Saturday, April 30, 2011


Ball-point pen doodle done while listening to The Bugle bullshitting about the royal wedding kerfuffle

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For Gentlemen

Never again suffer the embarrassment, the humiliation, of failing to identify a chap's collar style.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Black roller-ball pen. Approx. 225 x 160 mm.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ball-point pen art


Mechanical riding-bird
Here's a couple more of my ball-point pen doodles.

I've been investigating the longevity of ball-point pen inks, and it doesn't look good. Black ink lasts longest, red ink shortest, but any of them have to be completely protected from any exposure to UV if you want them to last more than a few years.

Roller-ball inks tend to be more stable, but they're not capable of the tonal gradation one can achieve with the ball-point. It would be nice if somebody managed to produce an archival-quality carbon-based black ball-point ink with similar drawing characteristics to the dye-based inks in use these days, but I'm not holding my breath.

The pictures get bigger if you click them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lest We Forget

I made a little card flap to hang over our toilet's flusher, because without something to remind me, I forget about half the time. I don't really want Christchurch stinking like an open sewer for the next year or so, so I'm trying to do my bit.

Killinger und Freund motorcycle

From "Killinger und Freund Motorcycle":

"In 1935 a group of five German engineers named Killinger and Freund from Munich started to design a more streamlined and modified version of the German Megola front-wheel drive motorcycle that had won many motorcycle races in the 1920s."
Apparently it was quite successful in pre-WWII race meets. I wonder if the rear wheel has more tendency to drift in turns when it's being dragged along behind rather than pushing the whole shebang.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Inaction Figure

I would be willing to exchange actual currency for this. I would never take it out of its packaging, and it would become an heirloom of my house, to be passed down the generations into perpetuity. Eventually it would turn up on an edition of the Antiques Roadshow, and make some nerdy bow-tied British guy very excited, in a rather controlled, understated British sort of way.

Affordable high-resolution 3d printing needs to hurry up and become more generally available. If I had a decent 3d printer of my own, I would produce so much shit.

You can tramp all day!

I cannot honestly say that I've ever had any issues tramping all day with a freely-swinging nutsack.

Apparently this thing is "made just as nature intended"..... I guess the lack of a built-in version was just some sort of evolutionary oversight.