Alright! I’m going to be at Emerald City Comic Con this year. I’ll be sharing booth 1008 with a bunch of friends. And I’ll be selling a ton of original art from BPRD and 6th Gun.
I’ll also be doing a couple signings at the Dark Horse booth and the Oni Press booth. Here’s my schedule:
2:30 – 3:30 Dark Horse Booth 1102
4:00 – 5:45 Oni Press Booth 902
11:00 – 12:00 Dark Horse Booth 1102
4:10 – 5:05 Panel discussion with Mike Mignola Hall B
4:00 – 5:45 Oni Press Booth 902
Here’s a bunch of the stuff that I use to make art. This stuff is always changing though. I really like experimenting with different tools and materials so I switch things up pretty regularly.
A. Water for rinsing out ink brushes. Rinse often and always before setting the brush down.
B. Water for rinsing out water color brushes. I keep this separate because the ink water gets really dirty really fast and will ruin any color I mix with watercolor.
C. Sumi Ink. This stuff is cheap and good. It’s pretty flat, very opaque and reasonably priced.
D. Watercolor palette. This is actually a dish that I picked up at Goodwill. It works great as a palette and only cost 99 cents!
E. Watercolor Paints. I like the Windsor & Newton Cotman watercolors. If you buy them in the sets they are WAY cheaper.
F. Brushes. Used for watercolor and inking. Mostly Sabel brushes but I also like squirrel hair brushes for water color.
G. Nib Pen. For the ocasional inking detail. I don’t use this as much as I should.
H. Cup. This is an awesome Churchy LaFemme cup.
I. Gouache Paint. I use these along with my watercolor. They are generally darker and can be applied opaque but it’s still basically just watercolor.
J. 10 Point Divider. This guy is AMAZING. I use it to layout perspective grids.
K. X-Acto Blade. For cutting shit.
L. Electric Eraser. there are days when this guy gets used as much as my pencils.
M. I made this little tray thing out of the cardboard from the back of old sketchpads. If you glue two sheets together with wood glue they become very rigid, like plywood. I use this so I can easily move a ton of pens out of the way or closer to where I’m working.
N. Pens. Mostly Microns. But there is a bunch of stuff in there that just ended up in the pile.
O. White Pencil. I use these to add details and highlights to watercolor pictures.
P. Pentel Brush Pen. I really only use it for sketching but sometimes I use it to make simple corrections when I don’t feel like using and cleaning a real brush.
Q. Pencils. I use leds anywhere between 2H and 2B. I’ll often rough in the image with a hard lead and then tighten up with a softer lead.
R. Eraser. This Faber-Castell Dust Free eraser is the best eraser.
S. Sharpeners. I have two of these – one for graphite leads and one fore non-photo blue leads. Although I haven’t been using non-photo blue lately.
T. Ink Well. This is a little jar that my wife decorated with tentacles for me. I fill this up with ink about halfway and then I don’t have to leve the top off my ink jar all the time. If you do that the ink will eventually get funky but if you only pull out a bit at a time you only risk funkifying a small portion of your ink.