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Sea dragon

I have been a bit busy with school lately, but I finally managed to finish some art. I´ve always had a love for fantasy creatures, especially dragons.

This is a drawing made using Photoshop and a tablet. I don´t tend to finish my digital drawings, so I have a ton that´s stuck at the sketching stage. But I tried out a different technique with this one, and it went a lot easier.

There are a lot of advantages to working digitally, especially since I really don´t have any decent working space at the moment. But I always found it to be a bit awkward, and my work would end up looking lifeless and stiff. Maybe it still does. I tried to be less exact this time though. Instead of doing what I usually do and work on lots of different layers on a complicated sketch where every piece is carefully painted with base colours before I move on. Here, the sketch was very rough and the shapes and details were developed along the way.

I´ve had some trouble with the contrast here, as well as deciding how light to go with the colours. Since what I see on my screen might not be what it looks like to others. I do think my screen does a decent job, but maybe it´s in need of some adjustment. What do you think?

3D dragon

I enjoy a lot of different mediums when it comes to creating art, and always want to try new things. So when i stumbled upon the free 3D sculpting software Sculptris, of course I needed to do something with it.

Sculptris is provided by the same company who makes ZBrush. Of course, Sculptris doesn´t have the same functionality. But then again, it doesn´t set you back almost 700$ either. And it´s lots  of fun to play around with. It´s also easy to get started with it, which is nice.

I have done some stuff in 3D before, but mainly in Blender. Which is also a great and free program, but not really the same thing. In many situations, it´s probably easier to start in blender and make a rough base. This base can then be moved into Scupltris where it can be refined. Then it can be moved back into Blender to be animated. I´m also thinking about if the stuff created using this program can have some other use, other than just looking nice. Maybe the models could be used as references for drawings, as an example.

I will probably make more stuff like this in the future, if i find the time.

More markers

MarkersI recently got myself a few more of the promarkers I wrote about here. This time i bought two sets of 12. It was a good deal, and easier than picking out single pens. Last time I tried to pick the colors by myself I ordered what i thought was a light yellow, but it turned out to be more of a pale lime.

Even though i mentioned in my other post that i found the brush nib of the flexmarkers easier to use, I still went with promarkers this time. Mostly because I have found the flexmarkers to have some problems with the quality of the pen itself. I had a few markers dry up without any obvious reason. And when I try to take the cap of, the rest of the pen tends to come apart as well. It´s a shame, because otherwise it´s a really nice product. The quality of the promarkers is solid, on the other hand. They also work perfectly well for what I´m doing at this point.

Dragon

I tried my new collection out on the picture to the right. Sadly, the colors are not quite right in the photo. The extra colors and a few tips from people around the web made blending with markers a lot easier. While I did have the blender at hand, I didn´t use it a here. It´s mostly a way to soften edges when i work to slowly. The blender is also useful for fading colors to white. Like always, I learned a lot while i was working on this. So there are plenty of things that would have been done in a different way today. But I enjoyed working on it.

Something I started doing recently is to use colored pencils on top of my marker works. That way I can compensate for my smaller range of colors and poor blending. It´s a very nice and easy way to add some more detail and shading to a work. This piece is mostly markers though.

Blending is in my opinion easier with the brush nib then with the bullet nib of the promarker. But recently, I have actually been using the chisel nib the most. It allows you to get more ink out, wich means it stays wet for longer. This makes it a lot easier to blend. Also, for my recent adventures in abstract art the nibs of the promarkers have been quite useful. I mostly go for flat colors there anyway. You might see this in a later post.

What do you think about markers?

Art supplies addiction: Promarkers and flexmarkes

Hello everyone. I´ve been away from blogging for to long now. Schools been eating all my time, and free time has been a very rare thing. But now things are slowing down a bit, at least for now. I have so many things to catch up on here, so let’s get started!

Even though my art skills might be lacking, art supplies are still a bit of an obsession. So I decided to share my thoughts on some of them with you all. It will become a series of sorts i guess. Note that this is just my personal opinions, not anything official. And I´m just a humble newbie.

I recently started to take interest in makers, after seeing them being used in school. Since the different markers from british letraset seemed to offer a good balance between price and quality, I decided to get some promarkers and flexmarkers. These also had the advantage of being easy to find here in Sweden.

Both markers an alcohol based, and work very well together. The main difference between them is that the flexmarker has a brush tip in one end, while the promarker has a bullet nib. I find the brush to be easier to use personally, but they both have their uses.

Markers was fun, but quite different from what I´m used to. You need to work fast with these things, as they mostly blend when wet. I think the paper used can have some influence here. They also tend to bleed, so be aware of that.

Since I wanted to try both promarkers and the newer flexmarkers I decided not to buy a set. I failed a bit at picking out the colors tough. Light colors are easier to blend, and the markers can also be layered to create a darker shade. So I advice everyone else interested in markers to start with light shades. Going for more similar colors would likely help as well.

I bought a blender for myself while I was at it. I have yet to really figure it out though. But I´ve only had the markers for a day, so I guess there´s no rush. The blender is basically a colourless markers, used to blend and lighten colors. It tends to leave ugly spots and edges for me, but can be used for some nice texture. Like scales for dragons. Maybe a blender with a brush tip would be better.

If you are sensitive, the smell of the alcohol based markers could be a problem. I tend to work near open windows personally.

Despite being a bit tricky to use, the markers where fun. I will definitely expand my set a bit in the near future to get some shades that work a bit better together. I see a lot of use for this medium:)

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