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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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Why is green the traditional monster-colour (because it is, isn’t it?)? Is it because it is the perfect combination of alien and organic? The combination appeals to me.

A completely different concept that hit me while writing this post is juxtaposition (which by the way is an amazing word). I have seen “juxtaposition” used to describe when you look at something, then look again and see something else. I am not perfectly sure this is the correct way to use the word, though (see the wiki link for the common definitions). This is also a classic technique to identify being asleep and dreaming, when you play with lucid dreaming (if you look at something twice while dreaming, it will probably change in an “unnatural” way and you can by recognzing this intellectually “wake up” while still dreaming and take control over the dream). Personally, I like to experience this while awake as well, to look outside of the box if you will. Everything is there for you to experience, you just have to look for it properly. I am not sure if this theory/way of thinking has a name, but it certainly has my name on it.

Title: Greendrop monsters
Size: app. 15×5 cms
Equipment: Liquid acrylics, Daler-Rowney. Mixed with old tubes of gouache.
Computer alteration: none
Paper: Green cardboard. Several years ago I bought a lot of cardboard in different colour, as I’d recently begun using soft pastels. I’d still like to play more with that medium.
Notes: Made, as you probably already guessed, by blowing on blobs of paint in different directions. This is commonly called blow painting and some people use straws. I didn’t.
Inspiration: Making these creatures was fun and proves that there is monsters in every drop of paint, if you just care to look for them. I like the shadowplay, the shifts in the greens.

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I blame Cthulhu

Title: Dancing lady with tentacles (yes, I’m angling for that crowd (no, that pun was not intended))
Size: about 10×7 cm
Equipment: Rotring Art Pen XF with Rotring black ink.
Computer alteration: None. I believe both this post and the previous could have used at least some alteration to bring out the best in them. Will put more effort into cleaning up pictures before posting them when my move is over.
Paper: Unnamed sketchbook from London.
Inspiration: This started off as a dancing lady but ended up somewhere else. I blame Cthulhu. The tentacles weren’t planned at all. Have to make a drawing of this one from the front. Maybe there is just tentacles and no lady at all?
Today’s learning experience None, I already knew how to spell Cthulhu.
Upcoming posts Before I leave for a work-related conference nex week I hope to post a librarian monster and a very colorful myller. There is also another fountain pen post planned, this time I’d like to present to you a very smooth Hebborn with Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan.

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Title: Shrimp Sucking on Tentacle, Pelican Eel Screaming in Background.
Size: ca 18 x 12 cm
Equipment: Rotring Art Pen EF with the ink that came with the pen when I bought it. A pen with too small a cartridge.. Not really happy with the Art Pen, unfortunately, I wonder if I might have gotten a bad one. I have several other fountain pens with stiff, XF/F nibs that are smoother than the Art Pen. Also, it annoys me that it is not possible to post it (I know it is supposed to work, but I can’t make it work on this particular pen) (posting, for the non-pen-initiated reading this, is when you put the cap on the bottom of the pen while using the pen.
Computer alteration: I removed some other fish and various scribbles in the background, but in general I try to keep my notebooks airy so, not very much is removed. Also changed brighness/contrast a little.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength.
Inspiration: Went to the exhibition ”The Deep” at the Natural History Museum in London in May 2010. Loved every minute! Tagline: ”If you lived down here, you’d look weird too”. Yes, indeed… The constellation of the sketches wasn’t really intended, but it made for a fine title. If I continue like this, I’ll have a very strange crowd following in the end of the year (yes, please!). (more…)

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Title: The politicans that weren’t, really (and some teeth and tentacles)
Media: Rotring fiber-tipped pens, 0.1 and 0.3 mm and Pentel Aquash brushes, one with water and one with Lamy ink in black and water mixed to a light bluish gray wash.
Paper: Seawhite of Brighton 140 gsm extra wet strength. About 20 x 10 cm scanned.
Inspiration: I made this doodle last year in London, trying out the paper which I had just bought.
Notes: of the three proper faces, the face in the middle reminds me a little bit of Obama. Not very much, but a little. The face to the right (no, not the lower one with the teeth, the upper one) looks a bit lika a Swedish politican. I will not be namedropping who since I do not have a good track record with caricatures. When I was about 14 years old my father gave me a wonderful book that I still own, called (translated from Swedish) “The second world war in caricatures”. Some of the caricatures I understood, others went (thankfully) way over my tiny little head, but they all made me inspired. So, of course I drew a couple of caricatures myself. I was especially proud of one, a picture of the then-prime minister of Sweden, Göran Persson. Proudly I bounced down the stairs to show it to my mother, who promptly asked why I had drawn a caricature of Leonid Brezjnev. After that, I went back to drawing elves again.

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