PEU DU CRAYONS

A festival a Fache-Thumesnil (autour lequel je dois encore livrer la reportage) un messieur m’a demande apres la dedicace: “C’est vraiment vous le dessinateur de CARTHAGO? On ne voit rien sur votre blog?”

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Mea culpa. Comme il s’agit encore d’etape de crayons, je n’ai pas les cases complets et j’ai hesite de les presenter, pour n’emiter pas l’image inacheve a lecteurs qui attendent la suite.

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Mais CHRISTOPHE a raison, il faut au moins informer ceux interesses que nous travaillons fortement et toujours, meme s’il n’y a pas rien finalise a montrer pour l’instant. Voici donc un peu de crayons supplementaires a les examples il a deja montre.

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FACHE THUMESNIL 2012

La deuxieme aventure dans le nord (la premiere etait a WAVRIN) a commence chez la zebre, au milieu de la gare de Midi a Bruxelles.

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Malheureusement, a cause de severe retardement de vol, ce que a du etre le long rencontre amicale avec le scenariste ALCANTE s’est tourne a 15 minutes de parcour entre les quais.

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A traverse la campagne verte peuple par moutons et vaches, j’ai arrive a Lille…

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…et, pendant que le soleil se couchait lentement, par auto…

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…a Fache-Thumesnil. La soiree avant de festival; le rencontre avec l’ami OLIVIER BARBIER de la librairie LA RUCHE AUX LIVRES et les autres organisateurs, aussi avec ceux de participants qui etaient deja la.

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Parmi eux, ANTOINE OZANAM, avec ses nombreux anectodes autour de monde BD et l’alcool aromatise sorti de sa propre manufacture, a fait l’ouverture d’atmosphere qui va reigner les jours suivantes. Et pour le premier fois j’ai vu un coin BD dans l’hotel, ou on peut lire les albums sur place ou prendre un dans la chambre. L’occasion de decouvrir SKIPPER et STALINGRAD KHRONIKA.

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Demain le festival a commence officielement et les gens etaient deja devant  ma place.

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J’ai commence donc avec les dedicaces et parle avec lecteurs, pour apprendre leur impressions, opinions et gouts.

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A gauche de moi, l’ami PHILIPPE ZYTKA, avec tout fraiche album COMMANDO KIEFFER pour lequel on peut voir le bande-annonce sur l’ecran…

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…et a droit WINOC, tres sympathique auteur de LA RAFALE.

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Et aussi JEAN-MARC STALNER (en rouge), travaillant toujours sur les dedicaces pour ses nombreux series. Comme ANTOINE OZANAM, lui aussi est le tresor des petites histoires autour notre metier; nous avons passe tous les trois des bonnes moments pleines de rires.

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Je rencontre egalement ANA MIRALLES et EMILIO RUIZ, doux, intrigants et elegants comme leur dernier album MURAQQA’. Autour le dejeuner a l’hotel j’ai eu le plaisir de decouvrir un peu de leur mode de travail, les preparations de projet et recherches sur le monde de harem.

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Apres la seance de dedicaces, avant le diner, le petit cocktail etait organise dans le jardin de hotel, pour profiter de bon temps et compagnie.

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Le diner continuait dans la meme veine conviviale. Assie a cote de JOOST SWARTE, j’etais impressione par l’energie et l’attitude ouvert de cette auteur de qui je lisais deja les BDs comme l’adolescent, qui a garde tout sa fraicheur et curiosite.

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A dimanche le salon continuait avec la nouvelle tranche de dedicaces…

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…mais aussi avec la pause pour realiser un tableau, le portrait de Theresa de JASON BRICE, pour la collection de festival.

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Et vers la fin de l’apres-midi, juste quand je terminais la derniere dedication…

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…j’ai obtenu moi-meme un dessin originel :-)

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Les sourires sont la temoignage de qualite de rencontre, surtout avec DAVID et sa famille.

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La derniere soiree s’est passe dans la jardin de ZYTKAS, autour le table et nombreux histoires et rigolades. J’ai vu de nouveau mes amies et collegues MARIESIMON et NATHAN qui m’ont traite avec des nouveaux dessins:

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L’atmosphere amicale et legere de nord s’est confirme encore une fois. Merci!

Pour la fin – BONUS! Grace a les images pris et envoyees par LAURENS, j’ai fait une petite animation de sa dedicace:

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DIAMINE REGISTRAR’S – ROUND THREE

How soon one can wash over Diamine REGISTRAR’S ink without worrying about smearing the lineart?

