Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year and Updates!

Happy New Year Everyone!
It's been a long time since my last post. I apologize. I have just been so busy with school, family, the holidays, then getting sick, I have not had much time to get caught up on everything online.
I start back to school next week. I am still taking all the required classes, before I can actually begin taking the web design/computer classes. But starting spring term I will start beginning taking the design courses. Very excited about it. :)

And it looks like we might be moving again soon, as our landlord raised our rent $300 and it is killing us financially. But this time instead of renting, we are buying our first home. It seems renting a home around here, is quite a lot more expensive than buying. So things are going to be quite hectic for us in a few weeks and I am not sure how much time I will have for online, with school etc. and everything else going on.

New Works

I have some new works to share with you. Also I just posted up some new items up for sale at my etsy store
I finished up my portrait of Frans and Trish. I just got an email from them that they received it New Year's Eve and they were so thrilled, when they saw it. I can't tell how much gladness that brought me, knowing how tickled they were to finally receive it.

Frans and Trish
Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil


Also I just finished this up on New Year's It's called the Winter Lion. Done in Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil.

Color Pencil Tip of the Week

I don't think I have shared this before, but it is a sample tutorial by artist Christina Langman on creating a big cat using color pencil. You can check it out here

Also, there is a new blender pen out for color pencil artists. It's called the Finesse Blender Pen. I have yet to purchase it, but plan on to very soon, just to check it out. The rating is not that great on Amazon, but that is based just on two reviews. Apparently they are saying the pen dries out quickly. But from experience, I think the blender pens don't last as long as "we" artists would like them to.
There are more blender pens on market now than there use to be 5 or 10 years ago. The blender pens that I use whilst creating my works, are the Tombow Colorless Blenders and the Prismacolor Colorless Blender Marker.
There is also the Copic Sketch Marker Colorless Blender and the Sakura Colorless Blender pen. I have yet to check out either one, but plan to very soon as well. One nice thing about the Copic Sketch Marker Colorless Blender you can get ink refill replacements.

My advice is to try each one out, as each artist has different techniques and tastes, to determine which one you like the best.

Resource of the Week

If you are need of some inspiration check out Some amazingly talented portrait artists. They have a forum, a place to sell your works and artist highlights.

I hope you all have an amazing, sucessful, blessed new year!
Best Wishes!

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