Want to buy my art prints?

My Society6 store

My online store account for art prints.

LINKS FOR CREATIVES:

Society6- Online gallery and store for artists

AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts

Jakprints - Print & Apparel company in Cleveland, OH

Creative Commons

Society of Digital Artists

Mischief- freeform sketching app

Clip Studio Paint- Manga creation app

Wacom, Inc.-Tablet manufacturer

Sketchbook Pro- drawing app

Moleskine-Sketchbook company

INSPIRATION:

Abhishek Singh- Illustrator

Phoenix Tree Publishing-Cullen Nolan

Hi Fructose magazine

Shawn Barber - Artist

The Marquis by Guy Davis

Audrey Kawasaki - Illustrator

Katsuhiro Otomo - Illustrator

Katsuya Terada - Illustrator

Jean "Moebius" Giraud - Illustrator

Roberto Ferri - Fine artist

Yoshitaka Amano - Illustrator

Tomer Hanuka - Illustrator

Back to Frank Black- Millennium fan site

FENCING:

Vermont Fencing Alliance- Fencing club site

United States Fencing Association-National HQ

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Friday
Sep292017

The Long Summer Is Over And A New Pen

Summer has come and gone which has kept me away from this blog due to other personal things and getting another car to replace the old one. But also the heat which truly tested the creative juices to no end and doing what I can to stay busy. 

Nevertheless, the cold wave has arrived to such glee and I'm all for it. But winter is where my creative energy shoots through the roof. Perhaps not all creative people are wired in similar fashion and have their own energy flow at different times of the day. Or year. 

Now that October, or should I say Halloween, is so close by, I decided to show a small update of a great fountain pen I just bought and love the line art came out as seen on my Instagram page.

Below is a photo of the fountain pen up close with the new refills I ordered recently that should last me a year or so. The ink it uses is smooth and does well for hand writing on fine paper or notebooks. But I would suggest using a notebook with thick paper to prevent any spidering or bleeding of the page. It does interact nicely with a sketchbook but as long as it is smooth textured without the tooth, so that there's no accumulation of paper on the tip of the quill. 

The pen works beautifully with the cartridge reload and is comfortable to hold. I find it addictive to sketch with it producing crisp lines of spontaneity. It's really worth checking out the Ooly pen at ooly.com. 

On another note, I may be moving my site to a version 7 engine, from the old one, on Squarespace so it will have a different look slightly but more mobile ready. I'm also considering keeping the blog down to a minimum with a new focus on illustration and storyboard work in the near future. So, keep an eye out for future changes.

 

Ooly fountain pen

Sunday
Feb142016

Best pen I've used in a long time

I've been experimenting with a gel pen with varying degrees of results and surprisingly, it has lasted me about a couple of months. Actually, two of them with different point sizes. The Pilot G-Tec pen, so far, has shown some really good results on my sketchbook that has'nt failed me. 

This is what the pen looks like:

Pilot G-Tec-C4 in black inkThe actual tip of the pen in close up viewSure, anyone could use the old school Rapidograph pen set with different line quality but the maintenance is time consuming if one is not careful. The ink would certainly appear darker and dry up quickly. Especially with the thick paper surface of the moleskine. And just to show an example of what I've done with the pens.

A drawing of Halstatt, AustriaDrawing of Graz, AustriaDrawing of the Archangel statue

I think these pens are actually great for visual exercises and creating line texture to build form. But also in that sense, it adds a level of raw energy to the image. It would'nt come to a surprise to me if the pens actually find resistance on softer or fragile paper surfaces, even watercolor paper. In my experience, it's usually the hot or cold press surface paper or illustration board that does a better job in letting the ink flow. 

All in all, I'm really satisfied with the pens but will continue to experiment more in the future.