Posts Tagged ‘Drawing’

Krink Super Black Permanent Ink Markers In Action

Friday, October 19th, 2018
Diana De Sousa, Krink

Reminder to our retailers: please feel free to use these vendor resources for social media or marketing purposes!

Krink Super Black permanent ink markers are great everyday markers and a go-to for many artists. The Super Black alcohol-based ink is permanent and opaque; it works well on almost everything. The high quality ink comes in a range of marker styles with value-action delivery systems, ensuring your marker will not dry out. All handmade in the USA.

Joe Grillo + K-70 Permanent Ink Marker

Joe Grillo (@joegrillojoegrillo) is a Meteorcity-born and Virginia Beach-based artist. Here he uses the K-70, which has a double-sided nib, 3mm bullet or 5mm chisel, that writes on most surfaces.

Rostarr + K-51 Permanent Ink Marker

Romon Kimin Yang (@rostarrnyc), aka Rostarr, is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. Rostarr selected the K-51 for a recent project. This marker has a 15mm wide tip and is great for larger drawing, making signs, and calligraphy.

Shantell Martin + K-71 Permanent Ink Marker

Shantell Martin (@shantellmartin) is a New York-based artist who creates with black and white lines. The K-71 is one of Krink’s best selling markers. It is an excellent all-around marker and works well on paper, cardboard, metal, and painted surfaces.

For more information about these products, please visit krink.com or contact diana@krink.com.

Inktober For Everyone!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Catherine Monahon, Copywriter, MacPherson’s

In 2009, illustrator Jake Parker set out to challenge himself for the month of October: create a work of art in pen and ink each day, and share it online. He dubbed it with the catchy name “Inktober” and got to work. Nearly ten years later, tens of thousands of artists are a part of the Inktober community. 31 drawings in 31 days, all under the hashtag “#inktober,” the artwork spans from fantastical to realistic, lettering to abstract. As long as it’s ink, it qualifies. Each day of #Inktober has a corresponding prompt to tackle creative blocks; see the list here for inspiration.

Inktober in Your Store

While Inktober reminds professionals to loosen up and have fun with their craft, it also challenges beginners and enthusiasts to push themselves and improve. It is a great opportunity for you to engage with customers who use pen and ink or those who would like to challenge themselves in new ways. So what supplies are your customers craving?

We’ve compiled a list of supplies you can feature in September to get your community excited for October 1st! In addition to featuring ink related products, you can also host in store competitions, staff artwork or have a gallery showing in November featuring the work of local Inktober artists.

Collaboration

Jake Parker, the founder of Inktober, is professional illustrator who has helped build the Inktober community over the years. If you would like to use the Inktober logo for promotions, please connect with Jake directly. He is open to collaboration; run an idea by him if you’d like to go beyond an endcap or demo and do Inktober events, gallery openings and more. He also offers online classes if your customers are interested. Please contact him and tag him in social media posts with #inktober @jakeparker.

Beyond October…

Monthly challenges have gained popularity in recent years and are a great way to engage with customers or showcase specific products. Check out Dynovember, March of the Robots or Sketch a Day May to learn more about what future months hold!

Jesse Lane Introduces Derwent Lightfast

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Original post can be found on the Derwent Blog

Derwent is proud to announce the launch of the Derwent Lightfast range. After being announced in January at CreativeWorld, artists and retailers were abuzz with excitement about our latest range.

Boasting 100% lightfastness, the oil-based pencils have a smooth and creamy finish with a beautiful laydown of rich colour.

To celebrate, Cindy Wider has interviewed Jesse Lane, award-winning coloured pencil artist who was commissioned to create the inspiring eye image that adorns our latest range. Find out how Jesse started out as an artist, his passion for coloured pencils and the Derwent Lightfast range in the latest Derwent Blog!

Jesse, could you tell us when you first realized that you enjoyed creating art as a child and were you supported in your decision, if so by whom?

I think I always enjoyed creating art, but I wasn’t very good at it. When I was 14, my art teacher told me I was the worst in the class. The following year, I made friends with the art kids at school and that was when I really got into coloured pencils. I started with little self-confidence.

As my dad was a former graphic artist, I gradually improved when I got him to critique my work, whereas previously I never always let him.

People refer to the ability to do art as a gift, especially when they see someone young doing it well. But the truth is, art was never a gift for me. It was something I had to work for. I did have a gift, though: people around me who encouraged me. I went to a high school with a great art department, not just a few art classes. I now have a supportive fiancee and encouraging parents, which is rare. You can control your talent with practice, but it can be much harder to control your environment.

What journey have you been on as an artist. For example when did you first begin to create art as an adult? Did you study at all and if so where? How was that experience?

