Tom Lane is a typographic illustrator and runs Ginger Monkey Design. He does really incredible work, like this:
He uses stationery a lot for his work so seemed like a perfect candidate for What’s In Your Pencil Case?
Tell me about how you use stationery in your day to day life?
Everything I design pretty much starts off with pencil and paper. If I try and miss this step I usually end up going around in circles. I work a lot with type, specifically hand-lettering and I use calligraphy to help inform my understanding of letterforms and play. I have a growing collection of pens and brushes that I use regularly.
What’s the top stationery item that you can’t live without (and why)?
My clutch pencil. I don’t like mess, and I need a sharp point to work on the fine details of my designs. The clutch pencil suits me to a T.
And a few quick-fire questions:
– Pen or Pencil?
– Notebooks: plain, lined or grid?
– Paper diary or phone calendar?
Phone calendar. I need the alerts to keep me on track day to today! Otherwise it would totally be Paper diary.
Here’s Tom’s current set up:
Items from left to right:
Leather pencil/pen/brush wrap
Higgins Sepia Calligraphy Ink
Daley Rowney Broad Brush
Tombow Brush Pen (Calligraphy)
Folded Ruling Pen (Calligraphy)
STAEDTLER Lead Sharpener
FABER CASTELL HB Lead
STAEDTLER Clutch Pencil
STAEDTLER Fine Liner
SAKURA PIGMA GRAPHIC
Pilot Parallel Pen
Top Row, from top to bottom
Pental Brush Pen
Manuscript Broad Nib calligraphy pen
This is by far the most technical collection of stationery items we’ve had on WIYPC – I’m really curious about the folded ruling pen!