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I am not very fond of meetings. Especially not meetings where time seems to falter and stop, or slowly, slowly circle the drain of eternity.

When I was younger and bored in class as a student (well, I was a student until about age 30, so unfortunately not that long ago), I drew. I did not bother to hide it.  I may even have surrounded myself with a small cloud of ostentatiousness while doing it.

Edit: The Birdmonster of 2011, one of my very first blog posts, is a typical example of this./edit

I try to be a little more professional nowadays, but sometimes I slip up and something, or someone, slips out of my pen. This one even had demands. Say hi!

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Made in with black Staedler fiber tipped technical pens in 0.1 mm on regular horrid office paper. Note also that I definitely have a regular  writing style a long, sad way from copperplate. Not that lizards generally would speak in copperplate. Or maybe they would?

 

 

 

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Here is a small drollery of a flower. Image taken with the MacBook and not modified in any way:

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This is a drollery I have planned to blog about for a while now. It has hung around in my notebook, just waiting for me to write about it. Everything about this plant-thing, succulent, gravid with something (…something…) …heavy, waiting to burst, is interesting. There is something called Kurbits in Sweden, very popular around the turn of the century at a place in Sweden where I spent my (um, er…) formative years (13-18). I, in true teenage fashion, resolutely deemed the local folk art boring, unsuitable for Yours Truly and Below-My-Artsy-Station, when my (equivalence of) High School offered it as a special course. Sigh. I believe I was quite insufferable. I managed to droll around it later anyway, but as of right now I would have liked to have had attended the course. Of course, Kurbits is not in any way monster-heavy. If you don’t look behind the thin veil of structured, romantic peasantry, that is. The monsters are everywhere, it’s all about where and how you look for them. As we all know, by now.

Below is the image modified in PS, brightness/contrast, playing around with Curves, Sharpening layers, etc. I find it disturbing how much I am able to modify it on the computer. It doesn’t sit quite right with me. Perhaps I just need to get used to it. But I miss black dust and smudges everywhere, I find that a vital part of any drawing endavour.

I might write more about Kurbits in later posts.

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PS: “gravid” in Swedish is equivalent to “pregnant/with child”. I find the use of the word “pregnant”, as in e g “a gravid pause” and such” very interesting. The flower above is most decidedly pregnant, the question is with what?

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…Sometimes you really have no good excuse for procrastinating, so you should just shut it and get on with it.

Things I have done recently rather than blogging:

1. Researched biopunk. Oh, yes.
2. Continued to plan my collection of botanical SF, Day of the Triffids upcoming. Recommendations of other works welcome by mail or in the comments.
3. Watched plants grow. It is more enjoyable than it sounds. Re: above.
4. London. Once again Kew and Cass art. Bought Bristol board, maybe partly because Ian Miller uses it. I am very curious about it.
5. Failed at keeping in touch with people. An old favourite, unfortunately.
6. Grown Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Swan Lake, a k a Dainty White. This is supposed to be the ‘Fantasia’ cultivar which sometimes have partially/all pink flowers. I will post again if this happens. The plant is from Madeira Exotics, a Portugese shop on British Ebay. I bought it last year. Growing Hibiscus from cuttings is not very difficult, but not for complete beginners either.

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I might have drolled around a bit. The title of this blog post is called Back to the classics for a reason, as this is very much nothing new at all and I wish I had something more bombastic to offer. Though there is fish, eyes with feet and what looks like an alien owl involved, which means it cannot be all rubbish.

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Blog not dead. Only resting.

Just like the thumbirds below.

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Actually, they look more like they are planning some mischief than resting. Oh well.

