My little Griffin came on pen-and-ink-rewarding place in the Noodler’s Art Competition. I was really happy to recieve the fantastic letter with the custom sticker depicting my own contribution, the burgundy Konrad flex pen, and a bottle of Rome Burning ink. I am in the middle of another move, but broke it out of the box immediately yesterday (it took a couple of extra days to reach me, overseas, recent address change and above the Arctic Circle).
Here is the video with an introduction, all the entries and Mr Nathan Tardif showing off the properties of Rome Burning.
Here is my prize (ink bottle not shown) and a writing test (and a very small monster, for propriety’s sake).
Konrad pen, Rome Burning ink
There is some shading, more clearly visible in the scanned writing sample below. Right-click images to make them bigger.
Scanned. Konrad flex pen.
I also experimented using a dip pen. See behind the cut for (more…)
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Posted in Art, Fountain pens, Ink, tagged Apache Sunset, Bird, Fish, Griffin, Monster, Noodler's Artist Prize 2011, Noodler's Brush Pen, Noodler's Flex Pen, Noodler's ink, Seawhite of Brighton on December 31, 2011|
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Ah well. As the year rapidly draws to an end I manage to produce something that has been on my mind almosts the whole year. An entry to the Noodler’s Artist Prize. As I finished my entry I discovered that the original has to be sent in by snailmail and thus, I believe I am too late to enter the competition. So, I’ll post my drawing on the blog instead, but I am still not too proud to send a message to Noodler’s Ink by their Contact Page informing of this post.
1) I love Noodler’s ink and I am happy informing everyone of this.
2) I appreciate the incentive of this competition. It has moved my muse, of which I am grateful. I’d like those responsible to know this, even if I can’t participate in the contest.
3) I’d like to show you my Noodler-Griffin.
Now, to the drawing:
Title: Noodler’s Griffin
Size: about 10×10 cm (I tried to make a bigger one, I really tried!)
Inks: (all Noodler’s inks) Zhivago (which is great as a black-with-only-a-hint-of-green in a pen but really shows its large capacity when used in water washes), Apache Sunset (also great shading alone as well as in washes). For the pillow the majestic Purple Martin and for the tassle Red Rattler and Lexington Gray.
Pens: Noodler’s brush pen. Noodler’s flex pens.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton.
Computer alteration: Scanned and cut, heightened brightness as well as contrast a little.
Inspiration: Mythical creature meets Catfish. I had several other ideas as well, but this one inspired me the most today.
Notes: I think this went rather well, although the griffin is a tad more youngish than intended. Maybe the holiday spirit made me veer off from the regular scary-monster theme. I blame Christmas. But approach this little one with caution, it could very well bite your head off.
In Other News I must confess that I wish there were an Artist Prize of 2012 as well…
Noodler's Zhivago - Can you believe this came from ONE bottle of ink?
Happy New Year!
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I am too computer-inept to reverse this Mac “Photo-Booth” picture taken with my webcam. It is supposed to say “on hold, drawing fish”.
I have decided that I am going to produce a couple of entries to the Noodler’s Ink 2011 artist prize mentioned in the previous post. Will return to regular postings in January.
Pen: Noodlers brush-pen recently bought from The Goulet Pen Company. Also, the ever-present Parker 51, which will be exchanged for my recently aquired Noodler’s flex pens, to fulfill the requirements for the competition.
Ink: Noodler’s black.
Verdict: This might work.
In Other News I am very, very tired and I have bought a lot of Clairefontaine paper. Also, I am working Christmas/Saturnalia/Blót. I’ll live.
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