Archive for March, 2011

This is part of a bigger colourful myriad I am making for a dear friend of mine. Actually for Christmas 2010, so I am a bit late finishing it. Well, it is still not finished.
Do not stress the Artist.

Title: Colourful Myriad
Size: not that big, 10×15 cms maybe.
Equipment: Oh… Here we go. This started out as a way of practising drawing folds, quite unsuccessfully using George Bridgmans Drawing the Draped Figure. I have probably used most of my equipment at some point when drawing this. Pentel Aquash for the watercolour-brush-effect. The red colour is Diamine Poppy Red. The thin black lines is Rotring Art Pen with waterproof ink and/or Lamy Safari EF with Noodler’s Black. I like Noodler’s better. The Purple is most likely Diamine Royal Purple, a colour I do not like for some reason. The brown is Diamine Chocolate Brown, mixed with Parker rollerball black ink (goes bluish in wash). The green in the eyes (can you see that the eyes are on someones’ back?) is the wonderful Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrün, one of my absolute favourite inks of all time.
Computer alteration: Changed brightness and contrast slightly.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton (and soon, in May, we go to London again and I will break the bank buying more of this awesome paper!).
Notes: The anatomy is a bit off, I know. Comes from drawing this freehand on a boat. At least that’s my excuse.
Other parts of this drawing is definitely at least PG-13 rated. That is, half-nude females, nipples and such. I did a large part of the drawing on a ferry-trip. I usually get quite immersed in my own private little world when drawing, so I got rather startled when I discovered that I had become surrounded by a group of curious 11-yearolds. They were on a school-trip and very interested in how I could draw something like this. I held an impromptu drawing-lesson (practise daily, have fun), all the while hoping no guardian would come by and take offense at all the (well, three) nipples. The kids didn’t seem to mind. They seldom do. (more…)

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In a way I was a little reluctant to expose the Steampunk Trickster in the previous post like I did. Borrowing/stealing pictures, concepts and such are par the course on the ‘net and I am well aware that there is a risk that my pictures and concepts end up somewhere else than in my loving hands and mind if I post them officially in a blog like this (not even watermarked…). The steampunk trickster is perhaps a little bit more dear to me than the others, but I decided to let him out to play anyway. I like how Neil Gaiman in this november 2004 post in his journal likens art to a giant stew. When you create you pick something out, you put something in. Applicable to art as well as writing fiction, of course. As long as it isn’t something that is an obvious ripoff and deserving of ending up on You thought we wouldn’t notice, I believe it’s all good.

And this is all I am going to write about that for now.
I leave you with this view from my new apartment, about 06 in the morning. I get a new and perfectly original sunrise each morning, free of charge and impossible to copy. Isn’t that what life is truly all about, experiencing that which is impossible to relive, making you want to discover what else is out there?

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When making the front page to this issue of the fanzine Landet Annien, one of the characters that grew out of my sketches made a greater impression on me than the others. I do not have a name for him, but he is definitely a trickster type of character. I figured, since goggles is practically a steampunk necessity, who are the ones making and selling them? Well, one of them is this strange man, possibly undercover agent, half-thief half-rogue, with the highest top-hat you could imagine. Of course, as I dare suggest the steampunk cliché demands, goggles belong strapped to top-hats and these are not an exception.

Title: Steampunk Trickster
Size: app. 4×20 cms
Computer alteration: I cleaned it up a bit in the computer, stray lines and such, if I remember correctly. Also, converted to greyscale.
Paper: Markerblock A4, Canson 70g.
Equipment: Fiber-tipped technical pens, mostly Staedler, and Pentel Tradio Stylo. As I have mentioned before, this drawing and the Myller (the background of the blog) were made with too expensive fiber-tipped non-refillable pens. Yep, even though the Pentel Tradio is “refillable” to some extent I count it among those pens as well. It performs differently as it ages, becoming bristly and the line uneven (I know it is immensely popular in the comics crowd, so don’t take it personal if you use it and love it. But feel free to let me recommend you some proper fountain pens if you are curious).
Shameless Preaching: To discover drawing with fountain pens (at first Lamy Safari, then refillable Koh-I-Noor technical pens and the Parker 51) was like going from stale water and gritty bread made of flour mixed with sand to a luxury all-you-can-eat buffet. Eh, or something like that. Now I am a happy convert, having started this blog partly to spread the word.


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…and back online!
The moving thing went great and this week I’ve spent getting online and unpacking (still missing camera USB-cable and haven’t found a place to put the scanner). I have a very nice view over blue, snowy mountains and a big bathtub. I reckon those things will boost my creativity immensely (I have used the bathtub eight nights in a row). The bathtub is probably the true reason I have’t updated the blog sooner.

Title: Steampunk Sprite
Size: about 10×15 cm.
Equipment: Rotring Art Pen with Noodler’s Black.
Computer alteration: None.
Paper: Unknown London Sketchbook.
Inspiration: Concerning steampunk, I am personally more drawn to the science/retrotech parts of steampunk than the fantasy steampunk with elves and the like. But apparently this little sprite hovered somewhere in my subconscious anyway, and wanted out. I am not sure it is even steampunk in any way, but I was in a steampunk mood when drawing it. So there.
Notes: Yes, yes, a little cliché-ish type fairy thing, it hasn’t even got any teeth. This is a drawing nestled on a page, adjacent to some other drollery I made at a time when I worked at illustrating the front and back page of a fanzine run by a friend (n. b both links are to pages in swedish!). A post on that project is planned in the near future. (more…)

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