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Archive for June, 2012

Sockbird

Title: Sockbird
Size: 8×14 cm
Equipment: Three great Parker 51s! (B, F, EF). Noodlers Black, Diamine Poppy Red and R&K Alt Goldgrun. Waterwashed with Noodlers brush pen. The red looks somewhat orange on screen as well as IRL. Not sure why, maybe I did not clean out the new burgundy F Parker pen enough?
Computer alteration: Heightened brightness and contrast a little. The pic is taken with my MacBook camera, so the quality is bad to begin with. I am on vacation, having a very bad internet connection and no scanner. Uploading this post took the better part of half an hour…
Paper: Clairefontaine.
Inspiration: None, just intuitive drawing.
Notes: ”Sockbird” since the body of the bird started off as a sock. My monster drolleries often start off with me drawing either legs, claws or teeth on something inconspicuous and/or normal.
Important notice: I like how it looks like the bird is leaping from my thumb.
Upcoming: I am planning an autumn of posting lots of stuff that inspire me, books I’ve read and things I have bought and admired. I have aquired two of my grail pens and made several other nice finds as well.
In Other News: job interview coming up in August for a position in 2013. Quite possibly the dream job of all times. Sweet! A bit nervous, though, but at the same time really looking forward to it.

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Bonus Bird. Burma Road Brown and waterwash.

He is a little tired and sad, just like I am today.
Sometimes I miss being closer to friends and family.

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Title: Hothouse Cocoon People
Size: 8×5 cm
Equipment: Parker 51 (EF nib) with Noodler’s Black, Parker 51 Fantasy (Kullock) M nib with Burma Road Brown. Kolinsky sable brush, W&N series 7.
Computer alteration: edited out some notes at the left.
Paper: Clairefontaine
Inspiration: Brian Aldiss Hothouse. One of the first and finest SF-books I ever read.
Notes: This is another drollery from the margins of my sketchbook-cum-calendar. I draw and write a page for each week, filling in lists, stuff to do per day, plans, etc. Much more fun than a regular, lined calendar.
Important notice: I am not sure what will happen when they hatch.
Reading tips Brian Aldiss Hothouse. I have still not read it in english, and I wish I had an early edition from the 60s or 70s as I love the design of old SF/Fantasy pocket-books. The book spurned a long “graphic-novel”esque production from me at app age 12, a heap of papers which I still have hidden somewhere. I do not recall very much of the story, but I remember being happy drawing it.
Links: in this year-old article from The Guardian, famous authours picked their favourite SF books. Stephen Baxter choose Hothouse. The article is full of good recommendations, go read it!
In other news: yep, I got a Kullock Fantasy Parker 51. It is a demonstrator and it has a nice, smooth medium nib. I currently have Burma Road Brown in it as it is an ink I enjoy drawing with, but I should really have a more spectacular lighter ink in it, to get the most out of it as a demonstrator pen. I’m thinking of R&K Alt Goldgrün. I am in a green mood, as always.

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