July 21, 2014

Anonymous said: Do you do watercolor commissions (NOT at Cons)? And if so, I would be curious how much you charge??

No, unfortunately I do not take any commissions, traditional or digital, outside of conventions since during the day I’m working at a studio and at night I’m either preparing for the next convention or working on other projects. Too busy :(

June 20, 2014

jlplummer:

mattahan:

Cannot be stressed enough.

reblogging because truth

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June 14, 2014

jothezette:

Some more advice that I have no right to give.  I’m serious about the Stephen Silver advice though- he’s the man.

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June 13, 2014
nickanimationstudio:

Calling all artists for the Nickelodeon Tumblr Fan Art Competition!
Draw your favorite Nickelodeon character, past or present, doing their favorite activity and upload it to your Tumblr using #NickFanArt for the chance to have YOUR art displayed on the screens of the Nick booth at San Diego Comic Con!
Submissions will be accepted until July 11th. Full rules here: http://at.nick.com/1lhZog7
Ready, set, SKETCH!

nickanimationstudio:

Calling all artists for the Nickelodeon Tumblr Fan Art Competition!

Draw your favorite Nickelodeon character, past or present, doing their favorite activity and upload it to your Tumblr using #NickFanArt for the chance to have YOUR art displayed on the screens of the Nick booth at San Diego Comic Con!

Submissions will be accepted until July 11th. Full rules here: http://at.nick.com/1lhZog7

Ready, set, SKETCH!

May 29, 2014

Anonymous said: Hi Elsa! This is probably a dumb question, but where did you print your art books? Did you prep everything with InDesign? I am trying to make a short comic for a friend as a gift but apart from drawing the whole thing out, Im at a loss as how to format it & get it printed. any suggestions? thanks for your time!

I print my sketchbooks at a local small business print shop. I’ve done color book printing at a larger business shop that do a lot of catalogs for colleges nearby but they usually prefer large quantity orders. I took a workshop on InDesign in school but never actually ended up using it haha, I just send pdfs or jpegs of the separate pages and the cover and label them in the order they go and the print shops are fine with that. If you’re doing a short book it will probably be better to get it saddle stitched which is just staples on the spine of the book to keep it together. I go for an even amount of pages so I don’t have left over blank white pages in the book. You can look around online for print shops, I prefer to do local so I don’t have to pay for shipping and I can just go and pick it up. Best of luck!

May 29, 2014

Anonymous said: I want to get better at inking. I'm sort of new to it, but I'm getting really discouraged by how I'm unable to draw a steady line. Some lines are good, while others veer off my sketch. It's making me very discouraged :( Do you have any techniques or advice to keep in mind? I don't want to give up.

When I want to be precise with my inking I move the brush pen slowly, sometimes I hold my breath or exhale slowly so that the lines are smooth while I’m holding the pen. My underlying sketch is usually pretty rough so I don’t try and trace over it exactly. I just use it as a guide and not necessarily have to get my ink lines perfectly lined up with my rough sketch. Keep practicing with it and don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect :)

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May 22, 2014

Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering what you use to make the buttons you've been selling at cons? I've been wanting to make some myself, but not sure of the best way to do it.

I use Button Maker, a metal button machine manufactured in the US, and a Tecre hand press circle puncher. I found everything I needed on Ebay. The button machine is about $250-$350 but you get a really good quality button maker and is definitely worth it if you plan on making a lot of buttons for conventions.

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May 22, 2014

for-a-lark said: Hey, are you going to have all of your carousel art prints with you at Anime Expo? :3

Yes :)

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May 9, 2014

To the anon who asked about a certain person:

I don’t think that’s true, If you’re saying that because of their role in a certain film, learn to distinguish a fictional character from the actual person. A lot of rumors spread about people once they come to prominence.  Fact-check your sources. Also, if you’re referring to that one photograph I think the person asking for the photo was just being rude. I do not think it has anything to do with their background/ethnicity.

May 9, 2014
Watercolor Tutorial

A couple of people asked for a step by step of my watercolor process. I thought the best way to showcase is through a video. This will be a two parter. I start off doing the background first. I sketch with a col-erase first (any color, I generally use orange, black or grey) and then I do a wash over it to paint wet on wet. I immediately apply some light colors down and wait for that to dry. I then go in wet on dry for details like for the flower and leaves. I use a size 2 brush for those detail work.

Part 1 of 2 below.

I paint light to dark since it’s easier to paint over a mistake if it’s a light color. Once I’ve got all my lights down I start painting with dark colors, in this case lots of black and dark grey. This is all wet on dry but I have to work quickly so everything dries evenly. I often dab my brush on a paper towel or scrap piece of watercolor paper so I make sure my brush has the right amount of paint on it. Too much paint while working in a tight area can cause the paint to bleed on to the paper too quickly. I use winsor newton and grumbacher brand watercolors.

Part 2 of 2 below.

Hope that’s helpful! Having steady control of the brush is really helpful especially if you want a clean look.