Wednesday, January 7, 2009

first two in Andrea's

ruben with found paper.mate (found paper.mate)

why?!!! (felt pens)

Ruben has an interest in comic strips and is an on-line buddy. Clearing out my work bag - which is really just a day-sack like kids use for school - for the new year, I came across a black paper.mate, the cheap kind you get in office stationery cupboards. I think it came from one of those. Anyway, it's very good on moleskine paper.
The second is inspired by an expression on the face of the lead character in a French comic strip I found in a Paris newspaper - I only pinched the expression. This was drawn while listening to an album by Oliver Nelson which I bought for the title alone... It's kind of weird but I think I'm getting used to it.

Happy New Year.


Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

These are SUPER! It's amazing to me that you did that incredible work with a papermate pen! WOW!

I love the background details in the expression one--great expression to pinch! :-D

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! I just realized what the why is, LOL! Hilarious--sorry I'm so slow on the uptake--is being really sick a good enough excuse, I hope?

(Just a bad miserable cold, but not sleeping.)

Ammon said...

Great images and thanks for telling us of your inspirations Ian.

I will say that after this I don't think I will ever buy another moleskin. I am really glad that the papermate felt pen worked out. I might try that. No watercolors, or markers in these things. Tis a shame.

Anyway, the expression in the top one is superb and the bottom one is great for its emotions and and I really like the linework in both.

ian russell said...

thanks Mary and Ammon.

Ammon, I know what you mean - I'm not entirely sold on them myself though I bought two more in the Amazon sale (half-price), and have another for watercolours which I've yet to try. To be honest, for what I do I prefer cartridge paper and it's a shame moleskine don't do a version of that. I expect the whole thing is driven by durability when travelling, that is resistance to damp conditions. the size is great for moleskine exchange (postage) but I do like A4 sketchbooks - I use a hardback, cartridge paper one for away on holiday.

but most of my angst now is trying things in someone else's book knowing that some pens and paints bleed through if you try too hard to fight against the resist. I wouldn't be as bothered in my own book if it was just for sketches etc. and there's something about that cheap, toxic chemical papermate ink that doesn't bleed through though I have noticed now it isn't as black as I would like.

ha, ha, I sound very negative but I'm still alive and kicking!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

What exactly is cartridge paper? Is it like water color paper?

I have a moleskine with water color paper--I like it MUCH better than the ones we're using--it's white and nice. Not as thick as really good quality water color paper, but adequate.

I don't know what cartridge paper is.

I think for travel I would like an odd size, bigger than 5 x 8 and smaller than 8.5 x 11. I think I like the spiral kind you can fold around when you have limited space to work better than the hard -bound kind. And the paper should be thick enough not to bleed through. (On mine, I often only paint on one side of the paper on the thinner ones.)

ian russell said...

Mary, it's not the same as watercolour paper exactly - cartridge paper is soft, matt, white, fairly fibrous, fairly heavy and excellent for graphite, pencil and ink. available in a variety of book sizes from A6 to A0 (do you have 'A' sizes there? A6 is roughly about 4 x 6ins, and A5 is 8 x 6, A4 is 8 x 12, A3 is 16 x 12 etc.) you can also buy separate sheets of larger paper sizes. it isn't expensive like some papers.

I'd be very surprised if you can't get it in US - maybe it's called something different.

Andrea said...

I can't stop looking at that wind-blow hair! What a great start! Thank you.

Andrea said...

I am sad to hear you folks don't like the Moleskines. I am smitten with them. If a pen bleeds through I just use that as the starting point for my next page.

Mike Kline said...

I love Papermate pens! I use them too... This work is awesome cool. I love the moleskine books and hope to continue these sharing projects. The experience has been wonderful and the participating artists are great. Fun, fun, fun...

ian russell said...

don't get me wrong, guys! I love the moleskine exchange. by the end of this one I hope to resolve the negativity - arhh, treat them like my own book, whatever!

Andrea said...

Maybe next time I do an exchange I will let folks use whatever type of sketchbooks they love the most. I wonder, can I still call it a Moleskine Exchange then? ;)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

There is a water-color Moleskine with nice white paper.

I don't really HATE the Moleskines, I was just really pleased for a change. It bothers me though that yellow doesn't show up on the yellow paper--or white. Some tonality is lost.

The cartridge paper may be just the thing.

Maybe we should all write to Moleskine and ask for a larger Moleskine with cartridge paper be made so some of us could buy those.

I guess we all work in different ways.

The Moleskines are great for some things. Pen or pencil sketches in one color, for example. They work fairly well for colored pencils or even for water color pencils, but not good for water colors and too small really for acrylics. (Or at least for me).

I did bleed through with the Ellie and Ollie are friends pen sketch, so I have to do something with the paper there. Or use it to start soemthing new, perhaps. Rorschach style?

It would prolly be impossible to find one sketchbook perfect for everyone! That's why there is so much variety!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I LOVE the exchange too--I must say, though, that in my own sketchbooks, I feel much freer--I have the idea of blobbing up someone else's sketcbook by a failed experiment--and in my own sketchbooks, I try things out, sometimes over and over.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

It is such a pleasure to get the sketchbooks in the mail, to touch them, handle them, open them, and see everyone's real work! I LOVE THAT! You guys are great.