Tools of the Trade

Not an particularly groundbreaking post but this sums up my particular art supplies and experiences.

Paint Tools

Acrylic paint is easier to clean than oils and paints like a watercolor or an oil depending on the amount of water or additives. There isn’t much time to blend but that’s what layers and foresight are for. The watercolor brushes I use with acrylics might be screaming in agony but they get they hold more paint! When painting on metal, I’ll throw down a layer of Rustoleum and carry on normally. Someday I’ll find out that that was the worst possible way to go.
• I use watercolors as loose shading or a background in combination with a drawing because I am not patient or learned enough to be detailed with watercolors on a regular basis.

Drawing Tools

Mechanical pencils will always hold a special place in my heart because I don’t have to sharpen them and they already have an eraser attached. Someday I’ll appreciate the value of graded pencils and a kneaded eraser. Today is not that day.
Charcoal or pastels are great for capturing the big picture rather than details, good for quick drawings or expressive moods. Plus they are a little messy which is the perfect condition for happy accidents.
Colored pencils are like painting with a brush that takes up more time and effort. However, the results of colored pencils on dark paper are usually impressive. They work great in combination with pastels and watercolor.

Digital Tools

• Ctrl+z is the biggest perk of digital art. Forgetting to save is the biggest downfall. With all the brushes and settings and tweaks it reaches a skill level that is just as detailed as traditional art. The tablet is our friend in all it’s pressure sensitive glory.
• My flash drive also gives me peace of mind in knowing that if/when my computer does crash (hang in there) I should at least have a few files left over!

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