Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ecosystems in Urban Greenways #Zentangle #PenAndInk #ZentangleInspiredArt

If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here.

I'd like to say I observed a beautiful urban greenway and was inspired to draw this work, but...nah.

I was just waiting to get my hair cut and this was what happened.  It did remind me of the some of the beautiful greenway paths around Portland, Oregon, though.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here.

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Zentangle All Around-I Dare You Challenge
joey's weekly tangle challenge #174

"It's a String Thing" #204

Pattern Videos
Daily Tangle - Cubine
Camreap - special request
Fleuri -Too ... an easy daily tangle
Flips-C ...looks harder than it is
Sorta-kinda How To Draw Tangle Pattern Punkin' Vine - My Spin #35

New Patterns
How to Draw Firecracker
Twisted Corners
Dazed Chain
Lady bugged
Sq Flwr

Abalone tutorial
Pattern-collections Give-away-YOU can win a Tangle-It! Planner

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Journal52 Week 29
Painting a diamond
More Space Nebula with a Straw

The $1,000 Tim Holtz Treasure Trove Giveaway
Quo Vadis Giveaway: Academic year planners with the new Noir covers
Core'dinations Patterned Paper Packs Giveaway
Carta Bella Paper Giveaway-win a "Cartopia" 6x6 paper pad
Graphic45 Sneak Peek Week: Win Themed Paper Collections Before You Can Buy Them
Pattern-collections Give-away-YOU can win a Tangle-It! Planner
Sakura Color Products of America GIVEAWAY-5 coloring books, Gelly Roll, Glaze and Brush pens
Pentalic giveaway-Aquajournal, Watercolor Fieldbook,Watercolor Pencil Set
Doodlewash Rembrandt and Van Gogh World Watercolor Month Giveaway
Doodlewash Da Vinci Paint Co. World Watercolor Month Weekly Giveaway 2
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Weekly World Watercolor Month Giveaway 3

Book Review: Watercolor 365: Daily Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Review: Speedball Sketching Project Set (with 6 dip pen nibs)
Ink Shot Review: Diamine Flowers Bougainvillea

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Here Comes the Daybreak #Watercolor #LegionPaper #WorldWatercolorMonth

If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here.

It's literally been months since I've done a watercolor painting.  Not that I haven't been creative - between my Fantasy Landscapes step-outs and tutorials and doing product reviews there just hasn't been time for watercolor.

I've missed it.

To get back in the flow I did a quick study landscape for an entry into Angela Fehr July 5-10 Summer Skies World Watercolor Month challenge. I didn't use a reference photo, just played with color.

Mijello Mission Gold Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue (which is actually Phthalo Blue) and a shadow mix of Crimson Lake, Prussian Blue and Viridian.  Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat and size 6 round on Arches paper. I used one of the sample sheets that I got from Legion Paper.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Diamond-Leaf Plant Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here.

This is a fairly simple plant, and as always, variations can include the shape of the foliage, and different motif for the pattern besides diamonds and a completely different trunk.

Explore, experiment and have fun with your fantasy landscape!

For a full list and links to Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Zentangle All Around Facebook Challenge

Pattern-Collections Weekly String

Pattern Videos
Daily Tangle - Quirly
Maybe it could be a Tangle? Tangle pattern 🎀 
Could this be a pattern? Embellishing your Zentangle Part 2
Flower in the Middle - a grid pattern
Tunneled - lots of perspective
Nocera - special request
Daily Tangle - MSST
Furn - super simple pattern
Daily Tangle - Sliders

New Patterns
How to Draw PS23
Sprouted Pearls
Sp'Ray Too
Pod Box
Echo Loopy

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #327
Tangle Refresher 158
The Fairy Lane properties, Nos. 1-5

Fantasy Landscape Resources
Heron Step-out

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
A Quick and Easy Way to Paint Rain in Watercolor
Drawing Mammal Heads: Predator vs. Prey
Washi Tape Backgrounds Tutorial

