I wish I was a dragon. Some kind of library dragon.
PS. I like how on bigger snakes their coils are sort of fat and collapse into wrinkly oblong shapes. Everyone thinks snakes are sleek and elegant but have you ever SEEN a real snake?? They can be really pudgy is all I’m sayin’.
Gangster Beatrix Potter styles, yeah.
If you’re curious, the fountain pen I’m using is a Noodler Creaper Flex pen and I like it a lot! But I wish the ink would flow a bit faster. But also maybe the ink flowing slower (it’s not even that slow) is forcing me to consider my lines before I draw them and that seems like a good thing so maaaybe there is an important lesson for me to learn here.
I recently bought a fountain pen. Now I do a thing every day where I fill it with ink and then draw until the reservoir is empty. I like it better than trying to draw “x amount of hours” or “x number of drawings” per day. Just keep going until there’s no ink left. Sometimes the drawings are totally uninspired but every now and then something good crops up.
The important thing is to keep drawing I guess? Often the decent drawings don’t happen until after a couple pages of shit and a page of drawing my own toes out of desperation.
I bought a set of greyscale Mepxy markers at a con a while back. I’m not familiar with marker blending at all so it’s interesting! I thought they might be good for doing some greyscale comics.
I’m not sure why so many artists use markers to produce full colour work when watercolour is cheaper, more lightfast, gives you more options both in terms of colour mixing and techniques? But alchohol markers make a lot of sense for fast grayscale things since you only need a small set of markers and alcohol dries so quickly.
Lucky mooncats (Mooneki Neko??)! I think they turned out so cute. /chinhands
I keep seeing super cute ceramic lucky cats just…around… and I want them. I want them all. I saw an adorable one in Bangkok that instead of a cat was a bunny! I sort of wish I’d bought it now but I don’t really need a giant ceramic purely ornamental anything in my life.
A new Haku painting for the SMASH! Travelling Artbook 2014.
The Travelling Artbook gets passed around among Australian artists throughout the year and then auctioned off for charity at the SMASH! convention! Proceeds go to the Fred Hollows foundation. The Artbook’s been going for quite a few years now and raises a few hundred dollars each year! I wonder how much has been donated in total since it started?
This year the Travelling Artbook is taking mail-in submissions and there’s still time if you’d like to contribute your own art! Submissions have to be mailed by August 1st so that’s still a week and a half to get something sent off. :3c See link for more info. I hope a few people among my handful of followers can find time to send something in!