Sunday, May 29, 2016

My Convention Planning Timeline

People keep requesting timelines and checklists on How to Be a Con Artist, not realizing that every artist eventually makes their own.  While my timeline may not work for you, I hope it helps you create one that will.

1 full year in advance

Check the show out as an attendee
Hit up the artist alley
Talk to other artists, get a feel for the show
Buy from other artists, make a few friends
Start following the show on Twitter/Facebook
Find out when the Artist Alley opens, mark calendar
Begin brainstorming new things to sell

As Soon as Artist Alley Opens

Apply for show
Pay for show ASAP
Mark show on my sidebar of convention appearances, so blog readers will know
Rest assured  knowing I have a table

9 months before show

If designing new charms

  • Begin researching companies
  • Design charms
  • Order samples

If ordering through a new company

Determine their production timeline
Find out when next submission period is
Plan your product appropriately to hit that deadline

6 months before the show

Start any new merchandise I'm planning for that con year, if possible
If I decide to share it, watermark it and tag the convention I will debut it at
If ordering charms from a new company, order charms now

3 Months before Show

If intending to make new signage, make new signage
If intending to swap out display, banner, or tablecloth, now is the time to do so

Keep in mind:

Build A Sign has less than one month turnaround on all banners I've ordered from them, but they may make a mistake, and you need to give yourself time to send it back if necessary

1 month in advance

Begin restocking things like prints by reordering
Begin taking inventory of existing stock and determining what to reorder/what to discontinue
Reorder charms if necessary
If assembling an ashcan, begin assembly now
Reorder business cards/postcards if out

2 weeks in advance

Begin working on new original art I plan selling at show
Begin printing and assembling Sassy Buttons
New prices signs, printed and laminated
Go through kitty and make sure I have enough of the appropriate bills


1 week in advance
Print and cut stickers
Print, cut, glue, laminate bookmarks
Print Ashcans at Office Max/Office Depot
Assemble Ashcans

Two days before leaving for show

Pull down 6' table from attic
Demo setup
Photograph final setup for reassembly at show
Pack everything
Con announcements on Twitter, Tumblr, Blog, Instagram with table number

At show, morning of

Tweet appearance at con
Tweet and Instagram commissions throughout the day
Work on some sample commissions to 'seed' the commission pile and inspire customers

After show, night of

Tweet/Tumblr/Instagram commissions completed that day using the convention's hashtag to drive sales for next day

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SketchBox Premium Vs Basic

This joint review was made possible thanks to the generosity of my Patreon backers, and is a special feature.  I have no intention of regularly reviewing three art supply subscription boxes a month, as these reviews are very time consuming to research, record, and write, and take time and focus away from what I really love- making comics.  If you enjoy content like this, and would like to help fund more, please consider becoming a backer on Patreon, as those funds are used to offset the costs of running this blog.  This month's SketchBox Basic and SketchBox Premium boxes were purchased out of my own funds, and were in no way sponsored or donated by SketchBox.  All opinions are my own, based on 10+ years of artistic experience, 6+ years of art school, and 7+ years of reviewing art supplies.  Any questions can be sent to my email using the contact form to the left.

Why a Joint Review?

To satisfy the demands of my YouTube audience, many of whom take offense that I dare to say SketchBox Basic and SketchBox Premium are not worth my money compared to other services.  I believe (based on analytics) most of them don't actually check the blog for the full review despite my repeated encouragement, which does include a breakdown of the products included in Premium Boxes.  I figured you guys would  enjoy seeing a comparative review of the two tiers Sketchbox offers, so I'm happy to share it here.

Special May thanks to my April backers:
Ryan
C. Ellis
Andrew Benedict
Yolaine
Wayne Norris
Chris
Michael Suriano
Yusagi
Entreat
Ristro

Sketchbox Basic Vs Sketchbox Premium Unboxings


SketchBox Basic

For the comprehensive May 2016 Basic Box overview, please check out my May 2016 ArtSnacks Vs SketchBox Basic post.

