Media Rants, Podcasting, Filmmaking, Production, Design

The WriteLight

The Pitch:

The WriteLight is the size of a ballpoint pen so it fits easily into your pocket and is ready to go just like your phone’s camera. It gives you a an easy to use secondary light source when taking photos with your camera phone.

The Idea:

I work with a few people that love photography, including myself.  We’ll take pictures with anything.  Now thanks to great cell phone cameras I never feel like I’m without something that will capture a pretty decent image.  But I always feel the flash is lacking on these phone.  Look I get it I’m expecting way too much from a phone camera flash.

One day we were playing around with our camera phones and trying out alternative lighting.  Like pen lights and small LED lights.  Then I realized what I wanted was a light that had a bunch of lights like the ones in cell phones, mainly because they are bright.  Since I’m an artist I’m always carrying around pens.  So I came up with the WriteLight.

You can vote on it at Quirky and if we’re lucky maybe they’ll make it!

I didn’t want a light that attached to the camera or supplements the camera light.  I wanted a light that could be positioned any where around your subject work like a video light, add more visual drama and best of all fit in my pocket right next to all my favorite pens.

Key Features:

  • Size of a regular pen.
  • 8 Super Bright LEDS
  • SWIPE your Light. Swipe across the length of the pen to turn on the lights one at a time.
  • The more lights the brighter it will be.
  • Color Knob so you can change the color of the light to add even more lighting effects.
  • Rechargeable by a USB cord or use the USB adapter power supply to recharge the light pen.
  • Has a clip to hang off a short. But could come with an accessory that acts like a tripod.
  • Different finishes to match peoples phones. Chrome, White, Black

write_light_pitch_01 write_light_pitch_02 write_light_pitch_03 write_light_pitch_04 write_light_pitch_05 write_light_pitch_06

Funny faces

Trying something new with Paper on my iPad.  If you’re an artist, have an iPad and don’t have Paper, get it!  You won’t regret it.

[nggallery id=29]

My problem is I so many other apps I always forget I do have it.  But it’s a great app to use and I thought I’d used to practice making stylized faces.  I don’t do faces to well but practice make perfect or kind of goofy in my case.

Now I need to go sit in a mall somewhere to get some better reference.

I’ll add more to the gallery as I make more.

My Super Train

I’m inspired by Elon Musk and he’s rethinking our transportation future. So here’s the start of the train system I’m designing. I’ll call it the Zip Train for now.


I’ll post a full breakdown of the project soon.

Never had a lightbox before

But now I do. Tried using my iPad as a lightbox. Contrary to popular belief the iPad can’t do a lightbox. Maybe if you’re looking at slides, but who does that anymore? In a pinch it will work fine. But the real deal is so much better. This one is a little 8×12 so it’s perfect for most page size projects.


This is my pen. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

I’m willing to bet like most artists you test out pen after pen till you find one you like. If you’re also like me you finally find a pen you like only to find they don’t make it any more when you go back for more…. So I ended up frankenpenning my favorite pen together.

Here’s what it is.

2 Pens

I really like these two pen barrels. They feel good in my hand and I have one that’s skinny and one that’s a little fatter. Cause sometimes you just want to hold a fatter pen.

Close up of the Pens

This in refill has a 1.0 mm point. It flows like a garden hose and the ink almost spills out if it. This makes for a very smooth sketching experience.

My stock of refills

Since this pen maker won’t stock it regular office supplies stores I’ve had to resort to finding my own refills on line. I think I better order another batch just in case. This order was 50 which = 100 refills.


I do think I better order more. The ink flows so fast out of this pen. If I spend 3 hours sketching things I can totally drain the refill.

pen caps

Check out how this brand caps their refills so they won’t dry out. I hope they continue to do this. Now they will last forever.

I’m not putting any links to my sources because I want them all to myself. So there!

SEO Powered by Platinum SEO from Techblissonline