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Better late than never? Happy New Year to all my fellow yellows! #sketchdailies #centaur #pastel
Valentine cards are here!! Lotsa butts, as you would expect. Get them at store.cliochiang.com!
Opening up my print shop officially today!! The Valentines’ cards will follow on Wednesday. If you see anything you’d like as a print besides what’s there, please let me know! All come with a little moo card, very happy to be making those again.
Materials! Here are the things I use the most often:
Sketchbook: Stillman & Birn Gamma (I think 5.5x8.5”). It’s a nice cream-coloured paper, and takes even heavy watercolour washes beautifully. I don’t like their heavy covers, though, so I generally recover it myself with lighter chipboard (this one covered in leather for travel beat-ups), and also round the corners with a corner punch. On the right you can see what the cover usually looks like.
Onto my little zip bag of materials, and where to get such materials:
1. Jetstream 0.7mm ballpoint. I really like sketching and writing with this, even though it gets gloopy from time to time. Smooth and sexy, exactly what people look for in a ballpoint, right? Jetpens.
2. White uni-ball Signo - for pattern details, highlights, etc. Jetpens.
3. Pentel pigment brush in…medium? Small? I don’t remember. Nice, dark waterproof ink. Jetpens.
4. Col-erase, carmine or scarlet red. Most art stores carry this.
5. Pitt Oil-based pencil. Buttery, less smudgy with watercolours than regular graphite. I’ve only been able to find this one at Opus in Canada.
6. Tri-tone coloured pencil - I’ve only started using this recently, but I love the coloured line variations you get with this. Also harder to erase, so I use it to “ink” my col-erase drawings. Most craft/art stores seem to have this, too.
7. Watercolour paints (top two rows) - mostly Daniel Smiths now (WOW these are pigmented), a few W&N and Holbeins to finish, still. danielsmith.com
8. Gouache paints (bottom two rows) - M. Graham. I squeeze all of these out into little half pans and let them dry for transport. Two whites - one opaque one not so much. dickblick.com
9. Derwent Inktense blocks - broke these off to use as transportable ink from time to time. I don’t find myself using these often so I may remove them. dickblick.com
10. Small metal watercolour kit from Kremer Pigments. I’ve removed the middle metal thing that limits you to how many pans it can hold. Not a lot of mixing space but you can’t expect too much for how small it is. I also stuck magnetic tape on the bottom of the half pans to attach them to the palette.
11. Tiny bullet pencil sharpener. dickblick.com
12. Little flat-ish water container (probably originally for oil paints) I use to refill my brushes. Michael’s, art stores.
13. Mono eraser! I used to have to hoard these from Asia any chance I could. Now they’re everywhere.
14. Small Piston waterbrushes. These don’t hold a point super well and I’m always needing to refill, but I like the feel and they don’t constantly leak water like the nylon waterbrushes do. Blue Heron Arts
15. Global canvas pencil case to hold it all! dickblick.com
And of course I forgot to number my disgusting blotting tissue in the back there - I smuggle these from super nice restaurants whenever I get the chance, and they last for years!
And there you go - this kit is small and portable for me and I love it.
yadongomingusringus asked: i don't want to ask you anything, i just wanted to say that your raymaids are gorgeous and ingenious. why weren't these fantasized before mermaids?!
Thank you so much for the kind words! Actually, my raymaids were inspired by Toei animation’s 1975 version of The Little Mermaid. It had a “raymaid” sea witch that imprinted strongly on my squishy child brain… She had a sea snake/eel wrapped around her, was gigantic and terrifying and the little mermaid DIED making a deal with her.
These screenshots are from here!
Photos of a few recent sketches… Scans and prints coming soon!!
A girl a week, hopefully…! Pattern off a pillow found at Uluru.