SketchBox Basic Overview

The Price Breakdown

Included in Both:
FW Acrylic Pearlescent Ink $6.00 on Paper and Ink Arts, $4.59 on DickBlick  (http://www.paperinkarts.com/fwacry.html)  (http://www.dickblick.com/products/daler-rowney-fw-acrylic-water-resistant-artists-ink/)

Pentel Arts Color Brush (Black) $8.39 on Pentel store (http://www.pentel.com/store/color-brush), $6.19 on DickBlick (http://www.dickblick.com/products/pentel-arts-water-based-color-brush-pens/)

Basic Box Exclusive:

Princeton Art & Brush Co Real Value Brush Selection
Synthetic Hair- White Taklon
- $9.50 on Princeton Site, $4.89 on DickBlick

Total:
High end, using MSRP when available: $19.28
Using common artist store, Dick Blick- $15.67
Basic Box:  $25+$5 shipping

The Materials Inside

FW Acrylic Pearlescent Ink
http://www.daler-rowney.com/content/fw-artists-inks

Pentel Arts Color Brush
http://www.pentel.com/store/color-brush

This is a waterbased, dye based brush pen that remains water reactive even after it's dry.  Those of you who are familiar with the Pentel Pocket Brush may recognize its cousin, but may have difficulty finding a place for it in your comic craft.  The large ink cartridge on the back is replicable, IF you can find replacements.

Princeton Art & Brush Co Real Value Brush Selection
Synthetic Hair- White Taklon
http://www.princetonbrush.com/real-value-series-9100-short-princeton-brush-company-short-brush/

These stiff synthetic brushes are suited more towards heavier bodied acrylics than to the ink like acrylics included in the Basic Box.  Applying ink directly from bottle to paper with these brushes leaves much to be desired, and I recommend you purchase a softer synthetic with a larger belly- capable of holding more ink.

SketchBox Premium

May 2016 SketchBox Premium Brands
  • Daler Rowney
  • FW Acrylic
  • Montana
  • Derwent
  • Prismacolor
May SketchBox Premium Box Includes:

  • Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Pearlescent Ink
  • 2 Montana Acrylic Extra Fine Ballpoint Acrylic Pens (white and black)
  • Prismacolor Illustration Marker (technical pen, .005mm)
  • Derwent Graphik Acrylic Fine Point Pen (Envy)
  • Pentel ColourBrush brushpen (waterbased)
The Cards
The Card Reads

SketchBox
May
Premium Box

This month is all about liquid acrylic!  A truly unique medium that offers almost limitless flexibility.  We included Daler Rowney's FW Pearlescent liquid acrylic.  These free flowing liquid acrylics are water soluble when wet but dry to a water resistant film.  The shimmering pearl effect created by the pigment is startling.  They are permanent and translucent, but work best when put down freely rather than applying successive layers of colors.  Your Premium Box also includes two extra fine Montana acrylic paint markers.  Use the black marker to add shadows, outlines, or details.  The white marker can be used to add highlights.  Since they're also filled with liquid acrylic, they can be used over the FW acrylic once it's dry.  You'll also find a Derwent graphic line painter (sic).  These paint pens feature a Japanese nib and are filled with an acrylic/watercolor like opaque paint that becomes permanent when dry.  You'll also find a Prismacolor .05mm fine line marker.  These are great for quick sketches or adding crisp lines, texture, and detail work.  Finally, we included a Pentel Color Brush to add ink washes to your work or add unique details.  This brush pen contains water based ink which flows easily, dries quickly, and produces transparent watercolor effects.

Have fun exploring your new art supplies and remember to tag your art with #SketchBoxMay if you'd like to be included in our monthly contest- the winner gets their art printed on a future box lid!


The Card Reads

SketchBox
May
Featured Artist
Josie

My name is Josei and I'm a young artist and product design student from the beautiful capital of Germany.  I love drawing since I was able to hold a pen and creating what comes to mind, rather than following just one art style.  Drawing is kind of a therapy for me to overcome daily life and connect with other people.  Art is what keeps me motivated- as Pablo Picasso once said:
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off your soul"
:)

Instagram: @Josilix
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/josilix

We're so thankful for the talent that Josei shared with us, if you'd like to get your art featured- email an example of your work to us at
info@getsketchbox.com


Sketchbox Premium Unboxing


The Price Breakdown


Included in Both:

FW Acrylic Pearlescent Ink $6.00 on Paper and Ink Arts, $4.59 on DickBlick 

Pentel Arts Color Brush (Black) $8.39 on Pentel store, $6.19 on DickBlick

Premium Box Exclusive:
Derwent Graphik Line Painter- No openstock products or MSRP given on Derwent Site, $3.96 for openstock on DickBlick , could be as low as $3.58 per marker if purchased as a 20 piece set and divvied up.

Montana Acrylic Markers (x2) Extra Fine tips
No MSRP on site, $5.45 on DickBlick, $4.26 if a set of 6 is purchased and divvied up.

