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Rebecca Dart
15 June 2010 @ 09:00 pm
Rebecca Dart
28 May 2010 @ 02:27 pm

How are all y'all doin'? It's been awhile since I posted on LJ or have even been on LJ commenting on all y'all's brilliant, intimidating art. I've been working, I swear, but just on projects that I can't post, but here's a picture of a joyriding whitchy-poo on the back of a 1929 tanker truck. Don't look at it all at once, or you'll get indigestion.
Rebecca Dart
20 April 2010 @ 05:44 pm
Brilliant artist and great friend jasonturner made an LJ "call-to-pencils". He has started the Page 100 Project where you flip to page 100 of one of your favourite books and illustrate it in comic narration. What a grand idea!

So, I picked "The Hawkline Monster" by Richard Brautigan.

Rebecca Dart
05 April 2010 @ 03:02 am

Ya know, I've often been told that I don't draw like a girl. My first encounter with this is when I was fourteen when a woman, a friend's mother, picked up a drawing of a drooling, disgusting monster (I drew a lot of monsters back then, still do I guess), not knowing who had done it, upon finding out that I had drawn it she exclaimed, "A girl drew this? A GIRL drew this?!"

I wasn't offended by this at all, just a bit confused. How was art by a girl supposed to look? Or on the flip side what makes art "masculine"? Should art have a gender? I've had my art judged differently once the viewer found out it was created by a female, work they deemed sexist suddenly became ironic. Is it possible to separate the artist from their work? Bah, these are question I've been asking my whole life and I'm still no closer to an answer.

Has anybody else out there had a similar experience? Have any ladies out there surprised people with their artistic prowess? Any guys out there suffer from mistaken art-gender identity? I know my husband, Robin, has disappointed a few people when they discovered he wasn't a girl drawing extreme porn.
Rebecca Dart
08 March 2010 @ 04:49 pm

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 Dart
03 March 2010 @ 07:40 pm

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17 January 2010 @ 08:40 pm

Gustave Veerbeek is one of my favourite cartoonists from the turn of the last century. Born in 1867 in Nagasaki, Japan to Dutch missionaries his art was greatly influenced by the Japanese master printmakers. He's most famous for his Sunday comic strip "The Upside-Downs"; six panels that you read as you would any regular newspaper strip, but then turn it upside down and it continues. He did 64 of these, an amazing feat!

However, my favourite comic of his is "The Terror of the Tiny Tads". It's about four interchangeable little boys crossing paths with fantastical creatures who's names where usually a mix of an animal and an inanimate object. That was the inspiration for my homage to Mr. Verbeek, who, in my humble opinion, should be as remembered as McCay or Herriman.
Rebecca Dart
11 January 2010 @ 08:46 pm

I just wanted to give a shout-out to all who showed up to the Ayden Gallery last friday. Thank you, all of you, for your support. My pieces will be up until Feb. 7th, so if you couldn't make it out on the opening there is still plenty of opportunity to check it out. There are a lot of talented artists in the show.

Thanks again!
Rebecca Dart
07 January 2010 @ 07:25 pm

While reading a book have you ever said to yourself, "I really want to draw this character. I really need to know what they look like."?

So, I'm reading the George R.R. Martin's series "A Song of Fire and Ice". It's a fantasy epic with lots of sex and violence ( I'm half way threw the fourth book, " A Feast For Crows", there is supposed to be seven books in total, the fifth book hasn't come out yet and is way overdue) There's this one character Brienne of Tarth, she described as being very unattractive; huge and horsey, with a wide set nose, gapped teeth and stringy hair, she's shy from having been teased her whole life, yet remains a bit naive about the world. I guess I can kind of relate.

Just a quick reminder that the Ayden Gallery opening is tomorrow, Jan. 8th. It starts at 7 and is in Tinsel Town Mall, second level, their phone # is: 778-891-4310. There will be about a dozen local artists showing their work including three new pieces from yours truly. It will be fun. I hope to see you there!