Illustrations, Sketches, and Art Supply Reviews

  • LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal Review

    LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal Front Cover with Paper Sleeve

    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.

    LEUCHTTURM1917 Plain Journal Back Cover with Paper Sleeve

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  • Frankensteins Monster Head

    Frankenstiens Monster boris karloff Head Sketch with Deleter Screentones

    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.

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  • 04-12-20

    sketch doodle ink moleskine

    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.

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  • Heads and Graphite

    heads and graphite sketch on moleskine sketchbook paper

    My scanner is awful for pencil rendering sadly, its mainly only good for inks.

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  • Wild Texture

    heads and graphite sketch on moleskine sketchbook paper

    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.

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  • Satanic Sabrina

    the chilling adventures of Sabrina satan satanic illustration pen and ink

    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.

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  • Platinum CF-5000 Weasel Hair Brush Pen Review

    Platinum CF-5000 Fude Brush Pen

    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.

    Drawing inked with a Platinum CF-5000 brush pen

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  • Mama Bear

    Mama Bear cat illustration pen and ink

    This is Mama Bear, she’s my cat, and she’s the best fucking cat in the world.

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