In my ever continuing quest to find and test markers for my audience's enjoyment, I quickly ran out of options that were easily available in US brick and mortar stores. This meant I had to increasingly widen my search online, breezing through my usual resources- DickBlick, Jerry's Artarama, JetPens, in my search for new marker options. It was on eBay that I hit my motherlode- Chinese markers, grafitti markers, as long as I wasn't required to buy a large set in a single brand, I was willing to give it a shot. It was during this eBay exploration that I found Potentate markers, a Chinese alcohol based marker. Potentate, meaning monarch or ruler, has a lot to live up to.
Like most brands not easily available in the US, it's difficult to find information about Potentate alcohol markers.
According to the trading site, Road of Silk, Potentate Markers are:
"1. Famous brand in China, practical item for designers
2. Suitable for Individuals or teams’ animation and cartoon drawing
3. Suitable for Drawings, sketching for Interior Design, Architectural Design, Fashion Design
Ever since Printcess closed its doors, I've been at a loss as to where to source my acrylic charms. Zap! and InkIt are both viable contenders, with InkIt's charms being closer to the general aesthetic I like for charms, and their clear charms looking super slick. While I wait for InkIt to open up their rasterization service, inspiration struck. My friend, Cassie Freire (@ferretparty), recently did a set of Catnip Circle double charms available in either Mela or Pera flavors. These adorable charms, featuring one large charm of one of the two girls, and one smaller charm, struck me as being an excellent product to run in a small batch. This sort of prototyping lends itself well to a product I've only dabbled in once- shrink film charms.
SCAD Sequential's Editor's Day has come and gone, preceeded by a week of preparations and followed by the rush of finishing my thesis before the finals crunch. This year, the Mini Comics Expo was on the same day as the last day of Editor's Day (it's actually a two day event- Friday and Saturday), so Heidi and myself had double the reason to get ready. We decided to attempt something we'd talked about often- a special edition cover for the Friendly Book of Monsters, a linoleum print on specialty paper.
It's been a few years since my last opportunity to create a traditional print, so while Heidi was excited at the thought, I had a little trepidation. I'd grown used to utilizing a well appointed print studio complete with presses, brayers, and a variety of inks, as well as the tools necessary for cleanup. I'd planned to keep it simple so that it would be executable from home, but I knew that a number of factors could go wrong.
About a month ago, I received my first Art Snacks subscription box in the mail, and disemboweled it for my audience's reading pleasure. At the time, I was a bit disappointed by the selection (although quite impressed by the presentation) and outlined a few things I'd like to see from Art Snacks in the future. For the purposes of review (and my own curiosity), I've decided to maintain at least three months' worth of Art Snacks subscriptions, before I really decide on my thoughts regarding the service.
About a week ago, my May Art Snacks box arrived, but I didn't have time to write up the review as I was preparing for Editor's Day. Now that I have a little breathing room, I thought I'd go ahead and share it.
In my quest to broaden my marker horizons, two frontiers remained- the foreign marker market and markers for grafitti artists. With the exception of markers made for full size graffiti pieces, most graffiti markers are just alcohol based markers marketed at a different crowd.
I must admit, I don't know very much about graffiti art, nor graffiti artists, but from what I've read, it seems that there's quite a few graffiti artists who practice their craft in black, hard bound sketchbooks, called blackbooks. For these artists, it's important to find a paper-safe material capable of emulating traditional graffiti techniques like blending and fading. Alcohol based markers may serve this purpose well.
A blackbook graffiti artist may have different artistic needs than the average illustrator. As an illustrator, I like Copic's Super Brush, and I rely on the ability to mimic watercolor affects, something a graffiti artist may not find desirable in an alcohol based marker. Conversely, when I'm trying to cover a large area on paper (like when I'm putting down a color wash), I pull out my Copic wide markers, whereas a graffiti artist may use the chisel end and lay down a careful series of strokes.
The SCAD Mini Comics Expo is an opportunity for the students in the Mini Comics, Self Publishing, and Self Promotion classes to produce mini comics, gain convention experience, and exchange comics in a friendly, low stress setting. The Mini Comics Expo is one day event, open to the public, and is similar to mini comic conventions like Fluke. The majority of the wares sold at this Expo will be hand made, and you can expect to see lots of garage print comics.
In the past, tables mainly available to students in those three classes, but lately it's been open to interested students and alumni. This Saturday's Mini Comics Expo will be my third, and possibly my last, as my time at SCAD draws to a close.
Saturday, April 27 was the Sidewalk Arts Festival at Forsythe Park in Savannah, GA. The park was pretty packed, crowds gathered to see sidewalk arts, listen to the band in the Amphitheatre, eat from the various stalls and booths set up in the park, and generally enjoy a beautiful day.
Heidi and I arrived at the park around 10:30, eager to participate in our first Sidewalk Arts Festival. Both of us were absolute novices when it came to sidewalk art, though like most kids, we'd drawn on the pavement for fun years ago.
Not too long ago, I enjoyed a double feature Sunday-- I went to pick strawberries at Ottawa Farms, and then to the Savannah Botanical Gardens. This wasn't just a day off, as I was on the hunt for reference photos. 7" Kara Chapter 3 calls for a lot of Kara point of view shots, and I wanted to get a better feel for what would be within her range of vision. This called for a lot of holding my camera seven inches off the ground, and blindly snapping photos, but I think I have a better idea of how my little girl sees the world.
I don't consider myself any sort of photographer, but I thought the point of view photos were interesting, and wanted to share them with you guys.
As a teenager interested in creating her own manga, a few words stood out to me as the keys to the mangaka's kingdom: Copic. G-pen. Deleter Neopiko. Years later, when I went to Japan as a SCAD student, I kept my eye out for Deleter products, to see if they could hold their own against the mythos in my mind.
On this blog, I probaby missed an opportunity to connect with an audience that shared a similar formative comic creating experience by neglecting to focus on Deleter products. This review of Deleter's Neopiko 2 is not a lackluster attempt to atone for that, but a marker review in it's own right. I didn't select Neopiko 2 markers as an attempt to recapture my early days of comic craft, but as a marker option that members of my audience may not be familiar with, that I, myself, was not familiar with.
March and April were busy months for me- preparing for and attending MoCCA, returning to New Orleans to take care of taxes and business, and now preparations for Editor's Day have begun. Even though I spent most of March sitting Indian-style painting comic pages, I still found time to do some doodling.
Some of these may look familiar to you guys- a few of the monsters were later inked and used in this year's Little Book of Monsters- The Friendly Book of Monsters, which debuted at MoCCA.