@jake-parker the Loved this episode. So full of laughs as well as good, practical lessons. Thanks for sharing your stories!
P.S. The IRS still uses fax machines too. If you have several hours or days to kill, you can try it out. Just pray they don’t ever ask you to fax something in.
Hi everyone, this is just a kind of visual how-to for if you want to use a cartridge converter with a Pentel Pocket Brush. (This could be common knowledge to just about everyone here, too, I dunno. I more or less just joined.)
I live near a ton of art supply stores but for some reason, not very many carry this pen, which means they don't have the ink cartridges, either. Also, wouldn't it be fun to use different colors from time to time? :)
The cartridge converter I used is a Platinum: http://bit.ly/1lVmFMN
The ink I use is not India Ink, but Noodler's Black (http://amzn.to/1HZu1cP). It's waterproof on paper, and has a slightly longer dry time than the ink inside the Pentel cartridges, but in my experience, it doesn't feather at all, even on copy paper. And you can buy the stuff by the jar, so over time this setup should be a lot cheaper than the cartridge option.
Basically you just have to pop off the metal ring at the end. Afterward the converter should fit on the end of your Pocket Brush, but it'll be snug. That's why I used sandpaper to shave off the lip somewhat. To fill the pen, submerge it into your favorite ink bottle so that the two air holes on the sides are below the surface, and twist the converter to draw up the ink.
Finish 3rd Thursday
Paint at least 20 images that are children orientated before the 23rd of Jan. there is a critique locally here for SCBWI
Get actionable poses and expressions down
Finish up all of the courses currently offered here
Create leave behind sheet/postcard and business cards for illustration vs my design ones now
Created a separate space from my design portfolio to house a blog of my illustrations in progress or complete
Finished 8 courses here
Created a drawing or painting daily for weeks, the first time in 20 years
@Bobby-Aquitania Yes you're right, there should be a light on the front. I did think about that before, but it didn't suit the composition with the other light sources I wanted so I left it out. At one point when I was thinking of adding the fairy lights, they were going to be wrapped round the funnel thing at the top, and I thought they could light the way... I also wondered, maybe there could be a third elf sat up there at the front, arms wrapped round, holding a light & looking delighted...but again would that be too much to include.. But fair points, thanks for pointing them out :-)
@mattramsey Thanks for the update. I was thinking about suggesting testing on a copy. 1. test the space, since that area is giving you problems and not the sand area what happens if you delete and paint from scratch. 2. Copy and paste just that square of space into a new file and see what happens there. 3. Play with the type of files you are saving it as. Good luck troubleshooting.
@Joy-Heyer Oh, wow! Thanks. It's nice to have a visual. I see what you mean. The other one I did had Peter and Santa really big and some of the feedback then was that it was too much so.....maybe though, Peter Pan was the star and Santa was in the background then. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I still might be able to enlarge them a little as I haven't started inking my new one yet. We'll see how much time I have. Thanks again!
A Gradient pass on Screen of a bright orange from bottom to half way. This is to simulate the light coming from the bottom and fading out above him.
A Gradient pass on Multiply in a dark blue from top to half way.
I erased the edges from the outer oval where it had become blue to match the warm bottom of the oval background
I did some bright circular gradients in a light blue on the bluebird.
And finally I selected the inner back ground and turned the contrast down to match the top darkness to give the illusion of going back.
I think the last part was the most effective. You could do this with a dark glaze in your painting. I would test it on some canvas paper first though. I could make the foliage under his arm more green, but you get the gist...