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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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Ack, sigh! I have been working away from home since January. Another 6 weeks to go. For this and other private and entirely unpleasant reasons I have had a hiatus from the blog for more than a month. No noodlings (as I have begun to call the entries for the Noodler’s competition) have been drawn either, which bugs me immensly. Well, at least I got my little Griffin away in good time! People are still finding my blog through my entry in the competition, which makes me happy.

Not everything have been bad, though. I am going to Edinburgh University at the end of March for a work-related course. It will be my first visit to Scotland and I am looking forward to explore art and bookshops in the city. If someone reading this happens to be from Edinburgh and would like to meet up or give me some tips on shopping or activities in general, you are very welcome to do so.

Following is the first of two posts of fashion illustration ideas using the concept of my magic carpet in clothes design. This is a 20s inspired lady with a purple halo (because we all know that purple is the colour of magic).

Title: Mad Carpet Collar #1
Size: app 6×10 cm.
Equipment: Parker 51 with Noodler’s black, Lamy 2000 with Diamine Damson. Wash with Noodler’s brush pen filled with water.
Paper: Clairefontaine
Inspiration: I still interested in fashion illustration and this is my first try incorporating my magic carpet in clothes design. I have a few other ideas coming up as well.
Notes: I’d like to buy a book or two on fashion illustration and think I will do so as soon as I am back to living at home. Any tips?
Important notice: I am not really satisfied with this. The water in the brush pen was a bit discoloured due to previously having been filled with another ink, so I didn’t get the clear white/purple halo I was expecting. Also, the composition is not exactly as I envisioned it. Oh well.
Pen and Ink commentary: as a bonus I am adding a little flourish done with my Lamy 2000 to show that this pen, a modern fine hooded nib, still has some elasticity in it. I wouldn’t call it flexible, but still not totally mute.
Another Important notice: I think it is interesting how the Diamine Damson loses its gray component when washed, it turns so much more brilliant.

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