Rocks have always given me trouble, which is a pity because once I actually got around to doing these quick two- minute thumbnail studies, I realized that they’re actually super fun to draw. My Pinterest has been enthusiastically throwing increasingly more fantastical rocky landscapes at me, and I’ve been pinning them all and working my […]
Now that I’m signing on for online classes on Schoolism and NMA that aren’t prohibitively expensive like CGMA’s, there is a lot more that I’m keen to try. There will be a lot of upcoming posts on dynamic gesture drawing, thumbnails, and environments as I dive into the fundamentals.
I enjoyed returning to traditional tools to sketch this. I’d forgotten how much I missed the tactile feel of a nice mechanical pencil on good quality paper, and how conducive that feeling is in maintaining interest in the sketch. I can’t fault digital tools for the endless versatility they provide, but there’s something very rewarding […]
I don’t know if there’s anything quite like the feeling of being wrapped up in sketching and mark making after a long and very emotionally trying creative block. Not to say that I’m past it entirely, but I can feel it starting to give way, starting to see slim rays of light breaking through the […]
I’ve had creative blocks before, of course, but never quite so debilitating as this one. To be fair to myself, circumstances have never been stranger, for anyone, and it’s no different for me. Soon after the Prime Minister enforced the nationwide lockdown that we’re still in the midst of, I was hit by a series […]
Can you tell just how much I love this unassuming little blue pen? I’ve inked it with Pilot Namiki Black (my favourite black), Monteverde Black Ash (favourite back up black), Diamine Warm Brown, Diamine Eclipse (another favourite ) Diamine Twilight, and Monteverde Joy Sepia (possibly my favourite warm, energetic brown shade of any ink).
I think I’ve found my grail fountain pen- the One to rule them all. Now if only I could procure back ups that can be customized to feel like this…
Review and trial run: Noodler’s Nib Creaper fountain pen.
Another dip pen and ink sketch, this time with the Leonardt HIRO nib, a seemingly little known but incredible nib for sketching on smooth Stillman & Birn Zeta paper. Used this time with Pelikan Brilliant Brown ink; one of the few bottles of fountain pen ink that is locally available at a relatively reasonable price. […]
They will call you Medusa, and freeze you in a cast of bronze, of marble, glazed upon wood and flattened between the pages of books. He who will come to your island to decapitate you will be hailed a hero, and your head will adorn the shield of Athena. He will be Perseus, the slayer […]