Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Buying for Adult Artists

The Holiday Gift Guide has become a staple on this blog.  Once a year, I try to serve one aspect of the artistic community to the best of my ability, utilizing my years of expertise in a highly specialized field to help others buy for the artists in their lives.  In the past three years, I have written for student (child) artists, artists just putting together their first adult studio, and artists interested in experimenting with alcohol markers for illustration and , and even solicited friends to write guest gift guides for aspiring artists. 

This year, we're not going to focus on the basics, we're going to focus on everything your artsy friends might have skipped, might be saving up for, or may not have yet tried.  If you're an artist, you may find several items from this Gift Guide worth adding to your own wish list, or worth investigating later in the year.  These recommendations are based on my own experiences and preferences, and you may recognize many of these from this blog or from the YouTube channel.  As you browse this list, you may find things you yourself want- feel free to bookmark it and come back any time in the upcoming year.

Please note:  The only affiliate links used in this post are through Amazon.  All other links are independent links.  I always try to use the best source possible when linking products on this site, or provide multiple sources for purchase.  Using my affiliate links helps support this blog financially, and does not cost you any additional fees.  And don't forget, ANY shopping you do this holiday season that begins with one of my links nets me the bounty fee from Amazon, so if you have online shopping to do, starting from one of my links would help tremendously.

For Traditional Artists

Custom made sketchbook filled with paper of choice
Suggested papers: 
Shizen Handmade watercolor paper
Yupo (makes for a great shower notebook, as it's waterproof)


Other Papers to Try
Toned Tan Paper
Vellum
Pearl Paper


For the Inker:




Inexpensive fountain pens to modify:
Jetpens Chibi+ Converter
Jinhao X750
Noodler's Flex
Noodler's Konrad

Nibs to try with your fountain pen:
Zebra G
Tachikiawa G
Goulet
Noodler's Flex Replacement Nibs

Waterproof/Alcohol Marker proof inks
Platinum Carbon Black

Inks that Double as Watercolors
Diamine Flowers



Dip Pens
Tachikawa Nib Holder
Kuretake Nib Holder

Nibs
Brause Rose
Brause Steno
Rubinato Gold
Tachikawa Tank
Tachikawa G

Inks:
Winsor and Newton Gold
Winsor and Newton Silver
Finetec Watercolor
Drawing Sol K
Kuretake Sumi Ink

For the alcohol marker enthusiast:




Accessories:
Copic Airbrush System Starter Set
Ranger Spritzer
Grafix Masking Frisket
Copic Opaque White
Fantastix

Inks:
Ranger Alchol Inks
Jacquard Alcohol Inks Starter Pack
Jacquard Alcohol Inks Openstock
Copic Various Inks Refills

Markers:
Marvy LePlume Alcohol Markers Fine
Blick Studio Brush Markers
Copic Wide Markers
Empty Copic Sketch Markers
Empty Copic Wide Markers

Storage:
Copic Wallets
Artbin Marker Satchel


Papers:
X-Press It Blending Paper
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Paper
Strathmore 500 Series Bristol (Plate, Smooth)

Other Markers To Try:



Waterbased:
Pitt Pens
Zig Art and Graphic Twin
Zig Brushables
POSCA Opaque Markers

Papers for these waterbased markers:
Yupo (excellent with the Pitt Pens)
Vellum

Inks compatible with alcohol inks/markers:
Toner cartridge ink (Dell C1760 NW is an affordable option)
Sailor Mitsuo Aida Brushpen
Platinum Carbon Ink
Drawing Sol K
Deleter Black 4


For Watercolorists:



Paints:
Daniel Smith Dot Samples
Cheap Joe's Samples:
Quinacridone (12 dots)
Top 10
Essentials (Set of 12)
SoHo watercolors (in vivid colors)
QoR watercolors (particularly the blues)
Brusho Watercolor Crystals

