Saturday, May 31, 2014

geek birthdays!

I do love this one.

Pentel brush pen with Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours and Faber Castell brush pens.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

happy beerthday!

Pentel Pocket Brush, Winsor & Newton watercolours.

Today is my beloved cousin's birthday. He's a bartender and a bit of a hard-partying dudebro, so I made him an appropriate card. 

In a few days it will be his older brother's birthday, and that guy loves Magic cards and MMORPG games, so his card is going to be FUN.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Drawing objects: killing time or filling time?

Things I draw between projects:

Nothing cramps your drawing style more than not drawing. Usually I like to go through old mail-order catalogues or magazines, or rifle through my photo folders, to find things to draw.

These days you can find lots of things to draw on Pinterest, like vintage book covers.

Don't be upset or discouraged when your drawing doesn't come out the way you imagined. Keep drawing!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

water under the bridge

More work for the merboy story: sketches and practice pages. Not sure whether I want to draw this story with brush or pen; the lines all have something different to say.

Dip pen and Noodler's Luxury Blue.

Dip pen and Noodler's blue;
Winsor & Newton Cotman pan watercolours.

Pentel brush pen on Canson smooth watercolour paper.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

calligraphy: song for the dĂșnedan

I always see the second line of this poem floating around Pinterest, and more than one friend of mine has used a variation of it as inspirational quotes. It is actually one of my favourite poems, and has a lovely story behind it ('s called The Lord of the Rings). So I wrote the full version down.

Parker Vector with medium italic nib, filled with a mix of
Waterman Green and Brown ink, in Botanicals notebook.

My other group of friends, of course, not only knows the story, but many of them also know that this is a poem that Bilbo Baggins wrote for Aragorn. It also seems to echo the promise of the first King who Bilbo knew, Thorin Oakenshield. But Thorin (spoilers for The Hobbit, if you haven't read the book!) was never able to achieve his own destiny. I like to think that Bilbo was thinking about his old friend when he wrote that poem, which adds a shade of tragedy that makes it more meaningful for me.

Additional nerdery: How much do I love that Tolkien created his own rune from his initials? 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mothers in my life: to my surrogate mothers, nearly-mothers, mother-friends and motherers, and most of all to my one and only Mom...

Your strength and generosity have helped me become what I am today. I love and appreciate you with all my heart.

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

some things I have been doing...

Here is a preview of some things I have been up to.

Sketches and drawings in various notebooks, with various fountain pens and brush pens, captured by iPhone camera and saved to Evernote for the most part.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Egg salad recipe

Whenever I visit my mother, what we love to do is eat. One of our staples! (Please forgive the scan; this notebook doesn't open very well.)

Noodler's flex pen and Inktense pencils in Winsor & Newton heavy cartridge sketchbook.