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Twitch Stream is ONLINE! (August 3, 2017)

Hi everyone! It’s time for tonight’s Twitch Stream! Click HERE or on the image to join! I’m super excited because I’ll finally be finishing the block print from Tuesday, mixing the ink with medium and doing a small print run for my “Printed Presents” $15 Patreon Rewards for August 2017! I’ll be sketching afterwards and taking it easy!

Last Week’s Stream

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Timelapse Tuesday #16: Succulent Chiaroscuro

Check this illustration on RedBubble HERE !

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome back to Timelapse Tuesday! This was a really fun experimental illustration that I posted last week in between editing last week’s Color Challenge video. I only had two main objectives for this illustration: a) I wanted to experiment gouache on black paper, b) I wanted a nice front page for my big Mixed Media Sketchbook. I’m a huge art history nerd and I love how complex chiaroscuro paintings are, so I wanted to try it out on a pad of Artagain paper I received as a birthday gift a few years ago. I used my DIY Gouache Palette I carry around everywhere for this (click on the link if you want to try it out with watercolors).

I knew my Royal & Langnickel gouache could layer well on it but I hadn’t really tried to paint on it…rather I was never happy with the results. I tried to make illustrations on it before but I realized I didn’t know as much about gouache and tonal painting as I thought I did so I left it alone for a few months while I continued my art practice. I honestly recorded this on a whim, since I’m trying to make a habit of recording whenever I’m at my workspace. On most days I write and sketch out a plan for the next day on my Bullet Journal and my draft sketchbook so I can get good footage for the next day. It works well but sometimes it’s good to go into art making without a plan just for the sake of experimenting.

To you, my reader, remember to take time to just create for yourself and play with your materials. It’s never time wasted and you’d be surprised with what may come out! See you all soon!

Materials

  • Royal & Langnickel Gouache
  • Strathmore Artagain Drawing Paper
  • Royal Langnickel Brushes in Round #5 and Flat #10
  • Sakura GellyRoll 08 Pen in White
  • Prismacolor Colerase Pencil in White

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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New Illustration “Succulent Chiaroscuro”!

Wow, double post today! I just finished this gouache illustration and put it up on my Redbubble page and I really wanted to share it with you all! I’m very proud of this one! I actually recorded the process and I’m editing the video for next Tuesday 🙂 I’ll try to post illustrations as they happen, not just on YouTube and webcomic days. I’m working on getting the streams up soon!

This type of Art commission has slots available if you’re interested!

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Timelapse Tuesday #9: Galaxy in Full Bloom

Check out this illustration on Redbubble HERE! Thank you!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s Timelapse Tuesday! This week’s artwork followed last week’s experimenting by using fresh gouache on my mixed media sketchbook. I started out with a few warm-up sketches before I picked one and transferred it to the main book. I normally work in two books: one for quick concept pencil sketches and the Mixed-Media book. It was a lovely day filled with sunlight so I decided to record the entire process in one sitting. Normally gouache is water-reactive, but by adding acrylic gouache, the paint becomes somewhat waterproof and allows more layering without disturbing the under layers too much. I wanted to let the flowers bloom from the figure as much as the galaxy on her sweater.

The colors I chose this time around were intermediary primaries between their warm and cool counterparts. The colors made using these colors are muted secondaries with the exception of violet. My professor in Color Theory didn’t allow any pre-mixed secondaries except violet since it’s too difficult to mix a consistent shade for mixing.

I first heard of gouache during my undergrad in Fine Art in my Illustration I Class and I wasn’t a huge fan at first. I loved how matte it looked but I couldn’t get to work for me! Then again I was in a marker-art phase so I did most of my assignments in Markers or digitally. It wasn’t until I saw JAW Cooper’s magnificent illustrations about a year later that I really started to try it out. It wasn’t a super well-known medium in Puerto Rico so my first paint tubes were Reeves. Don’t get me wrong, they were good first-time materials but my illustrations kept looking chalky so the moment they started failing me, I switched to Royal & Langnickel. They’re considerably deeper and layer better. I hope by the time my tubes run out, my next upgrade is a Winson & Newton or Holbein Artists’ gouache.

New Content!

Color Challenge video series

Thanks to your positive response on my blog and to keep myself creating art and content, I’ve decided to add a new bi-weekly video series! This series is called “Color Challenge” where I will limit myself to 1 or 3 colors per illustration. I decided to make this series every other week to balance YouTube and the rest of my art practice. I was inspired by all the gorgeous art made with so little color that I challenged myself to make a series out of my own endeavors into it.

Art Studio & Conservation blog series

My long-since-announced blog series on art conservation and studio management will start this Saturday! I’ve let the posts languish far long than I anticipated because I’ve focused so much energy on getting comic pages done. Now that I’ve gotten Chapter 1 sketched out entirely and working on a page a week, I can focus on making content I’m passionate about! This series is a way to practice research and keep reading about art.

Support the Artist

If you want to support my work: check out my Commissions | Store | Redbubble! Every little bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all!  Thank you!

Materials List

  • Royal Langnickel Gouache in Yellow Mild, Crimson Red Lake, Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna and Mauve
  • Holbein Acryla Gouache in Titanium White
  • Prismacolor Colerase Pencil in Rose
  • Royal Langnickel Brushes in Round #3, #8 and Liner 5/0
  • Canson XL Mixed Media Sketchbook 10″ x 7″
  • Sakura Gelly Roll 08 in white

See you on Thursday!

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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!