Creative Mark Rhapsody Kolinsky Sable Rounds

Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Wax Resist Crayons

Papers:
Paper and Ink Arts paper sampler
Cheap Joes Watercolor Paper Sample packs
Shizen handmade watercolor paper
Fluid 100 watercolor paper

Accessories:



Cheap Joe's Travel watercolor kit
Cheap Joe's Golden Fleece Synthetic Travel Watercolor Brushes
Miller's Pseudo Sable Sets- Travel Size
Joe Miller Signature 50/50 Travel Round Watercolor Brushes
Escoda Versatil Synthetic Kolinsky Travel watercolor brushes
Kuretake travel watercolor kit
Kuretake Brush2o Watercolor Brushes
Aquash Waterbrushes
Spritzer Bottles


For the potential YouTuber:




SD Cards-For Camcorders 256 GB (Amazon) (Newegg) (TigerDirect)- Always check Slickdeals first
Micro SD Card+Adaptor 128GB (Amazon) (Newegg) (Tiger Direct)- Always check Slickdeals first
Large external harddrive
Adobe Premier- Adobe's video editing software, very expensive
DaVinci Resolve
Adobe Audition- Adobe's audio editing software, very expensive
Audacity- Free audio editing software
Meteor Mic
Lapel Mic- GIant Squid
Camcorder/smartphone
Card reader
Camera mount:
Neewer-This model needs an adaptor to hold your camcorder
Adjustable Flex Mount
Vivitar Spider Tripod
Phone mounts:
Selfie Stick
Gooseneck Phone Mount

General Studio

Tombow Glue Runners:
Removable
Permanent

Mono Liquid Glue
Martha Stewart Crafts Ballpoint Glue Pen

High Precision Tweezers
Pipettes

Work Surfaces




Inkssentials Craft Mat (Nonstick)
Silicon Craft Mat (heatproof, perfect for working with hot glue)
Cutting Mats:
EK Tools, Self Healing Mat- 12"x12"-White
Self Healing Cutting Mats- Various Sizes- Green


Work Tools

Alvin Drafting Brush
Xacto Swivel Knife
Xacto Blade
Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set
Rotary Cutter Large
Rotary Cutter Small


Artist Life



Arthritis Glove (compression glove):
Isotoner (long)
Mueller (with wrist brace)
Wrist Brace:
Ace- Full coverage
Mueller Wrist Brace
Champion Neoprene Wrist Brace (flexible)
Back Brace
Tiger Balm
Badger Balm
Mint tea (great for soothing sore throats post conventions or during recordings)
Menthol stick (for migraines or joint pain)
Salonpas
Bath salts- lavender, mint
Bath Bombs- Lush, Bat's Baths
Succulents or other easy care plants
Aromatherapy Oils
Unscented, non greasy hand lotion or high end lotions
High quality socks
Slippers
Fluffy bathrobe
Space heater
Reusable Waterbottle- I recommend this self sealing Contigo for pet owners
Small icepacks- good for icing wrists, necks, backs, or keeping lunch cool at cons
Electric Heating Pad

Subscription to Amazon Prime- Includes Prime Music, Prime Movies, and Prime Shipping


Amazon Fire TV



Kindle Unlimited


Amazon Fire Tablet


Treats:



Subscription Snack Boxes:
NatureBox
Graze
Skoshbox (Japanese snacks)

Planners:

Month at a Glance (good for scheduling and planning content)
Day Designer
Pocket or Purse Size:
Calendar and Journal Organizer
Small Binders
Avery refills
Set of highlighters (for color coordinating schedule)

Studio Equipment:




Lighting:

Natural Light Lamps
Ott Lights

Drying Racks:
Hanging
Double Sided Drying Rack
Standing Print Racks:
Portable/Collapsible:
Richeson Black Canvas Print Racks (Variou Sizes)
Wooden:
Wooden Print Rack
Anti Fatigue Mats

