Traditional Art Supply Wish List

For the past few weeks I’ve been very careful with my money so that I’ll have some cash to spend during our upcoming roadtrip. I’ve heard good things about the art stores in New York, and have been making a wish list in my mind of things I’d like to get my hands on. With any luck I’ll even be able to try out a few things. Ever since the Naoko Takeuchi post, I’ve been itching to do some awesome manga-inspired works with some cool traditional media, like brushes, pens, airbrushes, toner, etc. Here are some of the things on my latest wish list:

Neo Sable Watercolor Paint Brush (good precision watercolor brushes)

Niji Waterbrush (a brush that holds water instead of ink)

COPIC airbrush system (allows for smooth color over a large area)

DELETER screentones (used to shade manga pages, can also be used for patterns and backgrounds)

DELETER paper (paper for markers and inks)

Canson drawing paper (more paper for markers and inks, used by Naoko Takeuchi)

Poster color

Colored inks

I figure since I haven’t done any courses yet this year, it’d be nice to try something new. Thanks to youtube, I can search for tutorials on anything I’m not sure how to use!

This video shows an illustration done using a french french curve and lightbox, colored with a combination of inks, watercolors and an airbrush. I really admire the way the background was detailed here and the method of coloring the girl’s shirt; it looks like the entire shape of the shirt was first dampened with water, and then the red sort of “bleeds” into the shape once applied in the middle. Really cool.

Below, we see Francis Vallejo inking a piece three different ways: with a nib, a brush, and a combination of the two with grey washes. The tool chosen to ink with will make a huge impact on the final drawing.

Working with manga screentone is painstaking and could be done much quicker digitally, but there’s something about cutting and pasting and doing things by hand that makes it a much more personal experience, for me. Here’s an example of how you’d use screentone to shade an image (this one’s a bit long, roughly 10 minutes). More example’s of his screen-toned art can be found here.

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Roses in Tattoos

Roses are one of the most popular subjects in tattooing and have been around almost forever. They make for great tattoos by themselves, or could be added to a piece to fill it out. They work great almost anywhere on the body including arms, legs, shoulders and even the chest.

The piece below has a dagger going through a rose, done in a more traditional style, a contrast of sharp and soft with excellent shading.

by Reardon (tumblr)

by Reardon (tumblr)

This dagger is similar but adds color and a snake to the mix. Here we see the rose with yellow added to the petals instead of a simple red or pink, which I find myself preferring over a monotone palette. Shading my Life Owl’s petals with blue gave them a mysterious-vibe. I really like the reflections on the blade of the dagger, reflective of the brights colors in this tattoo.

 by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

At one point I contemplated getting a vocal-related tattoo, so the tattoo below speaks to me (no pun intended). The red roses frame the chrome microphone nicely and are accented by some cloud-blue shading. This piece sits well on it’s own but would also be a great starter to a full sleeve design.

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

Black and white may make things simpler in terms of color-choices, but greyscale tattoos can be every bit as detailed as a full color version. These are shaded so smoothly that they appear life-like. The dark leaves and thick outlines give the realistic flowers an art-deco feeling, reminiscent of Mucha’s works.

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Whether highly detailed, or simple and pretty, roses are a great choice for a tattoo design. They will age well (provided they’re well done in a clean/professional manner) and always be a classic.

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)