So many copic colors go into a single 2″ animal. 14 markers before I’ve even added in shadows. The liner is copic too. It only took me about 20 min to get the basic sketch onto paper but then I transferred it, colored it, and now I’m blogging it.
When doing a commission you need to make sure you add in little personal touches. The right shades of color helps a lot. If you can add in a way they hold themselves or tilt their heads it really makes it read x person or furson.
Well, ordering in high quality art prints has so far been hit or miss. I have developed some layouts for printing, but I am waiting until my test orders are completely resolved before doling out too much. At least one of the papers is way too much texture compared to the originals… but that is sort of expected.
While that resolves I have been playing around with printing from home. Since archival inks are easy to get now, it is just the paper which requires some finesse in locating. Certainly putting uncoated paper into the inkjet did not yield results worth sales.
I did happen upon Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper while I was browsing for suggestions online.
While not the highest quality (they make a museum line) it has about a 60 year lifespan (compared to 150) with the usual caveats about not placing it in direct sun unprotected. The inks supposedly are good for the same amount of time, so it should work out fine.
- There is just enough texture to keep you from feeling it is “computer paper”
- The paper is a nice bright white
- It is heavy enough to keep from flopping around
- It is reasonably priced.
It is nearly impossible to tell what side to print. It says to print on the whiter side, but they are so close that it is impossible to tell them apart. You honestly have to get close enough to see the texture and go for the smoother side. Apparently they used to have their logo on the back, but people objected… well, I hope they enjoy the wasted paper as much as I did when starting with it.
Anyway, if you have something that can print on this rather heavy paper. I can highly recommend it. Hopefully future customers will agree.
I traveled all over today to get art supplies. So I drove out to Dearborn from Ann Arbor and bought copics at dick blick’s. I really wish there was a comparable art supply location in Ann Arbor.
So I’m playing with markers again. Hopefully you’ll like the art to come. I got the skin tone set (no one had the prepackaged set so I bought them individually) and finished up the earth tone set.
I’m gonna try to play with some later since I spent my day on errands.
I’ve been playing with colored papers. I’m very happy with how this turned out. Simple lines, few colors, and a basic subject.
It took me longer than I’d like but mostly because life got in the way. This panda is deadly dangerous with his double curved blades and leather armor.