Tuesday, June 26, 2007

back to black

I've run out of sepia ink. I have about seven empty pens. So until I get some more I've turned my attention to black ink. I've never really got on with black ink. I like black ballpoint but not ink. I don't know why. I love to see the work other people do with it. I think I like working in sepia ink because it's a lot softer than black. Black ink can be quite harsh and unforgiving. Perhaps it's the pens I'm using. Any recommendations?

So I've spent the last few days drawing and yet this lousy hoover (I mean vacuum cleaner) is all I've got to post. I'm trying to not get frustrated about it. I'm looking at all the bad drawings as 'growth'. Hum.

Out of interest, is it only the Brits who call vacuum cleaners 'hoovers'?

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Blogger PG said...

I'm a big sepia ink fan too, when I do use it, I've just got lots of miscellanous dip pen nibs. Although you can't beat a nice black Pilot pen.

(ps - re Cancerians/artistic-ness; yes, it's one of the major features of being a crab, that and the mood swings!)

12:39 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

its funny you should say that about the black ink. it seeming harsh. normally i'd agree. in my drawings it seems that way. but your drawings - this one - has such a softness about it. i dont think i've ever thought of a vacuum cleaner as lovely but this one is.
oh and its a vacuum cleaner in my house here in Virginia :-) but i've heard others call it a Hoover

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated b-day Andrea!

I agree with Tracy, the hoover looks soft, not harsh.

What sort of pen do you use? A technical pen?


3:27 PM  
Blogger ksklein said...

I guess, this is the most asked question you hear from your commenters. ;)

By the way, I would love to see some work which you really do not like. I just can´t imagine your work not to be good.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Genine said...

Black looks good on you. :)

Great drawing Andrea, though I've never seen a drawing of yours I didn't like. Your detail and texture are amazing.

How long would you say it took you to do that drawing? I think it would take me days.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

You've brought beauty to the lowly vacuum cleaner. Black ink does seem to have a harshness while sepia ink has a softness and glow; however, I like viewing both. From you, I'll take anything you offer!

I've heard the name Hoover used as a generic name for upright vacuum cleaners in the U.S., but it's been a long time. Ditto for Frigidaire or "icebox" for refrigerators. I still hear Xerox copies used for photocopies.

5:24 PM  
Blogger caseytoussaint said...

Only you could make such a thing of beauty out of a vacuum cleaner. I just can't say Hoover - I feel like a fake, as it's so British. There's nothing harsh at all about this drawing.

6:47 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I know what you mean about black v sepia.That said, I do like a crisp,black line in waterproof for contour drawings,especially if I want to use water colour after.

And I call all brands,uprights and pull-alongs "Hoover." Actually, I've never owned a Hoover model...
somehow, Electrolux and GEC and Dyson just don't sound quite right!

11:29 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

The art supply fairy is waiting for you Andrea! :)

I don't think it looks harsh at all, it just looks lovely! Like I could just push away with it and vacuum my rug.

11:44 PM  
Anonymous wagonized said...

So, well, i like the black a lot. It gives the HOOVER a stern look. We called it "hoover" when i was in England (and i believe it is also used as a verb?!) -- Anyway, this one looks like an old widow. I love it. I think i'm off to draw my own :-)

11:54 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

I love your hoover and I think I'm going to start calling all vacuums hoovers from now on. Am I even spelling vacuum correctly? See, it would be so much easier if they were simply hoovers.

1:39 AM  
Blogger PC4u said...

Vacuum in Cali..as far as I know....I was looking at this and for some reason the shape and form reminded me also of high heel shoes..try drawing one of those..that would be so cool. I don't have the skillset you do..but I will try my best to do it too.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Funnily enough, I don't get on with sepia ink! Though based on this, I wouldn't have said you had a problem with black!

I'm pretty sure all we Brits call them hoovers!

7:28 AM  
Blogger littlemithi said...

