#466

Tiny bottles in the mail! Yaaay!

I bought these online to make some things out of. They are small and light, so will make great necklaces. They came with little eye screws, so attaching them to things will be easier, as long as the corks are glued in well.

Another package arrived with a 2mm mechanical pencil that I’ve wanted for ages. I hadn’t gotten around to buying it in the art shop, so I decided to get one online. It worked out cheaper, so that’s good. It’s smooth, dark and solid so will be great for drawing. It also came with twelve refill leads so I might never need more. No matter how much I draw, I hardly ever use up pencils, as I have so many, they each share the load, evening it out.

While watching drawing videos, this week, I saw someone lining their drawings with coloured ink and a brush, which urged me to try the same. The only coloured ink I could find was some old calligraphy ink in red and turquoise, which had come in a magazine set. As it turns out, these inks were water soluble, meaning they reactivate and bleed when water comes into contact with it. This was a small issue, as I wanted to use watercolours on the pictures, but I used this to my advantage, incorporating the blue into my design of the mermaid above. I wanted to draw a mermaid at some point this month, as in the drawing community online, May is known as Mermaid, and is the time to draw them. I’m not crazy enough to draw one every day in the month, like many others do, so one is enough for now.  Perhaps I’ll put some waterproof coloured ink on my list of things to buy one day. My mermaid isn’t quite finished yet, and the photos are more green than the piece is, but I like it so far.

Keep swimming, my fishies.

#464

I got mail! Yay!

I know I’ve been a bit absent from here and Twitch streams for the last couple of weeks. This is partly because I’ve been sore (nothing new or unusual about that) and I’ve also been working on my website and coding some more random prompt generators over at RaspberrySheep.com. It’s still under construction, but it has some working parts and links, so feel free to have a look. If it’s broken, I’ve likely been trying something new.

As for the mail I received, I bought some things from eBay last fortnight, so they’re arriving slowly. First thing that arrived was my Touchfive markers.

The Touchfive markers are an alcohol based marker, like the Copic markers, but a fraction of the cost. I only bought the set of 40 markers to see how I liked them, but there’s 168 markers in the full set, which I will be buying soon. I was very pleased with the quality of these markers, considering the cheapness of them. At approximately 50 cents per marker (compared to 7 dollars for Copics,) they not only have great colours, but I’m not as worried about using up the ink. The pens are dual ended, with a chisel tip and a bullet nib, and have been said to run out of ink quicker, as the flow of ink is faster than other alcohol based markers. This is not a flaw in my opinion, as there is better coverage in the first application of colour, and with the price, you could replace the marker fourteen times to match one Copic marker.

To try out these markers, I have been drawing on label paper to make my own stickers. The bullet nib makes small pictures fairly tricky, but I have been trying out colouring before inking the image. This was mainly to avoid issues with the ink smudging, but this allows some room for correction, as you can modify the line based on how the colouring goes.

The other item I received this week was a spirograph. Most of you will recognise these, and they are returning in popularity lately in force. Unfortunately the official brand name kit is about twenty dollars, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend that much on it, so I bought a cheap one for three dollars online. As fun as it is, I am way out of practice and my spirals are inconsistent. It’s very hard to hold the large piece in place, as my hands cramp before i finish the pattern. I tried some bluetack, but it lifted and the circle snuck underneath the stencil. I found ballpoint pens to work the best, and luckily, I had a few colours to try out. These would make cool designs to put on cards and making patterned paper. I keep forgetting which holes on which circles make which designs, so hopefully I can come up with a diagram to remind me, as the kit didn’t have any helpful information. All trial and error I guess. 

Now, go forth and try new things.

#423

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For some strange reason, I thought it would be a good idea to spend today stamping all my stamps out so that I could scan them into the computer. While I stand by the fact that this is a good idea, as I can see what stamps I have, colour them digitally, or print them out, this was a tricky task.
While I did get into a good rhythm, I had to sift through my piles of crudely sorted stamps to attempt to group together themes. In the end, I only stamped two pages before needing a nap. There was a distinct lack of space where I chose to work, and the wet cushions from spilling my drink limited the space even more. I was stamping them all into marker paper, using Memento Tuxedo black ink, so I could colour and cut out the designs for future cards.
While I had the stamps out, I stamped a couple onto watercolour paper, so I could play with my paints, which I ended up doing this evening. These stamps have so many details that it’s hard to know what is petals or leaves, and which flower each belongs to, so it takes some thinking. I’ll probably add a bit more shading, especially in the pink roses, as they blend into each other, so adding more depth might help.
I’d better get some beauty sleep before tomorrows stream- I definitely need a lot… after I’ve checked all my phone games.

