Sporadic news from the Pen Plotting world of Daniel Catt

By Daniel Catt

In 2020 I decided that next year was when I should start a newsletter, it's now next year. If no-one subscribes then I don't have to do it, if you subscribe then I guess this thing is on. Also I hate writing, so it'll be like once or twice a month, preferably on a Tuesday.

In 2020 I decided that next year was when I should start a newsletter, it's now next year.

If no-one subscribes then I don't have to do it, if you subscribe then I guess this thing is on. Also I hate writing, so it'll be like once or twice a month, preferably on a Tuesday.

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πŸ“™ #008 - Delayed ungratification

I've had the opportunity to play with a prototype plotter the past couple of months, putting it through its paces. I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet as I'm still gathering thoughts. Also, as I've been using it as my primary plotter while also holding o…

 
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πŸ“™ #007 - What happens when you summon a demon with your pen plotter?

In Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, there's a section about those fancy gardens in stately homes being somewhat of a magical incantation. A garden can be "read" as a spell from its start to end, the angles of the paths, the way they trace through the land,…

 
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πŸ“™ #006 - Dan Catt vs the Post Office

Hello again, it's Tuesday afternoon, and I got sidetracked by scripting a video (pen plotting tutorial). I always promise myself that I will make each newsletter nice and short; I may manage it this time by only having 40 minutes to write it out!

 
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πŸ“™ #005 - an excuse of sorts

My degree was an arts degree that just happened to involve a lot of computers. I've always considered myself an artist who loves to get inky and can touch and smell the paper; I just happen to use the computer for a lot of it. When I finished my degree, this …

 
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πŸ“™ #004 - Ten Thousand

That would be £10,084.15 / $14,161.90 / 3.6288Ξ raised for Women Who Code.

 
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πŸ“™ #003 - The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

Hello newsletter family!I'm glad there's only a few of us, 41 at last count, (and I think two of those are me) because it gives me a chance to talk-things-out before sending them out into the world at large. In this case, it's a minor issue of $64,109.55.Befo…

 
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πŸ“™ #002 - The plotter family grows

When I first got "Trevor", the pen plotter, I ran a test plot of 400 parallel lines crammed onto a sheet of A3 paper. Which revealed that Trevor had a kink, and that kink ran down the whole A3 page at a couple of inches in from the margin.It's worth noting at…

 
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πŸ“™ #001 - Steal like an artist?

"The reason that great artists cluster together geographically is so that they can learn from each other. Jacques Lipchitz explains, 'I remember one day when Juan Gris told me about a bunch of grapes he has seen in a painting by Picasso. The next day these gr…