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Pommes Schranke

Pommes Schranke


If you want a portion of french fries here in the Ruhr-area you need to utter the easy to remember term: “Eimma Pommes Schranke, bittä!” Yes, as easy as that! But it might get a bit more complicated as explained in the following paragraph:

You might get asked the following in return: “Pilsken beie Schranke?” which translates, roughly, as “Do you want a nice cold Pilsener with the fries?”. The accepted answer is either a short: “Jupp!” (“Yes, please!”) or a more elaborated: “Dachtesse ich würch die Fritten trocken runter, oder watt?!” (“I really appreciate your offer, even if slightly redundant, and accept it with great joy and pleasure!”). You might reject it with: “Nä, lass ma, muß noch faahn.” (“No, thank you but I might risk my drivers licence if I get caught again.”) or something of a similar kind of a distinctly lame excuse.

From the Attic

Homage to Oscar Reutersvärd

Homage to Oscar Reutersvärd


Needed to re-conquer some storage space and discovered some older (2002 says one signature) works. The tribute to Oscar Reutersvärd above was one of several tries with gouache/watercolour in connection with inked contours. Two more of these experiments below the fold Continue reading

Doodling V: Lack of Backsight

Wrong orientation

Wrong orientation


This was the first sketch for the picture here. All that work, the whole twenty minutes, wasted! Why? Because I failed to recognize that the chosen frame was a former mirror and hence had the hanger on the short side. As it always happens in such situations: it was a cheap frame, everything was glued in place and would have needed way too much work to change. More work, in fact, than the effort to just redo the sketch in a different orientation.
And all that for such a lame lark.
By the way: the dark spots had been done with a very soft graphite pencil but the deep black parts have been done with a charcoal pencil. It just cannot be done in graphite.

Nudes I

Looking for the hidden treasures

Looking for the hidden treasures


A fast sketch for testing the scanner. This scanner is a very old Plustek ( OpticPro 9636 T) one that connects via the parallel port. It took me some time to get it running under Debian Squeeze but only with the 600dpi resolution and full colour. One full scan (a bit larger than DIN A 4 but not much) takes 20 minutes and has a massive blue tint. Good enough for B&W drawings but my poor little computer needs even more time to handle these large files.