SketchBox - Marker Fun in November

This month is marker oriented featuring three Copic Markers, the classic kind with the bullet and chisel nibs, in smokey blue, greyish lavender, and frost blue. In addition, we have a SketchBox signature marker in black, a Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen, a Sakura Gelly Roll in white, and a very nice 70lb Copic 50 sheet sketchbook sized 4" x 6".

All in all, a pretty nice set. I'm not really a huge fan of the chisel or bullet marker nibs, but you can do some swapping with replacement nibs that Copic sells, I've done that with some markers before.

I did test out the paper in the sketchbook and it will bleed through to the next page, so do make sure you put a piece of paper between sheets in the book. I kind of expected that, but wanted to test it out anyways.

Drawing on walls

I was in Virginia this week, on a leadership course, and during a break I started doodling with a whiteboard marker on the wall. Fortunately, the wall was painted for this very activity! Nevertheless, who doesn't like drawing on walls? It takes us all back.

On this trip, funny enough, I did actually bring art supplies. Needless to say, they never actually got used, but at least I got a little bit of art in. The group I'm with for these also seemed to like it, there was a concerted effort to avoid anything that would erase it. I think everyone just kind of enjoyed a bit of a distracting visual.

Oh, and the colour cast in this image is a little bit of a lucky timing. There were colour shifting lights pointed at the wall, so I tried to time something that seemed appropriate.

Maybe I should have signed it...

SketchBox - Inktober 2018

It's Inktober so, naturally, this month we have a very ink focused SketchBox shipment.

Inktober - Poison

Prompt #1 was "Poison" and so, well, a somewhat literal translation. I sketched this out on the train into work and then inked it after I got home.

Playing with Derwent Graphitint

The Derwent Graphitint pencils are watersoluble coloured graphite similar, but not the same, as watercolour pencils. The tones in the Graphitint line tend to be muted, earthier, and seem best used where you're looking for colours to be less vibrant, but still rich in depth.

The flower to the left is on cold pressed paper in one of my watercolour sketchbooks. Colours used are Aubergine, Green Grey, and Meadow.

Art Video Spotlight - Inktober 101

October is right around the corner and, with it, comes the annual art challenge of Inktober that was created by Jake Parker. So, given that it is nearly upon us, I decided to feature this very detailed video by Myriam Tillson.

Art Video Spotlight - 7 Habits

Who doesn't like a "# habits of effective something" videos? Well, if you don't, skip on past, but I think this one is worth it. Given at BCON16, Andrew Price talks about the 7 habits of highly effective artists.

SketchBox - September 2018

This month features a trip back to water media, but this time it's preloaded brushes with water-based inks and a few additional goodies.

Vantablack and the Art World

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There is black and then there is BLACK. In the art world, there has been many ways to arrive at black, some are mixed, some are pure pigments, but when it comes to being truly black, none of them have reached the light-eating capabilities of Vantablack. Unfortunately, art meets selfishness when it comes to this black...

Art Video Spotlight - PanPastels with Brushes

PanPastels are a really great medium for quickly applying huge amounts of pigment on to a painting, but they do suffer a bit from a couple of challenges: precision details and the longevity of the Sofft tools.