#421

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Drawing more drawings.
I bought a new Copic Multiliner SP, which means it’s a refillable, waterproof, Copic proof pen. I bought the .25 mm size, which is quite a nice size. I intend to buy a smaller one at a later time, but I wanted to test out one first.
Being refillable, I’m not too worried about using up the ink as I am with normal pens, despite this ink would probably be more expensive than the pens I was using. It is worth it to have some reliable ink, that won’t run when liquid touches it, though.

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I did take the opportunity to redraw a picture that I did a couple of years ago. You might remember it from this blog. I don’t blame you if you don’t – there’s a lot on here by now. But I liked the idea, but the pose and drawing needed an update, and I needed an idea to try out my new pen with watercolours. I have to scan in the image before I get to colouring, as I like to do- just in case I mess it up, or want to try something different in the future.

Keep Creative, and Flock the Planet!

#417

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Frixion pens by Pilot came out a few years ago, and was marketed as an erasable pen, which was pretty cool, especially for inking drawings, and things. Back then there were only a couple of colours, bit now there are so many types. We stopped using these pens after discovering that once the pen passed through a laminating machine, the ink disappeared, though we weren’t sure why at the time. The other day, I had this video pop up in my YouTube feed, and had to go out and buy another frixion pen, and use it for this great technique. It turns out that it was heat that erased the pen (usually the heat caused by friction- thus the name.) So, following the video, the technique worked perfectly, and it’s nice being able to sketch out in pen, and not worry about it ruining everything, as it basically disappears after heated. There is a slight residue where the lines were, but if you use this to make a clean scan, that won’t matter. I’m not sure how it will work with markers and pencils over it, though. Pen Ink seems to work fine, though, as long as the frixion ink has dried.

Today, I have a YouTube channel spotlight in the form of DoodleDate.

I was resting my hands from drawing in preparation for tonight’s twitch stream, so I was watching a bunch of videos, and I love the idea of this channel. The couple who created the channel, Steph and Adam, are both illustrators, and they get together and have a time where they sit, talk, sometimes go out and eat at cafes and draw together. Luckily for us, they record these sessions, and watching them is lovely. Each one is unique and they often undertake art challenges, such as the three marker challenge, or swapping their pencil cases. I love the idea of a doodle date, and pitched it to my partner, who can draw, but doesn’t do it nearly enough, and he agreed to try it out. Now I can plan a nice indoor picnic, I think. It sounds fun.

Speaking of the stream, I’ve been working on some overlay images, as well as trying to get a cat cam to work. (The cats didn’t go near it all night.)
Starting of next Tuesday at 8pm Australian Central standard time, I will be streaming for 3 hours at twitch.tv/raspberrysheep just remember, Tuesday streams get a bit weird and there is swearing and frivolous activities, so if you’re looking for something nice and family friendly, do not come to that one. I will be making a nice one during the day (when all the weird people aren’t around) probably on a Friday. Hopefully that one will be a little more structured, and have more teaching, while being at an easier time for other countries to watch. I’d love to hear any questions or suggestions for lessons and let me know what you’d like to see on the stream.

Goodnight my sheepy peeps.

#412

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Today, I watched a chibi drawing tutorial by Yamio. She has the cutest voice, and adorable drawings, so I really like her YouTube channel. This tutorial is really good, especially as it teaches you to create chibi characters, but not as a step by step, but shows way that you can choose what you like and pick and mix to create your own style.
I attempted one, thinking about shapes and ‘beans’, but it seemed a little static, causing the second one to be super dynamic, which produced a nice doll-like figure.
I’m trying to come up with little pictures, so that I can practice inking with a dip pen, as an exercise. I’m drawing them on printer paper, so that I can put it on my diy light table (glass table with a lamp under it,) and easily see through the thin paper.
I’d like to create some colouring pages in this way. I can draw a bunch of separate doodles, and draw them into one piece on the light box. This also means I don’t have to worry about erasing pencil beneath the ink, which is always a gamble.
If you don’t have a light box or glass table, you can use a window, or stuck a battery torch into an upside down plastic box with a smooth base. Just keep an eye on the heat that might build. Previously, I have used a piece of glass between two chairs with a bedside lamp under it.
Arting is often 90% improvising.

#403

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Playing with ink this morning.
Just wanted to pass along a link to a YouTuber that I found, who I think is amazing. He has funny sketches, and awesome art as well as inspirational speeches and tips. I think he should get a load more likes and hopefully we can inspire him to make more videos.
You can find him here, at Dino Tomic on YouTube, and he has links to his social media there.
I really should get around to making some videos…