Title: The Birdmonster of 2010
Size: About 15×18 cm.
Equipment part fiber-tipped Staedler 0.1 and 0.05 pen, part Parker 51 F nib (?) with Noodler’s Black.
Computer alteration: No alteration whatsoever, except changing size.
Inspiration: This is a doodle that came to life during a boring lecture. My almanac happened to be the closest paper at hand at the time. I also like the notion of a giant bird with teeth guarding my precious timetables and to-do lists. The yellow post-it shows a slightly exaggerated example of my handwriting as well as a man, working name “the Captain”, from an as yet very much unpublished graphic story that has been simmering around in my mind for at least a couple of years now. (more…)
Archive for January, 2011
Title: The Birdmonster of 2010
Media: Faber Castell technical pen in 0.1 mm. Ink is Lamy black. Drawn with my first proper technical pen after suffering years of endless frustration with expensive fiber-tipped, disposable pens. Used the latter in 0.1 as well as 0.05 mm, and still got a crude, scratchy line or the pen dried up after just a short time of use (and I am light of hand when drawing…). I found a technical pen online, second hand, bought it and it worked wonderfully. Until I broke it. Now I have a bunch of Koh-I-Noors I bought NOS*. Some say they are inconvenient to clean and that they tend to break, but I have had no problem with this (except for that first pen I just had to pick apart…).
Computer alteration: Made it a little brighter.
Paper: Original image about 8×12 cm. Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength.
Inspiration: a long-time companion to members in my family, Pingo is an excellent and inspiring subject to draw.
Notes: I seldom draw still life, but this time I couldn’t help it. Made the drawings summer 2010. See below for a picture of the subject, the pen and the two other drawings I made the same day.
(*New Old Stock is items that are unused but are old)
Title: Old tree in walnut ink
Media: Scriptorium walnut ink, sable brush, Pentel Aquash brush (with plain water). The sable brush (a cheaper brand) did not work as well as I’d expected. Suspect that I’ll make room in the art budget to try a brush of highter quality soon.
Computer alteration: I have not altered this image on the computer except for cleaning up the background and making it a tiny bit brighter. Oh, and shrunk it of course. I have it in an enormous size, as evidenced by the detail picture beyond the cut.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength. 148 x 210 mm.
Inspiration: In the summer I often go out in the woods with my beloved to just read, draw and talk. Especially in the summer when my apartment is extremely hot. At one particular place there is an old oak. This is an, ahem, interpretation of that tree painted freehand. I believe it also looks like a monster with its arms up in the air and a big snout, but I always see monsters in my drawings so I am probably not to be trusted on this.
Title: The politicans that weren’t, really (and some teeth and tentacles)
Media: Rotring fiber-tipped pens, 0.1 and 0.3 mm and Pentel Aquash brushes, one with water and one with Lamy ink in black and water mixed to a light bluish gray wash.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength. About 20 x 10 cm scanned.
Inspiration: I made this doodle last year in London, trying out the paper which I had just bought.
Notes: of the three proper faces, the face in the middle reminds me a little bit of Obama. Not very much, but a little. The face to the right (no, not the lower one with the teeth, the upper one) looks a bit lika a Swedish politican. I will not be namedropping who since I do not have a good track record with caricatures. When I was about 14 years old my father gave me a wonderful book that I still own, called (translated from Swedish) “The second world war in caricatures”. Some of the caricatures I understood, others went (thankfully) way over my tiny little head, but they all made me inspired. So, of course I drew a couple of caricatures myself. I was especially proud of one, a picture of the then-prime minister of Sweden, Göran Persson. Proudly I bounced down the stairs to show it to my mother, who promptly asked why I had drawn a caricature of Leonid Brezjnev. After that, I went back to drawing elves again.
Title: Dreamy ladies (perhaps clichélves)
Media: 0.1 Staedtler and 0.3 Pilot Hi-Techpoint 5 technical pens. Lamy Safari with Noodler’s black ink. I like the Lamy Studio, I have it in Fine point and I can get a thinner line from the pen if I use the nib upside down. If you draw with pen and ink, try fountain pens, and you’ll never go back. Refillable as well, which makes them more economical. And you can choose which ink you want! The image is edited in PS, contrast and brightness and stuff. I know next to nothing about computer modification, I usually play around a bit til it looks good on my screen.
Paper: About 20 x 10 cm. Old sketchbook from Becker-Hansen, at least 30-40 years old. Cool yellowed paper.
Inspiration: this is more or less the usual doodle-fare for me. Except the strange absence of monsters and teeth. (more…)
Title: Doubtful Birdman
Media: Staedler Technical pen
Paper: about 3×5 cm, no-name trash paper. Image taken from a lecture note and cleaned up in PhotoShop. Changed Brightness/Contrast and converted to greyscale.
Inspiration: My subconscious.
Notes: Birdmen like this one can also be seen in the background of the blog, for details see the very first post.
The Birdmen are a reccuring theme in my doodles and sketches. Sometimes they have suits on, sometimes they have lots of teeth. This one is just a sketch, but I like his doubtful expression. Note that his mouth goes all the way down his neck. This is important.
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Title: The Sexy Swamp Elf that wasn’t, really
Media: Parker rollerball (black), Diamine Royal Purple and Damson, Staedtler technical pen (waterproof). Pentel Aquash brush with plain water. Daler-Rowney acrylic ink (the white glint in the eye, White 011) added with a regular brush.
Paper: 14×21 cm, Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength. Great find in London, I love this paper! No feathering, holds water extremely well and have just enough texture to not have the pen slithering away into my lap. Eh. Definitely buying more in May, when we’re going to London again (I hope).
Inspiration: my beloved called me a swamp elf when we were out in the woods together some time ago. I decided to draw him a sexy (swamp) elf with pretty striped stockings as a token of appreciation. It now resides somewhere on his desk at work. Note my inability to spontaneously draw simple light and sexy stuff with pouty lips, breasts and all that. At least I got the stockings right. A friend called this reminiscent of Planescape, which I have not played myself. (more…)