Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Shadow Fiddler

Oh, the joy of messy materials! I haven't used a crow pen in quite awhile (since I got my technical pens), and I must say that it is a joy. I had been frustrated by "blobbing", but decided that was caused by the ink getting too thick rather than the pen nibs themselves. But this was such a pleasure.

I started three fiddling pictures (the other two are handanger fiddle ones, whereas this is a "regular" or "flat" fiddle.

I'm not sure that I'm done with this. Already I can see some more things I'd like to do to it.... (but if I make any substantial changes, I'll change the image here.....)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Illustration Friday: Shadow

Hardingfele (or hardanger fiddle) music seems to me to come deep from the shadowy nights of Norwegian winters. Every summer I get to spend four days at the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's workshops, listening to, dancing to, and playing this marvelous, haunting, meandering music, and I've finally gotten around to making a picture to try to capture some of that feeling. Here's a link to the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America website, if you're interested in checking it out: They have some good YouTube links.