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anonymous asked:

Hey buddy, I have annoying art questions if you wouldn't mind answering! I know you've probably answered them before but I couldn't find them in my search through your blog. 1. What paper do you use when you use ink? 2. What ink and brushes do you use? 3. Do you have any advice for artists who are just starting out besides practice? Any books you'd recommend or anything? Keep doing what you're doing.

Hello! Sure thing I can do my best to answer these q’s.

1. Paper! I like really textured paper. I’ll also use try any kind of paper I can get my hands on. I prefer cold press to warm press paper, which is how the paper is made. 

Cold press = toothy and textured. If you touch it, you can feel the ridges and bumps

Warm press = silky smooth like a baby’s bottom. Drawing on this is like butter and you can slip and slide all around.

The specific paper I grab for at the moment is any cold press watercolor paper from strathmore, arches, any of the major paper guys. If it’s thick (think 80lb-100lb), I know I can put a lot of ink on the paper without it warping too much. I’ve also inked on French’s paper, but I mostly use that for screenprinting.

2. Ink! I use speedball mostly, but I also use sumi ink and I’ve used higgins from time to time in the past. Speedball and sumi ink seems to work for me right now, so I’ve kept it around.

3. Practice is a big deal. Draw everything. Draw anything. Honestly, learn to keep yourself moving, because the muscle memory will be there whatever the hell you’re doing or drawing. You don’t even have to be drawing a specific things, just make lines on a page and see where it takes you.

Experiment! Try new things. Go to an art store, or any store, and buy something cheap or nice or whatever JUST TO TRY OUT AS A TOOL (or paper texture or paint, etc…). see what happens. This is where the breakthroughs in technique occur! The only way to figure out what you like is to go through a bunch of options and narrow it down for yourself. 

Make lists of things you like or want to draw or work on, and save it for a day when you don’t know what to do (I drew a lot of little robots several years ago…tiny robots were definitely on my list). The things on your list might change! That’s cool. This can be project ideas, nouns, dream jobs that you’d like to work on.

Get rid of the idea that everything you do is sacred or has to be amazing. It’s not, and that’s okay! I know I make some grade A shit sometimes. The thing is….you can always do it again. And you can always make it better. And whether it seems like it or not, you’re learning because you can recognize that something isn’t working, and though you might not know how to fix it yet, seeing the fact that there IS something wrong is SOMETHING.

I don’t know what the name of this book is, but there’s this really amazing book basically about how drawing is about learning to see. Which is EXACTLY what drawing is. It’s about really seeing what’s in front of you, learning it, putting it through your filter and having it come back out as you drawing. More about the mental aspect of doing vs. the technicality of it. Of course knowing those building blocks are important, but to push yourself as an artist it’s about adding to that.

Holy hell, this is really long, so I apologize but I hope this helped!