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As I already wrote about in the post For the Love of Monsters, I admire the writings of China Miéville. Perdido Street Station is his second book and the first one I read about 2-3 years ago.

Title: Nightmare Cityscape, New Crobuzon interpretation.
Size: 20×17.5 cm
Equipment: I mainly grabbed what pens I could find as I went along. Lamy 2000, Parker 51, Pentel Brush Pen, sable hair brush, Pentel aquash pens with ink washes. I had to toss one of the aquash pens, as Noodler’s black and the water had become a slimy sludge inside it. Too early for ink to monsterize even before it has left the brush… It was probably contaminated water that destroyed it.
Inks: Rome Burning (yellow-brown), Burma Road Brown (brownish green), Diamine Damson (purple) and black (Noodlers and Pentel brush pen black). Add waterwashes and there you go. The gray is all Noodlers black in washes. I like how the black stays black-gray and does not go toward blue or any other colour when diluted.
Computer alteration: Contrast heightened a bit.
Paper: The paper is too porous to expose to Rome Burning effects, adding water at this point would dissolve it. Clairefontaine 90g sketch paper. Better planning (any planning) and I would have used another paper for this water-heavy experiment. It does take a lot of water for a sketch pad, though. Right now it is my favourite paper.
Inspiration: This drawing grew like something organic sprouted out of the paper. I started out drawing the mouth at the left. As it grew, I came to realise that it was New Crobuzon on the night when the nightmares arrive. The eye-helicopters are my interpretation of potential nightmares. To me a giant eyeball merged with a helicopter seem like nightmare-stuff. Foucault meets Argus meets Stephen King. And where would we be without tentacles? Not on this blog, that is for sure.
Important notice: The inside of my brain probably look a bit like this.
Notes: I did not use the colour changing effects available by washing out Rome Burning in this drawing due to too soft paper. But still, used it in art and I do like the light yellow it becomes when carefully waterwashed without “cleaning off” the yellow pigment. Look at this tentacled man-in-the-moon:

And behind the cut is another detail: (more…)

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Title: The Upside-Down Cat from Edinburgh
Size: app. 10×15 cm.
Equipment: Parker 51 and Noodler’s Black as usual.
Computer alteration: Oh my. I haven’t had access to my scanner for almost a month by now. This is photographed with the iMac camera, made black-and-white the brightness/contrast is heightened. Sorry for the bad quality.
Paper: Clairefontaine.
Inspiration: Years and years ago I read the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. In the beginning of the book there is one exercise where the aim is to draw/retrace an image turned upside-down. To focus on lines and their relations instead of the motif. I couldn’t stop thinking of this exercise and the book while I was petting and drawing this cat.

Notes: I found this cat outside of one of the greenhouses at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh. I always make sure to visit the botanic garden in all cities I travel to. Not sure if it was some sort of garden-cat (which I would like to think) or a domestic houscat visiting a sunny spot on a bench just for the petting opportunities.
Important notice: Yes, I have noticed that the cat seems to have a third ear growing out of his forhead. This is probably because it is a monster-cat.
Reading tips Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. A classic, as most of you probably already know.
In Other News: I had a splendid time in Edinburgh, although very focused on the “business” part of the trip which was interesting in itself. I’d like to think I managed my spoken (at times scientific/technical) english quite well during my stay. I ruined everything on the way to the airport though, when I asked the lady in the tourist office where to go to “catch the flying buses”. Eh.

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