Folding Workspaces/Sewing Tables
Adjustable Height Folding Table
All Purpose Fold Down Table
4' Folding Table
Folding Craft Table and Storage

Storage



Desktop Storage
Keep in mind that makeup storage often works quite well for art supplies, and tends to be cheaper
Acrylic Eye/Lip Liner Organizer- Could be used for pencils, colored pencils, or even waterbased markers

Marker Storage

Desktop Paper Storage
Storage for Small Things:
Artbin Store-in-Drawer Cabinet

Large Storage
Clear Stacking Large Drawers (Large enough to store 11"x17" pads)

Rolling Storage/Taboret Storage:

Storage for Travel:

Serious Equipment



Epson Large Format Scanner-Epson Xpression 11000XL
Brother 3 In 1 Scanner/Printer/Fax (more affordable, lowerquality)
Cricut Explore
Toner cartridge ink (Dell C1760 NW is an affordable option)
Demo Con Table (6')



For Digital Artists

Anti Contact Glove

Programs:
Clip Studio Paint
Manga Studio
ArtRage
Paint Tool Sai

Digital Assets:

Brushes:
Kyle T Webster's Brushes (has a huge variety of digital brushes)
Effects/ Background Brushes:
Foliage Brushes for Manga Studio
Manga Tone and Effect Brushes for Photoshop
Brushes, Templates for MangaStudio
Textures and Assets:
Watercolor Textures
Watercolor Frame
Watercolor Wax Resist Swatches
November Watercolor Splotches and Swatches
Multi Color Watercolor Splotches
Watercolor Crayon Swatches
Small Splotches
Splatter Frames
Brusho Splatters
Watercolor Swatches, Squiggles, and Splatters
August Watercolor Paper Pack
Bonus Paper Pack
Digital Watercolor Paper Pack

Hardware:
Large external harddrive (2TB) (Newegg) (Amazon) (TigerDirect)- Always check Slickdeals first!
Large thumbdrive (256GB) (Newegg) (Amazon) (TigerDirect)- Always check Slickdeals first!

Mini Comic and Zine Artists

Bone Folder
Long Arm Stapler
Toner cartridge ink (Dell C1760 NW is an affordable option)

Convention Artists

Inexpensive tablet for Square/ other card readers
Phone Stylus
Iris Photo Keeper (good for mini prints)
Extra grid connectors
Extra grids
Con Demo Table (6'- handy to have as some shows don't provide a table)
Healthy snacks/treats for con time
Reusable, sturdy waterbottle- I recommend this self sealing Contigo for pet owners
Sturdy rolling suitcase


Inspiration
Artbooks and Sketchbooks



Art of Studio Ghibli:
Totoro
Nausicaa: Watercolor Impressions
Mononoke
Howl's Moving Castle
Kiki's Delivery Service
Ponyo
Spirited Away

Disney Art Books:
Beauty and the Beast
Tangled
Moana
The Disney that Never Was
The Art and Flair of Mary Blair

How To Books:
Force
Glen Vilppu Drawing Manual
ElectricAbyss: The Art of Heidi Black
Andrew Loomis:
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
Understanding Comics
Making Comics
Mastering Comics
Brick by Brick
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures
Comics Spectrum (Gumroad Anatomy Lessons)

Artist Life:
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Starting Point
Turning Point
Steal Like an Artist
Poorcraft
Barakamon Anime Manga
Manga Poverty
Princess of Tennis
Honey and Clover


Comics about Comics:
Kakukaku Shikajika (scanlation only)
Bakuman  Print  Digital
Spicy Pink (scanlation only)
Insufficient Direction Print Digital
I'll Give It My All...Tomorrow


Novelties



Art Subscription Boxes:
ArtSnacks Subscription
SketchBox
Scrawlrbox Subscription

Fidgets:
Bike Chain Fidget
Fidget Cube
Liquid Motion Bubbler
Loopeez Silent Fidget Toy
DNA Ball

