Faith restored in brush markers

Tombow marker! I’ve always thought it would be dreamy to be able to draw in my own style on the go, but my own favorite style right now is rough sketchy looking drawings with lots of splatter and mess. It’s hard to carry a mini messy atelier in the pocket. When I first heard of brush pens I thought I’ve found a solution to my problem, but nope. I tried a few of the marker versions of brushers and all of them are pretty much were same as the regular felt tip marker and the ink that came out looked like penwork (dry and clean or neat looking drawings) and not a brushwork (wet and uneven and rough looking sketches).

Anyway, no luck there, so I quit trying. Until now I just stumbled upon the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Marker, Color N15 marker from a calligraphy set. I’m still half way testing it out but I’m already a bit impressed. P.s. I’m not a marketing person, but I am a marker person.

This is a color table from the Tombow site. Just lovely to look at.

So far I’ve been totally disappointed in all of the brush markers I’ve bought up here in the north (they’re expensive too, so it’s sad when they don’t work). One exception was one brush marker that someone brought directly from Japan, I didn’t write the name down though, so it’s lost! So when you’re friends fly to Japan and ask what you’d like for a souvenir, Japanese art supplies might be it.

As a final note, I checked the Internet if there were any brush guides that included pictures of brush strokes and found this blog post below. Looks like the entire blog is entirely about calligraphy, loving it:

Jon Snows Nothing (oil portrait)

How to paint cute men and puppies, the key to oil painting is to learn everything you can about oil paints, then just practice about ten years and you’ should be good to start trying. So obviously I was scared to re-unite with oil paints after the long pause in any other way that to try to remember what I used to know and try a couple of portraits. This is the second portrait painted just for fun and during this one I remembered how important it is to select (or have) a set of brushes that works in your hand, so you might have to modify them a bit or use the wrong ones. So far, both trial paintings have been useful in different ways, even though they look a lot alike.

My glorious set of new paints, very proud.

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First thing I always want to do is to spend a lot of time sketching the portrait, even if it seems like a waste of time because it will all get painted over right away. To avoid getting everything dusty with pencil lines, sketch on a different paper first I guess.

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I thought a mistake here was to make the flyaway locks and hairs before the background, but not really, if your background is very simple, you can blend it pretty nicely and add layers. 

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I figured since it was so obvious what I was doing (making a portrait of Kit Harington is the easiest choice if you’re going for cute) I though I’d like to overkill it and add a puppy, and overkill it twice – adding the magical puppy dire wolf who saves everyone.  

 

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Here is the final version of the portrait painting of  Jon Snow and Ghost the wolf. I had a lot of fun painting it and it made me remember that oil paints are really special.