This post will be part 2 of something I did not know was gonna be part 1 - a continuation of the discussion in yesterday's comments.
Flair Pens and How to Master Them!
First, the official disclaimer: I am not a scientist or an ink specialist. I have tried and tried to find SCIENTIFIC PROOF that Flairs will not fade and bleed over time, but all I have is anecdotal evidence, that evidence being Kevin Eastman's collection of Vaughn Bode original art. And all of my original art that I have used Flairs on since I learned that Bode's art is not fading. This was a few years ago. Maybe Bode's art has begun to fade. If anybody wants to post on a chat room or something and find out what the current condition of Bode original art is, please share anything you learn.
I'm pretty sure that any scientific analysis will reveal that Flair ink WILL eventually fade more than India ink. But even the India ink they sell these days is wimpy crap. Hundreds of years ago poor people worked 14 hours a day every day, building cathedrals and making great ink. Today unionized crybabies fart around for 8 hours a day (if they're not on PREGNANCY LEAVE!) erecting pre-fab metal "Super Churches" and pushing buttons on the wimpy crap ink machines. Dammit to hell, whatever happened to PRIDE?!? It ain't supposed to mean you're a homosexual, it's supposed to mean you make good ink!
I always have two Flairs going. One is fresh and sharp. The other is beat to hell. I use the beat-up one like a brush pen. I use the fresh one for detail. For very fine detail I will use a fine-point Flair, but I try to avoid it.
When the beat up one starts to wear out beyond any reasonable use, the other one isusually starting to get beat up. So I throw away the old one, declare the other one old, and open a new one. It rarely happens that systematically, but you get the idea.
Now for the SHOCKER! I use a BRUSH TOO! A lot of the stuff that looks "brushy" is in fact brushy.
Star-nose moles are fascinatingly ugly little creatures. How could you not want to love them and cuddle them and squeeze them to your heart?