Posts Tagged ‘Fisheyes’

…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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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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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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