Showing posts from September, 2018

Playing with Derwent Graphitint

The Derwent Graphitint pencils are watersoluble coloured graphite similar, but not the same, as watercolour pencils. The tones in the Graphitint line tend to be muted, earthier, and seem best used where you're looking for colours to be less vibrant, but still rich in depth. The flower to the left is on cold pressed paper in one of my watercolour sketchbooks. Colours used are Aubergine, Green Grey, and Meadow.

Art Video Spotlight - Inktober 101

October is right around the corner and, with it, comes the annual art challenge of Inktober  that was created by Jake Parker. So, given that it is nearly upon us, I decided to feature this very detailed video by Myriam Tillson .

Art Video Spotlight - 7 Habits

Who doesn't like a "# habits of effective something" videos? Well, if you don't, skip on past, but I think this one is worth it. Given at BCON16, Andrew Price talks about the 7 habits of highly effective artists .

SketchBox - September 2018

This month features a trip back to water media, but this time it's preloaded brushes with water-based inks and a few additional goodies.

Vantablack and the Art World

By Surrey NanoSystems (Surrey NanoSystems) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons There is black and then there is BLACK. In the art world, there has been many ways to arrive at black, some are mixed, some are pure pigments, but when it comes to being truly black, none of them have reached the light-eating capabilities of Vantablack . Unfortunately, art meets selfishness when it comes to this black...

Art Video Spotlight - PanPastels with Brushes

PanPastels are a really great medium for quickly applying huge amounts of pigment on to a painting, but they do suffer a bit from a couple of challenges: precision details and the longevity of the Sofft tools.