Sorry for not updating. Have we heard that one before? To my defense, I went a couple of years managing to update this blog sort of regularly, if not that frequently. I do have excuses, though. In September I landed my dream job, in a very nice town. This has led to a nearly exponential learning-curve that I enjoy immensely, but that has made me dead tired. To add to that, I had to leave my place of living unexpectedly and under very stressful circumstances about a month ago, making me effectively homeless for the last three weeks. Fortunately, I have a great family and over the holidays I have gotten much needed rest. People at my place of work has been very supportive as well and I currently live with one of my workmates until I move into a really (really!) nice flat in the beginning of February. So, everything is coming up roses, but there has not been very much drawing done recently. At nights, I spin threads of story-yarn about my Graphic Novel Project, but that’s about it.

Plans for 2014:

RPGnow-project “Borders”

Graphic Novel, WIP-name “Islanders” (horror/fantasy)

Spoiling Schedim with more RPG-drawings

Going to London in April, visiting Cass Art in Islington.

Continue working on the boardgame

Setting up a proper desk, an antique former jewelry with all the ink and pens I own readily available. Photos upcoming.

Start blogging more about the books I read. Upcoming: City of Dreams and Nightmare by Ian Whates was a good one I read recently.

…and lots of other stuff. It is going to be a great year.

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I am leaving this part of the country on Friday. All monsters are packed and the amazing carpet is safely stoved away and will remain so for a while til I find somewhere more permanent to live. I have my books, clothes and some steampunk gear packed in the car and I am bringing approximately 25% of all my drawing supplies. Yes, only a quarter. Yes, it was very hard to choose what to bring. No, I am not finished yet.

I have, as usual when moving, ceremonially decided to never move (this far) again, come hell, high water or an apocalypse. I am really quite finished with moving around and I doubt I’ll change my mind anytime soon.

Now, I have still had time to draw, write and read these past couple of weeks. Thankfully, or I’d have gone insane.

I have written very little of the project I am thinking about making and selling on RPGnow. Put simple, it is a way for me to hopefully spread my work a bit, at the same time giving the opportunity for various smaller RPG companies/people/game masters to use art at a bargain price.

Pen: Parker 51 EF
Ink: J Herbin Perle Noir (not satisfying, too little pigment to make a good black)
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton
Verdict: The idea? Borders. Borders, walls, separators and other stuff to reign in text. B&W linedrawings that work digitally and IRL. Below are drolleries. The finished work will be much more detailed and larger in size. I plan at least seven different themes to begin with. Below are freehand drolleries of the first one and a tiny bit of inspiration for the second.

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Please excuse the abhorrent image quality. My scanner is in a box somewhere so I had to use my digital camera and tried somewhat unsucessfully to clean the images up in PhotoShop in various ways too tedious to recount here.

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Tresvansdrake

Title: An unfinished Three-tailed dragon.
Size: 18 cm from eartip to end-of-middle-tail (Well, the left-most tail if you follow them closely).
Computer alteration: None.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90 g.
Inspiration: This three-tailed dragon have been giving me the sad eye for several months now, hanging out in the very front of my notebook and making me feel guilty for not completing him. It started with an idea of a faerie-dragon with a plait of three tails (what would YOU do if you had three tails? Plait them, of course!).
Notes: I decided to do things in the proper order and made a graphite sketch (I really, really dislike the word “sketch”. “Graphite” is pretty, though). Filled it out some with the Parker EF (now with J Herbin Perle Noir, which isn’t as black as I’d wish, but annoyingly the first black ink that works very well in the capricious piece of pen). Added the purple (Diamine Damson) shadowing on a (severely misguided) whim. Now I/he is stuck. So, I thought I’d give him some notoriety and see if anything happened.
Upcoming: I am not quite sure. RPGnow-project developing nicely, as is Life in general.

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Hiatus and another thumbbird

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I believe it might be considered some sort of death sentence to write a blog post titled “Hiatus”. Fortunately, I am only off the net for three weeks and during these three weeks there will be a lot of drawing.

In other news: my beloved killed off the small goblin I drew for him. Inconsiderate. Evidently, it was eaten by giant leeches which I guess is sort of a good excuse. Bummer. So, now I am in the process of drawing him another character. Looking forward to show her off in the blog in July. She will have facial hair.

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