and had an arugula salad with some balsamic, and a coffee.

I decided to start the exciting adventure with the medium nib in the Stillman and Birn Alpha Series 4 X 6 hardcover sketchbook, looking straight ahead to the booths in front of me.


The closest group of people left, so I did another quick sketch in the same direction with the extra fine nib in the 4 X 3 Pentalic Traveler Pocket Sketchbook.


I didn’t manage to capture the interesting way this woman was holding her fork, medium nib, S&B 4 X 6:


A woman directly in front of me looking at the menu, this was tricky because it was so difficult to be discreet while I was sketching under the table and trying not to look obvious. Extra fine nib, Pentalic 4 X 3:


Here are the pens with their respective sketches in a group shot!


The ink used is Platinum Carbon Black.

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This Morning’s Adventures of the Pelikan m800 and Pilot Custom 823

5 April 2018

Spring break is allowing me the time to catch up with schoolwork, and this morning as I am trying to break down some calculus exercises, a jackhammer is literally being used in the hall outside the apartment.

I decided to take a break.

I took a couple of pens and my 4 X 3 Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal to the cafe around the corner.

I found a spot where I was hoping to get an interesting subject for a sketch. Then a small family sat at the table right next to me. They were eating a couple of bread-type items, and the baby in a stroller was being entertained by cartoons being provided by his father via his iPhone, while the mother was entertaining herself with her own iPhone on the table top.


They were there for about five minutes and left as quickly as they came.

As I was hoping for another interesting scene, a group of four occupied the same table as the family that just left. Very interesting faces, but my position was compromised, as I was occasionally being glanced at by one of the gentlemen in the group.

I switched my position and noticed a group of youngsters playing chess at the back of the cafe.


I usually like to add washes of color, but I did not take my colors with me, so I may add later, so I may update this post later. In the meantime, the first was sketched with the Pelikan m800 with an extra fine nib, loaded with Platinum Carbon Black. The second was sketched with the Pilot Custom 812 with a fine nib, also loaded with Platinum Carbon Black.


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My Birthday Today!

3 April 2018

Here are a few sketches from my day today, starting with a coffee stop at Birch Coffee, Upper West Side. I was on my way to an appointment, so I had to sketch quickly with the Sailor 1911 L with a medium nib, Platinum Carbon Black ink.



A couple of minutes before my appointment in the waiting room, a baby is being fed.



I have been composing music on the Alembic Elan 6 string bass recently, and I thought that I would share some of that music with you today, since it’s my birthday!

music art color

Here is the page where you can hear some of my music: https://soundcloud.com/sean-patrick-kupisz


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Brunch at the Manchester Diner

1 April 2018

This morning we had brunch at the Manchester Diner, Upper West Side where I managed to take a few sketches.

Julia is texting, and I quickly sketched in the forms of mostly backs of heads, but a couple of faces. I could see a couple of buildings through the window.


Here’s a couple more.


Sketched with the Pelikan 400nn, Carbon Black Ink,

The food was very good. I had the egg white omelette with peppers, mushrooms and something else. I can’t remember. Very good though.

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Last Day of March, Last Pages of Sketchbook!

31 March 2018

I woke up at 4:30 AM due to a coughing fit, so I rolled out of bed, went to the living room to calm my fit and pulled out the Pilot Custom 823 with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black to sketch the sidewalk across the street.


It is frustrating that Noodler’s Bulletproof Black often runs when watercolor is added. After this sketch I flushed out the pen, and loaded it with Carbon Black.

This afternoon I looked towards Broadway from the bedroom window at the sidewalk where I saw a conversation in front of a group of storefront mannequins. I quickly pulled out my Pelikan 400NN loaded with Platinum Carbon Black, scratched in some lines, and put down a couple of light washes of watercolor.


This is the last page in the Pentalic 6X4 70lb. hardcover sketchbook. The other side of this sketch is blank, so I may add something later, but it is the last of the 110 sheets/220 page book.


Here’s the actual back page of the finished sketchbook. I sketched this on a coffee run at Cafe Adagio at Broadway between 96 and 97. 400NN, Carbon Black:


Next is a snapshot of a woman who seemed to be struggling with her phone:


400NN, Carbon Black in the 4X6 Stillman and Birn Alpha Series hardcover sketchbook.

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