This is gorgeous Andrea ... I just you're just not USED to seeing you hands doing work in black ink - probably more a mental block than anything else.

And happy belated birthday!

7:04 PM  
Blogger sooziebee said...

I think the black is good, although I agree with other commentees that sepia is softer. I love all of your work, even the stuff you don't!! You ought to be published!

7:45 PM  
Blogger Africantapestry said...

I'm late to wish you happy birthday!! I hope your year will be filled with wonderful surprises and may your pens always be filled with the ink you love! I enjoy them all, black ink, black pen, sepia...you just have a talent that enables you to even draw with a dry stick..

9:50 PM  
Blogger Africantapestry said...

I'm late to wish you happy birthday!! I hope your year will be filled with wonderful surprises and may your pens always be filled with the ink you love! I enjoy them all, black ink, black pen, sepia...you just have a talent that enables you to even draw with a dry stick..

9:53 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks everyone.

PG - this is a Pilot pen and probably the best black pen I've found so far. And yep I'm NO stranger to those mood swings. Like the waves and the ocean - up and down.

Genine - this one just took about an hour - actually probably less.

frnace - your right it is also used as a verb here. And this floor of mine definately could do with a good hoovering!! I'm loving the 'old widow'. Thank you.

Suzanne - it is such a strage spelling isn't it. I put a spell check on it because it just didn't look right but apparently it is?!

Thanks everyone for all the lovley comments for this lowly hoover. Cheers!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Oh dear, I see I am late to join the fun here. So, Happy Birthday, Andrea!!! That's definitely the first thing to say! Secondly, I have no problem with black pens, in your hands or anyone else's. I do like my Pitt Artist Pens now that I've had them for awhile. They did take some getting used to. Can't get the variations that you can with ballpoint. However, word of warning, someone told me that ballpoint pen ink is acidic and is not permanent, so ballpoint drawings can easily fade. I have noticed this with my address book at the offfice, which I leave open all the time and it's near a south-facing window. Some of the ballpoint entires I have had to redo because they faded into illegibility!

NOw, I should say that your Hoover is darling!

3:09 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Belated Happy Birthday Andrea.
Fantastic 'hoover'! ;)

9:55 AM  
Blogger Brenda Y said...

Happy Birthday!! Yep, hoovering is definitely a Brit thing. As always, you've done a terrific job with an ordinary, everyday item!! The end result certainly doesn't look like you dislike black ink. I rather like it's use for this hoover.

3:13 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

I'm not experienced enough with pens to have an opinion on black or sepia but your 'black' pen drawing looks pretty darned good to me, Andrea.

We grew up calling it a 'Hoover' and we would also use it as a verb. That came from my British background, however, when I married an Aussie I slowly took on more of the Aussie terms....DownUnder, they call it a vacuum cleaner. ;)

10:33 AM  
Blogger mrana said...

I love the way you've drawn this and love the black ink too, though I have to admit to liking black ink anyway ...

3:50 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks guys.

I feel quite embarassed getting all these comments for this not very good drawing! Thanks anyway!

Kath, I agree that you cannot get the variations, with black pens, that you can get with ballpoint. That's why I find it slightly frustrating and why I adore ballpoint. I have heard that ballpoint does fade. In some ways I think that adds to it's charm. Don't you think?

Cheers guys.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Nina Johansson said...

Beautiful drawing! I know what you mean with black ink. I like drawing with it, but I often use grey instead, just to get that softer contrast. I tried sepia too, long ago, but I didn´t find a pen that I liked, and it seems the Noodler´s sepia isn´t waterproof. (Noodler´s is what I use in my Lamy pens.)

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Others may call them Hoovers... but I think only the Brits use "hoovering" as a verb. : )

3:29 AM  
Blogger Peter Fong said...

I love black! :) It's so versatile and neutral and just creates good contrast. But sepia is softer i agree. I guess i just like strong harsh lines! Awesome drawing :)

1:24 AM  

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