Posts Tagged ‘Eyes’

…Sometimes you really have no good excuse for procrastinating, so you should just shut it and get on with it.

Things I have done recently rather than blogging:

1. Researched biopunk. Oh, yes.
2. Continued to plan my collection of botanical SF, Day of the Triffids upcoming. Recommendations of other works welcome by mail or in the comments.
3. Watched plants grow. It is more enjoyable than it sounds. Re: above.
4. London. Once again Kew and Cass art. Bought Bristol board, maybe partly because Ian Miller uses it. I am very curious about it.
5. Failed at keeping in touch with people. An old favourite, unfortunately.
6. Grown Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Swan Lake, a k a Dainty White. This is supposed to be the ‘Fantasia’ cultivar which sometimes have partially/all pink flowers. I will post again if this happens. The plant is from Madeira Exotics, a Portugese shop on British Ebay. I bought it last year. Growing Hibiscus from cuttings is not very difficult, but not for complete beginners either.


I might have drolled around a bit. The title of this blog post is called Back to the classics for a reason, as this is very much nothing new at all and I wish I had something more bombastic to offer. Though there is fish, eyes with feet and what looks like an alien owl involved, which means it cannot be all rubbish.


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Recently I was attending an important but rather boring course at work. A place far away in the back and understanding table-mates made sure I didn’t expire from lack of mental stimuli (all four of us made drolleries for three days straight). Lectures bring forth all my latent hyperactivity issues and sitting still for more than 40 minutes is just torture. Drawing helps me focus.

Title: Selbstportrait mit fliegend Fischaugen. I am not sure of my German language skills (in highschool I failed spectaculary in French, my German is entirely self-taught which probably is all for the better…). The title is a wink to a song by a favourite band. The song is called “Selbstportrait mit Kater” by Einstürzende Neubauten.
Size: mangled and cut A4ish.
Equipment: Trusty Parker 51 with Noodler’s Black.
Computer alteration: none. Bad scan…
Paper: Ehm, the back of the cardboard file that was handed out for us at the beginning of the course.
Inspiration: Flying fisheyes are a motif that has followed me for many years. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I like “perceptionally ambiguous” (sic) pictures, but I can’t find a technical term for it. “Optical illusion” doesn’t quite work and it isn’t trompe-l’œil either. Any ideas, dear readers?
Important notice: This is the first self-portrait I have shown anyone since I was 13 and made one in art class at school. Neither portrait look very much like me. I’d like to make a proper self-portrait in acrylics or oils, sometime in the near future.

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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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