pphew! sorry for the late reply to these >.< i figured id just reply to all these in one post with some pics. Below are the watercolors i use and the the gold paints (keep in mind those pics i posted were like first attempts @_@ im still getting used to these…)

The water colors are Mjello Mission Gold Watercolors in the 34 tube set and the gold palette are the FineTec Artist Mica Watercolors in the Pearl set. 

Now I’ll state first– both these sets are kinda pricey. The FineTec palette (about $27) is so worth it though because it comes in different golds and one tube of gold gouache is usually like $9 each or more depending on the amount of mica, so def worth the price and variety.

Below: from lightest to darkest on ivory tinted paper [Silver, Moon Gold, Gold Pearl, Arabic Gold, Tibet Gold, & Inca Gold] they look SUPER outstanding on black paper as well!

my fav is the richest one, the Inca Gold.

They are super nice, but if you plan on getting them, they are super HARD palettes! It’ll take a lot of scrubbing to get them activated and to have that nice gouache-like thickness, so if you don’t want to ruin your nice brushes, I def recommend getting some Ox Gall. Adding a drop or two of this will get them activated in no time, and with a nice opaque thickness. (the brand I have below they dont sell anymore, but other brands still make it)

As for the water colors, ehhh i feel weird cuz those vegetas were like my first attempts with this brand. Ive always used the Sakura Koi 24 color set palette because theyre super nice and super cheap (like $20) and Ive had them for years. I only got these because I wanted higher-grade watercolors in tubes. But they are very expensive, but for good reasons: they have a lot of pigment, which makes them so vibrant and bright and theyre designed to be very close to natural colors, not to mention theyre so SMOOTH when painting and they’ll probs last me forEVER because you get so much color with very little water.

(opera is best color IMHO) here’s a color chart I made (that took FOREVER btw) to give you an idea how beautiful they are and how many nice colors they make

so yea! those are the paints I used for those particular pics. Course if you would like a nice, cheap watercolor recommendation that works pretty well, Sakura Koi’s are a fantastic substitute. …..SORRY IF THIS WAS LONG i just akdfhalkfhd i like talking about traditional hope this was at least a little informative >.< if anyone has questions or wants some recommendations (while also saving some money) feel free to ask! I’ll help in any way i can with what i know, cuz despite posting mostly digital art, I am a traditional art supply FANATIC. 


Ahead of my birthday next week, I got a set of Winsor & Newton ProMarker markers (some of you might know them under their former brand name, Letraset). These are double-ended, alcohol- and dye-based markers.

There are some out there who think these are better than Copics; my favorites remain Prismacolor, Bic Marking (aka Mark-It) and Utrecht (R.I.P.), but these I must say are very nice. The colors are indeed rich and vibrant, though not as rich and vibrant as the Bics and some of the Prismas. While there are brush versions available, the main sets offer a wide, angled tip on one end and a small rounded point on the other. Unlike with Prismas and Bic, these markers really bleed with pencil (as you can see in places on the lower drawings above), though they work just fine with the Micron ink pens and blue pencil lead in the top picture (of course, it’s probably harder to tell whether it bled due to both ink and pencil being the same color).

Overall, these markers have a nice feel to them. However, at the price, which for the packet above was a little over $32 USD on Amazon, is quite expensive for what you get (13 markers – 12 colors and a colorless blender), I would say there are better options available. Bic Marking markers, for example, are more vibrant, offer more colors in each pack, and I actually find them smoother coloring than even these, despite the many reviews I’ve read/seen about the ProMarkers being smooth to color with. And the Bics are about half the price.

I must say, though, that the ProMarkers are tons better than Winsor & Newton’s Pigment line markers. One thing I do like about these ProMarkers, and what I need to explore a little more, is that you can layer the same marker ink over the top of itself to create layers of value in the same color, much like water-based markers; that cannot be done with most alcohol-based markers.



