TRADITIONAL ART - an art supplies support guide (basic edition :D )
You guys ask me sometimes about what do I use in my traditonal art works. These are my basic pens for lines.
1. fine-tipped pen (0.4) - to small details, such as faces, expressions and etc. 2. average tip pen (0.8) - for lines in general. 3. ink pen Nanking (0.8) - to work with more use of black (best paint). 4. brush tip pen - for shadows. 5. coloring pen average tip - for medium painting of black spaces. 6. coloring pen big tip - for funds and large areas of black paint. 7. soft pencil for drawing (5B) - to sketches. 8. pencil tip rubber - to clear small areas. 9. soft rubber for architecture - to clear average areas.
Hi! Do you have any recommendations of pens that don't smudge when you highlight them with the mildliners?
oooo i recommend sarasa pens :^) by zebra and the uh uniball signo dx 0.38???that’s the one i use but tbh it’s hard to find a pen that doesn’t completely smudge haha i usually wait a few seconds :^) if you want a pen that doesn’t smudge at all, i recommend those fine tip marker pens!!such as zig, signo micro(?) etc
Today we’re joined by Erin. Erin is a fantastically talented visual artist who specializes in traditional mediums. Her attention to detail is absolutely amazing and the pictures she sent to go with her interview show that she has an incredible eye. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I do mainly traditional work with pencils and fine tip felt pens. I haven’t done much digital work recently, but I really enjoy working in Photoshop when I have the time. Overall, I like working small and packing detail into whatever I’m drawing.
What inspires you?
Since starting a fine arts degree in August, I’m finding that seeing people around my own age working hard in their own styles and making incredible work is very inspiring. We all push each other to do our best work, and it really shows when it comes to final critiques. Professionally, I’d say artists who work on large-scale movies inspire me, as that’s what I’d like my career to turn into one day. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was what first inspired me to become serious about art.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Watching the special features for movie franchises like the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter really got me interested in a career in art. Whenever I see a film I love, I immediately run out and buy the art book and absorb all I can from them! I’ve always been creative, and I’ve been drawing since I was little, so a career in art was always where I was headed. Even though I still have a long ways to go, seeing my own improvement keeps me passionate.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not really. In some of my digital pieces that aren’t watermarked, I hide my initials very subtly all over the place.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Whatever your chosen medium is, do it a lot! Even if you think what you do isn’t the best, the only way to get better is to make mistakes and try again. That being the most important factor, try to also keep inspired by the people around you. Keep a folder full of pieces and artists that you look up to, and don’t be scared to emulate the parts of their work you like. See a colour palette you like? Try it out! Like how somebody draws eyes? Try drawing that way! Eventually you’ll arrive at your own unique style that feels natural to you.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Right now I’d place myself as heteroromantic, sex-repulsed asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
The people in the field who know my orientation have either been nonchalant or politely curious. I’ve had a few classmates even approach me privately during after-hours studio time to ask questions. It was a little nerve-wracking to be honest, but it’s been very encouraging to have encountered such a positive reception. I’ve had very negative receptions outside the field, and the way I’ve dealt with that is to acknowledge that we’re a small, fairly unknown community, so getting confusion or seemingly rude remarks from people is to be expected. Take people’s words with a grain of salt, and encourage them to do their own research.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Probably that it just means a person’s shy, or naïve about sexual relationships. For me, sex-repulsion happens totally separate from my feelings about a person. I could have a sexual relationship if I wanted, but I’m just not in tune with people feeling sexually towards me, because it’s not something I understand or can reciprocate. I had to end my last relationship because I thought I was just ‘too shy’, even though the anxiety I was having over things as little as kissing was part of my asexuality (though I didn’t know it yet).
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t feel like you have to nail what you’re feeling down to a bunch of labels, because chances are, none of them will fit perfectly. It’s important to not try and define yourself right now, especially if you’re younger. Things could change for you, so just take yourself one day at a time and find people who will be there for your ups and downs. Following blogs like this one that shines a positive light on the community is a good step towards being okay with yourself. Chin up, kiddos!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Here it is! Everything I bought today! Also, I’ve been saving up for a while so this wasn’t a spontaneous purchase! Here’s what I got:
-Le Pen Fine tip pens
-Staedtler fine liners pack
-Semicolon tabs and post its
-Crayola Super Tips
-Pentel Sign Pens -
Micron Pens (005)
-Two Trina pencil cases
My total: $150!!
I know it seems expensive, but it’s actually a pretty good deal considering what I bought! I got a pretty big student discount which is why the cost is much lower than it would’ve been! Most of this was purchased from Blicks art supply store, but some of it was also from Amazon! :))
I had the pleasure of lettering the names on these beautiful wedding invites, just look at the laser cut detail! The envelopes were also a lot of fun to do and I loved how easy-going the bride-to-be is. Carla, you were an absolute treat to work with, thank you!
The names on the invitation cards are lettered using my Tombow Fudenosuke Fine/Firm Tip Brush Pen and the envelope names were lettered using a really cool broad brush pen I got from Daiso yesterday. If you have a Daiso store near you then totally check out their brush pen collection. It’s amazing!
If you’d like custom lettering done for your special event then please message or email me as I’d love to work with you!
“The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” Inktober Day 14. Based off of the prompt ‘Tree’. By the way that thing on the side of the tree is Tippy Toe, the squirrel, Squirrel Girl’s friend. I am not very good at drawing animals. Also yes that is an iron man helmet. Doreen (SG) temporarily ‘borrowed’ it from Tony. She plans on getting it back to him…in one piece, at least. You haven’t heard of Squirrel Girl? Well, you have now and should definitely read her comics. It is one of the best comics I have read.
Tools: fine-tip, medium-tip and brush drawing pen, fine-tip Sharpies, white gel pen and alcohol based markers.
- I keep different notebooks for different subjects when it comes to revision. I hate mixing up notebooks. I. HATE. IT (please tell me I’m not the only one)
- I write really messy notes in the notebook so I understand the material
- I then re-write/re-draw the notes in an A3 visual diary page using lots of colours, mind maps and diagrams based on the syllabus (so everything that I need to know). This also helps with understanding and I usually read over these the day before the exam. I also re-write my revision notes in this format after each class
- Flashcards have saved my life. No joke. I use index cards for the more ‘visual’ subjects (Mathematics, Geography) and I use quizlet for everything else (Latin, French, Chemistry etc
- I usually study with tea
- I use Stabilo fine tip pens, Staedtler (is that how you spell it?) Triplus pens and Sharpie markers for my neat visual study and revision notes
- I do use a bullet journal and it’s definitely working for me
- I write revision notes every Friday afternoon
- Self Control for Mac blocks all the distracting websites (goodbye Tumblr)
- FocusBar for Mac keeps a reminder banner of your task every now and then so you stay on top of what you’re supposed to be doing
So there you have folks, have a great day don’t forget: