So, here I am another time, with another Seahorse. This is a Virgilian one. "Fit sonitus spumante salo" ("There's a roar from the foaming sea") is a quote from the episode of Laocoön's death in the Aeneid (Book II, line 209).
I drew the Seahorse with a single Montblanc 149 from 1994, fitted with a juicy EF nib. The pen was filled with Aurora Black ink, an extraordinarily wet ink. To do the entire drawing I used almost two fills of my 149. The paper is a medium strong (140 gr) Fabriano Fabria, ivory color, with the grain direction parallel to the short side of the leaf.
I made some statistics on this drawing. In the darker areas, any 10 square centimetres have some 450 vertical pen strokes, plus 200-250 finer diagonal strokes. It took 4 to 5 minutes of uninterrupted work to fill 10 square centimetres. The darker areas of the drawing grossly occupy 800 square cm, which required some 55,000 pen strokes. The drawing of the Seahorse and the pedestal may have required some 30,000 strokes more.
I spent two entire weekends and the late afternoon hours of an entire week to complete it.
It is a pleasure to use the large nib of the Meisterstück 149 with the Aurora ink. The nib simply seems to float on the dry paper. As the flow is very generous, I used the back of the nib (the upper part) to make the finest of the strokes, and the underside to do the broadest lines.