Monday, July 15, 2019

My Favorite Drawing Tutorials

Here's a selection of some of my favorite drawing and art tutorials from my Youtube channel.  These have been carefully curated to further explore topics covered in my From Stick to Figure and Manga Madness classes at the St Charles Parish Public Library.  These are a great place to start if you're interested in learning how to draw your own comics, or are looking for great art tutorials.

Constructive Drawing/Drawing Basics

Think In 3D: Volumetric Drawing
Building a Figure Using Constructive Anatomy

Basic Figure Drawing/Figure Construction

Constructive Anatomy Demonstration
Sketching Silhouettes- Capturing Gesture and Movement
Constructive Figure Drawing Tutorial

Drawing Manga Faces/Cartoon Faces

Making Faces- Easy Drawing Tutorial
Drawing Fun Cartoon Faces: Expression Tutorial
Drawing Chibi Faces in Multiple Styles
Draw a Face Three Ways
Cartoon Face Turnaround Demonstration

Intermediate Figure Drawing/Figure Studies

Figure Drawing From Reference- Multiple Figures
QuickPoses One Month Figure Drawing Challenge
Figure Drawing for Comics
Drawing and Inking Workshop
Drawing a Head from Different Views- 360 Head Turnaround

Drawing Characters for Comics

Drawing Cartoony Figures
Figure Construction: How to Draw Cartoony Characters
Constructing a Figure- Child
Constructing a Figure- Woman
Constructing a Figure- Man
Chibi Drawing Using Figure Construction

Perspective and Environments

One Point Perspective: Improvement Hell
Intro to Comic Craft: You Need Perspective
Improvement Hell Challenge 2 Point Perspective

Comic Creation

Let's Make a Comic Concept to Scripting to Thumbnails to Roughs
Intro to Comic Craft: Thumbnailing Your Comic
Hourly Comic Day Demonstrations
Character Design in Colored Leads
Generating Thumbnails for Illustration
Intro to Comic Craft: Costume Design

Character Design

Character Design Walkthrough
A Little Princess- Character Design Prompt
Steampunk Maid Character Design Walkthrough
Night Terrors: Character Design Prompt
Lonely Kittens ?!: Character Design Prompt
Operatic Vampires- Character Generator Challenge
Don't Shoot the Messenger- Character Design Challenge
An Orange Flower in Fair Hair- Character Design Challenge
Anne of Green Gables- Cartoon Face Walkthrough

If you've enjoyed these videos, make sure you subscribe to my channel- I update at least twice a week, and I always have something neat to show or share!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Two New Classes for Artnerds

Hey friends!

As you guys know, I just finished teaching a series of six comic classes in South East Louisiana.  Two of these classes are brand new- From Stick to Figure, and Manga Madness are never before presented classes.  Between the two, there are over a hundred demonstrations and walkthroughs- these are pretty hefty presentations!

Cheat Sheet from From Stick to Figure

Cheat Sheet from Manga Madness

I know many of you would like to attend these classes but can't- that's why I'm sharing them with my Artnerds over on Patreon.  If you like my videos and classes, now would be a great time to join the community, so you get Backer Exclusive access to these classes, as well as all the classes (videos, handouts, and more) in my Making Comics class series.  There's a lot of really great stuff I share with Artnerds that's never released to the public, including printable monthly miniprints, a monthly wallpaper, monthly Patron sketchbooks, access to presentations and demonstrations, and early access to videos!  Your support on Patreon enables me to continue to dedicate time to updating this blog, creating new content for Youtube, and creating convention recaps to share on How to be a Con Artist.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Overwork and Burnout

For the past month and a half, I've been on the road.  It began with A2CAF (a library con aimed at kids and teens in Ann Arbor, MI) in May, and finally ended with the East Regional Library Comic Con in Destrehan.  In between, I taught a whopping six comic classes in Louisiana, with class sizes that ranged from 3-20, and ages that spanned 5-15.  As I land in Nashville, I'm preparing to start another six-week Making Comics session with Nashville Community Ed and resume teaching Copic and Comic classes through PlaZa Art.  Before I left, I was teaching PlaZa Copic marker classes every couple weeks, and my last Nashville Community Ed Making Comics Class ended in February.

With all these cons and classes, you'd really think I'd just be rolling in the dough.  This is what I've worked so hard for, this is what success looks like, right?  People see my tables at conventions and ask for advice on becoming a professional artist, and while I try to come up with something honest yet uplifting, the whole time I'm doing mental gymnastics.  Do I tell them the truth?  Do I encourage them and hope that things are different in five years?  Is it actually helpful, or am I just venting my spleen?

