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Title: The Green Gang Librarian
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. R&K Alt Goldgrün. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: a Sockbird Gang has to catalogue all socks they catch. The (sock) librarian is one of the most important gang members.
Important notice: looks nervous, despite the X-ray glasses. Appearances decieve.
Upcoming: More sockbirds. Next one up is the Baby member of the Red Gang. I am also planning to reveal my two latest grail pens aquired. Actually, when it comes to fountain pens I have all the pens I wish right now. Next, I am going to get started with repairs and restorations of the ones I have that need it. Starting with the least expensive ones, of course.

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A (very long) while ago I promised to make some posts about great things made by other artists. I had just discovered Etsy, and although it gets harder to get to the good pieces amongst everything else, they are most definitely still there.

For the longest time I admired Jewels Wine and now Embryo Drop, Test Tube and a little alien-faced hitchhiker have arrived, all the way from New Zealand to northernmost Sweden. I like his retrofuturistic and dreamish (sic) design and of course the fact that I haven’t seen anything like it before. The little creatures he makes are somehow expressive, which is important to me. I seldom wear much jewelry, so when I do I want it to suit me perfectly.

These critters are not easy to take pictures of. I regret leaving my analogue camera with a special close-up lens when moving up here. In the picture above they are hanging around an old chemistry-bottle which used to contain ammonium carbonate, but now serves as a vase for cuttings. The picture below I had to include, despite the bad quality. They are trying to use my old Swedish pencil sharpener (from “AB Cryptoteknik, Stockholm” no less) as some sort of flying apparatus. Maybe they succeed when I am asleep?

They are exquisite. Immediately after recieving them I put them around my neck. That night, I dreamt more dreams than I have done in weeks and weeks. So, I choose to believe that these little guys are some sort of dreamlings. I plan to expand the little family soon. Perhaps to celebrate getting my dream job and passing my professional exam in august? One can always hope.

Today it is exceptionally foggy and rainy. I love it. This is my favourite kind of weather. Since I uploaded the image it has become even better.

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Title: The Green Gang Leader
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. R&K Alt Goldgrün. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: this sockbird is the leader of the green Sockbirds. It has a tail, which means it is slightly more goblinoid than the other birds. If a Sockbird becomes too goblinoid it ceases being a Sockbird and becomes something else, hitherto unknown. I have just recently started to investigate the Sockbirds, I am sure I am going to find out eventually.
Important notice: It maneuvers well, despite the illusion of it being unable to see properly because of the sock over its eyes.
Upcoming: More sockbirds. They are multiplying exponentially. There is a Red Gang as well. Next up is the Green Gang Sock Librarian.
In other news: Some tough work over the weekend planned. Also, I am in the beginning of a new project, not very bloggable. A board game! Involving (you guess…)…monsters.

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Ray Bradbury was the King of Colour. His colours are clear, bright and comes onto you like you are being on a paintball field and everyone is gunning for you. And there is darkness and there is a black that somehow is iridiscent and colourful in itself. Noone else writes that black colour. Now he is dead. But his colours are still there, as vivid as always.

I checked, it is true.

The drawing I choose to illustrate Ray Bradbury is black and white. It is a charcoal drawing I made when I was about 16 years old.

Some authors’ works elicit more colour than others. Badly written books tend not to be colourful at all. On the other hand, a great book does not have to be colourful and the manner and quantity of colour does not correspond to the quality of the writing. I do tend to be drawn to authors that write colourfully, though. It lends another dimension to reading, a dimension that I enjoy.

There are some authors that write bleakly but I still love them. Susannah Clarke is an author whose colours are very bleak. There are colours, they are simply not saturated (which in her writing is beautiful). Neil Gaiman is a colourful writer. The colours are plenty saturated and often strong and shiny, but there is always shadows lending shades and hues making reading him all the more enjoyable. Diana Wynne Jones was a very colourful, bright writer. When fading, her colours went not toward shadows but toward whitish fog and smog. When she passed away I tried painting something in her honor and planned making a post on the blog since I have admired her works since I was about nine years old, but I never managed to produce something adequate. There are plenty other colourwriters, I might write more about them later.

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Dedicated to my mother

Title: The Hoarder
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Several Parker 51. Noodler’s Black. Diamine Damson, R&K Alt Goldgrün, Diamine Poppy Red. Sloppily waterwashed.
Computer alteration: Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast. Just to get rid of a bit of graininess (ehm…).
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: So, I got inspired by the first sockbird. Soon I had several sockbirds that I didn’t know what to do with. Alas, a drawer of sockbirds. Love that jamble of puns. More of them are on their way (puns as well as Sockbirds).
Important notice: I am very well aware that birds don’t have navels. This is not a bird. This is a sockbird.
In other news: I have 20 followers! Great, you are all very welcome.
Upcoming: More sockbirds. Sockbirds will become a recurring theme in the weeks and months to come. I am thinking maybe some sort of “Sockbirds for charity” in the future? I’d have to be prepared to give them new homes, though. Hm… The bird above is already adopted by my mother. Small steps, small steps.

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Title: The Return of the Mutated Green Hippie Duck
Computer alteration: Scanned, minimized and birghtness/contrast manipulated a little.
Notes: for more info look at the post below. This image is added for comparison, illustrating how different a drawing becomes when scanned with a good scanner vs photographed with a low capacity web camera. Now, I know very well that you all are aware of this already, but still. This version is of course more true to the original. Look especially at the legs, the camera really couldn’t handle the hatching (sic?). I like the glasses better on the first version, though. A warmer, softer coulour.

Upcoming: now, I guess I have to do a “Revenge of the Mutated Green Hippie Duck” as well?

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Groovy…

Title: Mutated Green Hippie Duck
Size: about 4×8 cm
Equipment: trusty Parker 51s. Diamine Damson, Noodlers Black and R&K Alt Goldgrün. I haven’t brought that many pens and inks with me, so expect the following posts to continue with this equipment.
Computer alteration: unusually much for me. Photographed with my macbook, then cleaned up surroundings, used the smudge tool to even out the colour and also altered brightness and contrast. Honestly think I wouldn’t have had to do all this if I had been able to scan in the picture… Would be intresting to add a scanned picture of the same drawing when I get back from my vacation. Scanned pic will look better.
Paper: Clairefontaine Sketch paper 90 g.
Inspiration: The place where hippie rubber ducks with tentacles come from.
Notes: I’ve been studying by listening to recorded lectures for a couple of days now, drawing while listening. Lots of weird birds. I think I have been in a bird mood lately.
Important notice: Note how the tentacles have wings too.
Upcoming I am planning a series of sockbirds, it is going to be called ”A Drawer of Sockbirds”…

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