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Here’s a short little review comic I did about Prismacolor colored pencils, and how sad it makes me that they’ve been declining in quality over the years! I’ve mostly switched over to Polychromos by now (and will be 100% converted by the next ATCF chapter break), and they’re definitely great pencils, but I think I’m always going to miss the old Berol Prismacolors I got to draw with as a little kid.

Incidentally, one of the reasons I decided to draw this comic is because I’ve heard Prismacolor sometimes uses my work in promotional presentations they give at comic cons. I don’t mind them doing it too much (I *did* use their products for many years!), but just want to set the record straight that I don’t use their pencils anymore, and don’t recommend them to other artists :/

Also, if anyone’s interested in seeing my mom’s colored pencil work (which I mentioned in this comic), she’s still an active artist and art teacher out in California: http://artof2sisters.com

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 media..lol. 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. 

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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)

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So as a sort of sequel to my brush review from last year, I decided to take a look at what have been, for me, the best art supply discoveries of 2015. These are things that I started incorporating in my work this year, even if I’ve known about them for awhile. 2015 saw me using more digital elements than in previous years, and some of the supplies mark that shift, as I had to invest in better inking tools, digital brushes, textures, etc.

Pentel Arts Stylo Sketch Pen

This has been a great all-round little pen for filling in linework that’s too delicate for a brush to handle. The ink is very black, which is important to me because I use it alongside the Black Star ink and I need it to match. The nib is flexible enough to give a nice hand-drawn quality to the lines.

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Waterproof India Ink - Matte

When it comes to scanning linework, I want two things from my ink: solid coverage and NO SHINE! (Seriously, trying to photoshop glare out of linework is the most monotonous time drain ever.) This ink delivers both. It’s opaque and completely matte. It’s a bit pricier than the comparable inks, but the quality is worth it.

Kyle T Webster’s Photoshop Brushes

If you paint digitally, you’ve almost certainly heard of these. Kyle’s Brushes are great for working some of the aspects of traditional media into a digital piece. Since I traditionally work in watercolor, I guess it’s no surprise that I lean toward the digital watercolor brushes.

Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold Round Rigger Brush, Series 303

In my brush review from last year, I talked about a Silverwhite script liner I’d been using, but since then I purchased this W&S brush, and I find it far superior. It holds a lot more ink and has a more controlled release. Also it’s more responsive when it comes to getting thicks and thins in the lines.

Walnut Drawing Ink

On a different note, this non-waterproof, quite translucent walnut ink would be a bad choice for digital editing, but it’s amazing if you just want to do some spontaneous ink studies or give your paper an aged look. It’s very active wet-on-wet and it bleeds out in really interesting ways. 

Handmade Textures

Sometimes digital work can feel too sterile. Having textures on hand that can be scanned and worked into the background gives the piece a richer mood. Don’t be afraid to make your own. The one shown above is crumpled wax paper that I ran over with a brayer.

Brush Holder

There are a lot of cute but unneeded accessories that manufacturers peddle to artists, and I used to think brush holders were one of them. But all the time I’ve saved not searching high and low for my brushes (they run off the minute you set them down, damn it) is well worth the 5 bucks I spent on this thing. On the downside though, this is probably not the best design, since it angles the brush in such a way that any wet bristles will drain into the ferrule. I try to dry my brushes off as much as possible before setting them in the holder.

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Pads

An artist can’t travel without field supplies. I like watercolor pads because it leaves me the option of adding washes to my sketches. The 5x8 size fits easily into a bag, and has nice stiff backing cardboard, which comes in handy when there are no flat surfaces

The Bird King: An Artist’s Notebook by Shaun Tan

I’m a big fan of Tan’s work, and this remarkable little book, aside from just being inspiring to flip through, is a fascinating look into Tan’s thinking and sketching processes. Highly recommended.

YOUTUBE AU
  • Okay first of all I love the Hetalia YT AU so I decided to do this list on what type of videos some characters would have,again this what I think I would really like if some can help me out on some characters like Spain,Iceland,Canada and More!
  • Italy's personal Channel: Art/speed paints
  • Romano and Italy: Cooking italian dishes/Restaurant Food reviews
  • Germany: Fitness/Healthy eating tips
  • Prussia:
  • 1st channel: pranks/skits
  • 2nd channel: vlogs
  • Japan: Art/MMDs/animation
  • America: Gaming/Game Theories (I also like the idea m making short films too)
  • England:
  • 1st channel- Movie/Book review and criticism
  • 2nd Channel-vlogs
  • France: Looks Books/How to Style/vlogs,Beauty Guy
  • Russia: Gardening
  • China: Cooking Chinese dishes
  • Denmark: Gaming
  • Iceland: edits of OTPs,talks about fandoms(???)
  • Norway: how to use black magic/spells
  • Finland and Sweden: Parenting tips and tricks/family vlogs with Sealand and Ladonia
  • Sweden's personal channel: helpful building tips/how to's
  • Netherlands: Gaming (with @inverted-typo 's idea)
  • Poland: Beauty/fashion/beauty guru

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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Got myself a $1.50 Fountain Pen

From Daiso Japan, which is like a Dollar Tree but with all Japanese products (and a little more than a dollar per item). They’re scattered all over Southern California, which is nice. It’s called the Riviere, and I got myself some black ink cartridges along with the blue that came with it. 

I must say, it works really really well! I also own an Ackerman Pump Pen, which is a nifty concept but at more than $20 a pop, I’d say the Riviere works better. I’ll keep using it to see if it reacts poorly with anything, but so far, so good. And it’s amazingly cheap!

I’m gonna head back to Daiso and see what other nifty items exist there. Woo~

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Hello! Today I’m going to review the copic marker 12 piece set of neutral greys.

