Everything is awesome! and hello!
Greetings new friends! I just subscribed to SVS and am enjoying all the learning.
I'm Lauren, a silly, nerdy and happy petite artist! I'm living the drought life in Anaheim, California with my husband and dos gatos. I gradated in 2008 with a BA in studio arts from UCLA.
I've always been a "I-learn-it-now-I-teach-you" sort of person. So while making art at UCLA, I also participated in arts education programs. Since then, teaching art has been the focus for my career.
Being a teacher has forced me to learn quickly and allowed me to participate in amazing workshops/courses. Over the last 3 years, I've been refining my technical skills with the Oatley Academy Magic Box course, learning from Matt Kohr at Ctrl+Paint, and attended the Illustration Masters Class in 2013 & 2014.
It's now time to make a great children's illustration portfolio and get out there! I'm really looking forward to all the feedback and community here cause "Everything is cool when you're part of a team!"
See you guys around!
Welcome aboard!! And now I have that song in my head lol
Steve Young last edited by
Come along and welcome to the fun!
ChrisRichDraws last edited by
@Lauren-M. Some lovely work on your site, I've never seen Link been so kind to chickens!
@ChrisRichDraws I felt bad for the chickens since I'm always terrorizing them in game. Glad you like!
Jiří Kůs last edited by
Wha... what have you done to the chicken!
AWWW MY GOD, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO THE CHICKEN?!
Oh well... HI
@Jiří-Kůs lol! The chickens are mine!! I must pick them all up and put them on my head! Then I am the king of the chickens!
Naroth Kean last edited by
welcome to the forum!
Thrace last edited by
Hello, welcome and I love your work on your website!!
@Thrace-Shirley-Mears Howdy Thrace! Thank you for your sweet comment
Carey Bowden last edited by
@Lauren-M. Welcome! I love your art - what did you use for the washes for your Inktober challenge? I can't get my ink + water to look like that!
@Carey-Bowden Hi Carey, here are my main "tricks of the trade" supplies:
Micron Pens - Various sizes
Dr. Ph. Martin's Black Star Matte India Ink
Pentel Water brushes - Various sizes. I dilute the ink with water and designate a light, medium, and dark brush. My darkest brush is my smallest size. Light and medium are about the same size.
I got this idea from James Gurney. He combines his ink brushes with watercolors: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2014/08/watercolor-in-wild-materials.html Scroll towards the bottom of the page to see his ink choices. He likes to have a sepia pen and a blue-black one. I haven't tried color ink yet.
Tip when using the ink brushes: Keep an eye on your wet edges, cause once it dries it will leave a line. If i want a gradient wash, I use the lightest one first and do a couple passes to make sure the paper stays wet then switch to a darker pen and dab/paint in color. Very similar to working with watercolor
I personally love working with the inks and since they are in pens it's a very convenient way to add tones in a sketchbook. Just have a pack of tissues or a small cloth handy cause sometimes extra ink goes into the cap. Usually after a plane flight, being left in a warm car, or accidentally stored upside down.
Lemme know if you have follow-up questions!
Carey Bowden last edited by
@Lauren-M. Wow, thank you so much! I love the links you provided - great resources, I'm adding some to my bookmarks right now!