During the first few years I practised rendering ability. Then I tried to create a style for my work using lighting and colour. I studied animation at Texas A&M University, but quickly decided that wasn’t what I wanted as a career. I began taking more drawing classes and trying to turn animation assignments into drawing ones.

At the time it was frustrating, but it got me thinking for myself instead of sticking to class assignments. Many artists can render well, but don’t know how to think originally.

You were commissioned to create the artwork on Derwent Lightfast tins. What makes Derwent Lightfast Pencils a tool you enjoy using?

As a coloured pencil artist, I applaud Derwent for making an entire range of 100% lightfast coloured pencils.  Lightfastness has traditionally been a concern for both artists and art collectors alike. It’s testament to them that they’ve listened to and understood the needs of creatives.

The Lightfast range is the brand’s first fully oil-based pencils. A good balance is struck between soft and hard meaning that I can create a fine point without worrying about the pencil snapping but still maintaining the smoothness of a creamy, soft pencil.

The pencils themselves have a classy appearance with a varnished, bare wood.  The neutral tone allows the coloured ends to stand out, making it easier to quickly locate colours while working – a bit help especially when you’re working on a piece of art at the size I am!

How do you manage to create such detailed texture with a coloured pencil?

People are most interested in my technique for drawing skin-tones.  I work from general to specific.  This is quicker and much simpler than trying to draw details from the start.

I begin by applying large blocks of colour.  I work in shades of tans, beige, creams and browns.  This establishes the values of my subject.

Next I begin to work in colour — adding pink, purple and yellow, or a brown that has a hint of red in it.  These patches of colour are often smaller but create a basic texture..

Lastly, I capture the tiny details. Even if skin lacks wrinkles, it’s always splotchy.  I add tiny splotches of colour to create an organic appearance.  With these splotches, my colours get more saturated.  I find the previous layers help mute the intensity of the later colours and keep the skin unified, while providing variety.

 

For artists just starting out on their creative journey, what are your top tips?

  1. Be intentional with your time and have a schedule. You can’t always expect others to fit into your schedule, but it helps if you establish one for yourself.
  2. I have gone back and forth with the idea that I should draw more and sleep less. While there have been times I’ve had to embark on drawing marathons (once, for 61 hours straight), it’s not a good idea. I would rather have less time and be able to think clearly, than more time when I can’t perform well.
  3. Quantity doesn’t make a successful fine artist. Quality does. Show up at your best and give your full attention to the art with the time you have. No distractions.
  4. Treat every piece like it’s your next best piece. You grow most when you challenge yourself, like in the gym. While you do want every piece to be your next best, it doesn’t mean it will be. But there’s a positive correlation.
  5. We all have that one piece that we don’t like very much, but everyone else seems to enjoy. So make the best of every piece, because while you may not value it, others might and it could greatly help you.
  6. Accept critique, it helps you know where to focus. You learn more with mistakes than successes.
  7. Stay Inspired! When I was young, there were people who had much more talent than me… but I stayed inspired, kept on the same path with colored pencil and eventually reached beyond them.
  8. Use the full range of contrast. Don’t be afraid of black or using the white of the paper.
  9. The more you can plan ahead, the more time you’ll save and the better your work will be.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about your art journey so far and your inspiration to create art, that I could include in your interview to inspire others?

It’s not a story of triumph, but more of an empowering realization when something terrible happened in my art career.

In December of 2016, I had my first solo show, Face Reality, at RJD Gallery. The morning after the exhibit closed, the gallery was destroyed by a fire. I was devastated. I lost five major pieces that together, took over 1,000 hours to create. I had to start over. I literally had to Face Reality.

I felt small and the challenges seemed overwhelming. But as much as the fire upset me, every day I still had the option to go into my studio and create new work. I think it was important for me to acknowledge the loss and draw inspiration. Sometimes triumph isn’t having some sort of amazing comeback, but pushing through unfortunate situations and getting through to the other side. Sometimes stubbornly persisting is the most important thing someone can do.

The silver lining is: the gallery and my work were fully insured. RJD reopened in a larger and more beautiful space, and last year was its best year ever.

Derwent would like to thank Cindy Wider for her collaboration on this interview.

You can find more about Jesse at:
Website: jesselaneart.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jesselaneart/
Instagram: @jesselaneart

You can find more about Cindy at:

Website: drawpj.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CindyAWider
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CindyWider
Instagram: @cindywider

Studio Designs: The Prime Drawing Table with Shelf

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Retailers and customers will love the price and style of the Prime Drawing Table with Shelf by Studio Designs. This modern and sleek drafting table is available in a sharp White/ White or Silver/Black finish, making it an eye-catching yet practical addition to any space. It features a 35.5” wide by 23.5” deep top with a 23.5” wide, slide-up pencil ledge to keep pencils or markers from falling while tilted. The 31.75” wide by 4.25” deep bottom shelf keeps extra supplies close.

