Step 2: I use my dip pen, crow quill, or whatever you'd like to call it, to add ink to my penciled lines. My current favorite is the Zig Manga Holder with Nibs that come separate. My current fave nib is the G-pen, as I love its ability to change line widths. *I ordered it from Dick Blick art supplies online. The holder is wooden and has a nice grip. Nibs can be stuck into the end and are just as easily removed.
Why a crow quill? Because I like the squidgedy, unpredictable lines it creates.
The type of ink I use is Daler-Rowney acrylic artist's ink in Payne's Grey. I usually just pick this up at my nearby Hobby Lobby (using the weekly 40% off coupon, of course). I also bought a pack of nifty little plastic containers there. You can see one in the photo. They're handy for putting some ink into and using that for dipping.
Why payne's grey acrylic ink? I don't completely know, except I do like the flexibility of being able to go lighter with it for other projects, but that it pretty much just looks black when used at regular concentration. But hey, you do you. There are lots of ink choices out there!
Finally, here's why I use the back of my watercolor paper: it is smoother for the inking part, but works well for my next step, too....................which I'll write about on another day!
*FYI, I do not receive anything if you click that link. It's just to help.
Every so often, I try to direct you to accomplished artists who have You Tube channels, websites, etc, which I've found to be helpful in my journey to improve in my craft as an artist.
An amazing artist I've recently discovered is SYCRA YASIN. He has tons of helpful tutorials which I've been watching every chance I get. He teaches practical ways of tackling difficult drawing obstacles, such as foreshortening, drawing dynamic poses, anatomy, and more!
Check out his YOU TUBE CHANNEL
I so appreciate the hard work he puts into his videos. This is like attending a terrific art school for free, guys!
Happy New Year!
A few posts ago, I mentioned I would explain my process....well, I know you've been waiting on the edge of your seat to know this critical information --
at long last, like it or not, here it is........
actually, if you don't like, ya' don't have to read it, right?
Step 1: After doing some preliminary sketches to decide how I might draw the next page/episode, I draw on the WRONG side of a piece of watercolor paper (I'll explain why, when I get to the appropriate step). Paper brand? Canson 140 lb.
I generally start out with an HB pencil - Kimberly/General's or Koh-in-Noor brands, OR sometimes just an ol' #2 Ticonderoga; okay, I essentially grab whatever pencil is nearby. Just something not too hard and not too soft, Goldilocks.
As I'm drawing, I think about what Roland would tend to say and do next and what he would look like saying and doing it.
Frankly, I'm often surprised at what happens, even if I've planned out the page. It's a funny thing that happens when a character takes on a life of his own. It's almost as if he's acting out the story for me.
Not that it's easy.
Okay, that's pretty much the first step. I know it doesn't seem like much, buuuut, that's what I do!
"Process, Part 2, will be coming soon -- *announcer voice* to a theater near you --"
or to my blog.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I had a lovely day hanging with my family and remembering the fact that Jesus came to earth as God in human form.....WHOA!!! Talk about mind-blowing!
Anyhoo, Roland overslept a bit this morning, but has now graced us with his presence on the R & T page.
You can click the pic below, if you're super tired and it'll transport you right to the next rivoting episode of.......
I think that one of the most prominent struggles in any artist's life is finding our style....our art identity, I suppose.
"Find your styyyllle."
"What's your styyyllle?"
"Style style styyyllle, style style style styyyyyllllle!"
As an art teacher to jr. high and high school students, I'm asked this question (or the discussion just kind of comes up) quite a bit. After working through this and finally coming out the other side (not that I've "arrived" by any stretch of the imagination), I truly think the only way to find your "style" is by creating -- drawing, painting, cutting, pasting, sculpting, whatever.....
Create and create and then create some more! Just enjoy it! Do not try to fit yourself into someone else's mold, either, except for copying (for purpose of improving, not stealing, of course).
Eventually, you will see it! You will know what you like and don't like -- what tools you prefer, what colors, what-whatever you prefer! Your art will have your unique quality. Even your lines will look a certain way.
Then, as you continue working, guess what? Your style will most likely change, at least a little, or maybe a lot, as you develop as an artist. That's okay! That's normal! You don't have to find one style and always stick with it. YOU ARE AN ARTIST. YOU CREATE. YOU GROW. YOU CHANGE.....
WAIT!? Doesn't that happen to all humans??? Oh yeah! I certainly hope so.
Ok, so go create something you'd like to create....something that brings you JOY!
Had enough of the turkey feast?
Well then.....get ready to feast upon an all new episode of Somewhat Adventures! TOMORROW!
Had NOT enough of the turkey feast?
Well....I really don't know what to do with you people, but you shall still feast upon Episode #4 of the Somewhat Adventures tomorrow, whether ya' like it or not!
We're truckin' right along with with Roland & Tom, guys!
I'm posting episodes on Tuesdays, normally; HOWEVER, since I will be unable to post next Tuesday, November 21st, I've gone ahead and posted EPISODE #3 NOOOOWWW!!!
I plan to resume my regular posting schedule on Tuesday, November 28th.
I created this in answer to a creative challenge on twitter #TurkeyloonDay
My Twitter-friend, Jon Esparza encouraged me to participate. He's been faithfully posting webcomics for quite some time now. Check out his Bubble Fox Comic!
The Somewhat Adventures of Roland and Tom, Ep-i-sode 2.....
is coming tomorroooow!
It ain't Stranger Things, but it is strange.
Me: That's right, you heard me.
You: Yes, I did hear you, but, what do you mean?
Me: Oh...*ahem*.....sorry. What I mean is that the first episode of the first volume of The Somewhat Adventures of Roland & Tom is going to be premiering soon......veeerrrry sooooon....
Me. All the rest is me:
What? I said I was going to post about me process? Yes, well, I sometimes always often change my mind sometimes.
So now 2, yes two, things have changed in my mind...and in reality......
One is that I'm going to take the plunge and start posting Roland comics from the Birthday Plans volume. The two is that I'm announcing it in this blog post and comics posts will happen on Twosdays, I mean Tuesdays.. The three......yes, I have changed my mind once again, even as I am typing.....the three is that I will post me process in the next post...or another.
I think it's more important to get things rollin' with Roland......
Hi! My name is Wendy. I'm an artist who lives in Florida. I'm currently creating a couple of Indie Comics. I plan to first share each as a web comic and hope to eventually publish them as graphic novels. This blog will be focusing on my journey through this process.