Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ellen's Book

I love working with gel pens. When they were popular a few years ago, I bought hundreds of them, but unfortunately they're not as easy to find now. Now everything claims to be a gel pen, but I specifically look for opaque colors for using on black, and ones that keep their metallic lustre well, and also colored metallics that don't just soak into the paper and look like dull silver when you actually use them.

Anyway, I found a small supply of them at some stationary store - the packages are in Japanese - so I happily put them to work in Ellen's book.

Click any image to see larger versions at Flickr.

First finishing the collaboration with Mike:

Juicy Pink Octopus

Juicy Pink Octopus - angle

Some horses that remind me of the Wizard of Oz for some reason. This didn't go really as planned, but eh, nothing does...

Horses

On this piece, I had a total nerd-out idea that I was going to do some Gallifreyan-inspired design and I got out my grandfather's old compass drawing set, but that too didn't go as planned, so I went over it with a few layers of stuff until I was happy with it. I didn't really do too much on the right side to start a collaboration - I just left the spread pretty open and sent a few tendrils across so Michelle can do whatever she wants. She can cross over, go right on top of mine, or stay on the right or whatever. I just kept going until I felt pretty done and didn't push it.

Lotus

12 comments:

Aya Rosen said...

'ow! beautiful stuff! I was wondering what the surfing santa is going to end up like, and I really like it.

The horses are amazing!

ballookey said...

Thanks! This one just flew by and now there's almost a month to go before the next one. Woe ;)

I've been inspired to buy another book and fill it with work in the off times because I'm really happy with the experimenting I've done so far.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

FAR OUT! These are FAB!!!!

I always liked those gel pens on black and these came out great. My favorite is the horses. But theya re all cool!

steve said...

Wow, extraordinary stuff here! Like walking into a dreamland!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

My husband says, "That's marvelous!!!!!" And a bunch of hoter positive comments.

ballookey said...

Thanks Mary, and Steve - I like "dreamland". :) Thanks.

Andrea said...

WOW! I am a fan of gel pens too, but I have never created anything this lovely. Bravo!

henniemavis said...

The horses, OMG. I cannot stop looking at the enlarged version. The patterns, textures & colors, serious eye candy. I keep coming back for more looking. I'm a addict on this one, no question.

Lotus flowers are gorgeous too, have a totally different feel. Those gel pels are really neat!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm with you there, hennie--those horses blw me away--I'd love to see a kids book illustrated like this.

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Ellen said...

OMG! I can't wait to see this in person!