Since the artists' POV...
January 16, 2014
Since the artists' POV seems underrepresented here, I'm throwing in my two
As a comic book artist who does a lot of fine line work, both technical and
organic, I'm always looking for solid drawing instruments. The Rotring 600 gave
me a creative hard on at first sight. Elegant, yet not flashy, durable and well
constructed, reliable in its mechanics: it's a wonderful piece. No annoying
rattles, all the pieces seem perfectly machined. It has a solid click and
dispenses an appropriate amount of lead. The finish is attractive to the eye and
comfortable in the hand, and the knurled grip is just right for my taste.
It also feels like I could successfully use it to win a street fight.
All that being said, I can't use this pencil for real, daily work. It's just way
too heavy. I'm no sissy, either - my usual work day involves 8-10 solid hours of
drawing. The 600 made my hand cramp up after a mere 30 minutes. And with that
lovely, substantial, weighty feeling, you loose the ability to achieve a lot of
the fluid, whipping motion I often favor in my pencil work (it gives me a sort
of recoil). As a practical daily tool, the 600 is not for me.
Despite it's drawbacks, I have to give it 4 stars. I love carrying it in my road
kit to whip out at sketch parties, etc. People are always impressed with it.
They don't have to know I never really use it!
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