Thursday, April 9, 2015
There are still some spots open in the Saturday workshop for April 11 at the Cary Arts Center. We will focus on sketching and illustrating some fantasy creatures from Japan and branch out from there.
Made these samples on watercolor paper with watersoluble graphite and a waterbrush. I choose to use my Caran D'AChe Museum leadholder loaded with a Technalo 3.8 mm B lead, but you could also use the wooden pencil version.
The Holbein waterbrush can also be handy for applying watercolors and blending watercolor pencils.
If time allows we might even color some of the illustrations like this Chinese Zodiac family portrait.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Found these sticky notes on clearance at the local Target, and remembered these neat color sketches by comicbook artist Todd Nauck. Thus a perfect opportunity for trying out a new art support just presented itself. It had never occurred to me to use such small format for warm-up drawings, but that is why it is such a perfect choice. It is small enough not to take too much time to cover with any medium, and it is big enough to test different mix media combinations.
For this first test, I skipped the preliminary pencil sketch, and doodled a coloring outline with a fountain pen.
Colored it with Prismacolor alcohol-based markers.
Tried some Copic opaque white for eye and hair highlights and outlining one side of the face.
Pretty good size for quick and easy color tests. Going to have to keep experimenting with other coloring tools as well.
At the very least, you can make some colorful stickers to brighten your work station.
Also spotted these Yoobi green pencil cases that looked like miniature backpacks. They looked cute, and it was pretty cool to discovered that its cammo pattern was made up of toucan silhouettes. I did not like how cramped the small front pocket felt, and its zipper did not open wide enough to be useful.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Reloaded my original test markers and added a few more colors to our classroom set. This is the freshly painted reference chart.
This what the colors look like when dry and my first test mandala next to it.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Tried and really like the Sakura Kakikata Felt Tip pens for drawing and inking. Check out my full review.
These are some of the students illustrations drawn with the squeezable acrylic marker this week.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Found this stash of empty bingo bottles at the Art Center, so decided to fill them up with some acrylic paint and dilute them with some airbrush medium (1 part paint and 1 part airbrush medium) to make some paint markers for class use. To preserve the integrity of the acrylic emulsion decided to use only medium for increasing the flow properties of the paint. Diluting with water might result in spoiled paint if stored for long periods of time and a weak paint film.
Put them to the test with my 4 & 6 year old nephews.
Bingo dotters are often used with Pre-K groups since they are quick and easy to set up with minimal clean up, but the width of the marks will be as wide as the dauber applicator.
They are a pretty good choice for Urban/Graffiti style pieces, and to cover wide areas quickly.
If more control is desired, you will still need to resort to using traditional round brushes.
Just like commercial paint markers, I find it best to store these custom acrylic markers horizontally to facilitate remixing and prevent paint clogs.
Made this sample piece for class using a combination of dauber bottles and acrylic paint markers. Depending on the desired markes, they can prove an effective alternative to regular paint brushes.