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the silly hour

I was working very late last night, and when it got to the Silly Hour, just before hitting the sack, I couldn't resist drawing something for what was happening here in the comments on nedroidcomics' blog post.
(This picture refers to a painting by Valetin Serov, which is very famous in Russia but I guess not so much here.)

While he was in town, Will Kirkby (chamonkee) did a sketchy life drawing of me, and I liked the head so much that I sat next to him and did my own little drawing based on his sketch. It looks like a cross between the way Will draws and I draw.

And tozocomic made me laugh with his drawing of our pub-going group a couple nights ago, and he let me post it here. It's me, Will, Stuart and Dave. (As you can see, I'm rather tall-ish.)

'Comickers in search of a pub' by David O'Connell

My friend Kim Toohey has posted a link to a November article in the Guardian about one of my favourite writer-illustrators, Satoshi Kitamura here. I was particularly intrigued by this:
He draws with ink, but instead of a springy, steel nib he uses a Japanese glass pen, with tiny grooves to accommodate the ink . This creates a distinctive line that blobs now and then as it glides, giving an unmistakable character to everything he draws.
Does anyone know who makes these Japanese glass pens? I've never seen one.

Want some recommendations for this year's reading? My writer friend Candy Gourlay has made a video interviewing the kids in her neighbourhood to hear their best picks! (Thanks, Mia, for the Vern & Lettuce plug.)


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Jan. 5th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
that picture came out really well. I like the little touches like the slight magnification of the eyes in the glasses. I'm currently penciling that comic strip based on the weekend since I spent sunday mainly sleeping... So tired..
Jan. 5th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you gave me some good starting material with your sketch!

Haha... we're so good at wearing you out! :-D Can't wait to see your comic.
Jan. 5th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Haha, I saw that drawing of you all yesterday and thought "Wow, how tall IS Sarah?!" but my drowsiness forbid me from commenting, demanding I return to bed immediately.
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'm not THAT tall! I'm six foot exactly (183 cm), but the soles of my boots are kind of thick so they make me about 6'2" or 6'3". My sister is six foot as well, it's fun walking down the street with her and scaring people. ;-)
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
So 1,83 m is exactly 6 foot ? That's useful to know since that's also my size.

Also why do you say 6 foot and not 6 feet ?
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Haha! I've long been meaning to get some boots so I can actually be six foot.

You and your sister, going around looming at all us little folk! :)
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Well, I think it's like 182.88 cm or something, but close enough.

>Also why do you say 6 foot and not 6 feet?

Um... I think I might be saying it wrong! But I'm not sure. I guess it's because if someone is an inch taller, they'd be 'six foot one', not 'six feet one'. I guess it sounds a bit more like a measurement and less like I have six feet. Or something.

I think it must be a dialect thing. Yeah.
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Hey Joel, thanks for that! I might just order one and have a go.

I've seen Satoshi draw very, very slowly, and that made the line go wobbly. But when I asked him if he always drew like that, he said no, that he usually draws fairly quickly; it must be this pen that explains the effect.
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Jan. 6th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
No kidding!
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