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08 March 2010 @ 04:49 pm
The Auroch Autarch  

A lot of people ask me about materials and techniques that I employ, and I've always really enjoyed it when other artists let me peek in on their process, so let's sweat the details together shall we?

First off, even before we get into materials, I think it's important to respect your art and anyone who may want to purchase it. You art is your legacy and if you're lucky it will last longer than you, you bag of decomposing bones. Although I wouldn't classify myself as a "Gear Person" you know the type; has to have the finest this and most expensive that, however, drawing on a used pizza box with a ballpoint pen isn't going to cut it either. It's important to use acid free papers and light-fast inks, your future-self will thank your past-self for doing it.

First I draw a rough on animation paper using a red col-erase pencil and a soft graphite pencil (5B). Animation paper is fine-toothed and very thin, made for light boxing. As you can see I get pretty sloppy, and that's the way I like it. I don't ink directly on my rough and I find this gives me the freedom to make mistakes and take chances. If I start inking and don't like how it's turning out *crunch* off it goes in the wastebasket and it doesn't matter because I still have my rough. I always ink the faces first, because if you screw up the face your drawings are done for. Oh, and I hate white-out and rarely use the stuff.

The paper I use when inking is from these sketchbooks that I purchase at my local art supply store. It's nothing fancy but it's acid-free and has the perfect medium-tooth for dry brush and it's 73lb, so it's thin enough to light box with. The ink is applied with a #2 Winsor & Newton University Series, they have synthetic bristles so they're inexpensive and durable. The ink I use is Speedball Super Black India Ink, when opening a new bottle I leave it uncapped for about a week to thicken it. I use a post-it note stuck near my art to wipe any excess ink off the brush, very important when applying a dry brush technique.

The overall theme to my work area is "Organized Chaos". That's my table-top animation desk that I use to do all my work on (there's a light behind it for light boxing). Non-permanent scotch tape is important to tape up your art so it doesn't fall down all the time. Also the natural-light lightbulbs for your desk are fantastic, they're easy on the eyes and makes your colours so much truer.

Thanks everybody for your continual support and now that I've shown you mine let's see yours.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on March 12th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks Max! My warrior ladies love you to death too.