The Postman's Knock Weekly Lettering Giveaway
Jetpens Weekly Giveaway
Review & Giveaway-BD Comics Manga Storyboard Pad Review
‎Crafter's Companion USA Giveaway-Spectrum Noir ArtLiner goodies
Echo Park Paper Giveaway- win an "Under the Sea" 6x6 Paper Pad

Clairefontaine Goldline Multi-techniques Sketchbook 
Review: Le Pen + Le Plume Pen
Pelikan Souverän M1000 Sunrise LE Fountain Pen

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review & Giveaway-BD Comics Manga Storyboard Pad Review & Heron Step-out #Manga #Giveaway #BDComics

If you are here for the Heron step-out, it scroll to the Performance section.

Giveaway information is at the end of the review.  Giveaway is U.S. only.

Today I'm hosting a giveaway for Exaclair, USA and they are giving away FOUR of these BD Comics Manga Paper pads.  It's been a long time since I drew cartoons or comics, but I have to admit my heart always gives a thump, and I think 'cool' whenever I see one of these storyboard pads.

A storypad (whether Manga or not) has specialized paper with pre-printed guides, numbered ruling all the way around and paper meant for tracing, so that you can trace figures for animation to keep them in the exact same place, and only making slight changes.  The paper is formulated for pen and marker.  Usually, I try all sorts of different mediums, but I think that would defeat the purpose here so I'm going to focus on pen and marker, and how you might use this paper.

Paper: 55g Clairefontaine paper with high transparency, allows for nice tracing
Format: Pre-printed non-reproductible scale in light blue ink
No. Sheet: 100
Binding: Glued pad
Size: (A4) 8 x 12"

Look & Feel
A storyboard pad has specialty paper with a pre-printed non-reproducible scale in light blue ink on each sheet and is meant for drawing comics, and animation.  It is used for both working out the illustrations for each step of a story-line, and for sketching the finished work.

Although, the pre-printed blue is supposed to non-reproducible in a scan, it obviously does scan.  I did have to punch up the shadows for it to show well - it normally scans very lightly.  I'm not sure if today's scanners are just better, or if there are special settings that would allow you to block out the blue.

When drawing animation, you need to be able to trace from at least three copies of your previous frame.  So, the paper has the look and feel of tracing paper, but it is more flexible and stronger than tracing paper.  If you are drawing something where you are repeating an element, and want the repetition to be exact, this is a great quality, whether it's for animation or Manga or whatever you are doing.

There is number ruling all around the edges to help you line up the elements of your drawings.

The paper is bound into a pad and there is scoring at the top of the cover to make it easy to fold the front cover to the back for easier holding and drawing.  The paper is glued and without perforations.

If you intend to carry this, you'll want it placed securely in a folder or something that will keep it from sliding around.  The paper is both easily wrinkled and easily removed from the pad.  It is fairly resistant to accidental tears, though.

Usually, I create examples using a variety of media and give my impression of how well the paper did using that specific media.  I decided to do this review a bit differently because this is a specialty paper, meant for manga style work.  However, it can be used for different things so I thought I'd show different ways the paper could be used to take advantage of it's special formulation.

I will say that the paper handles ballpoint pen, pencil, india ink pens (Pitt artist pens), plastic tip artist pens (Tombow Fudenosuke, Stabilio 88, Pigma Micron and water-based marker (Tombow dual brush) tip quite well without feathering, bleeding or bleed-through to the back.  Drying time is slow, and you do need to be careful not to smear.

Drawing a Step-out
I had this idea for a heron step-out for my fantasy series.  It turns out that the heron is such a tall and elegant bird, that the proportions of the neck, legs and base of tail to base of wing are all about the same.  This makes it a difficult bird to draw, so I decided it's a challenge step-out.

After several attempts, I finally drew an example I liked, and decided I could use this manga paper to draw steps that lined up nicely.  This isn't too different than the steps you would use for drawing comics.

