Experiments in “Traditional” Media: Watercolor Colored Pencils

So, over winter break I rediscovered these:

These are watercolor colored pencils. Basically, the core of the pencil is the same stuff those solid blocks of watercolor paint are made of. The idea is you can draw with the pencil, then go over it with a wet brush to get interesting blending effects, etc.

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Experiments in Coloring: Markers and a Colored Work

Man, I really haven’t been posting at all.  My last post was over 3 months ago.


I didn’t draw as much last term, but that’s not to say I didn’t draw at all. Presenting: J’s coloring experiments! (In rough chronological order).

So for Christmas I received these markers. I thought it’d be interesting to do the sort of Copic-marker-blendy-coloring that a lot of other people do.

Unfortunately they didn’t blend.

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Hello everyone! I am recovering from strep throat~~~~~ For those of you who think I’ve missed out on the epic heat wave by being in Northern California (70s to 80s here, yay), I’ve had my own personal heat wave — in the hundreds. I sure hope I heal up soon.

So yeah, space week has been EXTENDED so that I can actually make a post. orz. This one is recycled content, albeit something I’ve never posted before.

A few years ago I went on a cruise with Sam. During the cruise we had the idea of writing (sam) and illustrating (me) a space story that was sort of in the vein of Star Trek — ship’s crew goes wandering through the universe, finds strange stuff, etc. I am temporarily naming the concept “Sam-space” because we never came up with a name for it. Today I’m going to post some concept art for some of the spacecraft from that universe.

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J313 – Name

I thought this would be a good idea for a business card, but I never got around to sketching it out until now. Way back in second grade we had this assignment to make our name out of drawings. You had to first use pencil to draw out each letter of your name as a picture; for instance, I used an airplane crossing in front of a building to make a “t”. You then used carbon paper (!) to transfer the drawing to another piece of paper. The copy was then colored. I have these in the house somewhere, so I’ll try to post them sometime.

J309 – Touhou Sketch 9

You might have expected this one to be Cirno, but the heuristic I use for choosing the next character wouldn’t let it happen. Presenting a Yakumo “family” triple-portrait:

Characters are:
Yakumo Yukari (friend of Reimu and Suika). Theme.
Yakumo Ran (Yukari’s shikigami (familiar) ). Theme.
Chen (Ran’s shikigami). Theme.

Yukari is the youkai of boundaries, so I thought it’d be interesting to have her open up a boundary in the paper. Ran and Chen were drawn first, with a rough outline of where I wanted to put Yukari (Aside: I really like how Ran turned out in this one, although I’ve never drawn her before.). I then drew Yukari on another sheet of paper and cut her out. I cut out the boundary’s shape on the paper with Ran and Chen, going around Chen’s head. Then I cut some more holes off to the side and tied ribbon (this was the hardest part >.> ).

Interesting note: The first time I scanned I forgot to put anything behind the boundary’s hole, so it just showed up white in the scan due to the scanner’s cover. Problem solved with construction paper.