Illustrations, Sketches, and Art Supply Reviews
It’s time to try something different in the search for the perfect sketchbook. I want one that’s less a finished art piece, and more a combination of doodles and sketches and just playing with the media. More like a true sketchbook, really. My thoughts were if the paper was thinner, and there was more of it for the price, I’d get a little more out of it and be more willing to put whatever on the page. I’ve had a plain Plain Classic Moleskine Journal before a few times, and I kind of got this effect, so I thought I would try out the LEUCHTTURM1917 A5 Plain Journal.
There is a LEUCHTTURM1917 Pen Loop attached, this is sold separately (more on that at the bottom of the review).
It’s got 249 pages, which is 145 more pages than the sketchbook I have been using recently: the Moleskine Art Collection Sketchbook, Large. Assuming you can get each sketchbook for around $22 (that seems about my average at shops) you’re getting an extra sketchbook and a half of room in the LEUCHTTURM1917, right? Well, kinda.
This sketch of Frank turned out really cool too, so I need to post it as well. Also has Deleter Screentones applied for the halftone effect. For sketches I use the little bits and bobs that I’ve already cut out for other illustrations, it’s about the only way I can allow myself to use them for just a sketch.Read More
I added a little screentone to this skethcbook page. It seems weird to even do this, almost as a waste since it’s just a sketch. Didn’t remove the redline either, I’ve been using Col-Erase Carmine Red pencils. Going back to wood feels fun, I don’t even hate it yet.Read More
My scanner is awful for pencil rendering sadly, its mainly only good for inks.Read More
My sketchbook used to look a lot more like this in high school. Testing different micron and fountain pen mark making, as well as different inks and if they feather or not. Just making marks.Read More
I’ve tried a couple of times to make this work as a full piece, but this head sketch is the best I’ve done. If they never bring back this effect they are leaving money on the table. It was so badass.Read More
There are a few expensive brush pens out there. The first one I ever got was a Kuretake No. 40 Brush Pen, which is a lot cheaper now, but in 2012 it was $66 big ones from Jet Pens. It worked pretty good for a while too, until the brush tip formed a split. They were kind enough to replace it, but that was a one time thing. After the tip started splitting again, I began looking for alternatives. After months of looking for a decent weasel hair brush pen, and after using a bunch of synthetic haired brush pens and feeling they didn’t have that snap, I find the Platinum CF-5000, what I had hoped would be my holy grail of brush pens.
This is Mama Bear, she’s my cat, and she’s the best fucking cat in the world.Read More
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