Posts Tagged ‘Bird’

The Wizard

Title: The Wizard
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. Diamine Damson. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, some brightening and added contrast, but not very much.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: Well. You know. When a red bird meets a purple bird, sparks might fly. In a good way. The two-coloured birds are often a bit magically talented, travelling från gang to gang, tribe to tribe doing odd but probably important things involving making strange gestures.
Important notice: He is NOT scratching his wingpit. I think. Eh.
In other news: I am frightfully tired of not having a proper place to live. I want a place of my own, where I know I will live for years and years ahead! I want somewhere to put all my little projects! I passed my Important Exam. Now I look forward to several years, perhaps an eternity, never having to take an exam again (knowing myself, I’ll probably end up starting a PhD so take what I write with a grain of salt, please). Now, if I only knew where

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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: 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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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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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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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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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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Ah well. As the year rapidly draws to an end I manage to produce something that has been on my mind almosts the whole year. An entry to the Noodler’s Artist Prize. As I finished my entry I discovered that the original has to be sent in by snailmail and thus, I believe I am too late to enter the competition. So, I’ll post my drawing on the blog instead, but I am still not too proud to send a message to Noodler’s Ink by their Contact Page informing of this post.


1) I love Noodler’s ink and I am happy informing everyone of this.
2) I appreciate the incentive of this competition. It has moved my muse, of which I am grateful. I’d like those responsible to know this, even if I can’t participate in the contest.
3) I’d like to show you my Noodler-Griffin.

Now, to the drawing:

Title: Noodler’s Griffin
Size: about 10×10 cm (I tried to make a bigger one, I really tried!)
Inks: (all Noodler’s inks) Zhivago (which is great as a black-with-only-a-hint-of-green in a pen but really shows its large capacity when used in water washes), Apache Sunset (also great shading alone as well as in washes). For the pillow the majestic Purple Martin and for the tassle Red Rattler and Lexington Gray.
Pens: Noodler’s brush pen. Noodler’s flex pens.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton.
Computer alteration: Scanned and cut, heightened brightness as well as contrast a little.
Inspiration: Mythical creature meets Catfish. I had several other ideas as well, but this one inspired me the most today.
Notes: I think this went rather well, although the griffin is a tad more youngish than intended. Maybe the holiday spirit made me veer off from the regular scary-monster theme. I blame Christmas. But approach this little one with caution, it could very well bite your head off.
In Other News I must confess that I wish there were an Artist Prize of 2012 as well…

Apache Sunset

Noodler's Zhivago - Can you believe this came from ONE bottle of ink?

Happy New Year!

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Title: Sad Bird
Size: small…
Equipment: Parker Rollerball, black. Pentel Aquash filled with plain water. Maybe another dark wash as well, have a couple of aquash pens around with dark washes I have long forgotten the origin of. The pitch-black areas are made with Pentel Brush Pen (permanent black ink). Buying a couple more of the brush pens when I go to London in May, I think. Not available in Sweden as far as I know. Good for waterproof black in larger areas. The red colour is Diamine Poppy Red, a nice true red.
Computer alteration: Perhaps a bit of contrast added.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton!
Inspiration: Birds and fish seem to be ubiquitous in my drawings. See, I got to add one of my favourite words in english as well. Ubiquitous. Nice, rich mustard brown. Mm…
Important notice:The bird is probably sad because he has no wings.
Links: Diamine Ink was the first proper fountain pen ink I used in several colours. I am very satisfied with both the Swedish fountain pen shops I ordered from in my first months of pen-mania. Nordic Pen Imports for Diamine ink and Pennshoppen for my Lamy 2000 and Rohrer & Klingner ink. Great service! I think I am going to add som shop-links at the menu on the right…
Upcoming: a post about my favourite non-swedish fountain pen/paper/ink shop. Also, the long-promised Smooth-Hebborn-with-Noodler’s-Kiowa-Pecan-post.

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