The reality is, I work hard, I juggle a lot, I travel frequently, and I can't seem to scratch a living.  Classes provide somewhat reliable income, but most of the venues I teach through pay by the head, rather than a set class fee.  Although I stand to make a lot more money, I've come to really appreciate the set fee- at least it's something I can depend on.  Pay by the head definitely incentivizes self-promotion, but that only gets me so far- my Twitter and Instagram currently read as a constant shill for classes, with no time left to make art, let alone share it.  While these venues benefit from butts in seats, promotion is usually left squarely on my shoulders, along with class content generation, handout generation, and actually teaching the material.

Recently, I asked friends on Twitter how they handle burnout, short of taking an extended break or walking away forever.  The answers varied- warm baths, relaxing walks, awesome creative hobbies, reading favorite books.  A small investment of self-care and relaxation, if applied regularly, can pay big dividends, and often we forget to reinvest when we're in times of crunch. I'm absolutely guilty of this- I've spent very little time reinvesting in my own mental hygiene while I was in Louisiana.  If I wasn't actively teaching classes, I was prepping for the next class, if not doing class prep, I reviewed Dollar Tree art supplies, if not reviewing Dollar Tree art supplies, I ran errands with family, if not running errands, I edited or screened videos to make space on my phone.  I literally never made space for self-care.

For those of us who live hand to mouth, paycheck to paycheck, just one bad convention away from a serious financial problem, the crunch mentality is all too tempting.  It's tempting to take on boatloads of work, even if it doesn't pay well, to try and build up some savings.  It's tempting to start new projects, hoping that'll be the one that really takes off.  It's tempting to overextend, with the fragile promise that once there's some stability, we'll back off and cut back. 

I don't know how burnout manifests for you, but for me, there's anxiety, frustration/anger, and lots of depression.   Those are not traits positively associated with professional comic artists looking for work, let alone comic artists who teach looking to fill classes.  Those are not traits welcomed in comic communities, even if other artists can identify.  Those are not traits I want to cultivate in myself, and the more I burn myself out, the more I become accustomed to those feelings as my baseline- normal for Becca. 

I really want to end this on a positive note, something uplifting or inspirational, some lesson I've learned that others can take away.  Right now, I have another six-week course of Making Comics ahead of me, and when that finishes, I'm teaching another round of Making Comics and an Intermediate Comics course with NCE in the Fall.  Both classes will be six weeks in length, but they're concurrent.  I also signed up to teach various art classes through PlaZa from now until February.  I have a show in September, and I've just made tentative plans with the St Charles Parish Library system to teach more comic art classes. I enjoy teaching, and I like getting paid to teach even more, and all of these opportunities are paid opportunities.  The challenge lies with me to find a balance and try to make the financials work while avoiding burnout and finishing Volume 2 of 7" Kara. 

In the end, I may end up burnt out.  I may end up making the same mistakes.  I may end up making my Summer and Fall a slog of work.  This may be my failstate- falling back into nasty old habits that make me mentally ill.  Or my failstate may be even worse- I may fail to accomplish any of my goals, or I may end up making life-altering poor choices, or I may have to make difficult choices out of financial desperation.  These are all possibilities.  I may also figure out a way to balance everything- I may figure out how to make some sacrifices (workwise) to spare my body and my mind.  I may learn how to prioritize what's really important to me (finishing Volume 2) with what's necessary (earning a living).  This can be an opportunity to forge new habits or a chance to fall back into old bad ones.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Why Teaching a Comic Craft Module is Perfect for Your Classroom

As a comic artist, I am a huge advocate for comics.  I believe that there is a comic genre and an art style for every reader, and I want to help non-comic readers find a comic they can love.  I adore the juxtaposition of art and text and feel that comics are the perfect medium.

Unfortunately, comics are still not taught in many classrooms and are still frequently treated like a second-class form of literature (if they're treated as literature at all).   Comics are not a replacement for novels, poetry, short fiction, or nonfiction- it is a unique medium on its own.  In some way, shape or form, comics have been with us since the dawn of time- sequential art is an important part of human history.  From cave drawings to stained glass, from altarpieces to hymnals, we have used sequential art and storytelling to convey information to those with varying degrees of literacy.

Today I'd like to share with you why comics are a great fit for many classrooms, and why you should consider teaching a module on comics.  If you need guidance or additional resources, don't hesitate to email me, I'm happy to help!

