Illustrations, Sketches, and Art Supply Reviews


  • Mail Art Show

    illustration of a guy inked with pentel brush pen screentone

    We are having a Mail Art show at work and I figured I should have something in it. I had intended to actually send it through the mail but I didn’t make this until the day before the show, so I hand delivered it by courier (lol). It’s nothing super special but it’s the first piece I’ve made on a deadline in forever, and that felt really nice. Accomplishment.

    This sucker uses 60L tone, which I’m not too big a fan of but I bought it so I gotta use it at some point. I had been shaving a little bit a the beginning of this year, and I thought it’d be fun to put those toilet paper bandages on his face, I had to do that a bit while I was shaving. I’m done shaving for a bit now, personally.

    It’s also drawn on a envelope I bought at work, making it one of my only true works with reuse materials, go me.

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  • The Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 isn’t worth it

    Pencils in a row Blackwing 602 and a Pentel Black Polymer 999, both not worth it

    This was originally in my zine, Pencil Snob, but I thought it would be a good one to put on the site.

    I’m sure if you’ve heard of anything in pencils currently made that isn’t a Dixon Ticonderoga, you’ve heard about the Blackwing 602. There is a Blackwing 602 out now, but it is not the original Blackwing 602. Cal Cedar got the rights to produce a new pencil under the old name, but they don’t have the same lead formula, which was the most important part (though I will admit it is close enough).

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  • Rocco

    illustration of bloody guy inked with pentel brush pen screentone

    This is the first thing I’ve colored in a while (done in Affinity Photo 2). The colors changed the feel of the piece for sure. I liked it, thus why you are seeing it in color. Inked on Strathmore Drawing 400 Smooth paper. Just the proper ammount of tooth to smooth ratio, takes ink really well. I’ll include the pencils and the inks too below.

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  • Ghoulie

    floating head illustration inked with pentel brush pen screentone

    Most of the sketch is here. It took a few tries to make that happen. I kept trying to do this in graphite as a final but it just never worked, I don’t know if I’ll ever figure out a way for that to look presentable. It’s usually way too tight and stiff when I use pencil as a final medium, never ever retains anything of the looseness of a sketch.

    This thing is also teenie tiny, like 3 inches across.

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  • Slimey

    floating head illustration inked with pentel brush pen screentone

    Making a little something is better than making nothing at all.

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  • Head Form

    floating head illustration inked with pentel brush pen screentone

    Experiment through error.

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  • Ugly Man

    ugly man illustration inked with pentel brush pen screentone

    This fella is trying is best in the morning but the serums aren’t working. This was quite quick, sketched in the morning finished in the evening. I felt very Dan Clowes-y doing it but maybe i’m a crazy mad man.

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  • Crumby

    r crumb illustration inked with pentel brush pen screentone

    This sketch has been floating around for a bit, finally did something with it today. Original sketch was done while watching the Crumb doc, it’s a inspired portrait i suppose. I tried a variation in pencil at the end, and that didn’t feel right at all. Maybe one day.

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