Sunday, January 30, 2011


So here's Satellite, a little comic I slaved over for SCAD's upcoming anthology.  The theme is 'travel', and I figured that imaginary travel is still travel.  My original story idea was about pirates, but that's being done for Duncan's class (look forward to Ahoy!).
I'd wanted to do the daydream sequences in inkwash, but realized that inkwash would melt the gouache I'd made corrections with.  I'd tried my warm gray Copics and it made the corrections SUPER obvious, and I realized that toning was not in the cards. 

I am all abou that first page, but lukewarm about the second.  I feel like I probably crammed too many places into that page.  I also feel like I could have used more 'gray' (crosshatching and contour lines) to make it easier to read.  I'm currently in this awkward place between indie and manga, so of course, some of my early efforts are going to be ugly.  This would've been a lot cleaner if I'd done it digitally, but I'm trying to really hone my traditional skills.  The text is Letteromatic! a Blambot font, and I used tech pens and a brushpen. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Deconstruction Comic for Duncan's 701 Class

Supposedly this is me in a nutshell.  Critique's next class.  My lettering could use a lot of work, its hard to read and spindly.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Watercolor Supplies

I don't really have a very sophisticated watercolor set, I mostly rely on a Cotman travel set augmented with an extended palette put together piecemeal while I was in Japan and a few tube watercolors.  When asked what I recommend, I usually suggest starting with a decently priced travel set- children's sets, while inexpensive, usually perform badly and discourage beginning users, and its intimidating to try and put together a set from individual tubes and pans.  A travel set will cover your bases, and you can always buy colors as you need them.
My travel set, fully deployed.  I never use the mini brush.

Color swatches for comparison.
There's only one overlap between the sets (they were purchased independently, and each pan of the auxilary set was picked by me), and that's the Aliz. crimson.

I've noticed a lot of other artists who utilize watercolors like this palette.  I really like it, but I use it on flat surfaces, I'd never trust it not to buckle.

When I mix washes, I really like using little porcelain ramekins:
A  plus side to this is that unlike plastic palettes, they don't stain.
The very last brush I use to apply black (or white) gouache after the watercolor has dried.  None of these brushes are fancy, most of them came from Michael's.
My collection of tubes.  I could probably do with more yellow and green.  It's only meant to augment my travel set.
My tubes of gouache.

Watercolor pencils, which I rarely use.