Can we talk pens for a second? I bought a few over the weekend, and im excited to test them out. Anybody have any favorites? Recommendations?
#ink #pens #brushpen
Pentel pocket brush is super solid, the replacement cartridges are cheap, and it looks like a pen you should take seriously, so I’m obviously a fan.
Ouija Board (from The One He Had Forgotten)
Ghost Photography — a series of ink drawings from May 2011
Throw Back Thursday! Ghosts!
I’m Currently Offering Commissions
If you’ve visited my etsy shop recently, you’ve maybe noticed that it’s a little different. I haven’t been offering commissions for a very long time (because, frankly, that’s almost impossible during the school year), but right now I’m offering them for the time being.
I’m offering a single figure and multi-figure option:
And you can choose between my older outlined style or my more recent mostly lineless style (respectively).
Guaranteed 30% better!
Q:Hi! I came across your blog this morning, your work is so beautiful! I've just recently started using watercolours and was wondering if you'd have any wisdom or tips to share on using them, if you wouldn't mind? :)
I feel like the universe perfectly aligns so that whenever I have a really shitty day at work there is a sweet message in my inbox to cheer me up. Thanks so much. :>
I guess if I had to give someone advice it would be three things:
1) Use good materials. Not great materials, because the materials cannot be so precious that you fear using them. But use good paper (like arches) and use decent pigments that mix well and dry properly and don’t deteriorate in light. Use good brushes. I never thought I would spend a lot of money on a brush (because I’m totally good enough to make up for the quality right????), and then I used a sable hair brush. There’s really no cheap alternative. It’s made all the difference. Look up the science behind how pigments work, how brushes work, how drying works. Remove at least some of the mystery out of what you are doing.
2) Practice rendering. Work using small, carefully planned marks. Do a mock up before you do a finished piece. Experiment with techniques and try to do something new. Master painting a sphere. Get to where you can paint or draw one realistically off the top of your head. Basically everything is a sphere, and the light logic learned from that skill can be applied to anything — it will allow you you to fake everything realistically. Apply all that knowledge to kick ass paintings.
3) Work from imagination. Use a reference to help you with visual problem solving, to accurately draw a specific person, to copy some interesting lighting, to remind you what a specific object looks like, to figure out how to get the arm to bend the right way without making it look broken, but don’t just copy photographs. It’ll set you apart, and it will free you as an artist to create things that no one has ever been able to capture on film (or SD card). Push your ideas. Thumbnail! Good art requires a lot a lot of thinking.
And take everything I say with a grain of salt. I’m just one person with my own prejudices and preferences. Except the brush thing—seriously!!!