Marker Practice

January 26, 2017 at 11:36 am (Art, Markers) (, , , )


I’ve been trying to learn more about markers and practice my technique with them this week. I’ve only done three small studies, though: a stylized strawberry, a selection from a Van Gogh painting, and a partial reproduction of a character from artist/illustrator Patrick Brown. Here are the first and the third of these (I forgot to take a picture of the second, but it’s not very interesting).

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Project Updates: Jan 25, 2017

January 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm (Art, Markers, painting, Thinking) (, , , , , , )


I’ve only been posting here when I finish a new painting, but I’ve been very busy lately. I’ve recently changed jobs and have been enjoying my new position. It’s made me pretty busy, but I’ve also been working on a lot of different projects on the side as well. To give a brief overview on a few of these projects:

  • I’ve been learning more about well-known artists. Edward Hopper is one such artist that I have been appreciating. He has almost an illustration art style, which is based in realism, but the scenes he produces are fantastic. They are typically scenes where we’re between exciting events, or scenes that are isolated, yet have a story to them. We see evidence that people have lived here, but we’ve missed the “action”. My last piece was influenced by this idea, but I think I will practice it further to try for a better execution.
  • I’ve been experimenting with toned paper for coloured pencils. I am working on a reproduction of a scene from the box art of the latest Arkham Horror: Card Game expansion. It takes up most of a page, so I’m not very far into it yet.
  • I’ve acquired some sets of artist markers. I bought art-store-brand so I can figure out what I’m doing and not invest a huge amount of money on expensive ones. At the bottom of this post will be a picture of my first attempt with them. I picked a simple strawberry to try to practice style and blending techniques.
  • I’m planning on writing a childrens’ book and illustrating it myself. I’m only at the beginning of this project, so I have very little to show, but it is in progress. I’m hoping to use my new markers for the illustration, but I may decide to mix in some watercolour pencils as well, depending on how it goes.

 

 

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Field and Stream

January 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm (acrylic painting, Art, painting) (, , , )


I just finished my next painting; it’s acrylic on an 8″x8″ canvas. I picked this image to paint because it had an interesting composition and I wanted to try something with it. Unfortunately, I did not achieve anything of what I wanted with this one, but it was a step in the right direction. I learned a fair bit during this one and reworked the colour a couple times, but ultimately it was not as cool-feeling and isolated as I had hoped for. Also, this is the second piece I since I started using Liquitex Heavy Body for parts of it. I’m still figuring out the ins and outs of them, but they seem to dry out much faster than my Liquitex Basics series paints.

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Field and Barn

January 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm (acrylic painting, Art, painting) (, , , , )


I’ve just completed my first painting of 2017; it’s acrylic on an 8″x10″ canvas. I’m still deciding how happy I am with it, but I tried a number of different things with this one. Here’s a picture of it:

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Insertable Foam Core Component Box

January 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm (Board games, Foamcore) (, , , , , , )


I’ve recently completed part 1 of my next foam core project; a component box that plugs into my first project (part 2 is just going to be a second box to sit beside the first). I designed it to be hingeless, use interlocking parts, and has a pull handle to slide the box out as well as open it. While I haven’t glued my original project yet, this one is held together using Gorilla Wood Glue. The lid of the box uses a slide & clip design via a piece of 1mm cardboard glued to the bottom of it.

I also cut some cardboard dividers for the first project; I just really like how they perfectly stack up 🙂

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First foamcore project!

January 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm (Art, Board games, Foamcore, Sketches) (, , , , , )


Ever since I found out that foamcore exists, I’ve wished I’d known about it sooner. I used to build things out of cardboard and even plain foam, and even at the time I wished those materials had the same properties as foamcore. It is fantastic and easy to work with. Now, keep in mind that I only have a small amount of experience in carpentry, so I apologize if use the wrong term for something.

For my first project, I decided to build a box insert for storing cards from a board game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game. This is a game where they release expansions on a monthly basis, so there are a lot of cards, and a lot of things to organize. Unfortunately, the company that manufactures the game did a poor job on the box it game in. They’re known for having boxes only designed for transportation of the game and not storage, but this one is particularly bad.

For this project I bought a photo box from Michaels (meant to store ~1000 photos) as the outer casing. I made up some sketches and calculated sizes for all of the pieces. I can post my sketches and measurements if anybody is interested in producing one of these. The inside of the box measures 280mm by 189mm.

Now, one of the defining factors of this project is that I made interlocking pieces so that glue is not entirely necessary. I *do* intend on gluing it together eventually, but I’d like to see if I plan on modifying it later. Contrary to what you might think, this didn’t actually take long. I chose to not do a box joint as the foamcore might not be sturdy enough for it, and it would be very time-consuming to cut.

This design choice is “controversial” as most foamcore projects I’ve seen either use a butt-joint (just glue the pieces together), a mitre-joint (cut 45 degree angles and joint), or a lap-joint (cut a trench out of one pieces and insert the other piece). I haven’t attempted any of these joints in a project before, but after a few tests, I wasn’t entirely happy with them. The butt-joint is said to be strong, especially if you pin the pieces together, but I don’t like the idea of only depending on glue, and I don’t want to work with pins. The mitre-joint seemed like a good option, but I didn’t want to have to buy a special cutting tool, and it seemed like I’d be asking for mismatch problems with all the components I’d have to cut. Lastly, the lap-joint seemed like a decent option, but it is a big pain to slice 4mm cuts in 5mm foamcore consistently. Cutting rabbits would also be very difficult as I’d need to chisel out the parts.

Additionally, I made finger slots on the ends of each channel so that it is easier to pull the cards out. I made decide later to cut semi-circles out of the slot (for style points), but right now they are rectangular slots.

ANYWAY! Here are some pictures of how the process went. It was really fun to work on, although my back hurts from hunching over my table to get a 90 degree cut angle.

EDIT: I added a last photo showing the core set of the Arkham Horror Card Game plus the first scenario pack inhabiting the box. I haven’t made dividers yet, and I was in the middle of setting up for a play-through last time I had the cards out, so there’s a random handful of cards in the center.

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