REVEILLON 2013

A tous les lecteurs de ce blog, la belle annee 2013!

To all the readers of this blog, all the best in 2013! Sve najbolje svima u 2013!

PICTOGRAMAX - 2012 12 31 - REVEILLON 2013

Can you tell which book was among my childhood favorites?

When I saw it in the book-store, I fell in love. My parents thought it to be expensive (which it was back in those days here), and hesitated buying it. So it became the very first thing I started saving for; when my mother saw my determination, she gave it to me as a present. Although I had to sell it during the war-time period, I still can vividly remember the pages that made me dream.

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COTTON STORY

Continuing with my rekindled love for watercolors, I set out to test two different qualities of paper to determine if it’s actually worth investing in the more expensive material. In one corner we have FABRIANO 200gr paper made out of 25% cotton. It’s OK, but heavier washes tend to settle unevenly and provoke back-runs; lifting out breaks the paper and leaves a bit rag-like appearance.

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In the other, a DALER ROWNEY watercolor postcard, 300gr Langton Not. It’s a heavier paper with better sizing that lays smoother washes and allows for smoother lifting and glazing. The difference  might not be really visible in the scanned results, but the feel while working definitely is. The latter allows more control; I only need to learn to profit from it:-)

PICTOGRAMAX - 2012 12 28 - TEMPLUM

As a side note, both images were sketched with SCABIOSA before painting. On both of these papers of more quality the ink performs even better than in the initial testing, setting deep in fibers, bleeding mildly under only the heaviest washes and providing a beautiful subdued shade, not as dominant as pure black.

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NOEL! XMAS!

Eh, bien, je sais que c’est completement bete comme l’image pour Noel. Mais j’ai simplement pas reussi de terminer tout l’autre qu’il faudrait en temps; il m’a reste juste une petite “poche” pour boucler quelque chose. L’idee initielle etant trop elabore, j’ai justement joue un peu avec mes aquarelles. Enfin, c’est ca que je vous souhaite – beaucoup du plaisir en faisant ce que vous aimez. Joyeux Noel!

PICTOGRAMAX - NOEL XMAS 2012

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LUPUS IN FABULA

Le troisieme tome de CARTHAGO, le premier pour moi, approche la fin. D’apres l’esquisse fait pendant l’ete…

PICTOGRAMAX - CARTHAGO 03 - 52-4 - ESQUISSE

…j’ai fait le crayon hier, en bougeant le gardien un peu pour rendre Snyder plus dominant…

PICTOGRAMAX - CARTHAGO 03 - 52-4 - CRAYON

…et j’ai termine l’encrage aujourd’hui. Six planches a encrer jusqu’a la fin d’annee et c’est fini.

PICTOGRAMAX - CARTHAGO 03 - 52-4 - ENCRE

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SCABIOSA

As DIAMINE REGISTRAR’S iron gall ink passed well the testing, I decided to procure me a bit of SCABIOSA from GOULETS, to compare both behavior and color. Didn’t have time for the exhaustive inspection, so passed right away to “real world scenario” approach:

PICTOGRAMAX - 2012 - SCABIOSA TEST

The conclusion: I love it. You need to know that I really went on it hard, soaking the paper with J. HERBIN GRIS NUAGE and PELIKAN BLUE BLACK, working not only in glazes, but also wet in wet and adding water with big brush in order to push it to the limits. SCABIOSA did give in a few spots, but only mildly, and considering the amount of water I threw at it, I’m completely satisfied.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2012 - SCABIOSA TEST - DETAIL

In fact, I really like the bleeding that occurred here and there, loosening the line and blending with washes. For me it is actually a plus of this ink – if treated carefully, it can hold it’s ground and when wanted, it can give in and feather pleasantly. On top of that, a beautiful dusty shade of purple that did not go too dark by oxidation. Winner!

And yes, that drawing was the test driving of PIERCE .

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