Showing posts from May, 2017

Not Impressed - Body-chan/kun

I was really looking forward to getting the Body-kun/Body-chan figurines, but after trying poses and such for the last day I have to say: I'm not impressed.

Art Haul Tuesday!

The mail delivery was really good to me today with the arrival of not only the set of charcoal drawing tools from General's, but also my two Body Kun drawing figures.

Art Video of the Week - Glazing in Watercolour

Back to watercolour!

In this article, Steve Mitchell (A.K.A. The Mind of Watercolor) brings us a video on the topic of glazing.

Glazing is a well known, and heavily practiced, oil painting technique in which very thin washes of oil colour are stacked to create a deep and luminous look. This is also something that you can do with watercolour as it is already a thin and transparent medium.

As usual with Steve, he walks you through the concept with simple and easy to follow examples. However, I think the thing that I liked the most is his admonishment that this is a technique for the patient: you must let each layer dry before going to the next.

Anyways, give it a go! I don't have a sample from me, at this point, but it's to come. In the meanwhile, check out Steve's YouTube channel where you can find an absolute treasure trove of great tutorials on watercolour painting.

Art Video of the Week - Doodle to Learn

Doodle while you play! Doodle while you work! Heck, doodle when your hands would otherwise be idle!

Leonardo Perezneito has been a favourite of mine on Youtube for some time. So much so, that I started sponsoring him on Patreon a little while ago. I find his style and approach to be engaging, fun, and informative. So, check out his videos!

Today, though, I wanted to focus on one video in particular and that's the video on doodling. As Leonardo points out, the doodle is a great way to loosen up before getting "serious" about what you're going to do. As a hobbyist, my "serious" is still very loose and fun, but there is something to be said for just letting the hand wander over the essential form.

That brings me to the second point... Doodling allows you to just consider the basic forms of the subject rather than worrying about detail. You can just let the shape develop and not worry if you have done the eye correctly or if the mouth is realistic. Basically, i…

Ikea Saturday or How I redid my Space

So, my home office/studio is the front parlour of our house and when I "moved" into it from my previous basement location, I had kept some of the furniture we had in the room. That changed this weekend...

Art Video of the Week - Flat Washes

This week we're going to take a look at a good introductory video from the Watercolor Misfit entitled How to Paint the Perfect Flat Wash and it's part Carrie's introductory series on watercolour.

What I liked about it, in particular, was that she not only demonstrates the technique, but she describes the essential reasons as to why it works so well. Obviously, if your goal is to have variation in the wash, the technique isn't your go-to, but needless to say, I tried it:

So, to me, it worked like a charm. Simple and accurate, not even a "practice makes perfect" moment here, it just came together immediately. Now, of course, practice does make perfect when it comes to doing the wash in situations where it's not just an easily defined shape, but I think if you pay attention and go with a smooth hand, it will just work.

Art Haul: Rosemary & Co Sword Brushes

I've been fascinated with these brushes for a while now and so I finally broke down and bought the set of three from Rosemary & Co. in the UK. These are a handmade, sable-blend, brushes designed to enable lining in a more confident and controlled manner than those normally achieved by rigger brushes.

Art Video of the Week - Foggy Watercolours

This week I'm featuring How to Paint Fog with Watercolor by Deb Watson:

You should also check out her YouTube channel and her website for more info and art.

So, what did I like? The technique! Most fog/cloud techniques I've seen involve the use of tissue to lift off the paint to create the look, but this technique (with some dry brush activity) goes a different direction. I also liked the nice pace with the clear description of what she was doing each step of the way.

Now for my first attempt...

As always, practice, practice, practice. So, here's another go...

I think this technique works really well and is generally easy to pick up the essential concepts as a beginner. It just comes down to water control.

As small trivia note, it was this day, last year, that I did my first watercolour painting: