Tuesday 14 August 2007



Thing I drew with

The dropper measuring thingy that comes in some ink bottles:
I'm sure it has a name, like every other thingy in the world. You press the top and hold it, dip it in the ink, unpress it and let the ink get sucked in. Then draw with it, occasionally pressing to release blobs of black for emphasis. This technique was used for one of my favourite logos, The Dance of Lifey Death, a book of mine first publshed by Dark Horse in 1993 (full cover), and to finish the effect I wanted to cut little feet out of one of those old style ballroom dance manuals, but instead I borrowed a rubber stamp of a barefootprint from my daughter, hayley campbell, who had borrowed it from a classmate at school. When he got it back it never worked properly again because I'd soaked it in india ink and it went hard. Sometimes I just hate myself.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know where this is going.

If you drew the captain america with your todger I am gonna be sick.

14 August 2007 at 04:45:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, this will be the "ye can only draw thin lines with a pubic hair" routine. Mick

14 August 2007 at 05:07:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure the thingy is a 'pipette'?

Ben Smith

14 August 2007 at 06:07:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Steve said...

I thought a pipette was one of Gladys Knight's backing singers. Have just read that Black Diamond bookie you had out a while back, turns out I bought a signed version although I guess you mailed out the signatures. It sorta has connections with From Hell, I thought, like turn of the 20th century, examining the stuff that sorta goes into making the 20th century, that sorta thing. Anyway, it were a good read, and that explosion really is breath taking.

14 August 2007 at 07:59:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you use a bad brush pen you'll get the same result. Because those things leak like Hell! :P

And I imagine that the owner of the rubber stamp developed an unusual or even subconscious hatred for india ink. :D

14 August 2007 at 10:29:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

Ah, justice at last, for all the times a student of mine didn't wash out a brush.

14 August 2007 at 11:52:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Andrew Hawthorn said...

I haven't read it yet, nor do I know much about it, but "The Dance of Lifey Death" is still one of my favorite book titles ever writ.

14 August 2007 at 18:38:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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14 August 2007 at 22:38:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

some wanker dropped 2,419 words of right wing religiopus babble on campbell's blog. it's no there noo, it's been shifted.
everybody else, thanks for commenting

14 August 2007 at 22:47:00 GMT-5  
Blogger drjon said...

I get the same thing over at my 'blog all the time as well--it's one of the reasons I screen comments.

Of course, if you want, I can get one of my Dionysian friends to drop 2,419 words of Bacchanalian blather in here instead--at least it'd be on-topic ;}P>

15 August 2007 at 01:13:00 GMT-5  
Blogger James Robert Smith said...

HO HO, Eddie!


15 August 2007 at 16:48:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

Ah, Edwin's stamp.

I consider it payback for announcing our engagement to our fellow 7yr old classmates during Show & Tell. A surprise to everyone, including wee hayley campbell.

16 August 2007 at 10:50:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

wee hayley campbell!!!!

good to have you back. hope you enjoyd your trip to where the internet doesn't reach.

16 August 2007 at 16:11:00 GMT-5  

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