The Road to Malabar

Posted: February 14, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, music
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The road-to-malabar-web mk2-Mo15The Road to Malabar © 2004 Rod Morgan (aka Old Man Crow) illustration by Mo 2012
click on the song title to hear the song and the pic to see the details
the edited songs so far
the-road-to-Malabar-flamedetail of flame hand painted in red gouache on the printout

  1. fiberels says:

    Did you do the drawing in white on black paper ….. or was it “just”
    a push of a button to switch it like this ???
    It looks great !

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks for the good words Els, 5H graphite pencil, black ink & white gouache with a 000 Series 7 Winsor & Newton brush on Somerset deep black watercolour paper (the blackest paper I have found and a beautiful surface to work on)

  2. Liz says:

    It was all about the eyes even before I read the lyrics …

  3. Carol says:

    The eyes got me, too! Such personality there. Bad luck about the van and the hat but look what came from that particular episode. You get more amazing every day, Mo!

  4. deemallon says:

    I looked and looked and don’t see the touch of red in this one?

    • Mo Crow says:

      there’s a dash of red in the flame in the centre of the pentagram on the printout but it didn’t photograph well, the first edition of 100 will have a dash of red hand painted with Winsor & Newton flame red gouache and a 000 series 7 Winsor & Newton brush in most of the illustrations but there’s a couple so far where red won’t work Beauty and Take a Ride There will also be a hand knotted talisman bookmark sewn into the headband of each book.

      • deemallon says:

        yeah, even enlarged and knowing where it is, I can’t see it. But I like knowing that it is there. THERE.

        • Mo Crow says:

          you can’t see it on the web image because it’s not there!
          Each of the original illustrations are on 570mm x 760mm watercolour paper, scanned in 8 passes on my A4 scanner then stitched together in Photoshop on the computer, converted to greyscale (to make the printing of the edition more cost effective) reduced to 12″ high then extended to 24″ wide to add the text. I hand paint the red gouache on the printouts.

          • deemallon says:

            oh. I was confused because I see it on the others.

            • Mo Crow says:

              have a look here and you will see the red as a detail on the photos of the printouts
              just scanned the flame on the printout, so you can see it now Dee

              • deemallon says:

                What a body of work, Mo. You must feel such a sense of satisfaction and pride. Really quite amazing. And each one has so much to draw the viewer in.

                • Mo Crow says:

                  I’m loving revisiting each song, nearly halfway through the first edit, the second edit will be fine adjustments then the third will be printed on a warmer white inkjet paper and hand bound in leather covers to take to the printers in September.

  5. MO…….i enlarged and must hold my breath so much beauty!
    so much love
    you and old man crow….
    love is visible

  6. handstories says:

    Oh, Mo…I come and look at these almost everyday & enlarge & enlarge & get so lost in the details… again, brilliance.

  7. margaret johnson says:

    Great to be drawn into your beautiful work and go exploring Mo. Theives don’t think of the consequences to whom they have stolen, its just, I’ll have that, TAKE. Marg ox

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Marg so true re the principles (or lack thereof) of thievery but there’s something reassuring about the thought that what goes around comes around ahe?

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