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Title: Clichélf, racing fish
Size: A5
Equipment: Parker 51, Noodler’s black
Computer alteration: size changed.
Paper: Clairefontaine
Inspiration: If you look at the tags at the right, notice how you can put them together and create new ideas. The ”Elf Fish” was one of them (Ebay Hunting Elf Fish would have been funnier, but alas…). It is really another Clichélf (much as the Dreamy Ladies (Perhaps Clichélves) I wrote about earlier. I might do other combinations. Maybe even an Ebay-hunting elf fish.
Notes: another small drawing inked fast (about 2 hours) freehand, with all the small mistakes that comes with that (lack of) technique. This is clearly visible in several places. The lines of the right hand of the clichelf is crossing the lines of the fish forhead (does fish have forheads?). The shoe is messed up (or maybe clichelves have an extra ankle joint, I haven’t decided). The tail (tail!? What was I thinking?) and the hair points in different directions. An interesting exercise would be to draw this image again, with careful planning beforehand. Maybe a bit bigger (say A4) and clean it up in the computer. Then compare it to the above image. To see where I could land if I put my mind to it properly and acted a bit more like a professional. I like most of the drawing, though. Especially the look on his face, se the detail behind the cut: (more…)

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As a pen collector and user I like to “gamble”, buying old pens in auctions with bad pics or misspellings. I have made more than a few lucky finds, a couple of them spectacular. Higher end Parker pens are not a common find that way. Too many collectors and the design is too easy to recognize in bad pictures.

In this one auction there was only one dark, blurry picture. The word “Fountain pen” misspelled in the title. I got 5 pens without much bidding. Three of them were junk. One was a very, very abused Matador, a brand I collect and recognized despite the bad pic (the only reason I bid on the auction). Unfortunately it was in too bad of a shape to rescue (the barrel was bitten nearly through (!) and it broke in half when I examined it). The cap was in good shape though, as was the nib, only a bent tine.

But I digress.

The last pen of the lot was a black Parker 51 with a gold-filled cap. Personalized barrel. I rinsed it through, filled it with Noodler’s black and it has functioned without a single problem for several months since. I love it. I like the vintage flex, pretty celluoid and the classic 30-40s shapes better for collecting and writing, but for daily drawing this pen is awesome. The nib is probably F or EF. It is possible to get an even thinner line by drawing with the nib upside down. Close-up of the nib below behind the cut.

I believe my pen is a Parker “51” Demi-sized Vacumatic Filler Plain Arrow Clip 1947-1948. Figured it out with the help of this informative site: www.parker51.com

Dark History of Doom: When I was a little girl I used black ballpoint pens for drawing in spiral bound notebooks (graph or ruled). That was the equipment available to me at the time. The pens always skipped and dried out after a while. I can still remember the happiness of getting my little hands on a “good” ballpoint pen, using it for a short while and then having to begin searching for a new one all over again.
I wish I could travel back in time and give myself a Parker 51!

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Title: Dreamy ladies (perhaps clichélves)
Media: 0.1 Staedtler and 0.3 Pilot Hi-Techpoint 5 technical pens. Lamy Safari with Noodler’s black ink. I like the Lamy Studio, I have it in Fine point and I can get a thinner line from the pen if I use the nib upside down. If you draw with pen and ink, try fountain pens, and you’ll never go back. Refillable as well, which makes them more economical. And you can choose which ink you want! The image is edited in PS, contrast and brightness and stuff. I know next to nothing about computer modification, I usually play around a bit til it looks good on my screen.
Paper: About 20 x 10 cm. Old sketchbook from Becker-Hansen, at least 30-40 years old. Cool yellowed paper.
Inspiration: this is more or less the usual doodle-fare for me. Except the strange absence of monsters and teeth. (more…)

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Title: The Sexy Swamp Elf that wasn’t, really
Media: Parker rollerball (black), Diamine Royal Purple and Damson, Staedtler technical pen (waterproof). Pentel Aquash brush with plain water. Daler-Rowney acrylic ink (the white glint in the eye, White 011) added with a regular brush.
Paper: 14×21 cm, Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength. Great find in London, I love this paper! No feathering, holds water extremely well and have just enough texture to not have the pen slithering away into my lap. Eh. Definitely buying more in May, when we’re going to London again (I hope).
Inspiration: my beloved called me a swamp elf when we were out in the woods together some time ago. I decided to draw him a sexy (swamp) elf with pretty striped stockings as a token of appreciation. It now resides somewhere on his desk at work. Note my inability to spontaneously draw simple light and sexy stuff with pouty lips, breasts and all that. At least I got the stockings right. A friend called this reminiscent of Planescape, which I have not played myself. (more…)

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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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