The focus of this post is to encourage teachers and librarians to teach comics as a method of storytelling, and not necessarily as an industry to enter.  Comics as an industry is in a constant state of flux- the industry of today is not going to be the same industry your students enter as professionals.  And within the comics industry, there are many paths- webcomics (self-published online), self-published books, working as an independent creator on a creator-owned project with an indie press, working on a creator-owned project with a large press, working on an existing IP for a publisher, and each path is different.  The one constant throughout all these paths is a need to communicate visually, to convey stories, and to utilize visual media and the written word to tell a story.

This ability to communicate visually is a valuable skill that is underutilized and sets students and employees apart, regardless of your students' interest in creating comics outside of the classroom, or their ability to draw.  Even stick figures can be an effective medium for storytelling, as evidenced by the Kingdom of Loathing and West of Loathing games, as well as by the popular webcomic XKCD.

Comics, and comic storytelling has application far outside the art sphere.  Comics are cross-discipline and can be useful for conveying information about history (The Warren Commission Report, The Crogan's Adventures series), science (:01 Second's Science Comics series), math (Economix, What If), music (Hip Hop Family Tree), computer science (Wizzywig, xkcd), philosophy (The Unflattening), geometry and design (The Acme Novelty Library) and more.  Comics are a useful platform for creative writing, encouraging students to tell stories visually.  For struggling and emerging readers, comics also provide visual support for literacy and can be useful for children and adults with emotional development disorders learn important socialization skills.

English/Writing/Composition Classes
  • Comics is a form of storytelling- story composition, story construction, three-act structure, crafting dialogue, creating engaging characters and believable settings
  • Comic craft, as a broader topic, also involves the ability to write a synopsis, create a pitch, craft a story with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Analyzing comics- short and long- for what works, what doesn't work
  • Teaches students to think about story both in a written form (script) and in a visual form (final comic or final thumbnails)- storytelling is taught in two dimensions
  • Comic drawing and reading provide hands-on engagement- this engages multiple senses
  • Works well for various types of learning styles

  • Scripts can be loose or follow a very strict format- from plotform (which just describes the actions on the page, if that) to a structured script that includes setting, shot and stage direction, character acting and motivation, and descriptions of clothing and facial expression.
  • Can focus on just getting them to the thumbnails stage-still strong focus on visual communication, less emphasis on drawing technical skills
  • Students who enjoy it can earn extra credit for additional levels of finish

  • Collaboration- communication and cooperation- comic process can be broken into discrete stages and distributed amongst a 'studio' or group of students- writer, editor, penciler, inker
  • Practice positive and useful forms of critique- aimed at making the product better at every stage
  • Almost any professional writer or artist needs peer review and editing, so these are valuable skills that translate to other industries as well, including programming and engineering

Even within the framework of an English class, comics are:

Multi-Discipline- comics require math (multiplication, measurement, geometry)
Science- observation, and analyzation
Computer skills- research, digitizing and correcting finished comic pages, website building and maintenance
Collaboration- Students can opt to work together to complete a single project, or may exchange editing and critique skills to improve their personal projects
Public speaking comes into play if your class hosts a mini comic or zine exchange- students can practice summarizing and pitching their comic projects to classmates, then present the project to the class

  • Comics support literacy and social skills through a combination of text and imagery.  Children who struggle socially may find comics provide cause and effect scenarios that combine dialogue, facial expression, and body language
  • While comics are great for struggling students, it is not JUST for those students- comics are for everyone and can be as simple or as complicated as you wish

Art Classes

  • Comics are a natural fit for art classes and would make a perfect collaboration between art and English/fiction classes
  • Comics teaches cartooning- the distillation and processing of visual information.  It requires more critical thinking, but less technical skill than drawing from reference, and students may find cartooning far preferable to more realistic drawing
  • Cartooning is also an excellent opportunity to teach figure drawing, perspective, drawing from reference, drawing clothing, drawing hair, understanding folds- basically comics can be a great way to encourage students to draw outside their comfort zones
  • Cartooning allows more room for creativity and imagination
  • Cartooning still teaches valuable art skills- students still need to understand anatomy, develop systems for drawing, need to understand observation, perspective, and composition.  Cartooning just presents this in a format that is more palatable to many artists, with skills that are more relevant to their daily lives
  • Cartooning and comics do not take the place of learning traditional art skills- these skills are useful for comic artists
  • GOOD COMICS DONT HAVE TO HAVE GOOD ART! This can be an easy entryway for timid artists to develop artistic motor skills and build confidence
  • Many of your students already enjoy comics, anime, and manga, so you're utilizing an existing interest to teach them new techniques

