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 "hey, you're 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. I'm going to do this!
Someday when I have the $$$, I'm going to set myself up with a decent camera and go live online with some drawing and materials demos. This YouTube video below is of me working on a project and chatting with my friend Mike. I just pointed the screen on my laptop downward and went live on YouTube using the laptop's camera. To read and respond to Mike's comments I had my phone next to me. That was cool but I want to take it to the next level.
My main tools for the Trippy The Duck Star Pope strip have been 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 at last! I received my stack of MORTIMER MEGAZINE VOL. 2, MUSHROOMS AND FUNGI in the mail today and this one's production and everybody's art is beautiful, hilarious and possibly toxic if ingested in large amounts. So KNOW YOUR ART before grabbing it and consuming it! I am honored to have been invited to contribute once again and be included among so many excellent northwest artists!
If anyone wants a copy ($12), message me and I'll give you my PayPal information. Sorry, this cannot be combined with any "cart" items. The t-shirts and mugs displayed on my home page come from a warehouse while these zines are stacked up here in my studio. However, through the rest of 2021, anyone who PayPals me $12.00 will also receive a free copy of Mortimer Field Guide No.1 CREATURES AND CRYPTIDS while I still have extras. And shipping is free IF you're in the U.S. Sorry, if you live outside the continental U.S. I'll have to tack on whatever the shipping cost to your part of the globe is.
My good friend Robin Henkel composed music inspired by two of my characters, Trippy The Duck and Jen L.
Listen to the uploads on Soundcloud by clicking the links:
I loved listening to this. I found it inspiring and I have a feeling I will be listening to it several more times.