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I am leaving this part of the country on Friday. All monsters are packed and the amazing carpet is safely stoved away and will remain so for a while til I find somewhere more permanent to live. I have my books, clothes and some steampunk gear packed in the car and I am bringing approximately 25% of all my drawing supplies. Yes, only a quarter. Yes, it was very hard to choose what to bring. No, I am not finished yet.

I have, as usual when moving, ceremonially decided to never move (this far) again, come hell, high water or an apocalypse. I am really quite finished with moving around and I doubt I’ll change my mind anytime soon.

Now, I have still had time to draw, write and read these past couple of weeks. Thankfully, or I’d have gone insane.

I have written very little of the project I am thinking about making and selling on RPGnow. Put simple, it is a way for me to hopefully spread my work a bit, at the same time giving the opportunity for various smaller RPG companies/people/game masters to use art at a bargain price.

Pen: Parker 51 EF
Ink: J Herbin Perle Noir (not satisfying, too little pigment to make a good black)
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton
Verdict: The idea? Borders. Borders, walls, separators and other stuff to reign in text. B&W linedrawings that work digitally and IRL. Below are drolleries. The finished work will be much more detailed and larger in size. I plan at least seven different themes to begin with. Below are freehand drolleries of the first one and a tiny bit of inspiration for the second.

BordersFirst

Please excuse the abhorrent image quality. My scanner is in a box somewhere so I had to use my digital camera and tried somewhat unsucessfully to clean the images up in PhotoShop in various ways too tedious to recount here.

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Tresvansdrake

Title: An unfinished Three-tailed dragon.
Size: 18 cm from eartip to end-of-middle-tail (Well, the left-most tail if you follow them closely).
Computer alteration: None.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90 g.
Inspiration: This three-tailed dragon have been giving me the sad eye for several months now, hanging out in the very front of my notebook and making me feel guilty for not completing him. It started with an idea of a faerie-dragon with a plait of three tails (what would YOU do if you had three tails? Plait them, of course!).
Notes: I decided to do things in the proper order and made a graphite sketch (I really, really dislike the word “sketch”. “Graphite” is pretty, though). Filled it out some with the Parker EF (now with J Herbin Perle Noir, which isn’t as black as I’d wish, but annoyingly the first black ink that works very well in the capricious piece of pen). Added the purple (Diamine Damson) shadowing on a (severely misguided) whim. Now I/he is stuck. So, I thought I’d give him some notoriety and see if anything happened.
Upcoming: I am not quite sure. RPGnow-project developing nicely, as is Life in general.

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Sockbird 13

Title: The Gourmand Apprentice
Size: reduced from A5
Equipment: Thrice damned new annoying Parker 51 EF with Pelikan Black. Parker 51 Fantasy Kullock (demonstrator) with J Herbin Gris Nuage (so smooth, like drawing with a brush). Washed partly with water, partly with the grey ink.
Computer alteration:Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: This is obviously an apprentice to the Grey Gourmand. Younger, just as stuffed with sock and just as miserable. I am almost getting a bad conscience here. Next grey sockbird will be happier.
Important notice: The linework (line-work?) on this bird is a bit dodgy. This is how it looks like when your pen is not cooperating fully with you. I miss my old Parker 51 EF so much. The new one does not like any ink I have tried in it so far and it is not possible to write with the nib upside down with it. I am actually contemplating drawing with my Lamy Safari EF for a while. It lays down a way too thick line, but if you use it with the nib upside down you get a thin line that unfortunately is a bit oblique, which I do not like. It’s hard to be a perfectionist.
Today’s Learning Experience: publishing something I am not happy with, partially to demonstrate how this particular problem looks like and partially to keep me humble 😉
In Other News: I am very satisfied with my latest creative endavours. Upcoming is my own coat of arms, more sockbirds and sneak peeks at the boardgame currently in developement. Some more ceramics. I have also made a character drollery for Schedim, drawn freehand while waiting for takeoff at Heathrow in May. Better scan possibly coming soon. It is a musically inclined goblin with a penchant for spiders.

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I have finally found my scanner. Here we go, the first of two grey sockbirds. I got the idea of sockbirds specialized in woolen socks since I bought grey-striped knitted (knit?) socks at a Christmas market last December.