I bought this set a few years ago, it was my first time using copic markers where I actually had enough colours to do blending. I love the quality of copics, nice inkflow, vibrant colours, little to no bleeding. The tonal range for this set is really good and well spaced out too. (Which I forgot to take a photo of but it ranges from a very light grey to black) Markers N8-N10 look the same, so I usually use N0-N5, then one of the darker markers for intense shadows.

Now the one thing that did throw me off about this set was that both ends of the marker are hard tips, (I thought the fine point would be a brush tip) This makes it difficult to get into small narrow spaces if you’re doing lineart and wanted to colour things in with these markers. It’s not so much a problem if your lineart is thick, but I use a 0.05mm micron for lining so you can see it’s a bit hard to fill in tiny corners for me!

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 jetpens.com

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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BUT HONESTLY

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 Jetpens.com 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. :)

~CI

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Woo the first review. These have to be my favorite color pencils. The Faber-Castell Polychromos. They are a little on the pricey side. The 24 pack cost me about 35 dollars on ebay, but they can run you 40 to 50 really depends on where you buy them. So that makes them about 2 dollars a pencil. The colors are amazingly smooth and blend so well. My favorite part about them is when you drop them they don’t break in the middle. I am unfortunately very clumsy so I drop stuff a lot. It really awesome to know that when I sharpen the pencil I won’t be sharpening it a hundred times. The colors blend so nicely that I really don’t see much of a reason to buy a blender pencil, or a reason to purchase a bigger set because it so easy to mix the colors to make new ones. I’m not saying more colors isn’t nice. I love lots of colors, just more isn’t really that necessary. These pencils are are a little pricey but very much a great investment.

notcuddles said: Oooh neat! Do you think you might post a review of Mischief at some point? I’m really curious about the program but also a bit wary, it seems too good to be true.

It’s a very smooth program to draw in, it doesn’t feel like it autocorrects your lines at all like most vector programs do, Erin compared what it feels like to working in Sai. The tool selection is very limited, there are basically two painting brushes two line art brushes and a pencil, but it’s the basics you’d have working with the hard round brush in Photoshop. I haven’t found a transform tool (Ctrl+t didn’t seem to do anything but I didn’t dig around much), so as far as I can tell things stay where you put them. It has layers, but not many fancy tools beyond that. I’m not a good enough painter to get the most out of it, but it’s a fun program to noodle around and practise in. I’m sure if you know what you’re doing you could do some really amazing things with it.

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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!

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Hey y’all!!

I’m starting a series of art supply reviews on this blog, along with usual art updates. Since I work in an art store, and I have a bit more spending money now, I’ve started trying out new brands.

Anyway, eecks introduced me to gouache paint, and the stuff is really cool! For those unfamiliar, this is a paint that dries matte and opaque, which gives your pieces a beautiful, illustrative look. I went to the local Deserres and found this iridescent blue-green Studio Gouache paint by Pebeo. It’s about $10 for a 100mL tube.

The verdict- it’s a good beginner’s brand! I really love it and I think it’s a great touch for finishes on drawings, cards, or for throwing some cool metallic effects on your artwork. One coat was already looking pretty good, but for the drawing above, I did two coats to make sure everything was opaque as can be. I used a pea sized amount to colour the above 4.5” x 6” postcard, like half of the amount of toothpaste you normally squeeze on a toothbrush.

It dries with a nice metallic sheen, and the leftover paint-you can let it dry and just add water to it to use it again.

note: For the drawing, I used the blue-green Pebeo Studio Gouche paint on Strathmore watercolour paper. The other details were done with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen, a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, and a black Copic marker.

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Reviews: Spotted studs and bead chains

Hey everyone! I have 2 nail wheels from Born Pretty Store to show you tonight!

The first wheel comes with 6 colors of the super cool studs with a spotted/splatter look and they come in both square and round shape. I used the pink ones in my birthday manicure last month and I love them. They’ll make your manicure stand out if you add them on top of a nude color or even black like I did. You can match the colors of your nails to the studs as well.

The second wheel comes with these 12 colors bead chains, some are so bright, almost neon, some are matte and some are metallic (you don’t always find these colors in chains). They are small enough to grab with tweezers and place on top of a coat of clear polish or any wet nail polish. They make a beautiful effect of contouring if you put them around stones in a rhinestone placement and they can stay on longer with nail glue. I used them on my Turquoise nails and I simply secured them with a layer of top coat.

P.S.: Born Pretty Store has free shipping + you can get a 10% discount using code: GEEX31 when you’re checking out. Have a wonderful week! xo

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This review is going to be about Watercolor Crayons. Specifically Staedtler Watercolor crayons.

Pros:

- When deluded with water they come out smooth.

-Smooth and creamy

-Give you a darker look without having to apply several layers.

-More control than normal water colors

Cons

-Harder to use in smaller places on pieces.

-Does look good on textures paper unless deluded.

Overview:

Staedtler watercolors crayons are a really easy to use. I think its a really great way to get into watercolor painting. Unlike your normal watercolor paints you do not have to apply several layers to get a bolder color.  You can use them on any kind of paper and they look great without being deluded. ( I used a watercolor paper to show what it looked like deluded down.) The colors blend great together. There is much more control with these than your regular watercolors paints since you can choose to use the water after you have layed down the color. They are pretty inexpensive as far as art supply’s go. Mine were a gift so I can’t give you a price for mine but online for a set of 24 its between 15 to 25.

I had someone tell me to set it up my reviews this way so I’d thought id try it.

Also to anybody who may be wonder where I got my newest art tools is from this website called JetPens.com.

They have a huge selection on various pens, mechanical pencils, and various other things at good prices. Free shipping on purchases over $25(on domestic shipping) and my shipment came in three days!

I can see myself ordering some more things from them in the future. Already have my wishlist full of things.

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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!