Archive for July, 2015


New Molotow Marker Filled with India Ink

July 30, 2015

I bought a bunch of empty Molotow markers a few days ago, and wanted to try out one using India Ink. I had made a post awhile back filling one with acrylic paint.


The first thing I noticed is that they redesigned the pump valve cap, making it easier to add your ink or paint. The valve doesn’t have to be pried off with a sharp knife any more. It just pulls out by hand. The spring is also contained in the valve, and won’t accidentally fly off. Much better.


The ink I’m using is Higgins Black Magic India Ink. I dropped about a teaspoon into a one ounce plastic jar, and filled it up with water until I got the medium gray value that I wanted. I used a syringe to load the marker body with the ink, and reassembled the marker.


It marks really well. I can carry this around with me for sketching now. I barely used any of the ink I mixed up, so that should last for quite awhile. I have six other markers that I can fill with undiluted ink, different types of ink, or thinned paints.


New Sketch: Burger Joint Headset

July 28, 2015


This is drawn from a photo I snapped a few months back at a local burger joint. These two people were at a booth in the corner, and he was speaking into a phone headset. It was off to the side in the distance of the photo, without much detail, so I had to improvise on some things. I also ran dry on the marker, but managed to get him drawn in okay.


Paint Storage Tip: Gravity Is Your Friend

July 22, 2015

Some fatherly advice I received years ago from dear old Dad was to store my containers of liquid, in particular cans of paint and such, upside down. The demon of air will dry out paint, or cause it to get a dry skin layer inside the can as air that penetrates through the lid. However, when the wet liquid presses against the inside of the lid there’s less air to dry it out, and the paint will last longer.


In this photo above you can see a few small plastic jars of some recently made gouache paint turned upside down on their lids. This is how I store them. Sometimes I put labels on the bottom. Behind them is a jar of Golden Acrylic Gesso, a bottle of acrylic medium, and some paint tubes. The bottle of medium is a little unwieldy on its cap, so I have to place it in a drawer in such a way that it won’t tip over, usually against other similar bottles stored in the same way. The paint tubes can be a problem since most manufacturers use very small caps that won’t let you balance the tube upright. Liquitex tubes are nice and large for that, but not most other brands. Alternatively, you should squeeze the tubes from the end, forcing the paint to the top and get the same benefit.


This is also a good way to store any cans of left over house paint you might have in the garage. Be careful of potential leaks, however, and put a plastic sheet underneath, just in case.

The motivation for this post was my reading that Golden is going to start labeling their cans upside down to encourage people to get use to this way of storing their supplies. Good for them.


Painting Final: Elizabeth Stretches

July 19, 2015


Well, the figure is final, but I may change the background, probably paint in a shadow behind her. I’ll call it done for now.



Painting Update 5: Elizabeth Stretches

July 17, 2015


I’ve finished her back and head, and now I’m working on her arms. I had to rework her back at one point, since I had the shadow on the left side a shade too dark. This is tough to photograph well. The values and saturation levels always come out too high.



Painting Update 4: Elizabeth Stretches

July 12, 2015

Here’s what her bottom half now looks like.


I’d forgotten how acrylics tend to dry darker when you paint in thin glazes. I’ll have to go back and touch up some areas.



Painting Update 3: Elizabeth Stretches

July 9, 2015


Back to working on the painting. I had all sorts of curious things happening with the background, all of which I wound up not liking, so I painted it all a solid dark shade, and switched over to the figure. I’ll decide what to do with the background later, maybe leave it.


Here’s a closeup of her leg that I’ve been working on. It’ll give you an idea of where I’m headed with the rest of the figure.