Apparently, I bought the Winsor & Newton watercolor marker in Payne’s gray sometime last year and promptly forgot about it, but it works out because now I can follow up on my review of the Winsor & Newton pigment marker sooner rather than later.
I like being able to add grey tone to my pen sketches sometimes, so in addition to regular black brush pens, I’m always on the lookout for good grey brush pens.
Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens come in a variety of colors, but to start off, at least, I was only interested in their grey.
Back in January, I did a short, 9-page comic called 狼来了, or “the wolves are here.”
That comic, along with Sunflowers and Rainbows, will be included in the second volume of the Sugar Ninjas anthology, which is due out by the end of the month. To celebrate the release of the book, Howl Gallery/Tattoo will be hosting a month-long exhibition featuring artwork from selected creators included in the book.
I apparently didn’t need to submit art relevant to my included comics, but I figured it’d be for the best anyway. Since I recently finished up Rainbows and Rainclouds, I kind of wanted a break from that art style and those characters and did some work inspired by the wolves are here instead. This triptych did not originally start off as a triptych. It was just a single painting — the one furthest to the left — but I thought a companion piece would look nice, so I painted the center image. I liked how they looked together, but then I thought it would be pretty cool to balance the whole thing out with a third piece. Thus, a triptych.
Unfortunately, as far as the exhibition goes, I have a limit of a two-foot wide area to display my work, which means that if I want to include all three pieces, they’d have to be printed for smaller frames, probably 5×7 or so. After some deliberation, I decided to just use the first two paintings in 8×10 frames. So at the show, it’ll just be a diptych, rather than a triptych.
The prints turned out great and I really like how they look framed!
Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the opening reception for the show on August 6th as I’ll be in Austin, for Anime Overload that weekend instead. But if you’re near Fort Myers, Florida, you should definitely check it out! I hope people take good pictures though, because I really want to see the rest of the art included in the show. I’m mailing off this diptych tomorrow and have included very limited number of prints for sale at the show, but I may do a second run of prints for conventions next month to accompany the minicomic version of the comic. If anyone’s interested though, the originals of all three paintings are for sale, so feel free to email me about it. I should eventually be getting a small storefront specifically to sell off originals though. Maybe by the end of the year?
Yay, finals are over! Time to catch up with everything else!
The SCAD Society of Illustrators opened their second “Artists for Animals” show on February 28th at their Savannah Mall gallery. (The first show opened at SCAD’s Poetter Hall Gallery earlier in the month.) The reception was 1pm-4pm. I didn’t get there until around 2:30 or so and only stayed briefly, but it was still a good looking show. Here are the belated photos!
Er, so the Minicomics Expo went very well. Jeremy Nguyen had a brief post about it over on SEQALAB. I neglected to bring my camera and so don’t have any pictures of my own, but you can totally see my leg in the far-right of this photo, lol. It is next to the red-starred commie bag. :P
Annnnd the following Sunday, the 28th, SOI had another gallery opening featuring one of my pieces. I meant to write about it and post some pictures, but then finals happened. I promise to get that up eventually though. D: In the meantime, after some 40-50 hours of work, I finished my Comics Painting final. It’s probably the best thing I’ve done all quarter and I’m very pleased with it.