Still warming up

Sunday, 11 June 2017 03:04 pm
spqrblues: (arch scribe)
Today's warmup features antique & new dip pens; J. Herbin's archival black ink Encre Authentique (said to have been used by all the classiest ye olde French notaries); a variety of Rohrer & Klingner inks (the two iron-gall inks are not waterproof, the overenthusiastic burnt sienna is); and Copic markers, which I admit is a very weird combination of materials.

I grumped about the black ink not working with one of the nibs, but eventually got it going. The Copics sopped right through Stillman & Birn Alpha paper, but they blended reasonably nicely.

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spqrblues: (Antikythera hands)
Warmup sketch with two reds--kermes (bugs) on the left, cinnabar hue (substitute for genuine mercury vermilion) on the right.

I'm always worried I'll overshoot the mark and ruin a painting by overworking it, but I'm planning to do a second layer (glaze) on the cinnabar red and on the skin tones when this is fully dry.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
I kept falling asleep all day, or this would have posted before midnight Eastern time.

I'm not sure I'm awake right now, either. This is a common condition for me.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Mus colour)
A little scene. Painted with the ancient pigments--some ochres, malachite, indigo, a touch of cinnabar, a tiny bit of lapis lazuli, and some smushed-up bugs.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Mus colour)
This here is a comic and all that:

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Sometimes you burn the finest grapevine shoots for your black paint, sometimes you just grub around in the oven.

New Bits

Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:35 am
spqrblues: Ave Sweetums Rose (Default)
The next comic is inked & lettered (it needs scanning & cleaning) but "what I want to do" has to wait behind "what I have to do" for a little while. Hopefully just a day. Maybe less than that!
spqrblues: (Blues 5 Iusta colour)
I found the missing art boards (I'd left them at the art space where I work once a week, because I'm just that aware of my surroundings) and finished up the inking and scanning today.

I have a big project to complete tonight and tomorrow, so I'll aim for a Sunday comic next, but probably not a Saturday one :)

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
OK, made it through the talking heads section. Next comic...action? knives?! wild animals! small children!

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Felix colour)
For now, just this one row of talking heads (oh, talking heads, you are so easy to draw). I'm working on the continuation. (Could it be more talking heads? The anticipation!)

I'm already weird/wired early in the morning (it's very early as I'm type this), and I haven't even had any caffeine. Must be spring.

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spqrblues: (Blues 5 Mus colour)
New comic, inked and lightly shaded.

Posting here, on spqrblues.com, and a little bit early on Patreon. Next, I plan to post a Friday comic. After that--maybe a regular schedule again?

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