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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dragon Designs Workshop


Got a full class for our Dragon Designs 1-day workshop at the Cary Arts Center on September 25th. These are some of the 11"x15" sample Sharpie sketches I prepared today. We'll go over basic tips on drawing dragon heads, serpentine bodies, and scales rendering. We will have a variety of coloring media for students to explore:colored and watercolor pencils, pan watercolors, markers, watersoluble graphite crayons, and pastels.