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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.

DrolleryDetail

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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.

Why?

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…

Apache Sunset

Noodler's Zhivago - Can you believe this came from ONE bottle of ink?

Happy New Year!

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Happy skulls with wings...

Title: Happy Skulls with Wings
Size: Um, 2×10 cm?
Equipment: Brush pen, Noodler’s Black, Lamy Safari. The usual trade.
Computer alteration: No, but bad scan. Sorry.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton. I am way overdue writing them some fanmail.
Inspiration: I wrote a long, rather mediocre poem about unrest and illustrated it with various little drawings. These guys stayed in my mind much longer than the poem. They remind me of Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck (Knatte, Fnatte och Tjatte in Swedish).
Notes: I very seldom draw skulls. To be honest I am not very fond of skulls as a motif at all. Not sure why.
Links: The use of skulls in art in the way that touches me the most must be in the genre Memento Mori. The first painting from this genre of art that I can remember seeing is Charles Allan Gilberts “All is Vanity”. I believe I saw it in one of my father’s art history books. I’d like to make something in that genre as well, but not with skulls.

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Well, I have a thousand ideas on blogposts. I need to write more about London, books I’ve read and great fellow artists and artisans (note to self, look up the difference of those words) that I have found lately. I have several such posts planned and I thought I was going to write one of them today. My muse thinks differently. Apparently.

In London I bought some other colours of Daler-Rowney acrylic ink. Despite them being almost half-price in London at CASS art than in Sweden I pranced around the Islington flagship shop acting like a skint idiot, not buying stuff I actually could afford. Yes, I have a giant, monstrous neurosis about money after being a student for so many years. Maybe I should make a drawing of it? But I digress. After much unnecessary angst, I decided on the rather unusual colour combination of these: (Note my unprofessional bloggerness, not being able to arrange the bottles prettily in a row with the label turned to the front)

Daler-Rowney Acrylic Ink in Light Green, Gold, Silver Moss and White 011

Anyway. I had my lovely Seawhites of Brighton that I fell in love with last time I was there. Very inexpensive, great for drawing, the perfect surface and colour, etc. They have a black “jacket”. Here is a pic:

So, they all look alike and I bought plenty. I wanted a way to differentiate between the several medium sized (A4) I bought. Ergo:

The “1” and “2” are made with the shimmering inks “Silver Moss 129” and “Gold (imit) 701” respectively (the gold I find to be more like bronze in colour, or maybe rose gold as when gold is mixed with copper). The “3” is made with the amazing, cthulhuish (sic, happily) “Light Green 348”.
Here is a close-up of the “1”:

I did the translucent shading by blending the colour with different water-washes and mixing with opaque white. Used several different brushes, all synthetic. I especially like the glittering effect of the shimmering inks in “1” and “2”.

I have exciting things planned for the bigger (A4 and A3) Seawhites. The secret, gory, sunshine-yellow drawing and the sketch of the swamp elf I have planned to sculpt in the future for example. It’s all on its way, I promise. Also, eyeballs deluxe, coming up shortly.

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This link leads to an interview with author China Miéville in The Believer Magazine.

Funnily, the interview is held (sic) by Lou Anders, who has to be the same Lou Anders who edited the short story collection I recommend in this post. Coincidences, huh? Here is my favourite quote from the interview:

“I love this stuff. And when I write my novels, I’m not writing them to make political points. I’m writing them because I passionately love monsters and the weird and horror stories and strange situations and surrealism, and what I want to do is communicate that. But, because I come at this with a political perspective, the world that I’m creating is embedded with many of the concerns that I have. But I never let them get in the way of the monsters.”

He is gloriously, perfectly right and how could anyone not agree with this?

Probably one of the (many) reasons I like the writings of China Miéville is that he seems fascinated with a lot of things that relate to my own personal obsessions. In Perdido Street Station there is a sprawling, twitching city, birdlike monsters and dreams. In The Scar there is sea monsters, deep sea emptiness and gore. All these things among masses of other monsters, fascinations, surrealistic juxtapositions, strange phenomena and a language that almost drowns the synaesthetic parts of me in floods of colours. It makes me very happy.

Why do I do this?

For the love of monsters.

Details about the drawing: (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
Size: small…
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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