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Happy 2014!

Posted by Kathryn on January 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (35)

Hello, all my artists out there! This is overdue, but HAPPY 2014!

What did you all get for the holidays? I got some awesome (and much needed) art supplies. :)

To All You Artists Out There....

Posted by Kathryn on January 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Let 2013 be a blast and a fresh start! Happy New Year!


The Artist Wish List - Great Christmas Ideas

Posted by Kathryn on December 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So, the holidays are approaching quick, and everyone's asking for stuff! If you are an artist or you're buying a gift for a friend or family member who's an artist, here are some great things. :)

DRAWING PENCILS: Drawing pencils are a must. If you or someone you know does not have good quality drawing pencils, buy them Faber Castell 9000 Jumbo Pencils. Big and very durable. 

If you don't want a big and chunky pencil, try the non-chunky Faber-Castell 9000 Pencils.

Another brand of pencils (these I love) are Designs Drawing 3800 pencils. I use these all the time.

COLORED PENCILS: I use a variety of brands, and the ones I use the most are Crayloa colored pencils and a brand from Borders called Kraft Icon Box Set of 20. Unfortunately, Borders went out of business but you can get them at Barnes and Noble. (You all know what Crayloa looks like so I won't post a picture.)

MARKERS: Markers are a definite. I use Bic Mark It! and four Copic Markers. The Bic markers are great, and the Copics are the same.

~Tipsy: Copic Markers are not cheap. At Michaels Arts and Crafts store, they're $7 per marker. At Blick, they're $5 per marker. The sets are not cheap at all either, but a basic set of 12 is about $20. Not too bad, but still a little pricey for markers.

SKETCHBOOKS: You can never have too many sketchbooks! At least, I think so. But my mother tends to disagree, ha ha. I own a variety of sketchbooks from different brands, and any sketchbook is a good sketchbook, but my favorite would be the Strathmore brand, especially the Smooth Bristol Board. It's great for watercolors and ink and doesn't bleed through.

Hope these tips on what to get you or someone else for Christmas helps you!

Happy Holidays!


So You Want To Be An Artist - Concentration

Posted by Kathryn on August 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Being an artist takes not only patience, but concentration. If you're surrounded by loud noises and disruptions then you won't be able to create a masterpiece, and to create a masterpiece, you need consentration. Here are some tips to stay concentrated on your art.

-MUSIC- Play a song on your CD player or Pandora or iPod or whatever you use to listen to music. You can get great inspiration out of a song and with music playing, you won't be able to hear a thing.

-SOUND EFFECTS- If music isn't enough, try sound effects. Like sounds of a storm or rain shower or ocean. They're calming and sooth the senses.

-CLOSE YOUR DOOR- If your door is open, then you will have no concentration. Someone can easily walk in without knocking or the sounds of crazy shananigans will flood in like water. Closing your door will prevent any disruptions.

-GO OUTSIDE- If you can't get any peace inside, try going outside. It's more quiet than anything inside. :) But of course, if it's cold or rainy or snowy, then going outside to draw might not be a good idea.

-MEDITATE- Find your center and focus on your mind. Try not to say "oooommmm," because that's noise. Just listen to the enviornment, take deep breaths, and drown out all obnoxious sounds like car horns and screaming kids. If you're not outside, close your door and play sound effects such as a forest or ocean or storm. It's very relaxing.

Hope these tips help you on your path to becoming an artist!

Thanks for reading and remember: stay spontaneous! ~Kathryn

So You Want To Be An Artist - Storage

Posted by Kathryn on August 6, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

You most certainly cannot have all of your art supplies in a thousand different places, like all over your house. It's best to keep your supplies in one place, perferably in your room. Here's a list of the best ways to store all of your art supplies.

-DESK- A desk is probably the best thing to use to keep all of your supplies nice and tidy. You can keep your sketchbooks and notepads stacked and your pencils and markers in a bin of some sort.

-BOOKSHELF- A bookshelf is another great storage idea. You can keep everything nicely filed and neat and there's plenty of space for everything!

Here's my bookshelf. This is where I keep all of my art supplies.

TOP SHELF: Warriors series, Vera Bradley pencil case with my four Copic Markers, erasers, and travel pencils, Paris/New York box with junk, a bowl of Crayola crayons, red notebook with a story I'm writing, Shel Silverstein poetry books (not shown in the photo: hand-crafted bowl with push-pins and paperclips).

MIDDLE SHELF: Plastic lid with pastels, X-acto knife, and Prismacolor charcoal pencils that belong in their case (under plastic lid), plastic bin with colored pencils, tracing paper, and notebook.

BOTTOM SHELF: Locker filer, oil color paint set, keychain supplies (under paint), big sketchbook/paper

-STERILITE DRAWERS- Another great storage unit. You can keep all of your drawing pencils and markers and such in these drawers to keep them from being all over the place (I need one too, actually, because having my colored pencils in a plastic bin is quite unorganized and annoying).