Love fountain pens?  Want to learn how to watercolor?  This video is the best of both worlds!  If you AREN’T familiar with fountain pens, I hope this inspires you to check them out!  For this field test I used a Noodler’s Ahab filled with Sailor Storia pigment fountain pen ink, Holbein’s watercolor sketchbook, and a custom made watercolor palette.

My typical visit to an Art Store.

I’m out of canvas boards. I think to myself. 

Then follows a long, elaborate planning process. If I leave work by 6, I can rush to the art store on the way back, and still be home on time. The entire day is spent in a jittery excitement of getting my hands on those damn canvases.

It’s 6:05. I’m at the art store. Soaking in the beauty of my surroundings. I look at the canvases, and if someone observed closely, they would see me drooling. I resist picking up the largest one available, and modestly pick up what I had come for. Eight by tens. Yup, those are the ones I need. How many, you ask? As many as they’ve got in the store.

And then as I casually walk towards the billing counter, I can’t help but notice (because I’m seeking it out) the paint aisle. Didn’t I use up all my white paint!? I don’t recollect, but decide that I have, and pick up a tube. What about texture white? Yup, picked a jar. Oooh would you look at that beautiful turquoise? In the shopping basket.

As I decide that it’s time to leave, I remember that there are only a few blank pages in my travel sketchbook. Walking towards the sketchbook aisle is like opening a can of worms. I know what’s gonna happen, and yet I can’t resist it. Gotta pick up a tiny sketchbook that can fit into all of my purses. So, what do I do? I pick up an A3 watercolour block. Perfect. Oh would you look at that charcoal!? I think to myself, having never used charcoal successfully. I will now. Of course I will.

Three brushes, a painting palette and a set of pastels later, there I am, standing at the billing counter. My eyes glace at a beautiful display of writing pencils. These would be a perfect addition to the seven hundred pencils I already have. Forty five minutes later, I walk out with my bags heavier, my wallet lighter, and I’m smiling. Perfect.

BodyKun/Figma figure review

I was checking messages on Facebook, when an ad came up for this product: BodyKun by S.H. Figuarts. It’s a kind of blank action figure, like one of those wooden artist’s figures but on steroids and made out of plastic. I’d never seen anything like it before, and since it had been years since I have taken a figure drawing class of any kind, I wondered if this would help me with my rusty anatomy skills. This was on sale through happysatchels, but still a whopping $50 (this is why you should do your homework before buying, as it is available for a better price elsewhere; we’ll get to that in a moment).

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I think a lot of people have come across these pens- they’ve either used them themselves or came across them in an art store.

But the Sakura Pigma Micron pens are a great tool for doing lineart, and run for a little under $3/pen at art stores. They dry very fast (within seconds), and are waterproof (so you can use them with watercolours). I also use them with copics. With copics and watercolours, once I’ve finished colouring, I apply the pen a second time over my lineart to achieve a bolder look.

The only issue I’ve had with these pens, are how easily the nibs sink in. (see third photo) Make sure you do not drop these pens on a hard surface, or subject them to a lot of shaking, because the nibs (particularly on the 005 size nibs) will retract back into the pen making lining difficult. I’m looking into substitutions for the 005 pen size right now, I’ve got some pens in mind, will keep you all posted!

(The lineart for the above image was done using the Pigma Micron pens, and coloured with copics on a Moleskin journal. I applied the pens a second time after colouring around Yuzu’s eyes, and collar area)

(PS: don’t ever use a writing Moleskin for drawing. DOn’T DO IT DON’T BE DUMB LIKE ME)


Because @sweatersnscarves was interested, here are the new markers I have! I’ve never used markers before (apart from sharpies but idk if they really count as artist markers) but I absolutely LOVE these, they’re a LOT cheaper than copic markers (I found them on Amazon), the colours are very bold and vivid and they blend so well!

I don’t use water to blend them, I only layer them and, like with my Harpy + Axolotl drawing I posted previously, even colours that I wouldn’t expect to mix (like the skin tone and lavender) mix very well, I would highly recommend!