When Contacting Artists
  • Please only contact artists who are open for such contact-this type of help is time-consuming and frequently unpaid.
  • Many comic artists willing to do classroom visits or Skype visits
  • Loads of resources available online, Google around before you email a specific question
  • Consider tipping (Paypal, Ko-Fi, Patreon) comic artists who are willing to help

Any educator who needs resources for teaching comics, please feel free to email me

About me

I'm a comic artist and illustrator with an MFA in Sequential Art and a BA in Fine Art.  My Master's thesis explored how the comic page layout affects a reader's comprehension and focused mainly on younger readers.  While working on my thesis, I became convinced that comics were a perfect medium for readers of all ages, particularly younger readers and struggling readers.  Many teachers and librarians at the time believed that comics hindered reading, but even then, there was sufficient research that proved the opposite- comics are an excellent addition to picture and prose books and reinforce not only reading skills, but also social and spatial skills.  This research inspired me to pursue kidlit comics as my focus, and my comic, 7" Kara, combines beautiful watercolor art (reminiscent of children's picture books) with comic craft.  Now I spend my time teaching comic workshops, leading comic community ed classes, and creating kidlit comics.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Summer 2019 Making Comics Class

I'm offering another round of Making Comics, my six week comic class through Nashville Community Ed, this Summer.  This one is special- I've listened to your requests, and am offering Making Comics at a special timeslot more accessible to teens and younger artists.

Making Comics is an affordable art class for all ages offered through Nashville Community Education.  For $69, you receive six weeks of comic instruction that covers everything from writing your comic story to basic figure drawing, creating backgrounds, laying out and assembling your comics, and ending with a zine exchange!

This is a great opportunity to get started on your own comic project or a great summer class for an arty teenager!  Each class runs for 2 hours, allowing for plenty of individualized critique and encouragement.

  • It's $69 for all six classes (so about $10 and some change per class) 
  • Classes is 2-4PM  on Tuesdays at the Cohn School in Room 112
  • Classes begin July 9th and end August 13th  
  • Class ends with a minicomic and zine exchange.
  • You can register through Nashville Community Ed here.
  • NCE now has scholarships available!  Learn more
  • Anyone 16 and older can take the class with parental consent, anyone 13 and older can take class if a parent is also registered for Making Comics.
Making Comics 2019 Student Zines

If you've always wanted to learn how to make your own comics, or are interested in learning more about visual storytelling, Making Comics is a perfect introductory course designed to get you producing comics.  

Over six weeks, you'll learn
  • Scripting
  • Planning and Designing Characters
  • Environments
  • Drawing within the panel
  • The Comic Production Process
  • Traditional Inking Techniques
  • Assembling your printed comic into a mini

For students interested in a deeper dive, there are additional materials for the course from the instructor available online via blog posts and Youtube videos.

In past classes, Nashville Community Ed has provided

  • Sketchbooks
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Red and Blue leads
  • Graphite leads
  • Bristol board
  • Technical Pens
  • Brushpens
for students to use to make their own comics and zines.

I augmented this by bringing in loads of amazing art resources- zines, comics, how to draw reference books, printing out student bluelines, providing ink, brushes, and nibs during our inking demonstration, as well as laying out and printing minicomics and zines for the zine exchange. For Making Comics, I hope to offer the same range of materials and hope to improve the overall class experience by spending more time on demonstration, less time on explanation. For students interested in a deeper dive, I have resource lists, art books, and tutorials on hand to augment each class.

During this class we’re going to cover:
  • Storytelling and plot pacing
  • Scripting
  • Basic Human Anatomy for cartooning
  • An Introduction to perspective for backgrounds and environments
  • An Exploration of traditional inking materials

Students will have the opportunity to plot, plan, write, draw, ink, and assemble their own mini-comics and zines using materials provided by Nashville Community Ed, myself, or their personal tools of choice.

Even if you're already making comics, this class provides an excellent opportunity to meet other comic artists, create comics in a friendly setting, hone your skills, and seek critique.   Feel free to work at your own pace in a welcoming environment, or work along with the structure of the class.

Ok, so what can I expect?

