Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Acrylic Painting Session with the Kids


Once Thanksgiving lunch was over, what better way to spend the afternoon than experimenting with acrylic paints.

I used my Liquitex paint markers to make some underdrawings on some canvas boards for the kids to color with Liquitex Soft Body and Daler Rowney Simply acrylics.

Just make sure to have plenty of tubs with water for rinsing and diluting paints to the desired flow consistency. Having the right size of brushes that match the size of the canvas boards available makes for a more efficient painting session.

Smaller round brushes worked well for smaller surfaces.

Large wash brushes are the more efficient choice for covering larger canvas boards, and acrylic paint markers came in handy again to restore some of the linear sketch marks on top of large areas of homogeneous color like the dragon body above.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cartoon Sketching class demo pictures


Made this cartoon portrait of one of the students while demonstrating pen sketching with a Platinum brush pen.

Pencil demo drawn with Tombow Mono 2B pencil.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Beginner Acrylic Painting Sessions with the Kids


Got these painting supplies from Target, so that my nephews could do some acrylic painting during their last visit.


To complete our setup we added a plastic palette, a brush cleaning bucket, pad of watercolor paper, and some canvas panels

The youngest one limited his palette to his favorite color blue, and its complementary orange color.

The oldest asked for an outline to color, so I used a Liquitex acrylic paint marker to doodle a basic dragon head.

Wasted no time in completing his first acrylic coloring project.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Lego Movie Pencil Case and 4-pack Erasers set


Found these Lego stationery items on clearance at Target. Figured my nephew will enjoy them since he loves playing with Lego.

For its bulk, the pencil box has a pretty small holding capacity, Its shallow bottom can hold a handful of pens or pencils, a few erasers, and perhaps a wedge pencil sharpener. It works well as an organizing tray on my inclined drawing board. Suitable storage for a very compact sketching kit or a few knick-knacks.

If thrown inside a carrying bag, you might want to use a rubber band to keep it tightly closed. Its snap closure works, but is not particularly strong. These novelty plastic pencil cases are fairly sturdy, but can only hold a few tools. Worth getting if you find them on sale.

The eraser blocks work well enough and look very much like a regular 8-stud regular Lego brick. They are not stackable since their bottom is pretty flat with no holes. Nice novelty gift for Lego fans.

New Baby Custom Greeting Card


Got this card stock on clearance at Askew Taylor. While it folds neatly without the need for tools, you can accomplish the same with regular letter size card stock and a bone folder.

Drew this design while waiting at the Duke Medical Center with a Sakura Pigma Sensei 06 pen, and chose to color it with my Uni watercolor pencils (which are pretty much identical to Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils).

Decided to leave the colors dry, so I did not use a waterbrush to blend the colors like I often do. You can get pretty saturated colors just by pressing a bit harder with these pencils.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Crayola Ultra-clean ColorMax Washable Markers and Impromptu Drawing session

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Found these markers on clearance at Target, and they are pretty bold and bright as their label claims. You can never have too many fresh markers when you got lil' artists around eager to explore their creativity.

Just before dinner, this group decided to sketch and paint. Having the art supplies always ready in the playroom and introducing a couple of waterbrushes for painting made set up quick and easy. While we got a glass of water for cleaning the waterbrushes, they can be cleaned by simply wiping them on a paper towel.
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Some of them even tried my new Winsor & Newton Watercolor markers.