Thursday, November 03, 2011

Stephen King Quote

I was going to post this on my writing blog, but for some reason it's not letting me log in, so I'm writing it here.  It pertains to all forms of art, anyway.

It's a quote from Stephen King in his book called On Writing:

"If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all."

This is so true!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Loin de Toi (work in progress)

This is a work in progress.  I actually started this over a year ago, but never finished it. I had the pencil sketch and painting down before.  I just added the permanent ink today with my trusty Micron .25mm pen.  I'll have to complete the painting and maybe add some more drawing to it later.

I was looking for some art supplies and I came across this piece of unfinished work as well as another piece which I will also work on later and post.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Portable Palette and Brush Pens

This is my favorite portable palette.  It's Winsor & Newton.  The colors work well on a Moleskine sketch book, better than Sakura Koi Watercolors. You can basically take this palette, a sketch book, pencil and this water brush pen out sketching and you're pretty much set.  Or draw in waterproof ink and paint over it with these paints.  Oh, and this palette comes with its own paintbrush if you need it.  Just use a paper cup for water and throw it away when you're done.  Less hassle.

I have larger palettes, but I like these colors better than the palettes that have more of a variety.  These colors seem to be richer and you get what you see moreso than other paints where you think you're getting a bright pink, but it's a light rose, or you think you're getting alizarin crimson, but it's a watered down version or you think you're getting a dark blue, but surprise!  It's purple.  What the...

Also shown here is a Pentel brush ink pen and the Japanese one I posted in my last entry.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Things in my art bag

These are a few things I like to use: Naruto and Totoro pencil cases, Pentel ink brush pen, black Prismacolor pencil, black Micron .25 point pen, Naruto :o) pencil, blue col-erase pencil and Pentel brush thingy that holds water. 

I use that water brush thingy pretty often with watercolor paints.  It beats having to dip a brush in water all the time when I'm out and don't have water available.  I also use it to smear ink after I've drawn with the ink brush pen or other non-waterproof pen.  It cleans up easily, too.

Those water brush pens used to be hard to find, but I saw one in an art kit a couple of years ago.  The problem is, you have to buy the whole kit to get it.  I found this one at Kinokuniya bookstore in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.  They carry them in different sizes and were fairly cheap.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Male pen drawing

I did this today at lunch. It didn't quite turn out the way I wanted, but that's how it usually goes anyway.  I used a Zebra F-301 ball point pen (probably the finest point it can go) in my Moleskine sketch book.  I like to use the finest points possible because if I make a mistake it's easier to cover up since the strokes are so thin they can be hidden by multiple darker strokes.

The sketch book is too small so there is no room to rest my hand. It's a good size to put in a purse or pocket, but not really ideal for comfortable drawing.

The proportions got away from me because I didn't use any construction lines.  I got caught up in the details too soon which I knew not to do, but I did it anyway.  Bad habits are hard to break.

I am going to try to draw more guys because I hardly ever draw them and I need to get better at it.  I tend to make them look feminine and I need to learn to emasculate them.  Practice, practice, practice!

Links for Artists William Basso & Anne Bachelier

Appropriate for Halloween, this is an artist whose work I like:

His name is William Basso and his artwork can be found and purchased at Halloweentown in Burbank, CA.  It’s a cool shop open year round and is now split into 2 shops a few yards from each other: Halloweentown for Costumes and Halloweentown for Props, Books, Accessories and everything else spooky.

Another artist I like is Anne Bachelier. Her work can be found here: and this is her blog which is in French, but you don’t have to know French to appreciate the artwork:
I’m so jealous!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I went to see the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and was inspired. I haven't drawn in so long even though I've wanted to. I've seen other artists' work that has inspired me and seen faces I've wanted to draw, but didn't grab a pen to draw anything. The creativity in Tim Burton's work somehow got me to pick up that pen again to draw.

Yesterday I forgot to bring a pen with me to lunch because I was so out of routine from drawing like I used to.  The only decent pen I could find around me was someone's chewed up green one. The pen was kinda running out of ink, but what distracted me most was the thought of my hand getting dirty with someone else's spit as I drew. To make it worse, I used Sakura Koi Watercolor Paints on Moleskine sketch paper and discovered that the paints just soaked into the paper like a sponge. It turned out looking like a bad rug-burn. Don't ever make that mistake.  I learned something new that day. It was a bad drawing day.

The drawings I have posted here are also on Moleskine, but I used Windsor & Newton watercolor paints (always good) and a set of Russian watercolors whose name escapes me. I really had no idea what I was going to draw. I was going to let my creativity flow, but when I looked at that blank piece of paper, I couldn't think of what to do. I was thinking of all those wonderful monsters Tim Burton drew and tried to do something weird like that, but what I drew was lame.

I really don't know what is going on with the boy at the top. It's my attempt at being weird and creative. lol
Then I reverted to a style I'm more comfortable with with the girl in the red polka dotted dress. Some things never change.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Woman in Blue Cowl

It has been a year and a half since my dad died and I haven't drawn or painted much since. I think this was the last thing I was playing around with before he died. I've gone back to it and doodled here and there on it since then. 
Instead of drawing and painting, I have been watching a lot of TV shows and movies, working out (I love the UFC Gym!), reading and just trying to enjoy life and my family. I closed my online shops and relaxed a bit. The business of selling artwork (the invoices, PayPal, setting up & maintaining the shops, taxes, keeping records), marketing it, drawing, painting, working full time and taking care of kids was just too tiring and stressful. 
I'm planning on drawing more and posting them on this blog and on my Flickr site again, but this time I would like to write more as well. I think that would make this blog more interesting. I'm kind of a private/cautious-borderline-paranoid person, so that might be a bit of a challenge for me.