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When making the front page to this issue of the fanzine Landet Annien, one of the characters that grew out of my sketches made a greater impression on me than the others. I do not have a name for him, but he is definitely a trickster type of character. I figured, since goggles is practically a steampunk necessity, who are the ones making and selling them? Well, one of them is this strange man, possibly undercover agent, half-thief half-rogue, with the highest top-hat you could imagine. Of course, as I dare suggest the steampunk cliché demands, goggles belong strapped to top-hats and these are not an exception.

Title: Steampunk Trickster
Size: app. 4×20 cms
Computer alteration: I cleaned it up a bit in the computer, stray lines and such, if I remember correctly. Also, converted to greyscale.
Paper: Markerblock A4, Canson 70g.
Equipment: Fiber-tipped technical pens, mostly Staedler, and Pentel Tradio Stylo. As I have mentioned before, this drawing and the Myller (the background of the blog) were made with too expensive fiber-tipped non-refillable pens. Yep, even though the Pentel Tradio is “refillable” to some extent I count it among those pens as well. It performs differently as it ages, becoming bristly and the line uneven (I know it is immensely popular in the comics crowd, so don’t take it personal if you use it and love it. But feel free to let me recommend you some proper fountain pens if you are curious).
Shameless Preaching: To discover drawing with fountain pens (at first Lamy Safari, then refillable Koh-I-Noor technical pens and the Parker 51) was like going from stale water and gritty bread made of flour mixed with sand to a luxury all-you-can-eat buffet. Eh, or something like that. Now I am a happy convert, having started this blog partly to spread the word.

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Also the background of the blog, this drawing was created in autumn 2009 with inferior and expensive pens, fiber tipped and scratchy. It is the first serious drawing I made since about 2003, when Real Life and studying gave me a massive “artist’s block” and I was unable to create anything at all for years. Making this drawing, originally A4-sized, made my slumbering creativity wake up and since then I’ve discovered all sorts of wonderful media and instruments which I am sure I will write more about in the weeks and months to come.

Title: Myller (A Myriad)
Media: permanent fine tipped technical pens, Staedler, Zig and others 0.05-2 mm. If I remember correctly I adjusted the contrast on the computer after scanning.
Paper: Markerblock A4, Canson 70gr (no bleedthrough at all!)
Inspiration: I read a lot of Charles de Lint when creating this. A highly recommended author for dreamy dark folk fantasy. Homepage of Charles de Lint
Notes: Made freehand, as is most of my work. The girl looking through the spiderweb in the left upper corner is supposed to be me.

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