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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Art is Magic
Title: Happy birds with wings
Size: still got to get a ruler. App 14 x 14 cms in original size.
Equipment: Parker 51, Noodler’s Black, Pentel Aquash brush pen with water.
Computer alteration: I removed a smaller sketch in the right corner of the image. I also played around heightening both contrast and brightness. For comparison look at the detailed picture below, that one is not altered at all, comes directly from the scanner.
Notes: I drew this bird and discovered that he was sad. When thinking about it I concluded that he must be sad because he lacked wings. So, through the magic that is art I had a friend of his come over and give him wings. Then they danced.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton
Upcoming: I draw almost everything freehand nowadays. I am contemplating a more detailed, planned project in the future. Also, my pictures are too small. Small is good and fast but I’d like to see how I’d fare making something on a larger scale. While surfing around the other day I went to the website of Ian Miller, one of my favourite artists. I find his large, detailed ink drawings very inspiring. I’m sure the fantasy-minded of my readers are familiar with his work already.
A detail of the above drawing: (more…)
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Title: Sad Bird
Equipment: Parker Rollerball, black. Pentel Aquash filled with plain water. Maybe another dark wash as well, have a couple of aquash pens around with dark washes I have long forgotten the origin of. The pitch-black areas are made with Pentel Brush Pen (permanent black ink). Buying a couple more of the brush pens when I go to London in May, I think. Not available in Sweden as far as I know. Good for waterproof black in larger areas. The red colour is Diamine Poppy Red, a nice true red.
Computer alteration: Perhaps a bit of contrast added.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton!
Inspiration: Birds and fish seem to be ubiquitous in my drawings. See, I got to add one of my favourite words in english as well. Ubiquitous. Nice, rich mustard brown. Mm…
Important notice:The bird is probably sad because he has no wings.
Links: Diamine Ink was the first proper fountain pen ink I used in several colours. I am very satisfied with both the Swedish fountain pen shops I ordered from in my first months of pen-mania. Nordic Pen Imports for Diamine ink and Pennshoppen for my Lamy 2000 and Rohrer & Klingner ink. Great service! I think I am going to add som shop-links at the menu on the right…
Upcoming: a post about my favourite non-swedish fountain pen/paper/ink shop. Also, the long-promised Smooth-Hebborn-with-Noodler’s-Kiowa-Pecan-post.
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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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