Leaves II

Leaves I. Zig Fudebiyori Metallic and Uni-Ball Signo pens on Fabriano Black Black drawing paper. 8" x 8"

Leaves II. Zig Fudebiyori Metallic and Uni-Ball Signo pens on Fabriano Black Black drawing paper. 8″ x 8″

This piece is the second in a series on the theme of leaves, which I mostly produced to test the Fudebiyori pens I acquired recently. This one was a lot of work to create, especially as I had to go over most of the white lines twice (and then do the typical back-and-forth cleanup), however I think the end results are solid. I really like the Black Black paper – It’s amazingly uniform in color, especially compared to the Strathmore, which is one of the reasons I left bits of it showing through. I also minimized over-use of the colored pens on this one, to try to preserve more of the sheen of the metallic additives in the ink; that was largely successful. I still haven’t gotten the time to set up high-quality photos of my work with truly accurate colors the way I’d like, but I’m hoping to get that issue resolved soon.

Leaves I

Leaves I. Zig Fudebiyori Metallic and Uniball Signo Broad pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tile. 6" x 6"

Leaves I. Zig Fudebiyori Metallic and Uniball Signo Broad pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tile. 6″ x 6″

I finally got a chance to do more art! Since I took a position last fall as a consultant for Improving, my evenings have been almost entirely occupied with user’s group meetings and technical events, which has severely constrained my drawing time. My apologies that the blog has gotten stale as a result.

This was a piece I did to test my new Fudebiyori pens that I picked up at the Art Supply Depō last weekend. The title is Leaves I, because I’m planning on doing a conceptually similar piece on a bigger, blacker piece of paper next. I learned a few lessons that will help with the next one. For example, using multiple coats of the Fudebiyori makes the color more intense, but takes the shine out of the ink (I’m guessing that the mica particles, which is what’s usually in these things that’s responsible for the metal-like sheen, sink to the bottom layer, but I don’t have a microscope for a closer look.) And the Uniball ink will melt some of the Fudebiyori colors, which makes it surprisingly hard to maintain the integrity of the white border lines. Overall, though, I think this one is technically decent and has a good balance of colors. I also suspect it will look really snappy once it’s framed, which I intend to do.

Crystalfall

Crystalfall. Sanford UniBall Gel Impact pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6" x 6"

Crystalfall. Sanford UniBall Gel Impact pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6″ x 6″

This was the third in a series of experiments with some new pens from UniBall, and the first one that’s passable as art. The pens are brilliantly easy to use (the ink flows really well), but they’re coarser than I’m used to, which makes real precision difficult. Still, I’m happy with how this one came out.

Waveriders

 Waveriders. Gelly Roll pens on Starthmore Postcard paper, framed in clear and black laser-cut acrylic. 6

Waveriders. Gelly Roll pens on Starthmore Postcard paper, framed in clear and black laser-cut acrylic. 6″ x 8″

This is a piece I did a while ago, and it’s still a favorite. I used the Glaze series of pens from Gelly Roll to make some of the borders really pop, and I had to mix the inks on the paper before they dried to get the colors I wanted.  The blending in particular was a huge hassle to get right, and filling in the large areas evenly with relatively small (and somewhat unpredictable) instruments wasn’t exactly easy, but I’m very pleased with the results.

Floral Arrangement II

Floral Arrangement II. Gelly Roll pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6"x6"

Floral Arrangement II. Gelly Roll pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6″x6″

This piece practically flew out of my pens. It was fun to experiment with the black paper, and I haven’t worked in color in quite some time; it was refreshing to do so. I like the variety of colors, and the intermingling of the Stardust and Metallic inks on the petals appeals to me as well, as it makes the flowers glimmer as the angle of reflection changes when the viewer moves. It’s unfortunately hard to capture in digital photos, but it’s very pleasing.

Holy Grails

Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors.  6" x 6"

Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut clear plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors. 6″ x 6″

I was pleasantly surprised with how well this piece came out, given that symmetry isn’t typically my strongest suit. One thing that’s not readily apparent in the picture is the reflectivity of the Gelly Roll Stardust ink, which flickers like glitter as the viewer moves from one perspective to another. The subject matter was inspired by the aptly named Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which happened to be on TV recently. (Note that this isn’t the carpenter’s cup. Heh.)

Interference Pattern

Interference Pattern. Gelly Roll Stardust, Glaze, and Metallic pens on Strathmore Postcard paper. Laser-cut acrylic frame with aluminum anchors. 4

Interference Pattern. Gelly Roll Stardust, Glaze, and Metallic pens on Strathmore Postcard paper. Acrylic frame with aluminum post mounts. 4″x6″


This is one of my older pieces, but it’s still one of my favorites. I’m very pleased with how the color balance came out, and the dark blue curves from the Glaze pen really set off the shapes made with Metallic and Stardust beautifully. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort.