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Title: Red Chief
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. Diamine Poppy Red (somehow more orangey than usual, probably because of pen contamination). 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: Red Chief is strong and brightly coloured. I like how his sock is sort of twisted.
Important notice: The Red Chief is not as goblinoid as the Green Leader. Instead, he is extra colourful and… …robust.
Upcoming: Next up, Baby Green!
In other news: I recently discovered I have an iron deficiency, which explains some of the tiredness and general uneasieness I have been feeling recently. Back on track with substitution therapy, but it will be a while until I feel up to par again, I guess.

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Title: Clichélf, racing fish
Size: A5
Equipment: Parker 51, Noodler’s black
Computer alteration: size changed.
Paper: Clairefontaine
Inspiration: If you look at the tags at the right, notice how you can put them together and create new ideas. The ”Elf Fish” was one of them (Ebay Hunting Elf Fish would have been funnier, but alas…). It is really another Clichélf (much as the Dreamy Ladies (Perhaps Clichélves) I wrote about earlier. I might do other combinations. Maybe even an Ebay-hunting elf fish.
Notes: another small drawing inked fast (about 2 hours) freehand, with all the small mistakes that comes with that (lack of) technique. This is clearly visible in several places. The lines of the right hand of the clichelf is crossing the lines of the fish forhead (does fish have forheads?). The shoe is messed up (or maybe clichelves have an extra ankle joint, I haven’t decided). The tail (tail!? What was I thinking?) and the hair points in different directions. An interesting exercise would be to draw this image again, with careful planning beforehand. Maybe a bit bigger (say A4) and clean it up in the computer. Then compare it to the above image. To see where I could land if I put my mind to it properly and acted a bit more like a professional. I like most of the drawing, though. Especially the look on his face, se the detail behind the cut: (more…)

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Another interlude

Interview done. Now I get the doubtful honor of waiting until they have gone through the recruitment process. I feel I might have been out on quite deep waters applying the way I did, on the other hand in the interview I did miss out on a couple of instances where I could have augmented certain things I have done that would fit well with the challenges this new place of work might bring. Oh well. I do have a plan B that would make it possible to reapply with a stronger resume in a year or so. I just don’t particularly want to wait. Ehm. I fit so well for it already, it’s what I want to do for the rest of my career after all. I’d also of course like to live somewhere closer to friends and family, in a place where I know I would be staying for years and years to come. Build a studio for all my projects (which I am well aware I would not have any time for, if I got the job in question. That is not the point, though, because I’d like it that way).

I still need to study for an important exam in a week. Not feeling particularly motivated, but doing my best motivating myself with spending lots of money on all the healthy fast/slow-food, vintage clothing and second-hand DAW SF books that the capital has to bring. This is my current view. Avid Stockholmians could probably guess approximately where I reside from the rather prominent landmark at the skyline.

The photograph is taken with the camera on my macbook and not modified in any way, except for cropping. As usual, the sky is so much prettier IRL.

Upcoming is an image of my latest fountain pen aquisitions (and also my last, until I get that work-studio going. Or, ’til I make another really, really nice find…)

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Title: Baby Red
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. Diamine Poppy Red (somehow more orangey than usual, probably because of pen contamination). 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 is a very young Sockbird. This is how they start out, hatching in a sock. They grow a lot, ending up with the sock in their beak like the Librarian.
Important notice: AWWW!
Upcoming: There is a Baby Green and a Baby Purple upcoming.
In other news: I have changed the ink in the “red” Parker 51 to Noodler’s Red Rattler for the moment. I have a theory that the nib lays down such a thin (F-M) line that the colour easily gets a washed out look if it isn’t heavily (and I mean heavily) pigmented. A wet nib would give a deeper, nicer colour. Can a nib be too frugal with colour? The nib on this particular Parker is very smooth – but only at a certain spot. I am not best friends with it yet. I also want to add that my preparations for my professional exam and interview is going well at the moment. Looking forward to making more updates, possibly as soon as the upcoming weekend.

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Interlude

I am getting pre-exam and pre-interview nerves. Quite predictable. I don’t feel very creative at the moment, although I do have several sockbirds lined up. Alas, I don’t want every post to be about the sockbirds. It might get to their heads.

I have been drawing a bit lately anyway, for my next (who am I kidding, first) big collaboration. It is a board game and I am probably not going to post much about it on the blog, since it is best suited for secrecy and such. At least until we get it in shape to get beta-tested. It is a great concept and I am looking forward to realise it.

I plan to be back and getting some blogging done at the end of August. If all goes well I am thinking of rewarding myself with a Namiki Falcon XF, X-flex. Any reader having tried this particular nib-mod? I’ll have to do a lookaround at FPN as soon as I have some free time.

Until then I leave you with another picture of my view from the 31st of July. A dramatic one, disappointingly not ending in thunder and lightening. Although, looking at the picture you can always pretend.

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