But now I do. Tried using my iPad as a lightbox. Contrary to popular belief the iPad can’t do a lightbox. Maybe if you’re looking at slides, but who does that anymore? In a pinch it will work fine. But the real deal is so much better. This one is a little 8×12 so it’s perfect for most page size projects.
I’m willing to bet like most artists you test out pen after pen till you find one you like. If you’re also like me you finally find a pen you like only to find they don’t make it any more when you go back for more…. So I ended up frankenpenning my favorite pen together.
Here’s what it is.
I really like these two pen barrels. They feel good in my hand and I have one that’s skinny and one that’s a little fatter. Cause sometimes you just want to hold a fatter pen.
This in refill has a 1.0 mm point. It flows like a garden hose and the ink almost spills out if it. This makes for a very smooth sketching experience.
Since this pen maker won’t stock it regular office supplies stores I’ve had to resort to finding my own refills on line. I think I better order another batch just in case. This order was 50 which = 100 refills.
I do think I better order more. The ink flows so fast out of this pen. If I spend 3 hours sketching things I can totally drain the refill.
Check out how this brand caps their refills so they won’t dry out. I hope they continue to do this. Now they will last forever.
I’m not putting any links to my sources because I want them all to myself. So there!
Shouldn’t most art move you?
The other day sitting at the tracks waiting for the train to pass. My wife and I really enjoyed the art show that was flying by at 20 miles an hour.
This particular train had nearly every other car tagged with some kind of graffiti art. Some of the art seemed intentional while others were clearly graffiti. What I really enjoyed was was the difference in the cars and waiting to see what came next. I also noticed I didn’t mind waiting for the train. I was more entertained by is passing train cars than just being annoyed that I had to stop.
Could this be a new form of an art show hitting the road? Brands are buying ad placement on trucks, trains and planes, by skinning images and text over the whole vehicle. This could be a great way to get more artists working while helping to make industrial containers more visually appealing. Hey, maybe if the cars are placed in the right order a story could be told. Plus the entertainment level had some value for me even if it only serves the railroad company by giving me that moment to stop and smell the roses.
I never thought doodling was a waste of time, now I know why.
Don’t know about you but as an artist I always wonder who draws the pictures on blackboards and signage at your favorite hang outs. Today at Starbucks it was Amanda and she was kind enough to let me set up my Kodak Zi8 and video her while she worked. So here’s a quick look at how some of that art gets made. Nice job! It’s always fun to see someone working their craft.
Pardon the bumpy camera. It’s so small people didn’t see it sitting there.
Thanks Amanda and the DM of Starbucks for letting me shoot it. Just another reason I enjoy doing some of my creative thinking at Starbucks!