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…from the blog background, at the very top. These two are among my favourite creatures in that drawing. Here they are:

This post is also the one-year anniversary for this blog! Horray! The anniversary is really the 22nd, but I unexpectedly got to go to work tomorrow, so here we go today instead. 53 posts, almost exactly one each week.

Title: The Pale Guards
Inspiration: These little guys just came out of nowhere.
Notes: As you can se the left one has escaped the knotwork (I had a thing for knotwork a while ago, I still haven’t given up getting better at it). The other guard is still entangled.
I need to make more “myller” (see the very first post of the blog to see more of the original drawing).
In Other News: the following year I hope to post a little bit more often. I would also like to investigate how to make prints/litographies of some of my work, I am also planning to get going with fountain pen restoration. In December I bought a couple of books on how to make dolls and I plan on making a small, jointed swamp-elf doll sometime in 2012. It will be an exciting year, hopefully better that 2011 which was alright but with a lot of rather stressful, life-changing stuff. I’m hoping for this year to be more calm and orderly.

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Title: Hopping Horsebirds
Equipment: Lamy Safari B nib with Noodler’s Apache Sunset. Parker 51 EF with Noodler’s Black. Lamy Safari EF with Diamine Poppy Red (for the tongues).
Paper: Rhodia lined notebook
Inspiration: Intuitive drawing with the goal of making these critters really move. I am not sure I am up to psychoanalyzing exactly why I consistently return to motifs of fish, birds, weird animal combinations and juxtaplorations (my very own, very new portmanteau, it gets NO hits at all on Google. Cool. Experimental linguistics certainly lost a talent when I decided to pursue other areas of academia).
Notes: The Lamy Safari B nib is broad and wet to the point that it is possible to use it as a “brush” of sorts, as you can see in the drawing. No brush, no washes, no brush-pen. Just fountain pens! The technique is the same as in the post Drollerish Alien Landscape, only the black colour is here Noodler’s black instead of Parker Black Cartridge. It is interesting how different the colour-palette becomes after changing only one component. It is like the bluish black of the Parker brought forth the orange in the Apache Sunset, while the Noodler’s black mixed with Apache Sunset made all these greenish hues come through. Another good thing with the Noodler’s Black is that it is permanent when dry, so by blending quickly you get a nice mix, but if you want a clear black line you can get that too.
Important notice: The horsebirds are confused because they cannot fly. This is why they are hopping around in vain trying to lift from ground. As they are not very smart, it is unlikely they will stop hopping anytime soon. Quite tragic, really.
In Other News Coming up: the one-year anniversary of the blog. The 22nd of January!

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Title: New old wave hair-faery
Size: A6, “postcard”
Equipment: Lamy 2000 (F) and Diamine Damson
Computer alteration: none.
Paper: Fabriano Quadrato Artist’s Journal
Notes: I am satisfied with how the pince-nez turned out. I like the colour of the paper combined with the ink. Overall I tend to be drawn to dusty colours in design (clothing as well as interior design). I like grayish green, vintage powder peach pink, rainy cloud gray, steel blue and old white. Diamine Damson is that gray purple i like. I would like a little more gray in it, then it would be perfect. The Lamy 2000 is a very nicely designed pen but not at all representative for my favourite era. I am usually drawn to Art Deco and the 30s-40s. It was the very first new fountain pen I bought. Almost all my other pens are previously used.
Inspiration: I made this drawing last year. Spontaneously inspired by the famous Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura by the artist Hokusai while drawing a random steampunkish faery. I did not have a reference picture of the wave when making my drawing, but I think there is a definite resemblance.

Only part of the print. Source: Wikimedia commons

Today’s Learning Experience The woodblock printing technique used to make the Kanagawa print is called Ukiyo-e. One thing I regret about deciding to not do art for a living is not getting an education at an art-school, where supplies and instruction in different techniques would have been ubiquitous. I am all for autodidactism, but in many ways having the time, space and resources at an art school would have been fun. Trying woodblock printing at home? Hardly practically possible, at least not right now. But I am not saying it will never happen…
In Other News Noodler’s ink is prolonging the competition til 28th of February (which, coincidentally, happens to be my birthday). I have THE greatest idea for another entry. Or wait, maybe two ideas! I have really appreciated all the entries I’ve seen so far, several new added just the last couple of weeks. I have also gotten several new visitors from the Noodler’s Ink blog, you are all very welcome!

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I am slightly synaestethic, associating letters, words and numbers with colours. “Drollery” is a light and airy word, like sunshine on warm sand. The -ish ending makes it even nicer. “Doodle” is not as pretty, it is a more flat beige-boring yellow.

That is why I won’t have a ”doodle”-tag, I’ll call everything that dribbles out of my pen under non-controlled circumstances (when I should be writing) a ”drollery” even though it might not strictly fall in the Wikipedia definition of drollery. A sketch is a whole other story (which I too seldom associate myself with) since it is made under planned, controlled circumstances (at least more controlled than the doodle, right?). The semantics is making my head hurt, so let’s go on to the drawing:

Title: Drollerish Alien Landscape
Size: app. 15×3 cm
Equipment: Parker Rollerball with bluish black cartridge ink, partially dried and clumpy with age (also used making my Swamp Elf). Lamy Safari with broad nib. Coloured ink is Noodler’s Apache Sunset.
Computer alteration: none.
Paper: Rhodia lined notebook.
Inspiration: this calls for an explanation of the word “drollery” (see link above). I first encountered it when I was surfing on Wikipedia looking for variations on intuitive drawing. Believe me, SO much fell in to place. This is my scholarly life, people. Weird conglomerations of animals doing unspeakable things in margins of notebooks. Yep.
Notes: The broad, very smooth nib of the Lamy Safari made blending the two inks easy. Mixed, they produced a very nice yellowish green colour I wish I could reproduce. The Parker pen has kicked the bucket, have not found a suitable replacement yet.
Reading tips I own an interesting book “The Hidden Sense: Synesthesia in Art and Science”. It is edited by Crétien van Campen. The link leads to the publisher, you can also find a very extensive list of publications and other resources there. I look forward to exploring several of them myself.

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