Feb 112015

Je Suis Charlie,

Oui, moi aussi!

Je Suis Charlie drawing

Je Suis Charlie

And now, for another freethinker, Avijit Roy

je suis Avijit Roy image

je suis Avijit Roy aussi

 Posted by at 17:47
Apr 282014

Dove & Blackthorn Easter EggHappy Easter!

Yes I know I’m late on the festive greetings. I designed this easter egg with doves and spring-flowering blackthorn, but the holiday cut in before I had time to post it up. Then it was back to work and I’ve only now had a few spare minutes to upload the design to the website.

When I have time I’m intending to have a set of 3 – with rabbits & yellow primroses and lambs & quince red flowers which I will (probably) put up on stockphoto.

When I have time… there are still xmas cards waiting to be done – I hope to finish them before xmas this time round!

Drawing of a 6 Spotted Burnet Moth by Beth Cook

 Posted by at 15:17
Apr 042014

Knitting Socks For Dragons is an ink drawing I made  last week using Rotring Isograph pens. It’s small, about A5 size, as it was designed to be a birthday card. Even using a 0.25 mm pen it was hard to draw the small details in the picture. Ideally I’d have liked to make it a bit bigger, but then it wouldn’t have been able to fit in a envelope.

Knitting Socks For DragonsI’ve made quite a few drawings in this style over the years, since I was about 18. This one was made as a birthday card for Cathy, a friend of Ginny, who appears in another picture as a woman dreamily grinding herbs. Cathy of course is someone who loves dragons. I wanted to draw the 2 friends knitting for dragons and Ginny asked to be knitting socks, with long toes – hence the title. I had to do some research on sock knitting, which is fiendishly complicated. Cathy is sewing oven gloves – another essential piece of dragon-care equipment. In the original sketch there was a table, but I eventually couldn’t fit it in so it got  ‘broken’ and the dragon had to kindly hold the tea things. I do hope they don’t get broken too.

I love Rotring Isograph pens. They will last a lifetime if looked after properly because they contain a simple plastic cartridge that can be re-filled. You can easily change the colour of the ink used by washing the pen thoroughly. I use them with the deep solid black Rotring ink and with Windsor and Newton’s colourful drawing inks, which include a very effective silver and gold.

They are expensive though, between £12 to £20 – and harder to get hold of now than in the old days before computers. Still, they’re worth the money since you can use them forever.

I now have 3 nib sizes – 1 mm, 0.5 mm and 0.25 mm. They go from 2mm right down to 0.1 mm –  my current object of desire. I recently found out that the nibs can be purchased separately. One of the problems for me has been the necessity to change colours when I have only 3 pens. If I’ve been using the Rotring Black it can be hard to remove all traces of it. The new plan is to get more nibs and keep some strictly for black ink only.

Here endeth the Rotring Isograph Technical Pen eulogy…

 Posted by at 11:13