Start small…

Because it is small enough to fit in a bedroom, spare room or apartment, this table is the perfect solution for emerging artists or students looking to create in a small space. The low price-point invites novices to upgrade from a standard desk or table and invest in a drawing table that relieves back pain, reduces eye strain and encourages the creative process.

Or go big…

The Prime Drawing Table With Shelf is the perfect starting point for creating a customizable drafting table. Add a lamp or  table tray to the back or on either side of the tabletop for intentional light and additional organization.  Add a chair or storage cart, transforming a spare room into a fully functional art studio!

The Prime Drawing Table with Shelf will be available to order from MacPherson’s warehouses in early July, stock in DC’s in late July/ early August.  It will be sold exclusively to Art/Craft retailers only from now through December 31st, 2018.   Available in White/ White (Item # SX10115) or Silver/Black (Item #SX10116).

Legion: Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Making possibilities a reality is why Stonehenge Aqua came to be. Watercolor is all about possibilities. Because it’s not just about beautiful paint. There’s another factor: a wonderfully, whimsical element – water. Together, they allow for form and flow, chaos and connection, beauty and structure.

 

Image and painting by: Jenna Rainey (@jennarainey)

Stonehenge Aqua is as finely crafted as it is affordable. Performing way beyond its price point, it has been tested to its limits and as it turns out, it has no limits.

Wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry, it has a wonderful crispness that anchors beautiful work across every task and technique. With Stonehenge Aqua, blending is effortless, lifting is no longer a chore. It welcomes masking while never relinquishing the control you both demand and desire. Bright colors dry bright. It’s flat paper that dries flat.

Artist Jenna Rainey is not afraid to test the limits of Stonehenge Aqua. “I mostly work wet on wet, with wet on dry also in the running. I love blending and diffusing color with wet on wet though! It’s magic!” Her favorite? It’s the Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress 140. “The surface and texture of the paper is really important to me. I like clean and smooth coverage with the majority of my strokes, so both hotpress and rough paper don’t lend too well with what I like to achieve. It’s also important to me that the pigment lifts well off the paper.”

Image and painting by: Jessica Park (@jeshypark)

Artist, Jessica Park, also uses Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress 140lb.  “I prefer paper that is 100% cotton, and textured for my wet on wet washes. For professional work, I want paper that is of archival quality. This ensures that my clients are receiving paintings that will last for years without changes in coloration.”

Coldpress or Hotpress, Stonehenge Aqua is everything an expensive paper is without the expense. Because every artist deserves every possibility.

Sheets are available in size 22”x30” coldpress 140lb & 300lb and hotpress 140lb.

NEW Strathmore® 400 Series 3”X9” Recycled Sketch Pad

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Our 400 Series Recycled Sketch pads are among our most popular items and have become a classic favorite for artists. They come in a range of pad sizes, including a brand NEW 3”x9” size that’s great for taking on-the-go.

The landscape format is the ultimate planning weapon for cartoonists, urban sketchers, painters, lettering artists, and any travelling artist. It easily fits in a purse or a back pocket so it’s always ready at their side.

We asked artists on Instagram what they’d do with this fun new size, and here are a few of the responses we got:

  • Sequential motions
  • Short comics
  • Lettering projects
  • Cityscapes
  • Storyboards
  • Bookmarks
  • Floral panoramas
  • Landscapes (sketching and planning out paintings)
  • Drawings of reptiles, giraffes and other long animals

The possibilities are endless for a creative mind. This 60lb (89gsm) sketch paper has a fine tooth surface that is ideal for experimentation, practicing, perfecting techniques, and preliminary drawing.

All Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Sketch pad sizes include:

  • 3.5″ x 5″ — “SM457-3  —  SKTCH RCY400 3X5SB SD100(24)
  • 3″x9″ — SM457-4  —  SKTCH RCY400 3X9SB 50SH(24)
  • 5.5″x8.5″ — SM457-5  —  SKTCH RCY400 5X8SB SD100(12)
  • 5.5″x12″ — SM457-12  —  SKTCH RCY400 5.5X12SB 50SH(12)
  • 8”x24” — SM457-8  —  SKTCH RCY400 8X24.5SB 50SH(12)
  • 9″x12″ — SM457-9  —  SKTCH RCY400 9X12SB SD100(12)
  • 11″x14″ — SM457-11  —  SKTCH RCY400 11X14SB SD100(6)
  • 14″x17″ — SM457-14  —  SKTCH RCY400 14X17SB SD100(6)
  • 18″x24″ — SM457-18  —  SKTCH RCY400 18X24SB TB 30(12

Officially launched at NAMTA 2018, the NEW 3”x9” 400 Series Recycled Sketch pad started shipping March 5, 2018 from Strathmore.

