Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
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
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
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!
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:
http://www.cfmgallery.com/alice.html and this is her blog which is in French, but you don’t have to know French to appreciate the artwork: http://annebachelier.blogspot.com/
I’m so jealous!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
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.