Posted in Art, Musings, tagged Dip pen, Fish, Iron gall ink, Lamy ink, Monster, Noodler's ink, Pentel Aquash, Pentel brush pen, Scriptorium, Steel nib, teeth on February 6, 2011|
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I’m in the middle of a move half a country away, so I expect this posting thing is going to be a bit irregular for a couple of weeks. I’m moving to a place a long way from friends and family, and I hope the blogging will be a way to connect not only to likeminded people on the net but also to people I love that are far away. *Waves* (no pun intended).
Title: Mad Fish Again
Size: app. 5 x 7 cm.
Computer alteration: none on the fish. For the photographs below I used my MacBook pro built-in camera. I think it turned out quite well.
Equipment: Pentel Aquash brushes + ink and Scriptorium Oak Gall Ink with a dip pen with a steel nib (se pictures below). Also Pentel Brush Pen (no picture available). Good pen though, with a big cartridge filled with permanent black ink. The Aquash pens are filled with Noodler’s black and Lamy black. The steel nib is from a thrift store, and I have several of the same sort. They are marked MMYERS & SON 0062, if anyone is interested. For steel nibs, they are nice. Acceptable flex too, and an appealing design.
Paper: Little book of Monsters. Unnamed paper made for dry media. The same one as the Little Green Girl Monster. No problems with feathering in this drawing though, probably because of the viscosity and other properties of the ink(s) used.
Inspiration: The same exhibition as the Shrimp Sucking on Tentacle post from the day before yesterday. When I first thought of starting a blog I planned to name it ”Meandering Towards Monsters”, since I seem to always end up with lots of teeth, bulging eyes, tentacles and giant mouths when I sketch without thinking (the difference in motif selection from when I practise regular drawing with thoughts behind it being, alas, nil (sic)). I am interested in intuitive drawing and will explore this further in the months to come (and I almost wrote ”monsthers to come”, how is that for inituitive?). This is not a particular species of fish/monster but rather my subconscious interpretation of the exhibition as a whole after a night of deep blue dreams of shiny monsterfish. (more…)
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Media: Faber Castell technical pen in 0.1 mm. Ink is Lamy black. Drawn with my first proper technical pen after suffering years of endless frustration with expensive fiber-tipped, disposable pens. Used the latter in 0.1 as well as 0.05 mm, and still got a crude, scratchy line or the pen dried up after just a short time of use (and I am light of hand when drawing…). I found a technical pen online, second hand, bought it and it worked wonderfully. Until I broke it. Now I have a bunch of Koh-I-Noors I bought NOS*. Some say they are inconvenient to clean and that they tend to break, but I have had no problem with this (except for that first pen I just had to pick apart…).
Computer alteration: Made it a little brighter.
Paper: Original image about 8×12 cm. Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength.
Inspiration: a long-time companion to members in my family, Pingo is an excellent and inspiring subject to draw.
Notes: I seldom draw still life, but this time I couldn’t help it. Made the drawings summer 2010. See below for a picture of the subject, the pen and the two other drawings I made the same day.
(*New Old Stock is items that are unused but are old)
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Title: The politicans that weren’t, really (and some teeth and tentacles)
Media: Rotring fiber-tipped pens, 0.1 and 0.3 mm and Pentel Aquash brushes, one with water and one with Lamy ink in black and water mixed to a light bluish gray wash.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength. About 20 x 10 cm scanned.
Inspiration: I made this doodle last year in London, trying out the paper which I had just bought.
Notes: of the three proper faces, the face in the middle reminds me a little bit of Obama. Not very much, but a little. The face to the right (no, not the lower one with the teeth, the upper one) looks a bit lika a Swedish politican. I will not be namedropping who since I do not have a good track record with caricatures. When I was about 14 years old my father gave me a wonderful book that I still own, called (translated from Swedish) “The second world war in caricatures”. Some of the caricatures I understood, others went (thankfully) way over my tiny little head, but they all made me inspired. So, of course I drew a couple of caricatures myself. I was especially proud of one, a picture of the then-prime minister of Sweden, Göran Persson. Proudly I bounced down the stairs to show it to my mother, who promptly asked why I had drawn a caricature of Leonid Brezjnev. After that, I went back to drawing elves again.
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