Elephantastic markers

February 5, 2016 at 00:15 (Blog, Drawing, Work) (, , , , )

Hello again, and sorry for the long hiatus. It’s been nearly two and a half years since I last updated this blog. Sorry to the few loyal followers I have/had, but life happened and things escalated and the blog ended up in the big space waaaay back in my brain where lost thoughts so to die.
Then, yesterday I suddenly thought of it again, even if indirectly. You see, at my kindergarten we have have a few students working with us at the time, and during a conversation about projects we’ve done with kids I remembered my train-montage and went online looking for it… Ending here.
Last night I ended up thinking a lot about the blog and decided to give it another go. I don’t know how often I’ll post or how regularly, but I’ll give it a whirl.

A while ago a good friend of mine introduced me to some Shinhan Touch markers. I liked then so well that I bought a set of their Touch Brush markers. They are rather similiar to Copic markers in that they have abrush-like tip on one end and a chisel tip at the other end.

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I’ve played a little around with them, but nothing serious. So when a girl at my kindergarten asked for a birthday crown with an elephant on it I decided to give it a serious test.

I started by findin a picture of an elephant to use as a reference. I then lightly sketched the basic shapes with an HB pencil and started filling it out with a light shade of cool gray. I then went over with gradually darker shades of warm gray to build up the values.

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As the image grew darker and got more contrast I started using a very thin fineliner to add some details and create some transitions. I then used a set of sharp scissors to cut it out.

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For the name and age I imagined something based on african tribal patterns, and after googling a little I ended up with this:

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Using a yellow piece of cardboard uses some light gray, green and yellow markers to draw some grass. I also used some black cardboard and cut out a black tree-shape, and then started gluing it all together into a cohesive whole.

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I could have left it there, but remembering an older dino-themed crown I did a few years ago I decided to add a little extra, namely grass. Using green cardboard and a scissor I carefully cut out small tufts of grass that I glued to the bottom.

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Once done I turned the edges back on themselves and attached to each other.
And here you can see the finished crown in all its elephantine glory.

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I love these markers.  :)

 

 

 

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Street art – My mind is blown

January 17, 2012 at 22:00 (Blog) (, , )

Art can be many things, something that really shines through when you look at all the various forms of street art available worldwide. Some make you chuckle, some incite strong emotions, and some are just… WOW!

I came across a site with a huge compilation of street art today, and one piece just blew my mind away. Here, better let me show you…

It’s nut just the details in the image that make my mind boggle, but how it is completely integrated with the brickwork iself. The way the womans leg fades into pure brickwork is masterfully done, as it the composition and choise of colors. Pure art!
It should be noted that I’ve always liked these¬†Art Nouveau posters with strong contrasts and flowing interiors. Still, there are a LOT of other, and very different artwork, that catches your eyes if you take a peek. Just take a look yourself, over at Street Art Utopia.

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What’s this?

August 4, 2011 at 18:34 (Blog, Comic) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Not everyone is bright and clever, least of all Darwyn.

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Watch me draw #2

August 2, 2011 at 22:55 (Blog, Video) (, , , , , , )

Also known as “Yaaaaawn”.

That’s right, YouTube has allowed my account to upload videos longer than 15 minutes, so here’s the one I took a few days ago. Be warned though, it’s 38 minutes long. Might not be your cup of tea if you get twitchy after waiting in line at the store for only one minute.
I’ll try to figure out how to timelapse these things for later videos. If any of you have hints, tips and experience, please let me know. By the by, it was originally a MOV file, in case that has any bearing on things.

View in fullscreen for HD quality…


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Open Sesame!

August 2, 2011 at 00:11 (Blog, Comic, Drawing) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s perhaps a little clue as to why the Barkling ran away in the last installment of Darwyn.

While I’ve been sketching on officepapersfor the past two days, I only started drawing on the bristol paper today. Here’s a rough estimate of how much time it took:

Penciling: 1 hour
Inking: 45 minutes
Scanning & image preparation: 30 minutes
Coloring: 2,5 hours

Total: 4 hours 45 minutes

That’s NOT included all the time spent thinking of image composition and layout (triple or quadruple to get the final number).

I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I’ve had drawing it. :)

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