Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Friday, 9 February 2018
Monday, 5 February 2018
I don't know if anyone remembers my personal project that I started working on this time last year? Here is the blog post
Anyway I think I got sidetracked with skull-a-day, scrawlrbox and stock for the shop. I got these Copic Ciao pens for Christmas and was itching to use them so I attempted to draw my Macaw with them. I like the feathers on the wing but I don't think I did a good job on the rest lol.
I had fun using them and I like the result.
Friday, 2 February 2018
As January's box landed on the mat it marked one whole year of my Scrawlrbox subscription, 12 boxes in 12 months.
Searching in my blog using #scrawlrbox will find you all the individual blog posts with the boxes in.
So I was quite pleased with how many of the boxes I loved and which ones I didn't. I think there were only 2 boxes that I didn't like: May's Highlighter box and July's one which I felt was a random assortment of supplies that didn't really work together.
I absolutely loved June's Box of Chameleon pens, and any box that supplied a Pencil/graphite stick and a fine liner. I really enjoyed Feb's Acrylics, March's Pastels and September's and December's Watercolour boxes.
What made it into my regular supplies? Well all the pencils, all the black fine liners except the artline pens (do not like them at all). The Derwent rubber, compass and now the little brass sharpener. All the brushes have been added to the brush pot and watercolours added to my watercolour box. Same with the Acrylics. Even though I didn't like the highlighter box the highlighters are in my desk/stationary stuff with the Isosketch tool and pentel correct express pen.
Now I am not a marker artist so the Magic Markers, Style file markers and Illustrator Spectrum noir markers don't have a home and live in a shoe box along with the scrawlrbox stickers, paper that i didn't use and the little info sheet.
The only art material that these boxes have made me want to buy more of was the Chameleon pens, as I absolutely love them.
Monday, 29 January 2018
January's Scrawlrbox dropped on the mat last week and here it is:
I am in two minds about this box, I like the Blackwing pencil and I like the Edding pen, the sketchbook is nice but the Magic Markers I feel are not going to work on the paper, or at least they are going to cause issues, not sure on the colours. Anyway as I said in a previous blog, I was super inspired by my new skull and I tried out this box straight away:
First off the Blackwing pencil is very dark and does not like being rubbed out at least not on this paper. The Markers worked as expected on this paper, scratchy and I had to put the print that came with the box between the sheets to stop it bleeding through on to the next sheet. I only used one pen as I couldn't really work out how I was going to add the blush colour into my drawing. Anyway I like the skull and it was a good test run of the art supplies.
The prompt is Starlet so for the ScrawlrChallenge I am going to have to come up with something that fits, hmmmm....
Friday, 26 January 2018
As I have been a bit obsessed with skulls in the last year, one of the things I have wanted is a full sized human skull replica to be able to make my own reference images from. And here she is:
I really love her! perfect for me to get whatever angle I want and not have to rely on the internet. I can shine a lamp on her at different angles for exciting and moody shadows.
Jaw is hinged and the top comes off to have a look inside which is also super interesting and fascinating to learn how everything works. If I was sure that polymer clay wouldn't melt or damage the skull I would attempt to put muscles on and learn about them too.
Pretty kool hey?
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Well Blogmas went well didn't it? lol, lets just brush that under the carpet and talk about December's Scrawlrbox:
I loved everything about this box, the gold watercolours (in 6 colours!) the wide water brush, the Derwent pencil and the Micron pen. They also gave us two different types of paper to use as the gold would look lovely on black. Though the box was essentially the same as November's box (gold, line marker, pencil) I didn't want to do anything that was too similar to my Koi piece.
The prompt was Mythical Creatures so I was going to do a dragon but I really wanted to draw a skull so why not a Unicorn skull. I couldn't do a gold circle as the background as the horn was already gold and it wouldn't stand out so I tried something different and not my usual style. Initially I didn't like it but after leaving it alone for a while it grew on me.
Anyway January's box arrived this week, already done something with the materials as I was super excited and inspired by something else I bought this week.....