Archive for December, 2011

Ah well. As the year rapidly draws to an end I manage to produce something that has been on my mind almosts the whole year. An entry to the Noodler’s Artist Prize. As I finished my entry I discovered that the original has to be sent in by snailmail and thus, I believe I am too late to enter the competition. So, I’ll post my drawing on the blog instead, but I am still not too proud to send a message to Noodler’s Ink by their Contact Page informing of this post.


1) I love Noodler’s ink and I am happy informing everyone of this.
2) I appreciate the incentive of this competition. It has moved my muse, of which I am grateful. I’d like those responsible to know this, even if I can’t participate in the contest.
3) I’d like to show you my Noodler-Griffin.

Now, to the drawing:

Title: Noodler’s Griffin
Size: about 10×10 cm (I tried to make a bigger one, I really tried!)
Inks: (all Noodler’s inks) Zhivago (which is great as a black-with-only-a-hint-of-green in a pen but really shows its large capacity when used in water washes), Apache Sunset (also great shading alone as well as in washes). For the pillow the majestic Purple Martin and for the tassle Red Rattler and Lexington Gray.
Pens: Noodler’s brush pen. Noodler’s flex pens.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton.
Computer alteration: Scanned and cut, heightened brightness as well as contrast a little.
Inspiration: Mythical creature meets Catfish. I had several other ideas as well, but this one inspired me the most today.
Notes: I think this went rather well, although the griffin is a tad more youngish than intended. Maybe the holiday spirit made me veer off from the regular scary-monster theme. I blame Christmas. But approach this little one with caution, it could very well bite your head off.
In Other News I must confess that I wish there were an Artist Prize of 2012 as well…

Apache Sunset

Noodler's Zhivago - Can you believe this came from ONE bottle of ink?

Happy New Year!

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I am too computer-inept to reverse this Mac “Photo-Booth” picture taken with my webcam. It is supposed to say “on hold, drawing fish”.
I have decided that I am going to produce a couple of entries to the Noodler’s Ink 2011 artist prize mentioned in the previous post. Will return to regular postings in January.

Pen: Noodlers brush-pen recently bought from The Goulet Pen Company. Also, the ever-present Parker 51, which will be exchanged for my recently aquired Noodler’s flex pens, to fulfill the requirements for the competition.
Ink: Noodler’s black.
Verdict: This might work.
In Other News I am very, very tired and I have bought a lot of Clairefontaine paper. Also, I am working Christmas/Saturnalia/Blót. I’ll live.

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This is a sloppily cleaned up drollery.

Title: Evil Clown Balloon, et al
Size: about 15 x 4 cm.
Equipment: Parker 51, Noodler’s black. I’ll have to use something else for a while soon, getting a little repetitive.
Computer alteration: enlarging and using “erase”, then changing the size. That’s about as advanced I get. Maybe I should remove this heading?
Paper: Rhodia.
Inspiration: pure drollery. A post on why I prefer the word “drollery” to “doodle” coming up (I know they are not synonyms).
Notes: I get bored with working with pictures in the computer. I have played with the thought of getting a drawing board ever since I begun being able to afford one but I believe it would be wasted on me. I want the colours alive and staining my fingers.
Important notice: Note how the kid with the evil balloon is sad, and the one with the happy balloon is happy. I am not sure why I made them that way, since the evil balloon seem more interesting to have than the other one, which looks rather stupid. I like the pince-nez on the evil clown.
Reading tips I recently bought the book “Clowns and Tricksters” by on AbeBooks. Good service, as always. There is surprisingly few books about clowns, the history and art, etc. An acquaintance of mine went to clown school for some weeks a while ago and she really inspired me to learn more about clowns. I’d love some book recommendations, haven’t been able to find any really good ones browsing around by myself. The Wikipedia article seem good, but I’d like a proper book to read.
In other news I. Have. Found. Clairefontaine. Paper. In. The. Very. Small. Local. Bookshop!!! I am very soon going to make their day and buy about everything they have stocked.
Also, bad news, I think I am not going to be able to participate in the Noodler’s Competition. There is quite simply not enough time. I am going to give it one more chance after this weekend, though. I’d at least like to honor it by doing something, as I think it is a marvellous idea and I absolutely love Noodler’s Ink.

