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Pen Porn: Ryan Krusac Ashbain the Dragon

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Per usual, you can click on the images to view them larger. I do my best to provide you with the high-quality pen porn. πŸ˜‰

I’ve wanted one of Ryan Krusac’s dragon pens for years. But, I kept holding off because I didn’t really want one of the ones where a dragon is fighting a knight. Then, at the 2022 DC Pen Show, I saw this design. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it until I’d already spent my show budget. I’d planned to get it at the 2023 Baltimore Pen Show, but Ryan wasn’t able to attend. Thankfully, he was at the 2023 DC Pen Show, so I could finally get my dragon pen. And the wait was 100% worth it.

Ryan Krusac Ashbain the Dragon

As ever, I have to start with the 360Β° view. I did my best to put together a laid-out view, but this pen is too detailed to manage.

Ashbain the Dragon 360Β° photos

I love how detailed the dragons face and head are.

Although, to be honest, all of the dragon is highly detailed

The interplay between texture and shading lines and negative space helps keep the eye from getting lost.

The difference in light weights and quantity help with that, too.

And I can’t neglect the scales on the cap. The smooth areas catch the light differently than the hatched areas, resulting in a delightful visual texture.

Close up on the pen cap

Overall, this is a fabulous little pen. The amount of detail is simply amazing.

Ryan Krusac Ashbain the Dragon uncapped

Do you have a Ryan Krusac pen? If so, which one? If not, are you interested in one? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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One Comment

  1. Julia L
    Julia L

    I have the one where the dragon is winning the fight. I love it.

    January 26, 2024
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