BrushMarker Review is up on!! Comparing with Copic markers, I hope you like it 💖

I am giving away both Sailor Moon portraits, one will be exclusive to Patreon subscribers (will be posting soon on the Patreon feed in a private post how Patreon folks can enter)

Comment SUGAR COOKIES in the YouTube videos comment section, include what you like about the video would be super cool 👍 announcing winners this Saturday on Twitter/Snapchat GOODLUCK!!! ✨✨ Open to international folks. If you’re under the age of 18, please make sure it’s ok with your parents first.

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parking-lot-hymns  asked:

Hello dear! I'm curious about the colored drawing pencils you use, what type are they and what do you think of them? Thanks a bunch :-)

Hey there!

Recently I’ve been using 0.7mm mechanical Pencil leads 

Pilot Color Eno Red and Blue from

To be honest I am new to using mechanical pencils for sketching. I’m rather heavy handed, and not only that but I love to get the lines as dark and defined as I can sometimes - soo the lead breaks all the time for me when I’m drawing - which is…pretty infuriating when I’m trying to get into the sketch haha.

In my opinion they are perfect for really light under sketches or if you’re not as heavy handed as I am! They have a lot of other colors too, like orange, purple, green, pink..

I don’t think mechanical pencils have won me over just yet, even though I can get thinner, more precise lines with them I am more comfortable with wooden pencils.

I have one Uni Mitsubishi Erasable Colored Pencil  (also ordered from Jetpens) in red and blue (double sided) that a friend sent to me that I simply LOVE TO DEATH, probably because they erase well and the color isn’t so faint.

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That fact that I can just flip from red to blue whenever I want is neat too.

Other than those, I do like my set of Pentel Colored Pencils 24pk

They are cheap and can be found in most Micheals’ (I’ve been to at least) The colors are bright - they erase fine. I like ‘em even though I usually just use red or blue.

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If I’m out and I forgot to bring my special pencils to sketch with - I’ll just scavenge for one or use whatever I can find. Even a common Crayola or Roseart colored pencil will do the job. Just last night I borrowed some random mechanical pencil (2.0mm lead I think) just sitting on a desk nearby and got to work. :)

I just like to order materials and experiment with them when I can, and I really like for their variety and quality of items. It’s fun and I’d totally suggest checking it out if you haven’t already.

I hope that’s what your were looking for! I haven’t really written very many reviews but I hope it helped out a bit! 

Happy drawinggg. :)



Art Supply Review #3
Copic 25th Anniversary Set B
Contains: RV00, R85, E50, E01, Y28, E18, B95, BG01, YG06, YR15, YR68, & R46.
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, Copic created a trio of new collections, with a new marker design! On one side the popular brush tip and one the other a fine tip.
As far as the colors included, the B set is a great addition to your Copic collection, it has some nice skin tones as well as a wide array of vibrant colors. 9/10 Recommended!

I’ve been doing faceups way longer than you’d think by my skill level (did my first in 2001).

And I haven’t tried very many brands of pastel. Of the ones I have tried, Pan Pastel is my favorite. It’s also a little pricey but they last for-eh-ver.

Why I like it~~

Heavy pigment load! So soft you don’t have to scrape or rub to pick up color, unlike sticks. Just tap your brush lightly, and you’re good to go. Smooth and work much like high-quality, pressed powder cosmetics which is great when you’re putting faces on dolls.

The soft applicators that come with some sets are lovely and plush, though not very well suited to the tiny details in faceups.

I’ve had the same success with application and blending between vinyl and resin.

Why am I talking about it right now??

Well, I’m shopping! I only have these four pans, and would like to expand my color palate.

I’ve been able to completely recolor an orangey 70′s doll head (Kenner’s Dusty) by rubbing Pan Pastel all over it.

The pastel I have didn’t quite match the body (DC Superhero Girls Wonder Woman).

I’d like to try this method with more colors! Ideally, I’d be able to take bodies to a store to compare the skintone to the pan in person (goodness I’d love to make a visual guide for that!) and buy only the colors I need because they are pricey and I’m a casual faceup artist, so it’s not like I make money off of this. I live in the middle of nowhere, though. No good art supply stores, here.

