Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion |TIP73


Today, I felt like a kid in a toy shop at Tokyu Hands. It’s a Japanese store that sell all kind of house ware, cosmetics, traveller, decoration, and hundreds of cool “useless stuff”. They have just opened, and I discovered a huge corner for pens and notebook (30% of the whole shop was shelves filled with thousands of pens !).

I think I stayed there about 2 hours playing with the pens…
where I decorated quite a good number of these sketch pad and note book.

TRY ME ! You won’t ask me twice :).  I started with a Mechanical pencil on a nice Japanese note book.
A young boy came to see me drawing. I could feel how interested he is into learning how to sketch. Just saying that I believe the difference between people who succeed at knowing how to draw, and others, is the determination. It is truly not the initial skill or the number of sophisticated art supplies you have, but the energy that I believe the young boy has inside. Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion.

Sometime I think I should train my handwriting… I usually don’t dare to sign, as it mess up everything at the very end ! Kind of shame… 🙂

The most “weirdo” pen I have ever met. And I really enjoyed it. It’s the PILOT PARELLEL, for calligraphy. You can find it in multiple variation of width for the metal nip. If you look closer, you may notice the “small teeth”. It allows the ink to spread well on paper. I like the subtle scratching sound it makes.

Awesome calligraphy from Ewa Landowska. You can see more of her work here at She’s impressive.

The way I use is totally different. Anyway, nobody said it was not allowed.


Here is the widest pen of the series. Whatever stroke I did, there was a nice feel of Zen coming out of it.

How about ending with a bit of Concept thumbnails ?

I left the shop without buying it despite of having it in my basket for half an hour. I think I should have get it. I already miss it.

After a quick post on Instagram of one of above picture, Scott saw the unusual concept of pen. Very enthusiast, he made an impulsive buying getting the whole series of Parallel pen from Amazon. Scott, if you read me, I am curious to see your next creation with it ! :).

If you too is a fan of art supplies and know some “weirdo pens”, tell us in the comments !

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If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.


  • AmirHossein Alesheikh

    Reply Reply December 2, 2014

    I just got a calligraphy marker, It’s a weird (and time saving) pen for me, but I don’t think it’s that new to you.
    BTW, Some in my country use matches and ink as a pen, and it’s a quite interesting experience!

    • Chou-Tac Chung

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      Calligraphy is super new for me. And still very weird also. I am just testing new things. When I am lucky, I meet people who got experience. So I ask some questions to them and share the tricks with you guys. – Drawing with matches fascinates me. Thanks for the info. Wow. Imagine a match holder for writing 🙂

  • Scott Torrance

    Reply Reply December 1, 2014

    Haha I will let you know how I get on 🙂

  • Brian

    Reply Reply December 1, 2014

    Scott, are you referring to scott robertson?

    • Chou-Tac Chung

      Reply Reply December 1, 2014

      Hello Brian, I am referring to an other Scott, an user of Instagram with whom we like talking about art supplies.

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