It’s funny that more than half of the time that I spend drawing a portrait, I’m not even using a pencil. Smudge sticks are something I absolutely can’t live without. My portraits were transformed the day I discovered them.
I usually draw the initial outline of a portrait with a faint 4B pencil. I fill in details with a much softer (8B or 9B) pencil. Giving depth and drawing shadows is done entirely by using a smudge stick.
Check out this tiny video of me drawing an eye.
Smudge sticks are very inexpensive. I use Cretacolour sticks, though some people make their own, by rolling newspaper into a point. They have the same effect, just depends on what you’re comfortable with :)
Traveling supplies– I’m using an assortment of pencils, ballpoint pen, and I have a kit I put together for using watercolors on a plane.
Brushes are waterbrushes that I filled before travel (they got through security fine). I got a small plastic dish with 2 compartments– one is for a damp sponge to wipe my brush on, and the other has paper towels. Container was $4.99 but worth it to have it be leakproof.
The watercolors are Daler Rowney Aquafine travel set. It was originally $29 at Michaels but wait till you get a sweet coupon in the app. I added a flesh base watercolor paint to a cup inside. I believe it’s Antimony yellow(???) and I can darken it as needed. It had to dry before I travel since it’s a tube paint.
I have smaller sketchbooks for on the plane, and I pack a larger mix Media book in my luggage. Pack paints in ziploc bag to be safe and carry extra paper towels to dab up water/paint if you have to pick up in a hurry :)
ive been watching a lot of art tutorials on youtube lately and one video recommended drawing on a mid tone colour to make the colours stand out more and reduce the amount of pigment required to get nice smooth natural tones so i ventured into the city to find myself a brown paper sketchbook… and made a detour via the muji store to grab a couple of other things 🙈 im looking forward to seeing how these coloured pencils fare against my more expensive derwents and staedtlers and whether i can do some interesting things on the brown paper ✏️🌈
Painted African Springbok skull. If anyone is interested the absolute minimum I can sell it for is $160 because I paid almost that for the skull itself and THEN did many hours of work on it. Taking bids!! I’d really like around $200 for it but if you absolutely love it and will cherish it, we can talk 💖 I originally had it listed on etsy for $475 so that’s less than half of what I was originally asking for. Please share and feel free to contact me if you want this beautiful warrior as a part of your collection 💖💚 I’m also open to selling the horns seperately from the skull itself and they detach easily and would be awesome as a craft project of your own!!
my problem as a fangirl and artist is whether I should buy merch or art supplies
like I don’t know whether I should spend 50 dollars on a new sketchbook markers and pencils or spend it on a supernatural shirt rwby poster and stranger things figurine