Moleskine

Yikes! I haven’t posted in awhile! Anyways, my cousin Derrick and I are doing a Moleskine exchange. We started it around July.  I thought it would be a great art project for the both of us, plus it’ll get me to do more drawing. haha.  He lives down in Conneticut and is an amazing artist.  You can check out his flickr page here.

I’m almost done my 10 pages so I’ll be sending it out in about a week or so.  I put a preview of one of my drawings up there.  I’m not too sure yet if we are going to post the drawings online but keep checking back for updates.

Also, my brother got me a Cintiq 21ux! Can you believe that? I had it for almost a month now, I’m still learning to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.  I even got some books from the library to learn from. Maybe in a few months I’ll get good at it. =)  I’ll post up some pictures some time this week. So check back soon!

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I love my Reese Peanut Buttercups!

Ru Journal. Pencil Crayon and Ink.

I’ve only liked two kinds of chocolate bars, Reese and Oh! Henry.  Those were the only chocolate bars I ever reached for when I have a chocolate craving or when I needed an energy boost.  Also, I think it’s the biggest reason why I gained an extra 10lbs this year. haha.

The drawing was done using ink and pencil crayon using the continuous line technique.  If you do not know how or what a continuous line technique is it’s basically drawing without taking your pencil/pen away from the paper.

It’s really fun to do because it’s a great drawing exercise and you don’t have to make the drawing so perfect . Plus it looks great at the end.

Copic Markers – Using The Hand Color Chart

CopicMarker.com has a hand color chart on their website that you can print out.  So today, I want to show you guys how I use it for my Copic markers.

Materials: The paper that I use is the Bienfang Graphics 360 paper, it’s a thin translucent paper so it does not suck up too much ink from your marker. Some brands have the right side of the paper on the back so if you use the wrong side of the paper you get a more streakier and more translucent grainy effect.  But if you use the right side, you get a more blended effect (see below). You can use either side depending on your liking.

You will need scissors and double sided adhesive or any kind of tape or glue.

I used double sided adhesive tape for this example. I cut out a small piece of marker paper based on the size of the chart and put several small adhesive tape on the sides where I want the paper to be glued (see photo below).  I then place the marker paper on top of the adhesive and since the marker paper is translucent you can see through the paper (see second photo below).  I suggest using the same type of paper that you draw with instead of drawing on the chart that you printed out so that you get a better idea of how your colors will turn out.

For this chart I’m using the Original Copic Markers that I bought in a 36 set and I find that using the broad end of the marker is a lot easier to fill in the area of the chart.

When you have completed coloring in your chart, you then can use a black ink pen (for the lighter colors) and a white gel pen (for the darker colors) to fill in the names of the markers you colored in.


Then Voila! You got yourself a color chart!

You can have it on your wall or with you when you draw and if in the future you buy more Copic Markers you can then add them easily on your color chart.

If you have any suggestion or even better ideas on creating color charts for Copic Markers please leave a comment.

Link: Copic Colorchart download, CopicMarker Website

Mosh

This is a drawing that I did for the July ’08 Drawing Jam at the Drawing Board.  The model is Miss. Mosh from Deviantart.

You can see the original photo at the July 08′ Jam at the DrawingBoard or the deviantart page.

I wanted the drawing to look sort of like a fashion Illustration. I colored her dress using Faber Castell Pitt brush pen in red and embellished it with gold flowers and white highlights to give the dress some color. I purposely did not color in her skin and hair because I thought it would be too much. I then used Prismacolor colored pencil for the background.  After finishing the drawing I realized I wrote the date wrong, haha it should say ‘July’ oh well… lol.

Please check out her deviantart page there are alot of great photos!  I’m hoping they’ll do another Drawing Jam soon ‘cuz I had alot of fun with this one.

Link: Drawing Board – Drawing Jam O8‘, Miss. Mosh Deviantart Page

Finally, a new drawing!

Now that I’m back and finally settled in Calgary, I’ll try my best to post more often. So here’s a sketch that I did when I was in Rankin.

I never had the chance to finish it because of the move but I believe the model was from a Seventeen magazine, I’m not too sure.  I no longer have the reference photo of this model so I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it any time soon.

I haven’t done a pencil drawing for about ten years now, pretty long time huh? But I must say I did pretty good job for a person who hasn’t done a one in a long time.

I drew her hair in the very low light while watching a movie, that’s why the hair doesn’t look very realistic.  I had to use a Q-tip to blend because I couldn’t find my blending tool at that time and a kneaded eraser to do the highlights on the face, lips, and parts of her hair.  If I had known that you could use an eraser to do highlilghts when I was younger I think drawing portraits would have been a lot easier.

Link: Glamour Magazine Website

Apologies for the lack of entries.

I’ve been very busy the last couple of months since my last post.  We moved out of Rankin Inlet on the 3rd of July after the sudden passing of my grandfather (Sinforoso Deguzman) on the 29th of June in the Philippines.  My parents went to the funeral but my brother and I stayed behind in Calgary.  It has been tough but I know that my grandfather is in peace and is together with my grandmother and God in Heaven.

As of now, we are all here back home in Calgary.  I don’t know if we’ll go back to Rankin, but I will say it has been a great experience and I am very glad to have been able to serve the community and meet so many great people. “Qujannamiik” (“Thank you” in Inuktitut) to those who have been good to me and my family in our two and a half years of service in Rankin Inlet.

Back to sketching!

Second Cup Sketch, 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4″, Ru Journal.

Okay, so… today, I promised myself that I wouldn’t avoid my sketchbook any longer. I’ve been making WAY too many excuses not to sit down and draw something.

This sketchbook that I bought (well, it’s really meant as a journal) back in March, I’ve only filled up three pages over the past few months. Sad ain’t it? But starting today, I’ll be sketching out like crazy! Even if I can’t think of anything to draw, I will draw something!

The Ru Journal is by Xonex, it’s an A6 Blank Journal, 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4″, embossed Italian Paper, Latex infused for durability, 128 acid-free pages, elastic closure, and hidden storage pouch. I bought it at Chapters for around $10.00 CDN. It may not be a Moleskine, but I find it to be just as good for sketching. I also have another Ru Journal which I use for keeping notes. Highly Recommended! =)

UPDATE: I put a new image of the drawing. I finally have access to a scanner so now it looks a lot better! =)