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A cat, a mouse and the Force

21 Jul

A non-suspecting cat comes across this Jedi-mouse. This pussycat is getting slammed big time if he doesn’t control what comes natural to cats. I’m not sure he’s aware of that.

A cat, a mouse and the Force

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Kettle

21 Jul

In the sixties when I went to Primary School we still wrote with a dip pen, called a “kroontjespen” (literally translated: “little crown pen”) on a long wooden stylus and Indian ink on paper for our writing. It was a transition period, because a few years later we all wrote with fountain pens and ballpoint pens, even up to University.

I have fond memories of that time, although the school was a bit strict in its lessons in Christian upbringing (in fact Bible class). There were non-Christian (neutral) schools as well, but those lacked in educational quality.

Kroontjespen (dip pen) on Wikipedia

Anyway, I used that same type of dip pen to draw this cartoon of a kettle. I even wrote the word “Kettle” as a caption in the style I learned how to write in primary school.

Kettle

As a comparison, see how I drew the same kettle on January 26 of this year, 2009.

Kettle on the stove

At that time, I even thought it was quite good, but now I can see so much wrong with that old sketch. I’m sure six months from now I will be thinking the same of the current ink drawing, which I now think is quite good.

I have to admit, though, that for the inked drawing I made two sketches, and only inked the second sketch, because the first wasn’t on model (too tall). I guess it’s always good to draw several versions of a subject and pick the one you think is best, or suits your needs best. Six months ago I was still in the phase of: “Well, I drew the darn thing, so I’m done, right?” Obviously wrong, because the kettle is drawn too tall in the pencil drawing.

Now don’t assume by looking at the ink drawing I have any kind of steadiness in my hand. I’ve cleaned up the scanned drawing quite a bit. Is that cheating? I don’t know. All I know is that I can only show you a digital representation of my drawing on this blog, so why not make use of that fact. Both analogue and digital drawing are made by yours truly.

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Jerzy Drozd

21 Jul

One of my favorite podcasts is Art & Story, hosted by Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph. Jerzy is always cheerful and enthusiastic, while Mark is more reserved and calm. This dastardly duo tries to promote comics creation to the masses, by creating comics, teaching comics, and podcasting about comics. If it has something to do with comics, it is something both Jerzy and Mark can get excited about.

I’m quite pleased how the drawing turned out. It portrays quite precisely how I see Jerzy when I listen to the podcast. He is smart, witty and has attention for detail. The reference photo didn’t show that, I added those qualities subconsciously while sketching.

Jerzy Drozd

This drawing started as a colored pencil drawing, which I redid with Microns for the thin lines and dip pen for the thicker lines (two strokes thick). After scanning and cleaning I retouched some of the lines. The nose wing I had to redo completely, because it didn’t look much like the old reference photo I found on Google Image search. Both pupils were also redone digitally, for the same reason; they looked wrong.

I haven’t worked much with the dip pen, and my hand isn’t very steady (which can be correctly in an image editor), but at least I don’t get the inkblots I got a few weeks ago. You just have to be very careful not to load too much ink on your dip pen, just enough to ink 4 or 5 cm.

Art & Story will have its 100th episode next week. I’ve heard it is going to be a memorable episode, especially if you’re into independently created comics. Don’t miss it. Of course, it will always be there for you to listen to as a podcast, even if you read this post many months after the fact. That is the beauty of podcasting compared to live radio.

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