That was the question that ended the SECOND round. In order to find the answer, I devised a simple experiment. I drew a figure, which took me six minutes to complete, and washed over with J. Herbin GRIS NUAGE immediately after. I measured the time the drawing took so I could know how long the very first parts of drawing bonded with paper before I proceeded to brush:

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As you can see, the uper part of figure, which I drew first, held admirably and no problem can be detected. Only in the lower parts of legs, which were drawn last and had maybe just under two minutes of calm before the washing struck, showed some smearing. The worst part is enlarged in the circular cut-out.

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The second drawing I completed as the first (I am not a robot that gets everything done in six minutes – it just happened that way), but waited for five minutes before starting the wash. This additional “buffer-time” gave the opportunity for ink to bond with paper and everything went pretty fine. Some slightest traces can still be found, but for this kind of loose sketching I consider them to be negligible.

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Waiting a bit more would clear it all, but might not be as practical in the “plain air” scenario. So I refrained from doing ten and fifteen minutes comparisons, believing them to be more of the academic than practical use. It has to be said that this round was done on 270 gr watercolor paper, FABRIANO ACQUARELLO TORCHON, and for two reasons. It is a kind of paper I would use for outdoor sketching and I wanted to see how a paper meant for wet work would accept this ink.

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Now, for the last question, altough it doesn’t require a next round of testing. Would I replace Platinum CARBON BLACK with Diamine REGISTRAR’S?

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If I only could use one, the answer is – no. Although REGISTRAR’S performed better than expected, it doesn’t offer such convincing bomb-proofness as CARBON BLACK. It remains my TOP waterproof ink. But if I love it so much, why I even bothered with REGISTRAR’S? Well, it’s obvious advantage lies in it’s resistance to feathering. When I can control my workflow, CARBON BLACK rules. But in course of my signing sessions I’m often handed various paper makes and qualities and here REGISTRAR’S could come handy. Time will tell.

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NOTE: This is the final chapter. The first part of testing Diamine REGISTRAR’S can be found HERE .

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DIAMINE REGISTRAR’S – ROUND TWO

NOTE: The first part of testing Diamine REGISTRAR’S can be found HERE .

After yesterday’s first sketch I immediately made another drawing, but left it to dry overnight. Today it was time to wash it and I decided to leave Ecoline out of the equation, as they can be strong on the underlying surface and not really suited for glazing effect in watercolors. I wondered if an ink of milder character, a standard fountain pen ink, would  fare better and chose J.Herbin GRIS NUAGE for the task. The combination worked very well indeed – these two got along as the best friends, with no feathering and bleeding at all:

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So the second round of testing ended even better than the first. Generally good news for those interested in doing ink&wash with fountain pens, especially for a planned kind of work at studio or home. But still questionable if one wants to complete the whole sketch in “plain air” style, not having the privilege to wait for the ink to completely bond with paper. How soon one can wash over Diamine REGISTRAR’S ink without worrying about smearing the lineart? Round three to the rescue!

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NOTE: The third part of testing Diamine REGISTRAR’S can be found HERE .

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DIAMINE REGISTRAR’S

My bottle of Diamine REGISTRAR’S ink arrived today (thank you, GOULETS!) and I managed to squeeze a dirty quick try-out sketch:

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I was especially interested in REGISTRAR’s waterproof qualities and it did not disappoint. I washed over the drawing with a heavily loaded brush of diluted Talens ECOLINE. The faint traces of bleeding can be seen on spots where I originally applied ink the most, going over the same spots with multiple strokes to create deep shadows. As I did not wait much for ink to dry completely, I find this to be a very good result. The bleeding is not significant or disturbing and could be used even for the effect . The simple direct lines held admirably well. Some traces of shading can be seen in lines, but as the iron gall ink tends to darken by oxidation, it might lessen with time. The ink is surprisingly blue in the bottle, almost azure against the light, as compared to the deep dark gray that finally rests on paper.

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Another thing of importance, which pushed me to order it, is the complete absence of feathering. Even on the cheap newspapers it holds it’s own and runs nowhere. The example shown here is done on Fabriano SCHIZZI 120gr for which I already stated my preference – it caused Platinum CARBON BLACK and Pelikan BRILLIANT BROWN to feather, but not this one. Nice.

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It  is not as bomb-proof as Platinum CARBON BLACK. Hell, that ink could handle a smaller scale nuclear attack. But REGISTRAR’s held very well. This is just a beginning of a series of tests, but the initial impressions are favorable.

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NOTE: The second part of testing Diamine REGISTRAR’S can be found HERE .

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LA NUIT BLANCHE

Le deuxieme tome d’ARS MAGNA avance et avec tous les peripeties les personnages doit subir il commence meme de neiger. Juste quand Philippe et Jean montent les toits de Grand Place:

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J’ajoute aussi la version gris, pour donner l’idee comment la neige va fonctionner une fois mis en couleurs:

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