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Support Jim Woodring’s Dream of Drawing with a 7-Foot Pen

A lot of people have dreams. For most people, they don’t involve creating a nearly 7-foot-tall steel dip pen and drawing illustrations with it, but then again, most people aren’t Jim Woodring. The creator of “Frank” has shared his goal with the world and you can’t help but root for his genuine positivity and excess of imagination. As such, we’d be committing an injustice not to lend our share of support to Woodring’s plan to raise the $4,500 needed to create the pen. Did we mention you’ve only got a few hours to donate or the dream will die?Woodring is currently accepting donations via his Projectsite (akin to a Kickstarter page), where he lays out his goal and how you can help:

The dip pen is a bit of fetish item for me (as it is for many pen users). The pen is extremely difficult to master but ultimately allows for an extraordinary degree of expression. The well-constructed pen and ink drawing is a monument to perseverance, requiring tremendous patience and control. I am thrilled by the challenge of creating such drawings in public and introducing new audiences to the allure of the medium. The pen (nib) itself will be approximately 16 inches long, made of steel and fully functional. The holder will be six feet long and made of wood with a metal sleeve insert to hold the pen. Nib and holder will resemble as closely as possible the actual implements on which they are based.

Once the pen and penholder are built I will train myself to ink with it; and once I’ve done that, I will arrange at least two public performances in which I will use the pen to ink large graphite drawings on 3′ x 5′ sheets of bristol.

The incentive-packed fundraiser ends at the end of the day, but with the help of sufficient contributions, Woodring could be on his way to creating an entirely new art technique.

[Via The Beat]

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