Hi! Awhile ago you'd made posts on a felt-tip inking/sketch pen you really liked. I'm a little fed up with Faber Castells losing their shape so easily, and cannot for the life of me remember the name of the one you recommended. Could you tell me what it was, please?
Zebra, Kuretake, and tombow disposable brush pens are all good! You can get them on Jetpens.com. They’re fairly inexpensive so you can get a bunch of brands and figure out your favourites.
Sometimes I feel like nothing is good enough for tumblr. Disney portrays a strong female character. It’s not good enough because she’s white. Google does something for Elimination of Violence Against Women day. It’s not good enough because it’s not smacked in your face. You have to cherish the little victories, folks. The cup isn’t always half empty.
FINALLY SOMEONE FUCKING SAYS IT
"someone finally fucking says it"
what did they say again???????
"you should be content with the things society gives you. you shouldn’t ask for more. you should shut up. be quiet. sit down. stop your whining. isn’t this good enough for you? how dare you want more. i give you a slice of cake and you’re mad because you’re allergic to it. how was i supposed to know that? you should be grateful i even tried. nothing is ever good enough for you. how dare you want something better. how dare you keep asking, wanting, fighting. shut up. know your place."
I’ve spent a lot of time considering what my “taste” is because I find such a broad range of people devestatingly attractive and I think it just comes down to “People who look like cohesively designed characters”
This might be a stupid question but, I've been trying to find a sketchbook with no bleed for alcohol markers. I'm really getting into drawing with them and I'm such a dip I often forget to add a sheet of paper underneath the paper I'm drawing on, and ruin the next couple of sketchbook pages. Any suggestions?
I use this paper, Strathmore Drawing Paper (recycled) which should be available at most art shops.
To be honest I am not an expert, but I picked this because it was recommended to me by Andy Price who draws the MLP comics with Copics. (He’s actually the guy who convinced me to try Copics again.) According to him, this paper is the most economical and doesn’t absorb too much ink like some other watercolor papers do (which would waste money), and doesn’t bleed as much some other drawing papers do (which would ruin your drawing).
But as far as bleeding into pages below, pretty much every paper will do that. The only thing you can do is start training yourself to remember to put a scrap paper underneath, or maybe to tear off the paper you’re working on to avoid ruining the others. I’ve forgotten a couple times too, but after the 3-4th time you won’t forget it as easily. =P
Hi Kali! I really love your editorial work, and it's something I'd also like to pursue, but for some reason I struggle with it a lot. I was wondering if you had any thoughts you could share about your process when making an editorial illustration? After reading the article, how do you zone in on the specific part you'll focus your illustration on? Are there specific phrases you look for that you think would make a better image? Does the art director give a starting idea of what they want?
Hi Diana! Sometimes an AD will have a specific idea for the illo, but usually they just give me an article or a brief for me to read & interpret myself. When I’m thinking of an editorial illustration, here’s some steps I take:
1. Read the article well & simplify it down to its core ideas. The title of an article is usually very good for this. Or, sometimes there might be an evocative turn of phrase in the article itself.
2. Brainstorm symbols or images that capture these ideas. This is the tough part! Sometimes I’ll do research, look through my inspiration folders to see if they spark any ideas, or talk to my boyfriend about it. I also try to figure out symbols that I’d LIKE to draw.
3. I’ll check to see if I can show some kind of contrast or juxtaposition in my images, because it makes the idea clearer & more engaging. If I wanted to show that someone was tall, I’d try to juxtapose them against a room or person that was too short. Contrast is interesting. Past/present, dirty/clean, real/imaginary.
4. Take a shower. Or go walking or do something else mindless and physically occupying. It lets your mind wander and mull over ideas—I’ve figured out a surprising number of illustration problems in the shower!