Cute Pencil Cases
Better Together Daily Wallet
Better Together Note Pouch V3
Via Jetpens
Homecube Big Capacity Pencil Case
Lihit Lab Case
Box Style Pouch
Samaz Students Extra Large Capacity Pencil Case
Deli Large Student Pencil Case
Double Sided Pencil Case

Stationary

Cat Sticky Notes
Happy Cat's Street Sticky Note
Baby Cat Sticky Note Set
Baby Cat Index Sticky Notes
Baby Cat Sticky Note Set V2
Animal Paw Sticky Notes

For the artist who has everything:
Give the gift of support to their Patreon
Give the gift of support to their favorite artists
Back a Kickstarter on their behalf

Subscription to art classes:
At local art stores
Life drawing sessions
Continuing education classes
Through local college

Online:
Lynda.com
Skillshare
Craftsy


Spend Only Time:
Draw their OC
Draw their favorite anime/media/videogame character
Make a pledge to actively signal boost their work once a week
Write a review of their comic on Goodreads, Amazon,
Make custom Photoshop/Manga Studio brushes for their use
Scan some of your traditional media assets for their digital work
Volunteer your time- help them make inventory, cook them a meal, act as a beta reader for their work in the next year
Teach them a skill
Sew them something custom related to their work- a con tablecloth, an appliqued banner, wire cage covers, a uniform apron with handy artist pockets, a pencil roll
Create SketchUp mockups of the buildings in their comics- this is invaluable for reference!
Create an ad (video or static) for their comic, their art, or a service they may offer.
Write a testimonial
Help them create a portfolio website
Help them create a wordpress comic site
Introduce all of your other friends to their work


And if you enjoyed reading my blog this year, please make it a point to write in to some of the companies who's products I've reviewed (you can find links in my sidebar).  Let them know how much you enjoy my reviews and tutorials, and how you would like to see a partnership between us.  You can also make it a point to share my posts with your friends and family on your favorite social networks, and help me grow my audience.  I really need your help to grow, and please don't assume someone else is doing the job- every single person really helps.  Lastly, if you'd like to help me make this content in the future, please join my community of Artnerds over on Patreon.


This post was sponsored by 7" Kara Volume 1, a delightful all ages comic in lush watercolor.  Follow the adventures of tiny Kara as she sets out to meet humans, explore the big back yard, and have some big adventures. Volume 1 is available in print now through the Natto-shop.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Watercolor Studies

Throughout the year, I do referenced watercolor studies to keep my skills up.  While it is not necessary to be a proficient watercolorist to paint watercolor comics like 7" Kara, I find it helpful, relaxing, and useful to refute naysayers who cast aspersions as to my abilities.

These were painted using waterbrushes, Kuretake's pocket set, and Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.  These studies were painted from life.





Friday, December 02, 2016

Hacking the Pentel Pocketbrush

The Pentel Pocketbrush.  Sleek, lightweight plastic body.  Nylon bristles.  Plastic cap with metal clip.  Cartridge fed.  If it's not the Pentel Pocketbrush, it's probably the Pentel Kirari, the slightly overpriced sister who comes in metallic colors like Sakura Pink. This brushpen is ubiquitous amongst comic artists.  Go ahead, look in your pencil case, I'll wait.  If it's not there, it's hiding in your keyboard shelf, on the floor behind your computer, tucked into a backpack.  Most sketchers have one, and they're sold almost everywhere- from certain Walmarts to Michaels, to DickBlick and Jerry's Artarama. 


There's a lot to like about these brushpens, but as popular as they are, we have to admit there's a serious drawback:  Those little cartridges hold so little ink.

A few years ago, I shared a tutorial on how to refill your empties with the ink of your choice.  This takes patience, a syringe, and you're still limited with how much ink you can carry in your pen at any given time. 

