Posted in Art, Ink, Other Obsessions, tagged Absence of Perspective, Book recommendation, Burma Road Brown, China Miéville, Diamine, Dragonfly, Eye-Helicopter, Eyeballs, Lamy 2000, Man in the Moon, Monster, Noodler's ink, Parker 51, Pentel Aquash, Pentel brush pen, sable brush, tentacles on May 10, 2012|
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As I already wrote about in the post For the Love of Monsters, I admire the writings of China Miéville. Perdido Street Station is his second book and the first one I read about 2-3 years ago.
Title: Nightmare Cityscape, New Crobuzon interpretation.
Size: 20×17.5 cm
Equipment: I mainly grabbed what pens I could find as I went along. Lamy 2000, Parker 51, Pentel Brush Pen, sable hair brush, Pentel aquash pens with ink washes. I had to toss one of the aquash pens, as Noodler’s black and the water had become a slimy sludge inside it. Too early for ink to monsterize even before it has left the brush… It was probably contaminated water that destroyed it.
Inks: Rome Burning (yellow-brown), Burma Road Brown (brownish green), Diamine Damson (purple) and black (Noodlers and Pentel brush pen black). Add waterwashes and there you go. The gray is all Noodlers black in washes. I like how the black stays black-gray and does not go toward blue or any other colour when diluted.
Computer alteration: Contrast heightened a bit.
Paper: The paper is too porous to expose to Rome Burning effects, adding water at this point would dissolve it. Clairefontaine 90g sketch paper. Better planning (any planning) and I would have used another paper for this water-heavy experiment. It does take a lot of water for a sketch pad, though. Right now it is my favourite paper.
Inspiration: This drawing grew like something organic sprouted out of the paper. I started out drawing the mouth at the left. As it grew, I came to realise that it was New Crobuzon on the night when the nightmares arrive. The eye-helicopters are my interpretation of potential nightmares. To me a giant eyeball merged with a helicopter seem like nightmare-stuff. Foucault meets Argus meets Stephen King. And where would we be without tentacles? Not on this blog, that is for sure.
Important notice: The inside of my brain probably look a bit like this.
Notes: I did not use the colour changing effects available by washing out Rome Burning in this drawing due to too soft paper. But still, used it in art and I do like the light yellow it becomes when carefully waterwashed without “cleaning off” the yellow pigment. Look at this tentacled man-in-the-moon:
And behind the cut is another detail: (more…)
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Posted in Art, Musings, Travels, tagged 20s, Clairefontaine, Diamine, Edinburgh, Fashion, Lamy 2000, Magic Carpet, MonsterWear, Noodler's black, Noodler's Brush Pen, Parker 51 on March 17, 2012|
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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.
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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Title: New old wave hair-faery
Size: A6, “postcard”
Equipment: Lamy 2000 (F) and Diamine Damson
Computer alteration: none.
Paper: Fabriano Quadrato Artist’s Journal
Notes: I am satisfied with how the pince-nez turned out. I like the colour of the paper combined with the ink. Overall I tend to be drawn to dusty colours in design (clothing as well as interior design). I like grayish green, vintage powder peach pink, rainy cloud gray, steel blue and old white. Diamine Damson is that gray purple i like. I would like a little more gray in it, then it would be perfect. The Lamy 2000 is a very nicely designed pen but not at all representative for my favourite era. I am usually drawn to Art Deco and the 30s-40s. It was the very first new fountain pen I bought. Almost all my other pens are previously used.
Inspiration: I made this drawing last year. Spontaneously inspired by the famous Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura by the artist Hokusai while drawing a random steampunkish faery. I did not have a reference picture of the wave when making my drawing, but I think there is a definite resemblance.
Only part of the print. Source: Wikimedia commons
Today’s Learning Experience The woodblock printing technique used to make the Kanagawa print is called Ukiyo-e. One thing I regret about deciding to not do art for a living is not getting an education at an art-school, where supplies and instruction in different techniques would have been ubiquitous. I am all for autodidactism, but in many ways having the time, space and resources at an art school would have been fun. Trying woodblock printing at home? Hardly practically possible, at least not right now. But I am not saying it will never happen…
In Other News Noodler’s ink is prolonging the competition til 28th of February (which, coincidentally, happens to be my birthday). I have THE greatest idea for another entry. Or wait, maybe two ideas! I have really appreciated all the entries I’ve seen so far, several new added just the last couple of weeks. I have also gotten several new visitors from the Noodler’s Ink blog, you are all very welcome!
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