stitchwerks said: Have you noticed any trends or traits of habit when you begin inking a piece? Do you start somewhere in particular because it interests you or do you have a mental checklist or process you like to cycle through?
I used to start where I was most comfortable, because if it looked like trash, the rest of the piece probably would end up that way too. However, I think I’ve started to work in a way that fits your first description. Places that captures my interest due to the complexity, or sometimes simplicity of the section. I’ve been trying to work on less pieces focused on the figure, so it helps me discover what I like most about environments, and what kinds of textures I tackle better than others.
If I’m stuck being scared to start inking on a piece, however, I’ll just ink what I’m comfortable with and shoot off from there.
Anonymous said: Hello Chan! Any books you read lately that you recommend? (ps: your art and comics are really wonderful keep it up uwu)
Thank you! ahhhhh! I’ve been reading trashy romance novels, because I hate myself. BUT I would recommend Skim, by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki (still need to put aside some time for This One Summer), Blue Pills by Frederik Peeters, Miss Don’t Touch Me by Hubert and Kerascoet.
…guhhhhh I’m currently reading Six Gun Gorilla, Salvatore, and Seconds! So if you wanna check those out, that’s cool too!
Anonymous said: just stopping by to say thank you for sharing your work with us and I hope you have a really nice day! take care x
Th-Thank you! This really means a lot that sharing my artwork means something!?!
When you study and replicate other people’s art, do you tend to have a lot of ah-ha moments, or do you feel like stuff sort of just sinks in most of the time? I’ve been trying it out lately, and it’s hard to tell how much good it’s doing me.
I don’t think I have a lot of ah-ha moments, honestly! Emulating takes a lot practicing in deconstruction, and it typically sinks in with some time and focus. Just copying isn’t necessarily going to help, but it’s nice to learn how the artist would think…again, deconstruction.
The best tip I’ve been given was when I was trying to emulate a style but was too hesitant to practice drawing EXACTLY like them. A good friend called me out on it, and told me to ditch my style while I’m studying. It’s not like you’re going to post it and then claim it as your art, or I’d at least hope so. It’s like emulating a master, there’s no shame in it if you’re in it to learn and expand upon your current style?
You’re never going to lose your old style, unless you actively don’t want it anymore. Old habits can return fairly quickly. For me, studying other people’s styles has helped me just improve my speed, or just a different way of thinking about my work I currently do.
For an example, I used to pencil everything before inking, but now I barely draw a body before I start inking. It’s because I was really inspired by Boulet’s straight-to-ink inking, and so I studied for a couple months just drawing everything with a pen, no pencils.
Sometimes things click faster if you really really want to learn how to do something. Sounds real dumb and obvious, but it always works for me. Find more artists, find specifically what you want to learn that they do that you can’t, and just STUDY AND PRACTICE.
Your voice will always sit with your work, so don’t be scared to reach out and try new things!!!
Hope this helps?!
I love illustrating, but I am still quite new to the artform. Do you have a recommendation for a brush pen that is beginner proof? Thanks!
I’m actually pretty awful with brush pens, but I still use them while I’m on the go! The Pentel Pocket has a nice synthetic brush that I know a lot of people use, but it doesn’t have much of a spring to the brush. I used to use a Kuretake No. 8 which is like a Pentel Pocket with a smaller brush (kind of more like a 1 brush, rather than a 2).
I typically use kolinsky sable brushes and carry around a small ink well with a watertight seal (so it doesn’t spill when I bring it around). mostly because I’m only really confident with those! For those, I typically use a Winsor Newton Series 7 or my DaVinci Portable Kolinsky Sable (which I think this series is discontinued, but is the best thing to grace my hands because I commute around). Size 1s for both!