  • Basic class materials- pencils, paper, pens- will be provided for you, but you're welcome to use whatever you're comfortable with!  
  • Instructor will provide brushes, nibs, inks, and various papers for students to experiment with
  • Expect to produce 8 pages of content- either a comic, a zine, or a combination of the two.  More is great, but we're aiming for 8 pages.
  • Expect to keep a sketchbook during class
  • Be prepared to share your work in class and online for feedback and comic/resource recommendations (if you are not comfortable doing this, please let me know.  You're still welcome, I'll just make a note not to ask you to share your work in class)
  • Access to a large library of zines, comics, and art resource books available to borrow
  • Instructor (me!) will handle printing materials, so you don't need access to a printer, but access to a scanner will be helpful.  No scanner?  Let me know- we can arrange something
  • Class ends with a Zine exchange- myself and NCE are still discussing how we'd like to handle our THIRD! zine exchange together.
  • Join the Nashville comic/zine community- students stay in contact after class has ended

The Zine Exchange

Zine Exchange, Spring 2019, hosted by The Groove

After our six weeks together, we celebrate all the hard work with a Zine Exchange!  Every semester, we've done something special to celebrate completing our zines and minicomics.  Every student who completes a zine or minicomic will receive copies to exchange with their classmates and take home to share!  Friends and family are encouraged to attend and help us celebrate!  

Not an artist?  Fear not--this class is geared to be useful for beginners as well as more experienced artists.  If you need additional help or resources, I’m available via email during the semester, and there’s a Facebook group to facilitate critique and growth during and even after class. Classes are recorded and uploaded to Youtube, then shared with students after class, in case anyone missed class, or missed some of the material covered.

About Me
I hold an MFA in comics from SCAD, have almost a decade of experience teaching comics in classes, workshops, panels, over Youtube, and through my blog, have made comics for over two decades, and have work in nearly a dozen anthologies.  I've self-published the first volume of my watercolor comic, self-distributed it, released it as a webcomic, and am working on finishing up the second volume for a Kickstarter release, and make new zines every year as part of my Inktober project. You might know me from Nashville-area comic cons such as MTAC, Handmade and Bound, or some of the local library shows.  I've taught comic workshops all over the country, and hope to continue to share my love and enthusiasm for this medium with Nashville.

My work:
7" Kara- my watercolor webcomic

This class is a continuation of Making Comics and Making Comics and Zines, classes offered through Nashville Community Ed in the past. If you're interested in viewing last semester's class materials, or have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me via email. Registration for Making Comics is still open!

Low on funds but want to apply?  NCE has scholarships available

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Louisiana Comic Classes

All classes taught through the St Charles Parish Library are free to the public!

Writing Comics

Tuesday, June 25th

Do you have a story to tell?  This class will help you develop your concept into a comic script, ready to illustrate!  If you're working on a project, feel free to bring it!

St Rose Branch of St Charles Parish Library
All ages welcome, children under 13 with parental supervision

From Stick to Figure- Drawing People

Wednesday, June 26th

Can you draw a stick figure?  Are you ready to take your figure drawing to the next level?  This fun, interactive art class will help you take the skills you already have (drawing awesome stick figures) and level up into drawing people for comics and illustrations!

Norco Branch of the St Charles Parish Library
All ages welcome, children under 13 with parental supervision

Manga Madness- How to Draw Anime Inspired Characters  

Thursday, June 27th

Develop your own manga inspired style in this fun workshop!  We're going to talk about the elements of style, what makes manga unique, and talk about the vast array of artstyles that fall under the manga umbrella.  Make sure you bring your sketchbook and examples of your art, and be prepared to talk about your favorite manga artists!

East Regional Library
All ages welcome, children under 13 with parental supervision

Inking Comics 

Saturday, June 29th

Learn how to use technical pens, brush pens, brushes, and dip pens in this fun hands on class!  Ink your own art, or practice with the provided exercises.  Note: This class can get messy, so wear your play clothes and prepare to get inky!

West Regional Library
All ages welcome, children under 13 with parental supervision

DIY Zines and Minicomics 

Tuesday, July 2nd

Learn the basics of assembling your own mini comic or zine, just in time for Destrehan Comic Con!  You don't have to be an artist to enjoy this class- zines can include everything from collage to found objects!

Paradis Branch of the St Charles Parish Library
All ages welcome, children under 13 with parental supervision

Make a MiniComic

Saturday, July 6th

In this Destrehan Comic Con workshop, you're going to learn a magic trick- how to turn a single sheet of plain paper into an eight page mini comic that you can copy and trade!

