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April 4th, 2014 #235
Hah! The reason I thought to use fixative in a sketchbook is because I had just got my 1st bottle of Spectrafix (won't be the last) and it's amazing!! I've never had any luck with fixative before, it always darkens things too much or goes on spotty. But Spectrafix is the shizz!! Now I want to spray it on everything lol!!
Yeah, I'm using Speedball and Hunt nibs, and my ink of choice right now is Noodler's Bulletproof. I had just got PH Martin's Hicarb Black Star because it's extremely black - blackest ink made I believe. I had read that it's the only ink Jason Shawn Alexander uses, and I dig the hell out of his work, so I had to try it. Yeah, it sure is black, but it's also thick and gummy - sticks tenaciously to everything like napalm! I call it PH Martin's Black Tar lol! It's ok on dip pens, but hard as hell to clean off, but don't dip a brush in it if you want to ever use it again.
You know, something you said recently has struck a nerve - I mean, not in a bad way, but it made me realize something. I've been buying way too many pens and pencils and brushes and inks and what have you. I just bought a couple of brush pens, including a really expensive one with sable hair! It's pretty amazing - a Kuretake, but for the price I could have got 4 or 5 actual brushes that work better really, and don't need to be used once a week or they'll dry out and get ruined. I think it's time for me to chill out on this art buying spree.
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I wasted about 10 minutes right in the beginning trying to block things in in tone, without drawing lines first, while using a grid. Big mistake!! Then I got panicked because I wanted something to show for the first 30 minutes that looked at least fully toned in, so I rushed and didn't measure out carefully enough. I won't do that again! Spent a lot of my time since then pushing things around with the liquify filter and transform tools and repainting parts.
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April 4th, 2014 #237
You know my issue with buying art supplies? Absolutely does not apply to pens and ink. You would not believe how many pens I have. It's sort of a running joke amongst my friends. I get way too excited about that sort of thing. Japanese pens are my favourite, and I'm so jealous of that Kuretake, because I think I know exactly the one you mean -- the fountain pen? (I justify pens like that because I draw tons at work, but I'm leaving this job next week and moving, so I'm curious to see how that affects my own art buying sprees. ) The great irony of this is that lately, my absolute fave thing to draw with is a blue ballpoint sample pen my boss gave me... because it looked shiny, and he knows how I am about pens.
On the bright side, you're getting comfortable with a range of tools. And, Kuretake awesomeness aside, you'll have the tools for later. I impulse-bought a decent field watercolour kit once because I had a 40% off coupon, then probably didn't use it for a year. You're having fun, and so long as you're not going to starve or get kicked out and you're not robbing banks to fund your sprees, look at it as an investment.
(I am possibly the worst possible person to take advice from when it comes to buying things or money, however. I am the person who will tell you to buy the thing, the thing is great, you need the thing.)
ETA: I LOVE THE KEN KELLY. Apologies for caps lock. Reasons for caps lock: caffeine, robots, and it is awesome.
April 8th, 2014 #238
Haha I know, robots definitely rock, right? I need to stop getting comfortable with a range of tools and start getting good with some of them! It's like every time I draw I'm a complete noob!! I buy art supplies like I'm running a school or something… I really need to stop. .Just after a few more that I really neeed…
I made up a virtual mannikin so I can design some clothes on it. This is pretty cool - I feel almost like a concept artist or something! Hah hah!! Also learning about a lot of new brushes in photoshop (wow… just realized - I'm still doing it!!)
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April 9th, 2014 #239
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April 9th, 2014 #240
Your notes in #231 crack me up. Your sketchbook is a motivational dream, so much hard work and study lately. I too struggle with art supply addiction and photoshop brush option overload. I've conquered the buying part (for now), but Jason just kept pushing those textures in the comp studies and I'm afraid it led me to download 5 or so extra brush packs. Honestly, your textured brush work is looking pretty decent. I don't want to feed the addiction or anything, but the way you use texture just give your studies such an appealing quality to them. And the freckles on white cap just looked so freckle-y. I'm pretty sure even pros sometimes feel awkward when playing with new brushes.
April 9th, 2014 #241
Haha thanks Grumpy! I was just getting my fix of inspiration and motivation from your sketchbook. This is crazy, right? I've never drawn so much in my life! Pushing myself to do things I always avoided before or just didn't know about. And I know, you're definitely right about the photoshop texture brushes - I really don't have any problem with the fact that I keep trying out new ones because that really is helping my work a lot. Seems like everyones studies start to improve after their initial struggles with texture.
April 9th, 2014 #242
Hi Darkstrider, some motivating work here, I like how you don't just post your pics but also write about your insights and process alongside them. It's good to be able to see how someone else thinks when they work on art.
Keep up the great progress, man.
April 9th, 2014 #243
Thank you! Yeah, I use my sketchbook as a personal journal, I want to be able to look at it years from now and remember exactly how I did things and what I was learning when I was doing each piece. It's really frustrating to look through an old sketchbook and you didn't date anything, and don't know when you did it or what else was going on at the same time. So the internet is now my journal, it dates everything for you automatically, and if you just jot a few notes down it keeps everything in perspective.
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