Prismacolor Fine Line Marker .005 mm
$3.49 on RexArt  $2.39 openstock on DickBlick

Total:
$32.74 on high end
$22.58 using common artist stores like  DickBlick
Box Cost: $35+$5 shipping

The Supplies Inside

Exclusive to Premium Box

Derwent Graphik Line Painter
http://www.pencils.co.uk/en/gb/6130/graphik-line-painter-pens

Have used these in the past, the issue is they tend to be hugely messy and bleed everywhere- tend to leak even when stored properly.  Cool idea, poor execution.

Montana Acrylic Markers, Extra Fine
https://www.montana-cans.com/en/marker-und-inks/acrylic-marker/acrylic-marker/montana-acrylic-marker-0.7mm-extra-fine

These tend to clog up and splutter when used for inking.  Cool idea again, spotty execution on textured paper (I used Strathmore's 400 series mixed media journal)

Prismacolor Fine Line Marker .005 mm
Technical pen, I regularly use these in my travel kit.  Water and alcohol marker safe.  A bit of an odd pick for an acrylics box.

Supplies, Demonstrated
Note:  Please watch the SketchBox Premium Unboxing video above for context


Testing opacity on black paper.  All acrylics in this box had varying degrees of opacity, making all relatively suitable for use on black or dark papers or canvas.


Water testing on watercolor paper- blending out acrylics while still wet.



Copic-safety test.  Acrylics are not Copic safe, and are not suitable for use with alcohol markers if applied first.  If you intend to use acrylics with your alcohol markers, apply markers first.



Combined SketchBox Basic and SketchBox Premium Challenge

VIDEO

After sketching my initial design in my Strathmore Mixed Media journal, I set about inking it with the Montana black acrylic ballpoint marker.   This marker takes awhile to dry, and is prone to catching and sputtering on the paper.



Inking this piece took a couple days.



I applied an overall inkwash using the Pentel Arts Colour Brush and a cup of water.  Watch the video above for a demonstration of this technique!




I utilized materials from both the Basic and Premium Boxes, as well as the FW Acrylic Fluorescent ink from my May ArtSnacks, and my collection of acrylic markers (Montana and Liquitex)



I utilized alternating layers of the Pearlescent ink and coordinating Liquitex acrylics to build up shadow and tone on the crystals.   

The salamander was rendered with Titanium Buff Liquitex acrylic (in their chisel marker), with the orange spots rendered with FW Acrylic fluorescent orange ink from my May ArtSnacks.  The eyes were rendered with the Graphik Line Painter, and the black spots were drawn on using the Montana black.





The Verdict

As I went through the boxes, I kept thinking the same thing- May's Basic Box felt particularly anemic. Does SketchBox subsidize their Premium Boxes with overpriced Basic Boxes?

I do agree that the Premium Box IS better than the Basic Box, but shouldn't that be a given?  We are paying $10 more for this box, so it should include more products, or higher quality products.  What I don't understand is why the Basic Box often relies on cheap, poorly made products (like January's Artists Loft watercolor pencils) as filler.  

But honestly, even though the Premium box DOES include more product, it's still short of the $35 mark, regardless of whether you use MSRP (when available, it's often not) or if you shop smart.

Personally, I find both boxes to be overpriced given the contents, although Premium Box is a better deal (at least this month).  I was excited by the variety of acrylic materials included in the Premium box, and felt like the ball point acrylic Montana markers were an interesting twist.  I find the $40 a month price tag to be far too hefty to recommend this box, and the quality in the Basic Box also too low to recommend.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 2016 SketchBox Basic Vs ArtSnacks

Thanks to Denise Hillburn (my mother) for the gift of ArtSnacks for the year!  SketchBox Basic subscription purchased by me out of personal funds.  If you would like to help support this blog, and continue posts like this, please consider donating to my Paypal, or contributing to my Patreon.  Future unboxings and reviews will be unlocked to the public at the $15 level each month, but backers have access regardless of funds raised.  If you would like to see me review a SketchBox premium box, please consider gifting a subscription.


Thanks to the generosity of my Patreon backers, I've also purchased a May Premium SketchBox to review.  The SketchBox Basic Vs. SketchBox Premium review is coming up soon, so keep an eye out for it!  This review is the usual SketchBox Basic Vs. ArtSnacks comparative review, similar to the reviews shared over past four months.

