Does anyone want to do a collaboration?

Does any one want to do a collab with me? If so, please PM me. I have never tried this before so I thought it would be fun to do.
- Gero Chan

Art Material of the Day: Colored Pencils

Hello Everyone! Sorry its been so long since I last posted. I am starting to think that I should just post about an art material on the weekends or something like that. Anyways, the art material of the day is colored pencils! I love to use colored...

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Art Material of the Day: Copic Markers

It has been forever since I have posted. Anyways, the art material of the day is Copic markers. A Copic marker is an art marker that contains an alcohol based ink that is great for illustration and manga. There are three types of copic markers: Copic, Copic Sketch, and Ciao. The original Copic marker comes in 214 colors. It has varied nibs that can be changed constantly. The Copic sketch marker is what I use in my artwork. It is the ideal material for manga artists and designers. The Copic Sketch marker comes in 310 colors and spreads easily. It only has two types of nibs though. The Ciao Marker is like the Copic sketch but holds less ink and is the less expensive of the three types of markers. It comes in 144 colors.
The only problems I can think of when Copics come to mind is that the smell is not very pleasant and that they are so expensive. But Copics are wonderful art materials for manga and are worth every penny that is paid.

Techniques for hair with Copics:

1. make a sketch.

2. outline with water proof inks or make a cleaner copy and photo copy the drawing.

3. When coloring hair, I first lay down a layer of E40 Brick white (excluding highlights).

4. I then cover that with a base color of my choice (I usually use blues and greens).

5. I then start layering with other shades of that color for shading effects.

Paper corner:
For Copics, the best papers are smooth and absorbant like color copy paper or plain copy paper. I have heard that the back side of manga manuscript paper is good for it to.

I know that this was short but I hope this helps ^_^.
-Gero Chan

Art Material of the Day: Pen

Today's art material is the Pen!! The pen is a useful tool when it comes to comic art and manga. Most professional manga artists use dip style pens (calligraphy pens) for their work. The most commonly used dip style pens are the Crow quill and the G pen. On the other hand, some artists also prefer to use multi liner pens because of the various sizes and colors available.

Strong points of a dip style pen: varied sizes in strokes, nicer variations, lasts for a long time, and usually is able to replace nibs.

Weak points of a dip style pen: The main weak point is how expensive it is to invest in a dip style pen. everything comes separate usually and your bill adds up to huge amount after having to buy the ink, holder,and nibs. The dip style pen is also very hard to use, it takes a lot of practice to get used to.

Strong points of a multi liner pen: Varied sizes in nibs, easy control, does not to be dipped in in constantly, lines dry fast, you do not have to buy the ink separate, and is less expensive.

Weak points: May run out of ink, can bleed, not to many varied sizes in one line, may not have as good as a grip as dip style pen.

Multi liner pens of recommendation:

. Pilot pen: has a very good ink flow, should be used on thicker paper to avoid bleeding though.
. Faber-Castle: Comes in S, XS, M, F, and B in many different colors.
. HI-TEC- C pen: Another pen that is made by pilot and has the smallest pen nib in the world! Great for details and fine lines but should be used on smooth paper instead of grainy so that the nib will not snag.
. Pigma Micron Pens: Comes in many different sizes. I recommend sizes 02, 01, and 005 for nice thin lines in variation.

Paper Corner:
Any paper will work with pens but I would say it would be a good idea to use smooth paper to grainy ones such as sketch book paper to preserve the nibs and have smother lines.

Paper of Recommendation:

. Copy Paper
. Back of Manuscript Paper
. Thick smooth art papers.

Ok, Hope this helps
- Gero Chan

Art Material of the Day: Pencil

Okay, okay, I know that everyone knows about the pencil but this is the first material you use when creating art most of the time. I'll just skip the intro on what a pencil is and go on to the other stuff.
There are different types of pencils, the most commonly used are; a mechanical pencil and a no. 2 pencil. Depending on what pencil you are using, you will get different feels and effects. I preferably enjoy use a mechanical pencil due to the light weight feeling of it and how precise the lines are. On the other hand, many artists use the no. 2 pencil because of it's sturdy structure and easy shading manipulation.

Good points for a mechanical pencil:
Light weight, easy to control, not as long (usually) as a no. 2 pencil, has refills on lead most of the time, and you do not need to sharpen them all the time.
More expensive than a no. 2 pencil, refills on lead usually come separate, and and the erasers will wear out faster than a no. 2 pencil.

Good points for a no. 2 pencil:
It is longer and does not where down fast, smudges easily which is good for shading, comes in a variety of shades, has an eraser that does not wear of easily.
the no. 2 pencil is longer and is harder to control, the eraser is usually harder and can be a challenge to erase with, and because of the hard wood it is made with, it is easy to get calluses on your fingers.

The pencil is the ideal material for the beginnings of most line art. Most artists trace over their lines with multi liner pens or scan them into the computer to make digital art. But for those that find their pencil art the best and have a clean trace of it to work with will often find these problems:
. "I want to use my pencil outlines but the material I want to use will smudge them and make them messy!"
. " I want to color my piece but I want to keep one that is still black and white."
Some answers to these problems are:
1. use a fixitive to seal your pencil lines but watch out! The fixitive is very harmful and should be sprayed outside wearing a mask and some sort of eye protection.
2. If you have a copier or some one you know has one, you can make multiple copies of your work and keep a black and white version. It also helps with materials that will smudge your work so that if you have a copy, it will not smudge.

The last thing on this post and almost every other post is the: Paper Corner!
almost every art material you use will have different effects on different paper. For the pencil, I would say that the best papers to use are copy paper and any other smooth papers. You might ask: "what about sketch book paper?" and it is true that is commonly used when drawing with a pencil but I find that hard grainy paper such as sketch book will have less precision in lines due to the grain.

Okay, hope you guys like this!
- Gero Chan