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I am buried in sketchbooks

February 3, 2017

Something you should know about me: I’m always on the lookout for the perfect jacket, backpack, and sketchbook.

Since you probably don’t care about my backpack and jacket collection (yet?), I’ll start with my sketchbook craziness. Below are my favorites. I must always have stash of one or two blank journals on hand or art emergencies. I tend to turn my nose up at anything labeled “sketch paper” specifically. Such a snob. Sketchbook specific paper tends to be thinner and lower quality. I like to have a paper that is ready for just about any media I want to use. Since I’m a marker + pencil + paint person, I need a thicker paper.

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+ Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal – Great for watercolor or gouache and smooth enough for sketching. Ink works great here, too. The paper is not bleed proof but I think that’s a tall order for any paper that is not specifically made for markers. It comes in hardcover or softcover versions – you decide what you like better. I like softcover because it’s lighter and less precious, however it doesn’t always lay flat. Paper is yellowish off-white. It just fits in my mini Kanken backpack…and i mean just barely. The corners are a little rounded now from shoving in that mini backpack so many times.

+ Strathmore Visual Journals – Vellum or bristol are nice smooth textures, bright white paper. The one actually labeled “mixed media” is also bright white with a little bit of tooth. These only come in a chipboard cover with spiral binding. NBD, but it’s only available spiral bound. Not my personal preference but not a deal breaker because at least it will lay flat. The Visual Journal line comes in many sizes and in watercolor and “drawing” weights. BONUS! They are also really affordable.

+ Moleskine sketchbook – For some reason I resisted getting an actual sketchbook from Moleskine for a long time. I do like their cashiers soft-cover booklets, but not the sketchbook versions. The paper is not as smooth. BUT do try out the hard-bound sketchbook. I like the big one (about 8.5×11). The paper is indeed great, not bright white. It fits in my classic Kanken backpack with room to spare, but it’s still a bulky sketchbook. Ya know, let’s face it. You’re probably going to need more than one size, so this is a nice larger option.

+ Leuchtturm 1917 – Another good larger option (also available in smaller sizes). Paper is bright white and numbered. And many different cover color options to fit your style! I feel like this is a pretty close comparison to Moleskine size-wise and paper quality-wise. And it’s also hardcover. A lot of people have said these are cheaper than Moleskine, but I have found the opposite to be true. I think it depends on where you buy them, but in the U.S. they are about the same if not a little more pricey. For me, if you’re going to throw down $20+ for a sketchbook, then just go with whichever feels better to you. If that happens to be a bright yellow cover then right on.

Markers My Art Sketches

Markers!

January 19, 2017

Hi guys, it’s been a while, huh? I’ve been busy with work (duh, who isn’t?) but also trying to get myself to work more on making something everyday that is non-work-related. I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that making a new, good habit can be exhausting. At least making art is something that I WANT to do, rather than something that doesn’t come as naturally to me (like exercising regularly).

One of the steps I’m taking to keep myself motivated is to watch YouTube videos of other artists making art and talking about their process. It’s so relaxing…unintentional ASMR. My goals for this year include learning to record my own process videos. By next year I hope to be confident to have a Patreon page and be able to offer some sort of weekly content for supporters.

So how am I working on this? Treating myself to expensive markers, of course 😁

I still have about 50 or so Prismacolor and Tria markers that I acquired in high school. Surprisingly, 15 years later, most of them still work! When I added the colors to the Prismacolor color chart, I was surprised that most of the colors I have fall in the brown/skin tone category. I was more surprised that I didn’t have a ton of purple / blue-violet / pink color ranges. I think that issue is solved now.

I’m still a little bit intimidated by my markers, but I’m trying ok?

»»————-¤ Tools ¤————-««

» Prismacolor Alcohol Markers
» Art-N-Fly Alcohol Markers
» Copic Sketch Markers
» Pentel pocket brush pen
» Uni-ball Signo white pen

Field Trip

Lunchtime field trip ~ Moleskine store

December 28, 2016

Working in the middle of the San Francisco financial district can be a little hectic during lunchtime. Even the elevators to get outside the office can be busy and crowded and take longer than I’d like (hello! I’m on a timed lunch!). Luckily this time of year between Christmas and New Year’s has a “Friday light” feel all week.

Seems like a nice day to go for a mini field trip to one of my favorite stores!

How do you pronounce Moleskine? According to the company, it’s all good. I like to say “Mole-uh-skeen” but you do you.

The Moleskine notebooks are everywhere in San Francisco. Your hipster store isn’t cool if you don’t carry a few sketchbooks that cost $20. But even in art stores, I can’t seem to find the one I want. I just love the Moleskine store because it’s all so organized. And they have all of the limited edition covers that will make your nerdy heart sing. I’ve also been watching too many YouTube videos of amazing artists making gorgeous art in their Moleskine sketchbooks. I know the paper has little to do with the talent, but it just looks so inspiring.

And here is me being a bit of a creeper and taking a peep at the tester sketchbook.

Field Trip

Art Haul

November 15, 2016

My BFF is the greatest because she always puts up with my trips to the art store. Since Blick went into the old Pearl art store building on Market St., I have a hard time not spending a big chunk of my paychecks on art supplies. I can always justify it, though. Because ART, right?

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WESTWORLD

October 27, 2016

This show, you guys…I can’t explain how weird it is and I love it. Sci-fi western. Every time I watch it (yes, I’ve watched it many times.) I pick up on something new. This rainy weekend calls for another mini-marathon with art and tea.