Special April Thanks To:

Ryan
C. Ellis
Andrew Benedict
Yolaine
Wayne Norris
Chris
Michael Suriano
Yusagi
Entreat
Ristro

Previous SketchBox Vs. ArtSnacks
January- Winner: ArtSnacks
February- Winner:  SketchBox
March- Winner: ArtSnacks
April- Winner: ArtSnacks

SketchBox: $25mo/$240 yr
ArtSnacks: $20mo/$200 yr

May SketchBox Basic Includes:
  • Princeton Art & Brush Co Real Value Brush Selection
    Synthetic Hair- White Taklon
  • FW Acrylic- Pearlescent Ink
  • Pentel ColourBrush


May ArtSnacks Includes:
  • Krink K-90
  • FW Acrylic Ink- Fluorescent Orange
  • Kuretake Brush20
  • General's Cedar Pencil

May ArtSnacks Vs SketchBox Basic- Becca Hillburn

Read the rest of the post under the cut!

Artsnacks

This Month's Brands Are:

  • Daler Rowney
  • Kuretake
  • General's
  • Krink
The Card

The Card Reads:

The pencil is mightier than the eraser.
Here's what's on the Menu for May:

Krink K-90 Paint Marker
$12.00 retail
New Product  KRINK has done it again.  Headquartered in New York City, KRINK has developed a unique new paint marker with a "pump action" end and a steel roller-ball tip.  The KRINK K-90 Paint Marker is the first of its kind, so get creative!  To use, gently pump the rubber end of the marker once to propel the paint into the tip of the marker.  Press down lightly and start to draw.  The roller-bball tip will release paint onto your surface.  DO NOT OVER-PUMP MARKER.

General's Cedar Pointe Graphite Pencil- No. 1 Extra Soft
$0.66 retail
Looking for an excellent, soft graphite pencil with a reliable eraser?  We found it for you!  General's Cedar Pointe Graphite Pencil is made with genuine cedar and a buttery graphite core.  It delivers an incredibly smooth drawing experience, and has a cedar wood casing for a comfortable grip.  Manufacturing pencils since 1889, General Pencil is the only pencil factory still operating in the United States- so every detail was considered when making this pencil.

Kuretake Brush20 Long
$7.25 retail
New product Designed for easy transport and storage when you're painting-on-the-go, the Kuretake Brush20 Long is one handy brush.  Kuretake redesigned it to hold 25% more water.  The nylon tip is very durable, and will never lose its shape. Fill up the barrel with water or ink and give it a light squeeze to get the liquid flowing.

FW Neon Acrylic Ink by Daler-Rowney
$7.70 retail
Staff Favorite  FW Newon Acrylic Ink by Daler-Rowney is a special acrylic-based ink that's highly pigmented for creating multiple color layers on top of your art.  Dilute the ink with water to get a high-intensity watercolor effect, or use a dry brush to create a textured stroke.  Let your imagination run wild when  you feill your Kuretake Brush20 Long with this acrylic ink.

Take the ArtSnacks Challenge!
Use all of the products in your box to create an original piece of art.  Snap a picture of your artwork and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram with the hashtag #artsnackschallenge

Like a product?  Order more.
Visit ArtSnacks.co/products
support@artsnacks.co
www.artsnacks.co

The Price Breakdown:


Kuretake Zig BrushH20 (New product)- Currently unavailable on Amazon, but the listing is there
$5.39 on Marker Supply

Krink K-90 (new product)- $12.00 on Krink online shop  (only place available at time of writing)

Generals CederPoint Soft Pencil
3 Dozen- $24.00 on the General's store  or .66 cents per pencil
12 Pack on Amazon: $5.40

FW Acrylic Ink Fluorescent Orange  $4.59 on DickBlick
Most places seem to only sell this as a set of 6

PlaZa- Set of 6- $35.19 or $5.87 each

Total: $22.64


The Supplies Inside


This neon ink is very intense- and STAYS intense (and fluorescent) even as you water it down.  I know a lot of artists want a neon watercolor (and that's not really feasible) and this acrylic ink is a good solution to that problem.




I'm not really one for traditional wooden pencils, but the Cedar Pointe is ok- it smells nice, has a softer graphite, and the eraser is pretty good.




I've used quite a few of Zig's waterbrushes in the past, and I like them- they perform consistently and tend not to leak.  As recommended, I filled the Brush20 with the fluorescent orange ink (and a little water).