Sockbird 12

Title: The Grey Gourmand
Size: cut from A5.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF with Pelikan Black. Parker 51 Fantasy Kullock (demonstrator) with J Herbin Gris Nuage (so smooth, like drawing with a brush). Washed partly with water, partly with the grey ink. So, many shades of grey, came out quite well. For comparison, I have added a copy converted to greyscale behind the cut. To illustrate the many shades of “dirty” grey coming out in mixes/shades with other colours.
Computer alteration: Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast. Removed a couple of spots of unknown inky origin. An ink drollery on the back of this drawing shone through (sic), which led to a need for a bit more brightening than I would have liked. I like texture. Proper, IRL texture. Part of the reason I have yet to go digital.
Important notice: since the grey sockbirds haven’t got any colours (really, even if there are hues of other colours), they have the diagonally striped feathers in black and white (or: my excuse for getting to draw the near-ubiquitous striped bands I like. See background, top right, for example).
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: Well, obviously this bird isn’t comfortable. In fact, he looks rather miserable. This made me able to identify him as a gourmand. Woolen socks are obviously a bit harder to digest than standard striped socks. Since we see only one sock in the picture, the other is likely swallowed and making trouble already.
Upcoming: another member of the grey gang. Also, a couple of general updates. I am also working in clay again.

Behind the cut: the same image, in greyscale.
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The Wizard

Title: The Wizard
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. Diamine Damson. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, some brightening and added contrast, but not very much.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: Well. You know. When a red bird meets a purple bird, sparks might fly. In a good way. The two-coloured birds are often a bit magically talented, travelling från gang to gang, tribe to tribe doing odd but probably important things involving making strange gestures.
Important notice: He is NOT scratching his wingpit. I think. Eh.
In other news: I am frightfully tired of not having a proper place to live. I want a place of my own, where I know I will live for years and years ahead! I want somewhere to put all my little projects! I passed my Important Exam. Now I look forward to several years, perhaps an eternity, never having to take an exam again (knowing myself, I’ll probably end up starting a PhD so take what I write with a grain of salt, please). Now, if I only knew where

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Sockbird 8

Title: Baby Purple
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. Diamine Damson. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, a bit more brightened and heightened contrast than the other birds. For good or bad? Not sure, I think I might have gone a bit overboard.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: as I think I might have mentioned, the purple birds are very shy. Especially when small and vulnerable. They also suffer from the misconception that they are invisible when they hide their head in their socks. This is not true, but partially effective since no predator could ever hurt something this cute.
Important notice: I adore his little tail!
In other news: I’m not going to Stockholm for work. Oh, well. Since there is no real possibility of going further north in Sweden, I guess I am still heading south. I have narrowed it down to just a couple possibilities now.
The future of the sockbirds: up ahead is the very second and the very third sockbird I made. They are more like sketches than proper birds, but I think the bird-ancestors deserve their place in the blog as well.
Upcoming: See above. Also, around Christmas/Saturnalia/New years I am happy to be able to present Hemlo to you. Hemlo is something made of clay. I cannot say any more, since my fiance is the recipient of Hemlo (and frightfully good at guessing which gifts he is going to recieve).

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The Spy!

Title: The Spy
Size: cut from A6.
Equipment: Parker 51 EF, B. Noodler’s Black. Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrün. Waterwashed with W&N Kolinsky brush.
Computer alteration: Scanned, slightly brightened and heightened contrast.
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g.
Inspiration: Lost socks and the birds responsible.
Notes: This is a very secret bird. He is watching you.
Important notice: I now have 32 people following my blog! Looking forward to explore your blogs as well, I also have to get down to business and add to my blogroll and links to the right.
In other news: My iron substitution therapy has worked far beyond my expectations. If it hadn’t been for me getting dragged down by a persistant cough I would be more alert than I’ve been for several years. I have recently started to bake my own bread, which makes me richer, happier as well as almost too proud of myself. This has unfortunately put the drawing on tha backburner at the moment, but it is still stirring somewhere deep inside my subconscious. Just like the Spy, above.
The future of the sockbirds: I am still thinking along the lines of “Sockbirds for charity”. Maybe Kiva, I have recently started to lend via Kiva and I like it a lot. Sockbird 25 dollars, I donate to Kiva, reuse and use again and again for microloans. After a couple of years withdraw and donate to something else (there is a cat shelter I really adore that I’d like to support). The thing I like with Kiva is that you at least seem to get to know exactly who you are lending to and why. Also, a very high percent of the loans get paid back. What do you think, readers?

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