A slip up on Amazon priced Pentel Pocketbrushes at $2.01 for half a day, and of course, being the person who first that slip, I bought 5.  That puts me in the comfortable position of being able to experiment, being able to make an already great, affordably priced, commonplace brushpen even better by increasing it's ink capacity.

So today, I answer two questions:  Can a Pentel PocketBrush be used with an eyedropper conversion or a cartridge to hold the ink of my choice? 


Converter:

Materials:

Pros:
Easily Refillable
Could be refilled with ink of choice\
Could travel with less chance of leaking than an eyedropper conversion

Cons:
So many converters on the market, to find the Cinderlla's slipper might cost a lot of money
Would hold about as much ink as the cartridges

My fountain pen readers know that there are loads of converters on the market, all made to suit the wide variety of fountain pens.  Literally every major FP brand makes their own, there's some deviation between makes.


Fairly standard piston fill converter. Image Source


While thinking about the possibility, I Skyped Heidi to see if she knew of any options.  As a Jetpens employee, she has access to a library of their products, and she said she'd try a few out, but that I should email her so she could get paid for her efforts (if only that worked for me too, haha).

So I sent this letter off to my buddy:


Hi Heidi,

As a longtime artist and illustrator, I am a huge fan of the Pentel Pocketbrush.  It's portable, compact, and easy to use- the only downfall are those tiny cartridges.  I've refilled them with the ink of my choice in the past, but I'd love to know if there are any converters on the market that are compatible with the Pocketbrush, and given your large catalogue of fountain pens and fountain pen accessories, I figured you guys might be able to give me the answer.  I run an art supply review/tutorial blog (www.nattosoup.blogspot.com), and I know my readers would love to know this information, and I'd be delighted to share it with them, as well  as the source.  So any recommendations on converters would be a huge help!

Thanks!
Becca Hillburn
www.nattosoup.blogspot.com
www.youtube.com/nattosoup

And Heidi replied:

Hi Becca Hillburn,

Thank you for your email!

Alas, I just went through all of our converters and none of them fit on the Pentel Pocket Brush. I'm sorry I could not be of more help!

I own the Kuretake 13 brush pen, which is compatible with the Platinum fountain pen converter:
http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-13-Fountain-Brush-Pen-Black-Body/pd/2660

Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. Have a great day!

Best Regards,
Heidi
JetPens


So the answer for now is NO, there are no converters currently available that are compatible with the Pentel Pocket Brush. 

If you are looking for a refillable, non cartridge brush pen, Noodler's makes one with the Ahab body.   Looking at how the Noodler's brush fits into an Ahab body, and knowing that there are replacement brushes available, I'm curious about whether or not you could just put the brush tip into your existing Ahab once you've removed the feed and nib. This is an experiment I'd love to try once I own an Ahab of my own.  Please note that the 'brush' does not come to a point, so this functions more as a marker, and is probably intended for those fluorescents Noodler's makes.  Kuretake's No 13 brushpen apparently can take a Platinum fountain pen converter, and Platinum makes two brushpens (a fiber tip and a hair tip) that feature cartridges and are probably compatible with the Platinum converter.

This said, I'm a stubborn woman, and will probably try to fit converters as I purchase them for my fountain pens, just in case one went remiss.

Eye Dropper Conversion

Materials:
Rubber gasket (I actually used an unused orthodontic rubberband)
Ink of choice (not acrylic or shellac based)

Pros:
Could hold A LOT of ink
Could hold ink of choice if cleaned
If you find the Pentel Ink to be too gray, could use a heavier/more opaque ink ink
Can select ink based on properties you find useful- waterproof v waterbased, color, shading, ect.

Cons: 
Most likely to leak in transit
Not idea for everyday carry
Can also use a waterbrush filled with ink- but I've tried this in the past and have had numerous issues.