Krink K-90
The largest rollerball I've seen.  When using the Montana Extra fine from my SketchBox Premium (also a roller ball acrylic marker) I had A LOT of issues with spitting and gumming up, I wonder if that's going to be an issue with the K-90 as well?-- Note:  this is not an issue at all.

Supply Overview and Demonstration

May ArtSnacks Overview- Becca Hillburn


My KRINK K-90 came with an information card explaining how to use this unique product.


The card reads:

K-90 Directions

Press rubber-bulb once or twice to adjust ink flow.  Do not over pump!  Over pumping may cause malfunction.  Steel-ball tip writes on most surfaces.  Wipe tip before storing tip side up.

Save 30% off your next Krink purchase.

Offer good for markers through 5/13/2016  Use code: SNACKATTACK
For more information please visit krink.com

 And the box also came with an advert for the upcoming travel Collection.

 The Card Reads:

Ahoy!

If you haven't already heard, we've launched the 2016 ArtSnacks Travel Collection.

This limited edition collection features 7 full-size premium products, expertly curated for any adventure (products in this box are totally different from last year's Travel Collection)

The cut off date to order is May 25th, 2016

Pre-order yours at
http://bitly.com/ATC-2016


I don't plan on purchasing a box to review, but if you're interested in seeing me review it, you're welcome to gift a subscription, and I'll give it the Nattosoup treatment.  The travel Collection is $79 with free US shipping.  If you're having difficulty doing so, you can also contribute funds towards the travel Collection by donating to the Paypal link in my sidebar, and mentioning that the proceeds should go towards the purchase of the travel Collection.

For a demonstration of these products, please watch the video linked above!



The Krink K-90 is a heavy body acrylic that handles in a unique way.  It reminds me of a grease pen my dad had back when I was a kid.  After speaking to Lee with ArtSnacks, I found out that Krink did indeed repurpose an industry product to perform as an art tool, which I think is really neat.

If you like light, delicate linework, this is NOT the acrylic pen for you, but this unique acrylic marker seems really well suited for gestural work, large scale graffiti, or loose renditions.



Both the FW Acrylic and K-90 acrylic inks are water soluble, an you can achieve interesting effects simply by spraying the still wet ink with a spray bottle of water.


I filled my Kuretake Brush20 with a mixture of the FW Fluorescent  ink and water.  The FW ink becomes even more fluorescent (although less saturated) with the addition of water, so it's really fun to play around with this ink.

ArtSnacks Challenge

Video here



Spritzing the wet Krink K-90 with water causes it to feather out.




Adding FW Acrylic to the butter fly and spritzing it with water to achieve an uncontrolled bleed.





Using FW's Pearlescent ink in white to add iridescent sparkles, and spritzing a few of those with water to encourage bleeding and dispersion.

  Once my ink had dried, I was able to apply another layer of K-90 on top, to clean up my linework a bit.





The finished result is much rougher than I usually work, but I had a blast playing with these materials in a new way.

The Verdict:

I had fun playing around with the Krink K-90's unique heavybody acrylic, and although it's not a product I could often utilize in my work, I can see many artists finding a place for it in their repertoire.   I'm impressed with ArtSnacks continued efforts to bring consumers new and unique products- as a reviewer, I've come to value novelty.  The Kuretake Brush20 did leak often when squeezed, but I may have overfilled it.  In general though, waterbrushes like the Brush20 are versitle tools that I highly recommend to other artists who utilize traditional media.  The most unremarkable inclusion, the General's Cedar Pointe, was completely overlooked in my Challenge illustration.  I feel like with just the addition of a sketchbook, one could take this box on the go and create coherant pieces.

May 2016 SketchBox Basic


The box reads:

Art by Hannah Hill

Made with the March Premium Box
artbyhannah.deviantart.com
instagram @hannahhill



This Month's SketchBox Basic Brands Are:
  • Daler-Rowney
  • Princeton
  • Pentel

The Card



The Card Reads:

SketchBox
May
Featured Artist
Josie

My name is Josei and I'm a young artist and product design student from the beautiful capital of Germany.  I love drawing since I was able to hold a pen and creating what comes to mind, rather than following just one art style.  Drawing is kind of a therapy for me to overcome daily life and connect with other people.  Art is what keeps me motivated- as Pablo Picasso once said:
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off your soul"
:)

Instagram: @Josilix
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/josilix

We're so thankful for the talent that Josei shared with us, if you'd like to get your art featured- email an example of your work to us at
info@getsketchbox.com


The Card Reads:

SketchBox
May
Basic Box

This month is all about liquid acrylic!  A truly unique medium that offers almost limitless flexibility.  We included Daler Rowney's FW Pearlescent liquid acrylic.  These free flowing liquid acrylics are water soluble when wet but dry to a water resistant film.  The shimmering pearl effect created y the pigment is startling.  They are permanent and translucent, but work best when put down freely rather than applying successive layers of colors.  Your basic ox this month also includes a 5 pack of Princeton Real Value Brushes.  This Princeton Synthetic Hair White Taklon Set contains five brushes: Round 1, Round 6, Bright 6, Filbert 8, Flat 12.  The broad range of brush types will truly allow you to make the most of your new liquid acrylic.  Finally we included a Pentel Color brush to outline your work or add unique details.  This brush pen contains water based ink which flows easily, dries quickly, and produces transparent watercolor effects.

Have fun exploring your new supplies and remember to tag your art with #SketchBoxMay if you'd like to be included in our monthly contest- the winner gets their art printed on a future box lid!

The Price Breakdown


Princeton Art & Brush Co Real Value Brush Selection
Synthetic Hair- White Taklon
- $9.50 on Princeton Site , $4.89 on DickBlick

FW Acrylic Pearlescent Ink $6.00 on Paper and Ink Arts, $4.59 on DickBlick   

Pentel Arts Color Brush (Black) $8.39 on Pentel store, $6.19 on DickBlick


The Supplies Inside


I love FW's Pearlescent Ink- I use the white pearl ink often.  The lovely purple acrylic ink can be used as is, or diluted for a lovely purple shimmer.

The less impressive cousin of the Pentel Pocket Brush (a staple for comic artists), this waterbased pen remains water soluble even after dry.  Can be used for nice inkwash effects on the go.

Princeton Art & Brush Co Real Value Brush Selection
Synthetic Hair- White Taklon
These stiff synthetic brushes are better suited to heavier acrylics than these light ink types.


Total:
High end, using MSRP when available: $19.28
Using common artist store, Dick Blick- $15.67
Cost of Box: $25+$5 shipping


Supply Overview and Demonstration

May 2016 SketchBox Basic Unboxing- Becca Hillburn

I highly recommend you watch the video above for product demonstrations and explanations!





Removing these synthetic brushes from their package was a bit of a chore, and I was unable to pry a large chunk of glue from one of the brushes.  The handles are nicely finished with a matte coating, and the ferrules are well crimped, but these brushes don't hold much water, and are better suited to applying/pushing paint around.



The Pentel Arts Colour Brush works well for drybrush on heavy tooth papers like watercolor paper, and a little water makes for an easy inkwash.

SketchBox Challenge
(NOTE: This is a combined challenge using materials from both SketchBox Basic and SketchBox Premium, and should not be used to judge the value of the individual boxes)

May 2016 SketchBox Basic and SketchBox Premium Challenge- Becca Hillburn

VIDEO HERE










Lineart completed with the Montana Acrylic ballpoint marker from my Premium Box.


Inkwash background applied using the Pentel Arts Colour Brush and a little clean water.  For a demonstration of this technique, please check out the video above!


Jewels were initially painted in with the violet Pearlescent ink from my Basic Box and the seafoam green Pearlescent ink from my Premium Box.

Salamander's body was rendered with watered down Liquitex acylic from their acrylic markers, not included in box.


Further layers were applied to the crystals using opaque acrylic markers from my personal collection.



Orange spots were added with the FW Fluorescent ink from the May ArtSnacks, initially applied with the Kuretake Brush20.



The Premium Box

Later this week, I'll release a post comparing my Basic and Premium Boxes, so for a more in depth review, please keep an eye out for that!  I'm going to go over prices and value then.

May 2016 SketchBox Premium Unboxing- Becca Hillburn


The Verdict

Although I had fun playing with this month's Basic and Premium supplies, I found that I was not inspired to create anything using the supplies from just one box.  Although FW Pearlescent inks are fantastic, I wasn't impressed with the Princeton brushes, and would have preferred one GOOD brush to five mediocre brushes.  I found the Pentel Arts Colour Brush to be a confusing inclusion in a box aimed towards acrylic, and think that including one of the Montana acrylic markers (that were included in the Premium box) would have been a stronger choice.

Winner- ArtSnacks

Item for item, I feel like these two boxes are a tie, but there's a $10 difference to consider.  ArtSnacks is $20 shipped, SketchBox Basic is $30, so for your money, ArtSnacks is a better value.


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