Posts Tagged ‘Steampunk’

Visiting a Christmas market with my mother I made another find. A local business, RöRiNTERiöR (Facebook link), makes candleholders and other things from copper pipes. The pipes have a lovely raw, mottled surface. Design: Johanna Alamattila, design and production: Nils-Erik Keikkala.

My candleholder:

Equipped with candles:

The painting in the background is made in 1901, by my grandfathers mother. I have three of her very beautiful watercolour paintings.

An example of one of the larger candleholder, which makes me want to get somewhere permanent to live soon, with laaarge windows with room for one of these (the following images from the Facebook page, with permission):

Image with permission

Image with permission

And last but not least, one of the small, peculiar candleholders that first caught my eye:


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Travelling to Venice off-season had several advantages. Even though I still found the amount of tourists to be slightly overwhelming, I appreciated that it was very possible to sneak away somewhere quiet with ease. Also, ice-cream in november! Thankfully the fiancé is fluent in “waving-arms-around-and-sounding-very-insistent” (a very uncommon skill among Swedes) which helped us just as much as his very basic Italian. I promised feverently to work on my french to make up for him doing most of the communication during this trip. We also practised a simplified version of Swedish sign language and I am now fluent in the alphabet and some basic signs.

I went from this (3rd of November)

To this (Murano, 6th of November)

I got inspired to droll this in the margins of a nontebook. It is unfortunately made with fiber-tipped pens (Artline 0.05) since the tip of my beloved Parker 51 got bent and unfortunately broke during repair. It now has a much broader nib that I don’t draw with (yet). I am waiting for a new EF Parker 51 from Ebay though. I hope it is as good as the old “Birger” (the pen that broke had a personalized barrel…).

Steampunky masked ladies

We were lucky staying at Hotel Mignon. Tiny and cosy room, very clean and nice bathroom and a small terrace. Very nice personnel. If I go to Venice again, I book a room there.

Although many of the more touristy souvenirs clearly were shipped directly from countries where labor is cheap, we managed to get to look at several craftsmen (and women) at work. Below is a very life-like spider by an artisan who made insects from a scientific book. I would have liked to get one of the Stag Beetles (“Ekoxe” in Swedish, family Lucanidae) but an albino frog caught my eye, and there you go…

I loved the canals and alleys, ubiquitous (I also love having an excuse for using that word) in Venice. I liked not having to bother with cars or bikes. Relaxing. The air was good as well, scent of the sea and nothing else (except a stray whiff of seafood). Living smack dab in the middle of fell-and-bog-country, I miss the sea of my childhood home.

I believe marbling paper, binding books and making masks were the biggest inspirations I got from this trip. Also, lots of nice mental images from lurking around in a place which with a little fantastic application was very reminiscent to the faboulous Gentleman bastard sequence by Scott Lynch, famously started with “The Lies of Locke Lamora”. I might write more about that book when I start my planned category “Recently Read”, which have been brewing in my mind for some time now.

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Title: New old wave hair-faery
Size: A6, “postcard”
Equipment: Lamy 2000 (F) and Diamine Damson
Computer alteration: none.
Paper: Fabriano Quadrato Artist’s Journal
Notes: I am satisfied with how the pince-nez turned out. I like the colour of the paper combined with the ink. Overall I tend to be drawn to dusty colours in design (clothing as well as interior design). I like grayish green, vintage powder peach pink, rainy cloud gray, steel blue and old white. Diamine Damson is that gray purple i like. I would like a little more gray in it, then it would be perfect. The Lamy 2000 is a very nicely designed pen but not at all representative for my favourite era. I am usually drawn to Art Deco and the 30s-40s. It was the very first new fountain pen I bought. Almost all my other pens are previously used.
Inspiration: I made this drawing last year. Spontaneously inspired by the famous Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura by the artist Hokusai while drawing a random steampunkish faery. I did not have a reference picture of the wave when making my drawing, but I think there is a definite resemblance.

Only part of the print. Source: Wikimedia commons

Today’s Learning Experience The woodblock printing technique used to make the Kanagawa print is called Ukiyo-e. One thing I regret about deciding to not do art for a living is not getting an education at an art-school, where supplies and instruction in different techniques would have been ubiquitous. I am all for autodidactism, but in many ways having the time, space and resources at an art school would have been fun. Trying woodblock printing at home? Hardly practically possible, at least not right now. But I am not saying it will never happen…
In Other News Noodler’s ink is prolonging the competition til 28th of February (which, coincidentally, happens to be my birthday). I have THE greatest idea for another entry. Or wait, maybe two ideas! I have really appreciated all the entries I’ve seen so far, several new added just the last couple of weeks. I have also gotten several new visitors from the Noodler’s Ink blog, you are all very welcome!

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When making the front page to this issue of the fanzine Landet Annien, one of the characters that grew out of my sketches made a greater impression on me than the others. I do not have a name for him, but he is definitely a trickster type of character. I figured, since goggles is practically a steampunk necessity, who are the ones making and selling them? Well, one of them is this strange man, possibly undercover agent, half-thief half-rogue, with the highest top-hat you could imagine. Of course, as I dare suggest the steampunk cliché demands, goggles belong strapped to top-hats and these are not an exception.

Title: Steampunk Trickster
Size: app. 4×20 cms
Computer alteration: I cleaned it up a bit in the computer, stray lines and such, if I remember correctly. Also, converted to greyscale.
Paper: Markerblock A4, Canson 70g.
Equipment: Fiber-tipped technical pens, mostly Staedler, and Pentel Tradio Stylo. As I have mentioned before, this drawing and the Myller (the background of the blog) were made with too expensive fiber-tipped non-refillable pens. Yep, even though the Pentel Tradio is “refillable” to some extent I count it among those pens as well. It performs differently as it ages, becoming bristly and the line uneven (I know it is immensely popular in the comics crowd, so don’t take it personal if you use it and love it. But feel free to let me recommend you some proper fountain pens if you are curious).
Shameless Preaching: To discover drawing with fountain pens (at first Lamy Safari, then refillable Koh-I-Noor technical pens and the Parker 51) was like going from stale water and gritty bread made of flour mixed with sand to a luxury all-you-can-eat buffet. Eh, or something like that. Now I am a happy convert, having started this blog partly to spread the word.


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…and back online!
The moving thing went great and this week I’ve spent getting online and unpacking (still missing camera USB-cable and haven’t found a place to put the scanner). I have a very nice view over blue, snowy mountains and a big bathtub. I reckon those things will boost my creativity immensely (I have used the bathtub eight nights in a row). The bathtub is probably the true reason I have’t updated the blog sooner.

Title: Steampunk Sprite
Size: about 10×15 cm.
Equipment: Rotring Art Pen with Noodler’s Black.
Computer alteration: None.
Paper: Unknown London Sketchbook.
Inspiration: Concerning steampunk, I am personally more drawn to the science/retrotech parts of steampunk than the fantasy steampunk with elves and the like. But apparently this little sprite hovered somewhere in my subconscious anyway, and wanted out. I am not sure it is even steampunk in any way, but I was in a steampunk mood when drawing it. So there.
Notes: Yes, yes, a little cliché-ish type fairy thing, it hasn’t even got any teeth. This is a drawing nestled on a page, adjacent to some other drollery I made at a time when I worked at illustrating the front and back page of a fanzine run by a friend (n. b both links are to pages in swedish!). A post on that project is planned in the near future. (more…)

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