Experiment 1:
Ink Used: Platinum Carbon (pigment based fountain pen ink)







I disassembled my Pentel Pocketbrush and applied the silicon grease to the threads on the brush tip and on the body using a clean q tip.  I squeegeed away extra silicon grease using the q-tip, as I did not want it to contaminate the ink.




Using the eyedropper, I filled the body of my Pentel Pocketbrush with ink, and screwed together the two pieces. 

Storing the pen vertically with the brush tip down allows the ink to flow into the brush as it would with a cartridge.



 Once the ink has entered the brush, I've ensured that there are no leaks, and the pen writes, I go ahead and label the pen to prevent any accidental unscrewing.  At first, I tried masking tape, but ended up using an oil based, opaque Sharpie (gold) to write that it's an eyedropper pen, and to write the ink.


Notes:  Platinum carbon ink is VERY gray when applied to a field of color, so I would like to find a darker black for use in eyedropper converted brushpens in the future.

Experiment 2: Colored Ink

Ink Used: Dr Ph Martin's Radiant Concentrated Liquid Watercolor (dye based ink diluted for use as watercolor) in Cherry Red.

I used the same procedure as above, but as the liquid watercolors have eyedroppers, I just used the one that came in the bottle.



Notes:  The undiluted Radiant Watercolor is a little bit gummy in the pen- may need to be watered down a bit.  Very water-reactive (this was the plan). 

In the future, I would love to try shading inks like some of the Noodler's fountain pen inks in a brushpen.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Will It Work: Blick Studio Brush Markers and the Copic Airbrush System (Guest Post)

Huge thanks to my arty friend Sam (@kibou) for writing about their experiments with Blick Studio Brush Markers and the Copic Airbrush system.  If you enjoyed this post, make sure you check out Shooting Stars, Sam's site.  Sam is a member of Manga Apps on DA, and makes loads of amazing digital art resources that you should check out as well.

I was recently introduced to Blick Studio markers, which really are a good, cheap alternative to Copics.  I bought them with the thought of experimentation, because it doesn’t seem like anyone really had tried them with the airbrush system.

Why would I want to do this?  The Copic airbrush system has a tendency to cause markers to dry out more quickly than normal use.  So, if you can get something else to do the same job for cheaper, it’s a better deal than whatever you’re paying for a single Copic marker, right?

I decided to give them a shot, fully expecting one of the three following possibilites: I could potentially wreck the markers, destroy the air grip, or it simply wouldn’t fit/work at alll.

Here’s my supplies:
1 Copic Airbrush System with Aircan
Blick Studio Markers
(Copic Marker for comparison)
Tweezers
One inked illustration (masking suggested)

In this case, I used a piece of paper and masking fluid to protect my drawing from errant sprays of the markers.  Some people use frisket film, which also works.

In any case, let’s start by comparing the sizes of Copic and Blick markers to see what we’re up against.
So, right off, it’s really important to note that the Blick Studio markers are just a touch shorter than the Copic Sketch markers.  They’re also a little bit wider, which means fitting in the air grip might be tricky, but not likely impossible.


Success!

I was able to get the brush tip to fit with a fair amount of force.  It certainly takes more effort to get it in than the Copic would, and you have to push it until you hear a pop.  It wasn’t until later that I noticed why it pops, though:

The blick markers are wide enough that they force the air grip apart slightly.  It doesn’t affect the function of the airbrush, but it does raise some concern because this COULD cause damage if you force it apart too hard.


In any case, let’s get to the interesting part.  DOES IT WORK?

(Yes.)


I don’t have a camera stand, so please don’t mind the cell phone shakycam.

Once you get the marker in, it works pretty much exactly like a Copic.

You can also use the chisel tip of the marker. I’m wary about doing this as you need significantly more force to insert and remove it from the grip.  Since the Blick Studio alcohol markers aren’t quite a perfect fit, there will be some minor damage to the marker’s body.
It isn’t severe, but it is something you need to keep in mind.


