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931  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recomendations for supplies on: May 25, 2009 01:31:03 AM
Derwent is an excellent brand of pencils for drawing, they have a wide range of products and they have some basic sets of drawing pencils that are reasonably priced. The biggest thing I would focus on is variety, a representation from each of these: Graphite pencil, charcoal, conte, pen and ink, and woodless. There are even water soluble graphite sticks to that you can draw just like a pencil but then acheive even more effects by brushing them with water. I know that list seemed really long, but you can get a sampling of all that stuff for a very reasonable amount. I do a lot of my drawing with a fine mechanical pencil, then I use a few others to add the shading, but after all of the things I have tried I have found that the mechanical pencil is still my most versitile tool. 

I also recommend getting him a set of watercolors, I find watercolor painting to be the most stress relieving and freeing form of art that I do. There is just something about it.
932  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for watercolor paints? on: May 25, 2009 01:13:07 AM
I have tried a large range of watercolors and I always come back to Windsor & Newton. If you are looking to experiment and learn some techniques without spending a whole lot of money than The Cotman line of Windsor & Newton are going to be lower in price but be worth your time. Grumbacher also has a line of tubed watercolors that are acceptable, but their pan paints are terrible. Run as fast as you can away from Reeves or any comparable brand because they will: Dry chalky, always mix muddy, contain way to much polymer causing a booger-ey effect, fade in very little time, and because of the fact that they are very little pigment with a lot of fillers it is very difficult to achieve any kind of range of brightness causing you to loose depth and detail in your work.

As for Prang watercolor sets, I recomend those to anyone who is just beginning to use watercolors, they are very smooth and acheive a good amount of brightness. They will also behave enough like more professional quality paints for you to actually learn from them. I still use a set from time to time if I am traveling or need to make a quick sketch or touch up. Their drawbacks are the fact that there are limited colors and limited mixability, they also fade a little, and dry significantly more dull than when applied.

If your paints are grainy or chunky that may be because they have lost some of their moisture to solve this problem you can check out some watercolor mediums there may be one specifically for dissolving or reconstituting paint. Gum Arabic is one that tends to smooth things out. you can also apply some paint to your palet and then set it in the bathroom while your shower is running hot water, the steam will work wonders. The shower trick will also revive paint that has completely dried back to its original moistness  so that you can continue working with the same palet.
933  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My latest animation - it's only like 70 seconds on: February 25, 2009 06:13:51 AM
Thanks! I definatley have a place to start now. I love that United commercial too! I am not looking forward to the sound part of it, but I am thinking that for my first one I will just make an animation that is as long as the song I need it for, but make it to where there doesn't have to be a specific image lined up to a specific part of the song. I am not sure if that makes any sense, but I'll give it a try!
934  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My latest animation - it's only like 70 seconds on: February 23, 2009 05:16:16 AM
I am totally intrigued by this process, I have been looking for a way that I could make a music video for my band that uses some kind of animation of my artwork, do mind if I ask you for some tips on how to get started?
935  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Umbrella Academy Belt Buckle on: November 05, 2008 08:38:36 PM
Heck ya, The Umbrella Academy! I love that comic so much! I would have loved to go as one of those characters for halloween. That belt is really cool! A while ago I made a resin pendant that was in homage to The Umbrella Academy:

It is a crappy picture because I had to do it with a scanner, but you get the idea.
936  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty Much The Best Birthday Present EVER <3 (the coolest stuffed kitty EVER!) on: September 04, 2008 02:28:57 PM
That is so amazing! , It is my birthday on Sat. and I wish I was getting something as awesome as that!!!!
937  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ibuki and the Scout Shrinkies! on: September 04, 2008 02:10:44 PM
Those turned out awesome! I too am trying to jump into the world of shrink plastic! So far I have just printed images out with my printer, but I think today I am going to try the whole prismacolor approach.
938  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sugar skull sweater, and a couple other goodies. (warning: Large photos. Sorry!) on: September 01, 2008 04:33:54 PM
OOOh I love the sugar skull sweater!
939  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi doll with pink hair! 7 pictures of her.. on: September 01, 2008 04:23:07 PM
She's so cute! I love her pink hair!
940  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Daisy blanket all done! Whoho! (4 pictures inside) on: September 01, 2008 04:18:22 PM
That is beautiful! I have like 10 different unfinished afghans just floating around my house because I never have the attention span to finish any of them!
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