Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yoobi Color Layer Markers test doodle

Another clearance find at Target that I was a tad curious to try. It's a pack of eight markers (6 Step-1 with two colors each, and 2 Step-2 markers that reveal the second color)

Made the quick character sketches with the base color, and then used the clear Step 2 color layer marker to reveal the lighter color. It works pretty well.

Kids should have plenty of fun playing with them in their sketchbooks and craft projects.

You can easily add details and patterns on top of solid color areas with the clear step-2 markers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Doodling with Yoobi Gel Ink Pen

Found this 3-pack of black gel ink pens on sale at Target, so decided to try them since I like their neon green barrels. Found it ok, but not as smooth as my old favorite the ubiquitous Pilot G-2. By comparison it felt a bit scratchy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

List of Upcoming Drawing Classes at the Cary Arts Center for Fall 2014

For the convenience of parents & students here is the
list of my upcoming cartoon sketching
classes at the Cary Arts Center.

Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 15 & up)

79768 Mon, Sep15 - Sep29,  7:00PM -  9:00PM
79769 Mon, Oct13 - Oct27,  7:00PM -  9:00PM
79770 Mon, Nov10 - Nov24,  7:00PM -  9:00PM   
79771 Mon, Dec1 - Dec15,  7:00PM -  9:00PM

Saturday Teen Classes and Workshops (age 11-16Y)

79988 Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything 
Sat, Oct 11, 12:15PM -  3:15PM [1 meeting]
79998 Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything
Sat, Nov 8, 12:15PM -  3:15PM [1 meeting]
79999 Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything
Sat, Dec 20, 12:15PM -  3:15PM[1 meeting]

Saturday Youth Workshops and Classes
(age 8-13Y)

80035 Origami Adventure Workshop (age 8-13)
Sat, Sep 20, 12:30PM -  3:00PM[1 meeting]

Half-Day Weekday Art Workshops
(age 6-12Y)

79538 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style
(age 6-12) T4
Fri, Oct 17, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]
79569 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style
(age 6-12) T3
Fri, Oct t24, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]
79570 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style
(age 6-12) T2
Fri, Dec 5, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]
79571 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style 
(age 6-12) T1
Fri, Dec 12, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]

Anime & Manga Design Friday Night Workshop (K5-12)
(age 5Y-12Y)

79746 Fri, Oct 3,  6:30PM -  9:00PM [1 meeting]
79757 Fri Nov 14,  6:30PM -  9:00PM [1 meeting]
79758 Fri, Dec12,  6:30PM -  9:00PM [1 meeting]

Cartoon Sketching Anime & Manga Characters
 and Creatures (age 5-12Y)
79759 Mon, Sep15 - Sep29  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
79760 Mon, Oct13 - Oct27,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
79761 Mon, Nov10 - Nov24,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
79767 Mon, Dec1 - Dec15,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A fairly common question in my classes:"So Mr. Lung, what kind of sketchbook do you recommend?"

Well grasshopper, that is a good question. Short answer: whichever kind lets you doodle and practice regularly. For starters, you could use a simple clipboard and a good supply of printer paper. Then as you gain confidence, you might want to invest on a sturdier sketchbook that you might conveniently haul around with you to practice at every free opportunity. If you prefer online shopping, I would recommend checking the selection of sketchbooks at Blick's. If you are looking for something unique and custom-made to your needs and specifications, you might want to check out Sketchbook Central (here is a link to my review post of some of their custom sketchbooks). Otherwise stroll over to the bargain section of your local mall bookstore, and you are likely to find a few value options. I actually have gotten the Hokusai's Wave sketchbook on both sizes a couple of times already, for I am pretty fond of that cover design.

You could also find some premium choices in the regular Art Techniques section.

Many larger bookstores have their own dedicated section of "Art Supplies and Sketchbooks" with artsy covers.

Some might even sport movie theme covers.

Even found a few more whimsical sketchbook options among the the seasonal offerings

on the display tables scattered around the bookstore.

Local retailers may also offer a limited selection of sketchbook and journals. The smaller Mead Acadmie sketchbook and sketch journal have a thinner card stock cover and a single wire spiral securing the 50 lb sheets together. The larger black sketchbook features a heavier gauge double wire binding, stiffer covers, and 70 lb sketch paper.

Some big-box retailers have a pretty comprehensive selection of art supplies in its own aisle.

In the Crayola section in addition to the usual paper pads, you might find a simple spiral bound sketchbook (Made in India) like the one shown above.

In the proper Art Supplies section you can find a selection of spiral bound Strathmore sketch pads. The top bound format can be particularly useful for sketching on location, for it makes it easier to secure the pages with a rubber band and keep them from blowing in the wind. It also keeps the ring binding away from your drawing hand (for both left and right handed artists).

In addition to the drawing and painting tools, there is also a large stock of Canson XL Drawing and Mixed-Media spiral bound pads that feature heavier papers that can withstand more vigorous techniques and repeated clean erasing.

Classic black Daler-Rowney sketchbooks in spiral and hard bound formats round up the range of options at this store. Hardbound journals will look a tad nicer on private library bookshelves documenting your artistic progress.

Spotted these display of hardbound sketchbooks and spiral bound sketch pads at AC Moore.
When selecting a sketchbook consider how you plan to use it, whether will you be working on a table or sketching mostly standing while on the go. Pick the optimal size that you are comfortable carrying on-the-go, or the biggest size that you are comfortable working on regularly either at your home studio or inside your vehicle. Most importantly, pick whatever size will lead you to sketch more frequently and regularly. Happy sketching!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Camps are Over

Our Summer Art Camp term just concluded at the Cary Arts Center. Thanks for your participation and I wish you an interesting and  productive school year. Hope you continue to enrich your lives practicing and refining your art skills along the way. For those of you that developed an appreciation for sketching with leadholders, you might want to check the post below for shopping options. For a good source of Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens, I would recommend checking Blick's, Jerry's Artarama, or Askew Taylor since many of you seemed to enjoy drawing and coloring with their archival pigmented India inks during the cartoon sketching camps.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Leadholders 101: Where to Find Leadholders for sketching and drawing

During my drawing classes students get the opportunity to try and draw with a variety of specialized sketching tools. One of the most popular happen to be one of my favorite mechanical pencils for doodling on the go: leadholders. I have gotten many of mine through JetPens.

The "Drafting Tools" section of your local office supplies store would also be a good bet for finding the reliable German Staedtler Mars Technico 780 2 mm leadholder. Its main advantage would be the built-in lead pointer in its push button. Though refills available in brick-and-mortar stores are usually limited to standard HB graphite drawing leads.

You can find a greater variety of 2 mm graphite lead grades online, and even some red and non-photo blue leads.

I would recommend getting one or two Uni leadholders and a selection of your favorite lead grades. If you plan to sketch lightly and then ink your drawings, you might want to use harder leads like 3H or H. If your style relies more on linear strokes, you might want to go with F or HB leads. If you prefer bold dark lines and prefer to draw with lots of shading, a 2B or 4B would be good choices. If you need a lead pointer to restore your sharp points, I would recommend the KUM Automatic 23 or the Kum Automatic Brake Long Point sharpener that also features 2 mm & 3.2 mm lead pointers on its sides.