ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 002

Profitant de fraiche mais beau jour de fete, nous avons examine le nouveau pont, vu la robe de la reine en gallerie et couru dans le parc sans aucun autour nous. Apres, pour se rechauffer et refraichir, j’ai pris caffe et entre les coups, j’ai dessine Lena qui a son tour, entre les coups de the, a mis en couleurs l’ours et quelques vegetables.

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NOTE: Venez voir LA SITUATION SIMILAIRE APRES UN AN.

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ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 001

J’ouvre l’annee 2012 de ce blog avec nouvelle rubrique, dediee a mes recherches.

Ca ne va pas etre l’esquisse “PAR” jour, comme les projets 365 souvent utilises dans le monde de photo, mais plutot “DE” jour, ou je vais presenter une de mes esquisses, mais pas forcement chronologiquement. L’idee est d’augmenter le nombre d’articles en les rendant plus reguliers; aussi d’offrir le coup d’oeil sur l’autre cote de travail, celle plus “en-train”, en contrast avec les parts completement boucles.

Voici donc Angelina, pour inaugurer la tradition:

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AHAB EVALUATED

After the initial tuning AHAB needed before setting to my work needs, we entered a happy period of sketch-testing. A joyful time that gave me some nice ones and inspired me to introduce a periodical SKETCH OF THE DAY type of post to my blog.

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As AHAB has the nib that can vary line thickness it’s well suited for shading inks that give the additional tonal range along the line variation. Results can be very pleasing, leading me to investigate more on the subject. Luckily there are THOSE already interested and more experienced in the matter:-)

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Today at the coffee shop, after I took my daughter to the kindergarten, I sketched with my PLATINUM 3776 in order to wash the drawing with J. Herbin’s GRIS NUAGE for my upcoming review of Noodler’s KONRAD piston brush. Alongside I contemplated this write-up and pulled out AHAB to make a concluding sketch for this review. Now look at that:

PICTOGRAMAX - 2011- AHAB BLOBS AGAIN

AHAB THE RED decided to show the whole range it’s capable of, not leaving the other side of medal out. The real problem is not that it needs a bit of fine-tuning once in a while, it’s not really complicated to do. What’s much more important is that pen behaving like this cannot really be trusted. Leaving a blob in the middle of a drawing while sketching for pleasure is no big deal, but if a similar thing happened while I worked on LA QUATRIEME, late in the night with an early morning deadline, I would have been pretty annoyed. For a tool to be professional, it has to be reliable.  Of course AHAB can be a great drawing tool, it’s proven. But if I have to doubt it’s performance when I start a new drawing, and if I risk the situation of not making deadlines due to tinkering, I would start with some other pen in the first place.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2011 - AHAB WORKS - DAMIETTE

So after this initial period, I’m left with mixed feelings. I’ve read somewhere that the design of cap is such that it leaves the nib un-insulated. That leads to drying-out between sessions which I experienced. Left aside for some time, AHAB wouldn’t always start immediately, but needed a bit of kick-starting on the side. One other remark would be that it’s nib is not really a fine one; it’s more like a medium to me. But as the nib nomenclature varies, and personal preferences also, it’s a highly subjective statement. I realized I’m more of a “Japanese type” regarding the nib sizes, so take that into account. YMMV. Right now I’m into finer line, leaving the volumes to lighter washes (as opposed to filling deep blacks with a PENTEL POCKET BRUSH as I normally do for my comics related work). So my impressions are from this angle solely – you’ll notice that I never even touched the writing aspect of this nib. On the plus side, I love the shape, size, looks and filling system of AHAB. I like the ease of ink changing, cleaning and assembling. I find the nib good for drawing on a bit larger scale where it surely can deliver.  And who can say anything against the price? On top of all that, I respect  and admire the attitude and perseverance of Nathan from Noodler’s.

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My experiences with AHAB left me wondering how cheap is cheap enough? With this kind of size, filling system and unique nib, wouldn’t it be better to move AHAB into 40-50$ range, keeping all the good stuff , while adding reliability and another layer of QC for the difference in price? It would still be in the “affordable” range, providing great value. Like TWSBI positioned their pens, I guess. I’m keeping mine and plan to use them, probably dedicated to lighter, shading inks. Till the next report, then.

NOTE: The saga of Ahab started HERE.

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LBN INTEGRALE

C’etait a notre ART MEET #8 que DARKO MACAN a apporte le tout fraiche integrale da LA BETE NOIRE.

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Le livre luxe est la compilation de cinq episodes qui font le cycle LES CINQ AGES DE BETE, initiellement paru comme serie grace a l’effort de ZLATKO MILENKOVIC. Meme si cette histoire n’est pas la premiere d’aventures de LBN, c’est le premier cycle complet, ici boucle en un seul volume.

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Au format un peu plus grande, j’ai refait la maquette de pages de titre…

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…et MELINA a “retraduit” les histoires qui accompagnent les chapitres. Tout comme le reste de maquette, splendide comme tous ses projets. S’il y a une personne qui a fait le plus d’influence  sur la presentation de BD dans ce coin du monde, c’est elle. On peut parler sans hesitation d’epoque avant et apres MELINA. “Ses” livres sont les objets de beaute. Merci!

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Logiquement, dans l’integrale il n’y a des pubs qui figuraient pendant la serialisation – c’est maintenant PASTEL BETE qui s’est installe sur la quatrieme de couverture.

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J’ai dessine LBN pour la premiere fois en 1988, comme le vilain secondaire dans ma serie BREAKOUT. Mais vite il a refuse de jouer cette role et trouve sa propre voix et  caractere, devenant la personnage principale de mes annees “avant francais”. L’integrale compris la seule “epoque” terminee. D’autres, L’OMELETTE APOCALYPSE et LE VILLE SECRET, il y a plusieurs variations de planches ou juste la tasse des idees pas completement formulees. Mais comme LES CINQ AGES DE BETE touchent tous les periodes de la vie de LBN, on peut vaguement pressentir les pistes que nous avons envisage pour notre heros.

Qui les a vecu probablement en mi-temps, n’attendant pas ses “vieillards inerts” pour prendre la piste.

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