I placed my sketch under the sheet I was using for the step-out and determined how much space I needed for each step.  With a ruler, I used the guidelines to block in the areas for each step, and then to give me a guide for lining up my steps.  I had to run this scan through Picasa to punch up the values, so hopefully you can see the pencil lines.

Moving, my sketch under the paper to the correct position for each step, I drew the step-out and erased the pencil lines.  I decided to scan in the whole sheet - you might be able to use the guide lines if you attempt to draw this bird.  I'm not sure the blue-print will print out though.

Using as Transfer Paper
I will say right up front, that this pad is spendy to be used just for transferring tracings. Tracing paper itself would be cheaper.  But if you need to work out your drawing first, especially if you use those rulings to help with perspective, then this is a good use.  I also put aside any of the paper where I've made a mistake, but there is still quite a bit of unused space.  Then I can use it later to trace or transfer, and nothing is wasted.

I took a photo where I liked trees and the shapes in the photo, but didn't want to draw exactly what was there.

So I traced the outlines on one sheet of the manga paper (one where I had goofed up a step-out I was trying), using heavy pencil strokes to lay down a lot of graphite lead.

Then I turned the paper over and placed it onto the sheet where I wanted the finished drawing. I took the pencil and scribbled all around the back of the traced image.

This pushed the graphite on the front onto the new sheet, leaving a faint image for me to ink over.

Drawing a coloring page and keeping the original drawing 
I drew this page with a Stabilio 88 pen.  I waited half an hour to make sure that the ink was thoroughly dry.

 I laid the pen drawing under another sheet of the manga paper and carefully traced it.  The Stabilio 88 is not water-proof, so I used a Fudenosuke soft tip brush pen for the drawing this time. The Pitt Artist India Ink brush pens I used for coloring are not watercolor, but they are wet enough to make the Stabilio run.  After coloring I used a Sharpie paint marker to punch up some highlights and lighter areas.

The BD Comics Manga Storyboard Pad is a glued pad of specialized paper, with a storyboard formatting in pre-printed non-reproducible scale in light blue ink (which does show up in scans).  It is meant for working out scenes for animation, manga and comics.

It is ultra thin, but stronger and more flexible than most tracing paper.  The sheets tear away easily - perhaps too much so.  They also wrinkle easily, as you might expect with such thin paper.  If you intend to carry this pad around, you'll want to have it in a folder or something to protect it.

The paper works very well with pen, marker and pencil.  It's excellent for working out illustration sketches, tracing, and transferring drawings whether you doing animation, manga, comics or something else altogether.


What Is the Prize?  FOUR winners will receive a BD Comics Manga Storyboard Pad as pictured above. 

How to Enter? Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win a BD Comics Manga Storyboard Pad' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com. (replace the words enclosed in [ ] with an @ and a . and make sure there are no spaces)

When does the giveaway start and end? The giveaway starts on Friday 7/14/17 at 06:00 AM PDT and ends Friday 7/21/17 at 11:59 PDT.  I'll notify the winners on 7/22/17, by responding to the email they sent as entry.

Who Can Enter? Sorry. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

Who is Giving Away the Prizes? I'm hosting the giveaway, but the prizes are coming from Exaclair USA.  They will mail the prizes to the winners.  I want to thank them  for their generosity.

Disclaimer:  I received the xxxx from Exaclair USA for the purpose of this review and giveaway. I was allowed to choose the item from the line of products that Exaclair USA distributes.  I'm excited about hosting this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own.  I received no other compensation.

Exaclair USA is the American subsidiary of Exacompta Clairefontaine, a French family of companies including Exacompta, Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Quo Vadis, G. Lalo, J. Herbin, Brause, Schut Papier, Decopatch, Avenue Mandarine and Maildor. They are the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of these companies' finished products. Their warehouse is located in Hamburg, NY and includes printing presses and a bindery for Quo Vadis planners, Habana notebooks and customized products.

Ecosystems in Urban Greenways #Zentangle #PenAndInk #ZentangleInspiredArt

If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), y...