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.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming Classes in Durham Winter 2014

For my students in Durham:

Durham Arts Council Upcoming Classes - Fall 2014

Cartoon Sketching Anime & Manga Characters and
Creatures (Ages 5-12)
Sharpen eye-hand coordination and drawing skills while creating characters and fantasy creatures found in action and super hero movies, Japanese animation, and comic books. Create a cast and design a world to tell your own stories through comics or illustrated mini books. Class is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students that wish to continue to refine their sketching skills and try new art materials. Listed subtitles are flexible enough, so that each student may focus on the theme of their preference.

14F415.2 Wednesday, 5:30-7:15 PM October 15 - October 29 (3 weeks)


14F415.3 Wednesday, 5:30-7:15 PM November 5 – November 19 (3 weeks)

For the budding artists in the Student U program, our next two scheduled sessions will be on:

Thursday October 2 5:00-5:50 pm
Thursday November 6 5:00-5:50 pm

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.