Here's something I made recently and I can actually show it to you. Making books is so much fun to me!
Oh, great! Yeah, well, to answer your question, I've been working on basically 3 projects lately that have rather taken me off "the grid." Project #1 was a class on making journals and some basic drawing techniques for women. This was a new experience for me in that I've never really taught grown-ups, lol! I really enjoyed it though!
Project #2: TBA.....if it happens......this is a HUGE-mongous project that is related to art, bu-u-u-ut.....different than me drawing things. If it happens.....when the time is right...I'll share more info. If not, well, I guess I won't.
Project #3: Another secret project for now. This one is a set of illustrations for a thing.
Also, on the sidelines.....regular life....still teaching Jr. High & High School Drawing, re-working The Somewhat Adventures (possibly more on that later), prepping for art camps, and so on.
WOW. Yes, I know. Earth shattering, right?
I posted a few more of my Inktober (aka Dogtober) drawings on my sketchbook page.
That is all.
Inktober was so great for me last year! I actually posted ALL 31 DAYS!!!!!
Let me tell you, it gave me such a sense of accomplishment, guys! Forcing myself to draw daily and actually create a complete (NOT perfect by any means, but complete) physical piece of artwork was incredibly helpful to my growth as an artist. I strongly recommend it.
I'm posting my inktober drawings on my sketchbook page. There are currently 15. I'll post the rest later.
Click the doggy below to see them.
I have the privilege of teaching art camps during the summer. A couple of weeks ago, I taught a drawing camp for kids age 10-17. I'm always so proud of my students and how they far exceed my (and especially their own expectations)!
Here are some examples.................
So, you may be wondering why my lines in Somewhat Adventures are so.....un-straight...
Am I nervous or frightened every time I draw it? No.
Am I a bad artist? That remains to be seen, I suppose.
Well, I actually like the look. And it's different. Honestly, I don't completely know the answer, but, I do it on purpose, to be sure.
That's really all I have to say about that.
Have you seen the latest ADVENTURE??? Well, what are you waiting for?
Click the button below to teleport in...............................................
So, my "day job" is teaching art. Specifically drawing. Tomorrow, I am also substituting for my friend in her comp/lit classes! Right now, I don't make any money making my comics, so I still teach!
Don't get me wrong, I actually love teaching drawing to junior high & high school students, which is my usual gig.
But, anywho, I'm planning to post the next episode of Somewhat Adventures in just a bit.....once I finish posting grades and other teachery whatnot.
Thanks for tuning in.....if you have. If you didn't, I guess it doesn't matter because you didn't see this.
ANNNND below, you can see some work from some of my students who were in my drawing camp! This is our art gallery viewing which we have at the end of the week.....*sniff sniff* Proud teacher moment.....
-- yeah, just, color me.
STEP 3 in meh process: I add color. I make sure that ink has dried. If you don't know what I'm talkin' about then look at the previous step.
I use watercolor paint. Nothing fancy. I've tried a few different types of watercolors: squirtey-tubey kinds, liquidey kinds, and dry kinds in the nifty trays. Frankly, I prefer the dried palette kinds. Not necessarily Crayola, but like, the mid-range Hobby Lobby brand that has 24 colors. It works great and gives me the look I want for Somewhat Adventures. I like the color palette of this set and it doesn't break the bank......always a nice bonus.
I use a couple of round tip. soft (for watercolor) brushes. Again, not the absolute cheapest and not the most expensive. I use coupons and watch for sales, too. The sizes I use.....medium-ish to small-ish. Really, you just need to find what's comfortable and affordable and just overall works for YOU.
For Somewhat Adventures, I try not to get too mix-ey with it, so I can stay consistent throughout the story, more easily. It's a good practice to mix colors, at least a bit, rather than just applying one, flat color to an area. I actually do mix lightly, on the page. Then I can achieve some depth and harmony, buuuuut not too much complication.
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.
Hi! My name is Wendy. I'm an artist who lives in Florida. I like to draw goofy dogs using ink. I also create comics. I'm currently writing/rewriting and posting The Somewhat Adventures of Roland & Tom on this very website! WOOP!