Select sizes of our 400 Series Recycled Sketch pads are featured on promotion running through Back To School May 1, 2018 to September 13, 2018. Learn how this new pad can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson sales representative today!

400 Series Recycled Sketch Beauty with Landscape Sketch

 

400 Series Recycled Sketch Beauty

 

Artwork by Adam Harris

 

Artwork by Terry Drehmel

Krink

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Krink recently partnered with Draft & Draw, a monthly meet-up in NYC for illustrators, calligraphers and doodlers that features a creative professional who shares their story. This meet-up featured artist and designer Ricardo Gonzalez (@itsaliving) and Krink supplied one of his favorite markers, the K-42 Paint Marker. Attendees used a range of K-42 colors on the paper-covered tables and got to take home Krink swag in a custom glass.

 

New Strathmore® 400 Series Toned Blue Mixed Media

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Toned Mixed Media paper is now available in a Steel Blue color! The response to our Toned Tan and Toned Gray Mixed Media papers has been overwhelming. Now, for the first time, we introduce a new blue color to our family of Strathmore toned pads.  

Specifically created for use with light and dark media, Toned Blue Mixed Media paper combines the characteristics of a watercolor paper and the finish of a drawing sheet, creating a paper that performs for all wet and dry media. Starting artwork using mid-range colored paper allows for unique sketching and drawing possibilities by providing the middle value that would otherwise need to be rendered by the artist. A wider range of values from light to dark can be used, and the middle tone makes it easier for artists to deliberately place shadows and highlights.

Strathmore 400 Series Toned Blue Mixed Media features include:

  • 184 lb / 300 gsm steel blue paper.
  • 100% recycled, with 30% post-consumer fibers
  • Acid free
  • Toned for light and dark media
  • Medium drawing surface with the wet media characteristics of a watercolor sheet
  • Appropriate for finished artwork
  • Excellent for graphite, colored pencils, markers, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, charcoal, gel pens, and more
  • Linen textured surface stands up to layering, blending, and scraping techniques.
  • Appropriate for finished work
  • Sheets are easily removed from glue binding
  • 15 sheets of paper per pad.
  • Pads available in 6” x 8” (SM462-406), (9” x 12” (SM462-409), 11” x 14” (SM462-411), and 18” x 24” (SM462-418).

Officially launched at NAMTA 2018, the NEW Toned Blue Mixed Media line started shipping March 5, 2018 from Strathmore.

All of our Toned Blue Mixed Media pads are featured on promotion running through Back To School promotion May 1, 2018 to September 13, 2018. Learn how this new program can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson sales representative today!

Toned Blue Mixed Media support materials for retailers including, shelf labels, samplers, headers, photography, and sell sheets which are all available on our Retailer and Distributor Tools section of the website at www.strathmoreartist.com.

Artwork by: Georgina Kruetzer

KRINK

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Krink has many creative uses outside of the street art and graffiti community. Our paint and ink markers are suitable for beginners to experts, ranging from the mixed media painter working on canvas to the lettering artist seeking bold, clean lines to the avid doodler customizing their sneakers. Check out artists using Krink below!

K-60 Paint Marker

Kami (@kami_htzk) uses the K-60 Paint Marker in this painting. With the the right amount of pressure, he can control the flow of paint with the squeeze bottle. Kami is based in Tokyo and works collaboratively with his wife, Sasu, under the name Hitotzuki. They are best known for their flowing paintings and large-scale murals.

 

K-55 Acrylic Paint Marker

Ricardo Gonzalez (@itsaliving) is using the K-55 Acrylic Paint Marker in Fluorescent Pink and creating a canvas showcasing all of Krink’s marker styles.  Gonzalez is a Brooklyn-based designer and artist from Durango, México. His signature script style can be easily recognized from large scale murals to commercial work for some of the biggest brands.

K-42 Paint Marker

Sam Larson (@samlarson) draws on paper using the K-42 Paint Marker in Red and Light Blue. The bullet tip allows him to create clean, smooth lines. Larson is a Salt Lake City-based artist inspired by the American West and nature.

Krink is a Brooklyn-based company offering a collection of high quality markers and inks unique to the market in their style and history. What started as products created to fit the specific needs of urban artists has grown into a range of creative tools. In addition, Krink creates limited edition, one-of-a-kind products with iconic brands, such as Nike, Casio and Coach. Handmade in the USA. For more information, please visit krink.com or contact diana@krink.com.