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Timelapse Tuesday #24: Playful Magpie

No prints but I do have watercolor art commission slots available!

Art Motivation

Hi everyone and welcome back to Timelapse Tuesday! This week’s topic came about while planning for a mixed media art piece and to encourage practice with materials you might have bought but never used. I understand how much an investment art making can be and sometimes we buy something we believe so precious that we don’t dare use it. I’m very much like that most of the time, especially with my watercolors and oils.

At first, I only used the student grade materials and didn’t try out anything beyond that, even though I had perfectly good artist’s grade materials just sitting in storage looking pretty. The main problem with this mindset is if I never practiced with the better supplies, I would never understand how they actually worked so I would be wasting more money just buying what I thought I could work instead of just doing it! Eventually I got over that fear of “wasting” my supplies when I changed my mindset to “Any art made is progress” and it’s helped me keep a positive outlook towards my own process.

I do hope this video helps you get over that doubt and gets you motivated to create more!

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos or illustrations, let me know in the comments below!

See you in a few hours for tonight’s stream!

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Art Stream is now ONLINE!

My Twitch Art Stream is now ONLINE! Click HERE or on the image to go check it out! I’ll be working on last Thursday’s Watercolor Illustration and focusing more on practicing than always trying to come up with something new!

Last Week’s Stream

See you all soon!

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Timelapse Tuesday #20: Luna’s Portrait

No prints this week, this portrait was made as a surprise gift for her mom! I do have puppy portraits on my SHOP!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome back to Timelapse Tuesday! It’s episode #20 and I’m finally talking about my newest favorite medium, water soluble oil paint! The reason I took so long to getting videos out on this medium is because these pieces are super experimental for me and I need to practice a lot until my skills are up to my standards. This is the first finished piece I was able to record and edit since most of my oils are still works-in-process. Luna the Schnauzer was painted between February and March, with at least 2 weeks of drying time to let the paints cure.

Water soluble oil paints are fairly new to the art market (compared to other mediums) and thankfully there are a lot of brands out there to choose. I first went with Reeves’ brand of water-miscible paints and I liked the idea of longer dry times enough to move to higher quality paint. My second (and current) set is a mish-mash of colors from Daler Rowney Water Mixable Georgian and Williamsburg Oils. The first came from a fellow artist’s recommendation and the latter came from a lovely sample pack I was gifted for participating in a local art event. What I enjoy the most from this medium is how easy it is to clean up afterwards. I pour my dirty water into a large glass container with napkins to absorb the water and once that’s full of dried paint, I’ll take it to my community’s waste management.

Behold, my squiggly cursive writing in my mixed-media book!

To accelerate my drying times, keep the creamy paint consistency and be able to work with non-water soluble paint, I add a little of Winsor & Newton Fast Dry painting medium to my mixes. My paint layers dry within days (if thin) or weeks (if thick), giving me ample time to adjust any mistakes. I usually put my WIPs to dry on my studio wall be it by hanging them or with a little velcro strip on the back. I’ll be working on more paintings as I keep practicing and learning!

See you soon for tonight’s stream!

Materials:

  • Art Alternatives 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board (+ 5 coats of gesso and sanded)
  • Daler Rowney Georgian Water Mixable Oil Paints
  • Winsor Newton Water Soluble Fast Dry Medium

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos, let me know in the comments below!

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Timelapse Tuesday #15: Tulip Spring (Cheap Art Challenge)

Check this illustration’s post on Redbubble HERE! Thank you!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome back to Timelapse Tuesday! This week I wanted to mix things up a little and do the Cheap Art Materials Challenge! Everything I used cost less than $20USD each; in fact, I think the Colerase Pencils are the only items that cost more than $10USD! I recently picked up a set of Crayola SuperTips at my local supermarket to decorate my Bullet Journal but I like to use my materials in multiple projects, so I thought they would be great for the Cheap Art Materials Challenge.

One thing I’m integrating more is drawing more thumbnails before starting an illustration or art video. I used to just draw and attempt to take a concept directly with varying degrees of failure or success. Now I take a little bit more time to work out the concept and the color schemes, like this one.

I’m in a Spring theme kick since I replanted my tiny window sill garden (the surprise cold front killed my beautiful basil sprouts :’c ) and the blooming trees and flowers all around me…honestly, I have no idea how my succulents survived both the cold AND my over-nurturing them. Like many artists I follow, I’m taking up a bit of gardening to relax in-between art sessions. I hope to grow it little by little and add more as time goes on, like tulips and lavender!

Twitch Channel

I just created a brand new Twitch channel! I’m working out the tech and design aspects for now, like getting my laptop up to speed for Digital Art Streams and the webcam for Traditional Art Streams. I’ll be working on it and I’ll be hosting a weekly poll so you can vote on what art project I should work on. Feel free to follow me there!

Materials

  • Strathmore Drawing Pad
  • Crayola SuperTips Markers
  • Prismacolor Colerase Pencils
  • Sakura GellyRoll 08 Pen
  • a normal 0.7 Mechanical Pencil

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every little bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos, let me know in the comments below!

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Timelapse Tuesday #14: Spring Bouquet

Check this illustration on RedBubble HERE!

Art Process

Hey everyone and welcome back to Timelapse Tuesday! Sorry for the delay, I’m still sick and it affected my art making this week. I tried making this video about 3 times before I was happy with this recording. I may redo the illustration attempts some other day with these paints or in oils because I loved how certain areas looked. I want to keep a consistent level of quality in my videos and I’d rather be a little late in posting than put something I’m not happy with.

This week’s a little different since I’m not just making an illustration but I’m also reviewing my brand new MIR watercolor Paints that were given to me as a gift from my mom! I’ve searched high and low for these paints and, aside from their website, there’s really nothing about them!

The MIR Paints came in small tubes, two brushes and a well palette in a nice wooden box. I decided to use a flat watercolor palette because I enjoy using a flat mixing surface. Compared to my other paints, the MIR paints released very quickly and loaded well into my brushes. The paint layered well and lifted easily compared to my cheaper Daler Rowney Aquafine or my Kuretake Gansai Tambi. I guess my first few attempts failed because I was dealing with new paints. I like how they work and I’ll be using them in more artwork in the future!

Materials List

  • MIR Watercolor Paints
  • MIR Brushes in #8 and #1 Round
  • Canson XL Mixed Media book

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every little bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos, let me know in the comments below!

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Quick Weekly Update & Video Schedule!

Taking a small break from studying to do a quick art recap from my Instagram feed for anyone who doesn’t follow me there. I upload almost everyday; I tend to skip Sundays because I take it easy and spend time with my beau rather than art making. I’m using a modified bullet journal system to organize all my art-related tasks for now and I hope to share it with you all in a few weeks (so long as I keep using it!).

Nightmare’s Tragedies is also updated on Fridays @ 5:30pm EST on Smackjeeves & Tapastic. I’ve decided to drop the Tumblr mirror for now, sorry for any inconvenience! I’ve set up the queue long enough for me to focus on my studies and my family while having a big enough gap to work on a few weeks’ of content ahead of time. I’m planning a brief 2-week stop after Tragedy I to tighten the concepts, designs and, most importantly, the script. I’ll be posting them here and in the comic forums!

I’m really happy with my videos and how they’re doing for just starting out! I love working on them as a way to share my art in a livelier way. But (there’s always one) , they take me a while to edit. I took video editing way back in undergrad but that was for Final Cut Pro and did not like it one bit. I have a new level of respect for artists who edit and post content daily!

So, that said, I’ll be adding videos every two (2) weeks so make sure to subscribe! The next videos will be about Manga Studio 5, watercolors and block-printing!