At the Destrehan Comic Con
East Regional Library
All ages welcome!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

1 Million Views Giveaway Winner

Our Winner is: Donna VanGlad (ArtDamnit)

Our Giveaway Announcement Stream:

We want to thank everyone who's entered our giveaway!  So many of you REALLY wanted to win- I know because I received so many DM's and emails asking me to select themselves as the winner.  But this contest was as fair as possible, so King Sumo randomly selected our winner.  I'll make it more clear in the future that sharing the giveaway with others will increase your chance to win more than emailing me personally.  The massive response to this giveaway serves as inspiration for future giveaways, so if you didn't win this time, keep an eye out for more giveaway opportunities. And we sent some goodies to those who didn't win as well.

We did want to give a special shout out to Gwen Mahachi for referring a whopping 54 additional entrants to the giveaway!  That's amazing!

Monday, June 03, 2019

Nashville Class: Coloring Flowers with Copic

Sunday, June 9th: Coloring Flowers with Copic

Learn how to use alcohol markers for beautiful botanicals!  Alcohol markers pack a color punch—the vivid, brilliant colors are perfect for rendering flowers and foliage.  In this afternoon class, we're going to talk about techniques for creating depth of color, rendering dewdrops, and illustrating lush florals.

June 9th, 1-4PM
$25, all supplies provided.
Ages 13 and up

In this class, we're going to cover the basics of sketching and inking flowers, working from reference and color selection, and watercolor applied over alcohol markers.

Come color along!  Materials, including reference, are provided, but you are invited to bring your own preferred alcohol markers, watercolors, or photo reference!

To register, you can call the Nashville PlaZa at 615-254-3368 and select extension 4, or you can email

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Affordable Adobe Alternatives for Illustrators

A while ago, I wrote this list of free or inexpensive software options.

It's time to revisit the list, and evaluate alternatives to Adobe!  The list provided is NOT exhaustive, but several options available will undoubtedly be useful in the long term for creatives looking to escape Adobe's ecosystem.
If you are unfamiliar with what's going on with Adobe, and why you may not want to use other options, read this article.

Several of these software options listed are able to perform other tasks than what they are listed under -- however, they are not
Please read the Terms of Service or End User License Agreement for products or services you are interested in to ensure that the terms are not exploitative.

Please visit the product pages for detailed software information, exact pricing, and to see if it will meet your needs.
Neither I nor the Nattosoup Studio Blog are associated with these software vendors in any way, and do not see any sort of fees for recommendations made here.

Some information has been sourced from EverBlue_Comic's helpful Patreon Post.

General Image Editing

Testing resizing in Affinity Photo

Vector Editors

Illustration/Drawing Software

Drawn in Paint Tool SAI 2 Preview 2019.05.21

PDF Creation

Fiddling with an already-created PDF in Affinity Publisher Public Beta
There are, of course, other options out there for illustration, image or vector editing, and desktop publishing... But many of them exceed the cost of the options here.

Do your research! Evaluate your needs! Look at what's available!

Go forth and create!

If you like my art, and wanna see more of it, you can find my resources at Shooting Stars, or read my comic Linked.

Monday, May 27, 2019

1 Million Views Art Supply GIveaway

To celebrate getting over 1 million views on the Nattosoup YouTube channel, I've purchased and carefully curated an amazing selection of goodies designed to get you pumped up about making art and playing around with traditional art supplies!

I'm giving away:
  • 24 Marker set of Blick Studio Brush Markers
  • 6 additional Blick Studio Brush Markers in skintones
  • 1 Blick Studio Brush Blender Marker
  • 3-pack of Sakura Pigma Professional waterproof and marker proof brushpens (FB, MB, BB)
  • 12 pan set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi
  • 8 Piece set of the Reddot Design Award winning Lyra Colorstripe color pencils
  • Pack of Hara Peco Seal Bento Stickers
  • Pack of Bento Box paper flags
In case you were wondering, that's over $100 worth of pure art supply gold.

This represents a few of my favorite things we've done here on this blog and on the celebrated Youtube channel. I've spent hundreds of hours reviewing awesome sleeper brands of markers like my favorite, Blick Studio Brush Markers. I've demonstrated awesome inking techniques for watercolor and marker. I've unboxed fun subscription boxes like Artsnacks, Sketchbox, and, and I've explored art supplies from around the world.

This giveaway lets me put what I've learned into a tight package you can use to make amazing art, but also allows me to invite you to join my behind-the-scenes mailing list, Artnerds Unite, where I talk about my drive to create art learning resources, get into the nitty-gritty of the blog and YouTube, and just share some of my experiences as a teaching artist.

So help spread the word about the giveaway (it gives you more entries!) and join me on my next endeavors to create free, practical art resources for the working artist or hobbyist.