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best of the drawing of the day, week 134: two shady guys

Or rather, two shaded guys.  Hand shaded guys, that is.  Freehand toning like this, with a very small pen like the Rotring Art Pen with the EF sketch nib* (aka the scritchy-scratchy pen) is about the most fun you can … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day week 133– a bat man

Please note that the guy with the cape and the cave and the signal and the mobile is The Batman.  This is a bat man, so no harm no foul on the copyright front.  OK.  In terms of content, this … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 132: students

Where is Babel University?  I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure that the shirt is a novelty featuring a common student nickname for that august institution.  It’s real name is Something Something City College (or maybe the Something Something … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight: part five

The Sauk Trail State and Friends from Town Unofficial Combined Halloween Party ranged up and down the Stroll far into the night, far enough that the early edition of the paper was making its way from hand to hand before … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight: part four

Outside the library, in the smoky, cool, dead leafy, moon silver air, a mysterious creature is practicing aerobatics. Roughly the size and shape of a regular boring male human, it has the wings of a bat, the tail of a … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight in the basement of the library: part three

In Iowa’s office (Iowa is Professor Lykander’s student assistant), there is a fat little stone gargoyle sitting on the desk. He spends most of his time posing as a sculpture, perched on the edge of a lopsided black painted plaster … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight in the basement of the library: part two

In the Old Chinese Reading Room (so called because of the colorful silk tapestries of extra squirmy dragons hanging between the main shelving units and the smell of Six Treasures Fried Rice that lingers there on rainy afternoons) a young … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight in the basement of the library: part one

Yes, the moonlight falls on the ancient, well polished, linoleum floors of the basement of the Noakes Library, in spite of the fact that it’s a basement and there are few, if any, true windows.  At least on Halloween it … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 131: “inconspicuous” is in the eye of the beholder

Time travelers and dimension walkers both agree– inconspicuous clothing and gear is the way to go if you don’t want to be discovered and condemned as a wizard or worse.  Usually this means a plain cotton shirt and canvas trousers, … Continue reading

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new fountain pen first steps

People sometimes come to this blog to read about fountain pens and how to care for them and use them for drawing and hand lettering, so I thought I would share with you what I do to get started with … Continue reading

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