I’m leaning toward this Panpastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastel Painting Set, 10-Pack for just under $40. It’s too bad I can’t get smaller pans!

There’s also 7 Color Skin Tones Set for making portraits, around $50.
20ct  Portrait Set, about $67. Good mix of colors, here.
Earth Tones 5-pack if you’re wanting to match a head to darker bodies. $20.
There’s a super-bold flower painting 10pack for $44.
Pastels! 6ct for $25, or 20ct for $80.

Or, you could always go all out


You can get Pan Pastel at other stores, of course. My income is primarily in AmazonEGC, so that’s where I tend to shop for supplies.

anonymous asked:

Have you guys had to deal with online hate? I posted a comic type thing containing an opinion, and now I'm getting a lot of mean comments. Maybe Facebook is the wrong platform to use.. but I don't have much of a following at all and I just don't know how to attract people to my work on other platforms.

Nattosoup:  Last year, when I reviewed SketchBox and ArtSnacks, I saw a lot of blowback on my nascent Youtube channel.  I’d reviewed art supplies for years on my blog, and hadn’t really seen much in the way of engagement, and figured Youtube would be just as quiet. Despite the ugly comments (most making accusations that could be quickly disproved with one minute of Google-fu)  I opted to continue my work, and try to ignore those comments, and only focus on comments that provided valid critique, or uplifting comments.  I nurtured and responded to the comments that brought something into my life, and ignored the comments that made me feel like I was less.

If you do something meaningful to you, you’re probably going to see some dissent- try not to take it too personally.  It’s ok to disengage from Facebook for awhile (I’ve all but quit it), or to only post through an app or another service. 

To help offset how awful those comments on Youtube made me feel, I upped my online art community volunteer work.  More reviews.  More tutorials.  More engagement on Twitter.  More tutorials for How to be a Con Artist.  I tried to fill the hole with positive comments (which didn’t happen), but did fill the hole with accomplishing much.  This may not work for you- sometimes doing this gives me burnout and I have to disappear for awhile and focus on real life- real walks, real friends, real cats

Eventually the nasty comments will go away as you continue to produce work, and you’ll build up an audience of people who hopefully value the hard work you do.

Kiriska: In general, hateful comments have very little value and it’s best to just ignore them, delete them, or otherwise disable comments.

Occasionally, legitimate critique can be found underneath a “mean” tone. Sometimes it can be worth considering whether there’s any purpose to a comment other than tearing you down – if yes, you can decide how to address the critique; if no, move on.

Being opinionated on the Internet has become increasingly “dangerous” in recent times, regardless of platform or subject matter. If you feel strongly about something, you need to be able to weather blowback from it. But if it’s something that’s not that important to you, it may be better to not posit the opinion at all. I’m not really a fan of “self-censorship” as it were, but sometimes you gotta consider if Specific Opinion is really the hill you wanna die on.


My Artsnacks Inktober collection came in, with plenty of time for me to hopefully whip up some inking tutorials to help yall get ready to do some heavy inking!

If yall enjoy unboxings, demonstrations, and tutorials, do me a huge favor and show me some love! Reblog, like, heck Tweet and Tumbl Artsnacks and other art supply companies and distributors to let them know how much you enjoy my stuff! Your good word means a lot!


Tested a new Pastel set of Winsor & Newton Brushmarkers! Materials used for this piece are listed in my Day Five video on have a lovely night! #sketchbookvideochallenge

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New Zealand 

Review of Sennelier L’Aquarelle half-pans

It’s been 15 years since I landed in this beautiful country so it seems only appropriate to letter it for my first go at using some of the new Sennelier paints I got a couple of days ago.

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Looking for inexpensive alcohol based markers? New art supply review of @artnfly on my YouTube channel JuicyInk!

Music Credit: Spacegeist - Staroverblue

Thank you Art n Fly for sending me the fun goodies!!

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