I stumbled out of bed this morning and heated up water for instant coffee (instant coffee = instant human) and it occurred to me that lines are like people. They should either be interesting or they should stay out of the way but they're never perfect.
This is an especially thorough demonstration of the drypoint printmaking technique. I want to try this!
I'm live on Zoom every Wednesday at 5:00pm, with my friend Jay. We chat and draw and try to complete at least one drawing each, per session. Here's what I drew tonight. It measures 24" X 32".
I received a great camera and lighting system from a friend and thought I was set but now I'm discovering that something called an encoder is necessary to live stream. I'm researching encoders and telling myself I am learning new things instead of allowing myself to descend to my usual state where I feel I never progress and just take two steps backward for every one forward.
Some tools I've enjoyed using lately are two technical pens, sizes .5 and .35.
I had all but given up on tech pens but gave them another chance this time because dammit, I enjoy drawing with them...WHEN they don't clog up.
I'm trying Noodlers' Ink and it's working pretty well. It doesn't dry and set as fast as inks I'd used previously so it's a longer wait time before erasing pencil lines.
I've been drawing on Canson XL Mix Media paper only because it was already sitting on my desk. Yes, I can be THAT lazy. But the paper takes a fine ink line pretty well, so I continue using it.
It does break down and start to clog the pen tip with paper fibers if I work it too much.
If I know I am not going to get around to using a pen for at least four or five days or longer, I empty the ink out, clean it with 99% isopropyl alcohol, then fill the pen with roughly 80% distilled water + 20% isopropyl alcohol.
Stuck inside because you're snowed in? Make Valentines!
We got just under a foot of snow over the last two days and I drew this Valentine for my wife.
In an interview, Joseph Mugnaini once said a technique is a manner in which one takes advantage of his propensities and avoids his liabilities.
I am finding that simple comment very helpful lately as I struggle to finish artwork and avoid slowing down by going with what I'm good at and not trying to force myself at things I am not.
And here it is! MORTIMER MEGAZINE VOL. 2, MUSHROOMS AND FUNGI. This issue is exploding with an amazing variety of interpretations of this issue's theme, by the contributing artists. The work featured in this book might be overwhelming if ingested too quickly, in large amounts. So KNOW YOUR ART before grabbing it and consuming it!
My good friend Robin Henkel composed music inspired by two of my characters, Trippy The Duck and Jen L.
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