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Grooming

12 May

I saw one of my cats grooming herself. I interpreted the poses while looking at her and made a sketch based on my observations. I did some more observation to restate the sketch, and then started inking the sketch with both a roller pen and a thick brush (# 5). After I scanned the image, I removed some of the mistakes (not all, though), to clean it up. I also made the whites pure white and the blacks blacker.

Grooming

The result is a stylized capture of a cat grooming herself.

That is all.

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Monkeying around

12 May

I used a photo of a monkey as a reference for this sketch. The monkey was sketched with pencil and inked with nib pen and Indian ink. The lettering was done directly without penciling. After I scanned the page and converted it into black and white, I colored some of the drawing digitally.

Monkeying around

Baron Von Munschausenkey seems a nice name for a monkey character in a comic.

That is all.

Experiment with letters

12 May

This was an exercise in drawing icons in the form of letters. Although, at first, I wanted to draw all the same letters and see how I could get a consistent look in my drawings, a repeatable quality, so to speak.

As I penciled the letter B it dawned upon me that perhaps I should play with the characters, see where that would bring me. When inking there went something wrong. The rough paper I’m drawing on was ruined with an inkblot. I realized there are limits to what you can do with a nib pen. You need to rotate your drawing surface to stay within those limits. Also, you need a light tough on you pen, and draw more from your shoulder than from your wrist.

After I clean my nib pen, I got my number 4 pencil brush and inked the letter C at the bottom. Next to it, I drew some letters with the brush that weren’t penciled beforehand (CHAB and BBBB). I also did that with the letters A underneath the H and the last B in the third line of B’s.

When the drawing was fully dried, I erased the pencil lines as best as I could. The paper is so rough, that some of the graphite was hard to remove, and I had pressed so hard on the technical pencil that it dented the paper where I drew. Choice of paper is obviously an important part of a drawing. This cheap paper is good for experimentation, but not for “serious” work.

Letters

It was a fun experiment to use letters to play with and to learn what you can and can’t do with a nib pen.

That is all.