• Marking Making Part 3 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Inspiration,  Intuitive Art,  Life Musings

    Mark Making Part 3: Calligraphy Pens, Random Felt Tip Markers, and Other Such Things

    Calligraphy pens are one of those things I buy, thinking I’ll practice fancy hand lettering techniques, and yet I never really get around to it. I have this vague notion that, as someone who majored in graphic design, I should be obsessed with lettering and typography, but my interests have always focused on web design† and illustration. Typography is intriguing to me, but that isn’t a very high bar to jump: my curiosity can be peaked by pretty much any article on Wikipedia. It’s no wonder my calligraphy pens don’t see much mileage, if it was general curiosity that spurred me to buy them, rather than passion. I do like…

  • Marking Making Part 2 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Inspiration,  Intuitive Art

    Mark Making Part 2: Multicolored Paper and Gel Pens

    I love how white gel pen looks on tan paper. I think the first time I fell for the technique was watching Will Terrell’s sketchbook videos on YouTube. With my mark making project, as I became more comfortable, I began to seek out ways to experiment further – not just varying pens but also the paper. I have a bunch of multicolored card stock (you know, impulse buys when it’s on sale at JoAnne Fabrics….). Card stock is so smooth to draw on, much better than the cheap copy paper or the lighter sketching paper I used for some of the other mark-making sheets. It has a satisfying paper weight.…

  • Marking Making Part 1 title card, with supplies and drawings arranged in flat lay photo
    Drawing,  Inspiration,  Intuitive Art

    Mark Making Part 1: Markers and Fineliners

    There is such a delicate balance between making art and then having time to scan/edit/crop and write about it.  And also the balance between making art and having time to watch more Sailor Moon, which is another way I’ve been filling my time (on episode 23 of… 200 ^_^”). But hey, look! I came up with a project for myself a couple months ago, and it’s been going pretty well in terms of finding time to work on it. And it’s *gasp* enjoyable! Back in February, I had this idea to start a “mark making” project. I was inspired by a suggestion in the book Once Upon a Colorful Canvas†.…

  • A photo of my scanner and art file folders
    Digital Painting,  Drawing,  Intuitive Art,  Life Musings,  Sketchbooks

    Misc art update

    My sinuses feel like a million bees having a rave in my face. It’s not a happy rave. In spite of that, I want to post a bunch of art because I made it and it makes me sad when I don’t share my work. It’s a pretty random collection of art from (mostly) the last couple weeks, with an old drawing from Winter Solstice thrown into the mix.