I did try pulling out the chisel tip further to see if I could work with it without damaging the grip.  I used my tweezers to help get a better grip.

That didn’t go very well.  I tried pulling it out further, and didn’t get very predictable behavior out of it.  So, I resigned myself to just working with the chisel tip as normal.


Once the marker is in firmly, its behavior and performance is fairly predictable for those familiar with the Copic airbrush system.

In the end, you CAN use the Blick Studio markers as a substitute for Copics in the airbrush system.
They’re not perfect -- but they’re definitely a great starter point if you’re low on cash and don’t feel like potentially trashing your Copics. Just remember that you might need to apply a little extra force to get a not-so-round marker body to fit in that very round Copic airbrush grip.


If you’re interested in my artwork, you can find me on deviantArt as Kabocha: http://kabocha.deviantart.com
Alternatively, you can visit my website as well: http://shooting-stars.org/


Thursday, November 24, 2016

2016 Small Business Saturday

Last year, I made it my mission to remind people that artists are small businesses, and deserve your support on Small Business Saturday.  Many of us create handmade, one of a kind items that make perfect gifts for loved ones, but we are so small that we cannot afford brick and mortar shopfronts.  Many of us also have difficulty getting the small businesses in our local area to take a chance on our work, so you may never see our work for sale in local shops, despite their promises that they carry locally made products.  Last year's Small Business Saturday post not only covered these bases, but also included a list of wonderful artists and crafters who sell their wares online. If you're interested in supporting micro businesses like my own, I highly recommend you revisit that post.

In that light, I'd like to announce that this year, I'm hosting another

Small Business Saturday Sale!

Coupon Code:  SmallBiz
Good for: 20% total order, including comics and original art
When:  Today until Sunday, Nov 27th

Original Art, listed just in time for the holidays. We accept all major credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin.  All pieces are priced to be affordable- I would rather they go to good homes than sit in my portfolio collecting dust.

Not sure how original art or commissions fits into the lives of you or your loved ones?  Check out this Art Soundoff on Art as a Service:



All New Listings:

Favorite Fictional Femmes Original Ink Illustrations
Ink, Brush on Watercolor paper



To purchase, please visit the painting section of the shop.

Gizmo Grandma: A Twisty Tale
A children's novel with watercolor illustrations.  Written by Lenore Salazar, with illustrations by me.

Includes 43 watercolor illustrations by me.  $15.  Purchase here.






31 Days Under the Waves
My 2016 Inktober mini features loads of merfolk in fun situations
32 underwater illustrations.  $4. Purchase here.
31 Days Under the Waves is available as a PDF download via Gumroad.

31 Days Under the Waves Coloring Packs
10 images printed on artist quality marker paper using toner based inks.  Compatible with waterbased and alcohol based markers.
$6 for the 10 sheet pack.  Purchase here.
These images are also available as a Print It Yourself download via Gumroad.

2016 Black and White Sketchbook- Let Sleeping Cats Lie...
An ashcan is a collection of sketches and studies compiled into a small, self bound booklet.
This year's black and white sketchbook, Let Sleeping Cats Lie..., is a collection of daily figure studies, fashion studies, facial expressions, and doodles.  It's perfect if you're interested in a peek into how my mind works, or if you have a young artist you'd like to encourage.

$3 Purchase here.
Let Sleeping Cats Lie is also available as a PDF download via Gumroad.

2016 Full Color Sketchbook- ...Or Else They'll Drink Your Watercolor Water
An ashcan is a collection of studies and sketches compiled and handbound into a small book.
This year, I completed so many color illustrations as watercolor studies, marker field tests, or YouTube tutorial demonstrations, I could put together a sizable color ashcan, ...Or Else They'll Drink Your Watercolor Water.  Perfect if you'd like a taste of my color work, or are looking for inspiration for yourself or a loved one.
Full color. $6.  Purchase here.
...Or Else They'll Drink Your Watercolor Water is available as a PDF download via Gumroad.