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When I was in 6th grade I decided to learn the Morse-code. About a year later, my school decided that all students should be obliged to write journals (that would be left in the classroom during the school year). The teachers told us that the journals would be private for each student, that nobody besides ourselves would read them. I did not trust the teachers. In a silent protest I wrote my entries in Morse-code. I got told off for it, especially after sweetly asking why they cared which alphabet I was using if they weren’t sneaking looks at what I wrote. Thankfully, I changed schools a short time after this incident. As an adult, I wonder what in the world the teachers, just a little older than I am right now, were thinking assigning this “journal-project” and handling my protest the way they did.

Like many other bullied little kids without any friends I had an active fantasy life and read a LOT. Of course I had read Tolkien, repeatedly, by 6th grade. What changed everything was a book named ”The Languages of Middle-Earth” that I got my hands on a year or so after I moved. Tengwar, Tolkiens elvish alphabet, among several of his constructed languages and a bit general lingustics if I remember correctly. For me aged 13-14ish it was an epiphany. I promptly got inspired by ways to shorten the longish morse code characters and invent ways to shorten words and sentences. I also made a foray into various shorthands. (Still looking for a good book about shorthands, any tips?).
What you see is the rather impractical but somewhat pretty result. Unfortunately it takes too long to write to be practical for everyday use. Sometime I use it to remember codes or initials that I don’t want others to see, like when noting passwords etc. I’d like to work with it more. There are more advanced versions as well, I might post some in the future.

Note the flourishes that indicate capital character and punctuation. Also, the Tengwar-inspired diacritics. The ink is J. Herbin Cacao du Bresil, the pen is the Edward Todd Wet Noodle. A great combination, I love the greyish brown.
In the detail below (from another writing example) you can see the nice shading of this ink and the almost magical flex capabilities of the pen.

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Recently I was attending an important but rather boring course at work. A place far away in the back and understanding table-mates made sure I didn’t expire from lack of mental stimuli (all four of us made drolleries for three days straight). Lectures bring forth all my latent hyperactivity issues and sitting still for more than 40 minutes is just torture. Drawing helps me focus.

Title: Selbstportrait mit fliegend Fischaugen. I am not sure of my German language skills (in highschool I failed spectaculary in French, my German is entirely self-taught which probably is all for the better…). The title is a wink to a song by a favourite band. The song is called “Selbstportrait mit Kater” by Einstürzende Neubauten.
Size: mangled and cut A4ish.
Equipment: Trusty Parker 51 with Noodler’s Black.
Computer alteration: none. Bad scan…
Paper: Ehm, the back of the cardboard file that was handed out for us at the beginning of the course.
Inspiration: Flying fisheyes are a motif that has followed me for many years. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I like “perceptionally ambiguous” (sic) pictures, but I can’t find a technical term for it. “Optical illusion” doesn’t quite work and it isn’t trompe-l’œil either. Any ideas, dear readers?
Important notice: This is the first self-portrait I have shown anyone since I was 13 and made one in art class at school. Neither portrait look very much like me. I’d like to make a proper self-portrait in acrylics or oils, sometime in the near future.

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Why is green the traditional monster-colour (because it is, isn’t it?)? Is it because it is the perfect combination of alien and organic? The combination appeals to me.

A completely different concept that hit me while writing this post is juxtaposition (which by the way is an amazing word). I have seen “juxtaposition” used to describe when you look at something, then look again and see something else. I am not perfectly sure this is the correct way to use the word, though (see the wiki link for the common definitions). This is also a classic technique to identify being asleep and dreaming, when you play with lucid dreaming (if you look at something twice while dreaming, it will probably change in an “unnatural” way and you can by recognzing this intellectually “wake up” while still dreaming and take control over the dream). Personally, I like to experience this while awake as well, to look outside of the box if you will. Everything is there for you to experience, you just have to look for it properly. I am not sure if this theory/way of thinking has a name, but it certainly has my name on it.

Title: Greendrop monsters
Size: app. 15×5 cms
Equipment: Liquid acrylics, Daler-Rowney. Mixed with old tubes of gouache.
Computer alteration: none
Paper: Green cardboard. Several years ago I bought a lot of cardboard in different colour, as I’d recently begun using soft pastels. I’d still like to play more with that medium.
Notes: Made, as you probably already guessed, by blowing on blobs of paint in different directions. This is commonly called blow painting and some people use straws. I didn’t.
Inspiration: Making these creatures was fun and proves that there is monsters in every drop of paint, if you just care to look for them. I like the shadowplay, the shifts in the greens.

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