I hope this helped and gave you an idea as to what to use when storing your art supplies.

Thanks for reading and remember: stay spontaneous! ~Kathryn

So You Want To Be An Artist - Be Aware.

Posted by Kathryn on July 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Being an artist can be fun, but also difficult. Not only is it hard work, but there are also a lot of things to deal with. Here's a list of what to be aware of on the path of being an artist.

-CRITIQUES: Be aware of these guys for sure! Critiques may give advice, but they can be very harsh.

~Tipsy: Don't take all of what they say in the wrong way. There's harsh critcism but also constructive criticism. Constructive is: "Very good shading but it some places it's a bit too harsh for the light source. If you make it a bit lighter then it will really pop!" Harsh criticism: "The shading is all wrong and the light source makes no sense! Change it right away if you want people to like your art!" Well, there's a word for people who don't give out good criticism: Trolls. ;)

-DENIAL: Your art may not be accepted into a certain group or website you wanted it to be in. Be prepared for denial but don't stop at one group or website or whatever you want your art to be in. Keep looking and keep trying!

-TROLLS: Ahh, trolls. Gotta love them. If you don't know what trolls are, it's internet lingo for people who hate on others' art for no reason. Trolls are definitely an issue. Be prepared for those whene you post your art online. They'll talk crap about your art and say it's not good, but really if you check their profile, they'll most likely have nothing posted or their art is the crap.

-THEIVES: Art theives are a problem, like trolls. Also be aware that when you put your art online, it's very much possible that someone will steal it and claim it as their own, either as it is or change the colors. Better yet, they can trace over it and say it's theres. Always keep your eyes open and be on the lookout for any art that looks like yours, but isn't on your profile (on deviantART, you can see if anyone has downloaded anything of yours in the description on the side of your art under "Statistics".

~Tipsy: You know you have loyal online friends when they defend you and come to your side when someone has stolen your art. If you get the word out, you can report the theif's page and get their account shut down permanately.

Hope this helped you guys along your path to becoming an artist.

Thanks and remember: stay spontaneous. ~Kathryn

So You Want To Be An Artist - Anatomy and Proportions

Posted by Kathryn on July 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Being an artist takes time and patience. To get things just the way you want them, at the level you want to be at, you have to practice. I cannot stress enough how important it is to practice proportions and anatomy.

-SHAPES: ALWAYS USE SHAPES when mapping out what the "skeleton" of what you want to draw.

Take this for example: Cubes for the fists, circles for the head, body and muscles, rectangles for the arms, lines for the "spine" and "bones". It all works great and is a simple method.

Here's something of my own. It's not yet finished, but provides another great example. For the tail (not drawn yet) ovals and lines to create where the tail is going to curve.

-ANATOMY: Another good tip is to practice by looking at photos of animals or people, like a reference. For example, if you are looking at a picture of a wolf, you can map out the circle for the head, the triangles for the ears, the ovals for the eyes, the sqaure/circle for the nose, and so on and so forth.

~Tipsy: Wherever you post your drawing and you used an image for a reference, be sure to post the source link if the image you used was from Google or Photobucket or anything. Wouldn't want any theiving would we?

Hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.

Thanks for reading, and remember: stay spontaneous! ~Kathryn

So You Want To Be An Artist - The Dos and Don'ts of Drawing Tools

Posted by Kathryn on July 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Being an artist is one of the best things that can really lead you into a future, and it is important that you have the right tools. But before you can jump in to using the big-boy pencils and markers, you must take baby steps and start small. I'll give you a list of what I started out with and what I'm using now.

- A #2 Pencil: Even a basic pencil is your best friend. Always keep this with you, even as a professional. 

~Tipsy: This may be your best friend, but they sure can break. Always keep a pencil sharpener nearby.

-Crayola Colored Pencils/Crayons: Everyone has started out with these! They have great pigment consistency and are wonderful to use. Even the crayons are like starting out with low-end pastels.

-Crayola Markers: Now these, I wouldn't really recommend. In my eyes, they're more good for a school project than becoming an artist.

-Bic Mark It! Color Markers: These are great! I've used these and I still do. They have great color consistency and I definitely recommend them.

-Prismacolor Charcoal: Ah ha! NOW we're getting somewhere! These are great for shading and include two brown charcoals and a white, along with other black charcoals of different texture that provide different shading.

~Tipsy: Charcoal may be great to use, but they stain on skin easily. It takes a couple washes to get it off. Be prepared to get your hands dirty.

-Copic Markers: THESE are the grand-daddy of coloring. These markers come in different letters/numbers (for example: COS1, COS2, and COS3 are different shades of cool grays, and keep going on till the darkest shade, COS9), and provide great shading to create the perfect drawing, like on Photoshop.


I hope this will help you for what to start out with on the path to becoming an artist!

Thanks, and stay spontaneous! ~Kathryn