Fairy Kei Plaques

One of a kind, handlettered sealed and decorated wooden sign that reads My Bae is 2D.  $20.  Purchase here.
One of a kind, handlettered sealed and decorated wooden sign that reads Livin the Kawaii Life.  $30.  Purchase here.
There are more wooden signs available in the shop, and signs can be commissioned.  Please email me for a quote.

New Original Watercolors
Available in a variety of prices, sizes, and subject matter



11"x15"- inkwash and watercolor on watercolor paper. $40 for the original piece.  Purchase here.
5"x8", Brusho, watercolor, ink on Fluid 100 watercolor paper.  $30 for the original piece.  Purchase here.
For more original art and illustration, please visit the shop.

New Mini Watercolors
8"x8" and 9"x12" mini watercolors that feature fanart as the subject.  Most are popular Pokemon in bright watercolors, but there are also Gundams and a few anime characters.  Check back frequently, as updating the shop is still in progress.


8"x8" watercolor of Magikarp, original piece available for $25.  Purchase here.
8"x8" watercolor of a Zaku, original piece available for $20.  Purchase here.
Make sure to check out the shop for more mini watercolors!

Convention Favorites:

Magical Girl March
31 Days, 30 Girls, 3 Boys
2015's March challenge. $4.  Purchase here.
Magical Girl March is available as a PDF download via Gumroad.

Favorite Fictional Femmes

42 of my favorite fictional femmes, all in glorious black and white.
  2015's Inktober sketchbook. $4.  Purchase here.
Favorite Fictional Femmes is available as a PDF download via Gumroad.

Print-It-Yourself Coloring sheets are also available for purchase in three packs- Ladies of Literature, Just Animated, and the entire collection of 42 femmes.

7" Kara Volume 1

7" Kara is an all ages watercolor adventure comic the whole family can enjoy together.  Follow Kara, a 7 inch tall girl, as she make friends and discovers that humans are more than just tall tales.


  • 120 pages,including a bonus story and concept art section to inspire young minds
  • Perfect bound
  • Includes Chapters 1-4 of this ongoing comic
  • For readers 8-12, although enjoyable for all ages
  • Beautiful watercolor illustrations keep the reader engaged
  • Comic format is very rewarding for young readers- strong correlation between content of panel and dialogue


$15 or $20 with a sketch and dedication in back of book.  Purchase here.

Lilliputians are tiny people who occupy the in-between spaces of our world. Sometimes, if you're careful, you can catch a glimpse of one. 7" Kara is a suburban fantasy comic aimed at young girls. Inspired by books such as "The Borrowers", "The Littles", and "Gulliver's Travels", 7" Kara follows the adventures of the 11 year old Lilliputian Kara. Kara lives with her parents in an old doll house that's been hidden away in the back of a neglected shed. Isolated her entire life, she has few Lilliputian friends her own age, and even less experience with the outside world. Everything she knows has been learned first hand or has been taught to her by her parents. Her life changes drastically when a human family moves into the house her family lives near. Will Kara make a new friend? Or is there something darker, possibly more dangerous in store for her?


Sample pages from Chapters 1-4












If you are only going to purchase one thing from my shop this year, I highly recommend it be 7" Kara Volume 1.  The project is nearest and dearest to my heart, and all of my efforts go towards promoting this comic.  If you enjoy this blog, the YouTube channel, or my art, please check this comic out.

If you've already read volume 1, the first chapter of Volume 2, Chapter 5, is available as a PDF from my Gumroad shop.  You can also purchase a PDF for all of Volume 1.

Your support of my comics, mini comics, originals, and merchandise not only encourages my work as an artist, but enables me to continue dedicating massive amounts of time to this blog and to the Youtube channel.  If you enjoy the content I create, and you cannot justify joining my Patreon, giving patronage to my online shops is a fantastic way to

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