Current arsenal of Promarkers

I started my Promarker collection during the spring of last year. I was lucky enough to learn about an art store which had them on sale, so I got a handful of markers for a much cheaper price than usual. The collection soon grew beyond the first 20 I bought, and it didn’t take long to reach 34 markers. I just recently bought five more, pushing the total up to the current number of 39 markers.

I (accidentally) bought two of the same color, and there’s of course the colorless blender… so I’ve only got 37 different colors. I think there’s about 148 colors available in total, so I’ve still got a long way to go if I want to have all of them. Also, they’re not really cheap, so buying all of them at once feels like a huge investment. I think I’m going to stick with buying a few now and then, or when I find out that I really need a color that I don’t already have.

Here’s the list of different colors that I currently have in my arsenal. I’m going to list them in the order you can see in the image above:

First Row:

  • Berry Red, Orange, Amber, Sunflower, Buttercup, Lemon, Lime Zest, Meadow Green, Leaf Green, Lime Green, Pine, Marsh Green, Petrol Blue, Midnight Blue, True Blue, Denim Blue, Cool Aqua, Prussian, Plum, Violet, Rose Pink

Second Row: 

  • Terracotta, Ginger, Tan, Sandstone, Khaki, Satin (x 2), Putty, Saffron, Blush, Dusky pink, Ivory, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3, Ice Grey 5, Cool Grey 2, Blender

Sketchbook Sunday #13 – Elfin creature & woman warrior

I’ve got two pencil sketches to show today. The above is a tiny person using a leaf for an umbrella. I was quite possibly inspired by the movie The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) while drawing this. Speaking of Ghibli movies, I think the art in Arrietty is just amazing. It’s definitely a movie I would recommend.

Oh man, I’ve actually drawn two full figure characters this week. This need to happen more often, I really need the practice. Below is a fantasy-inspired warrior woman. In this case, I think I was influenced by watching the Making of the Lord Of The Rings documentaries. Also, it was fun to try my hand at drawing armor. I had to use some reference though, and I found the Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor to be extremely handy.

I’m going to ink both of these sketches as soon as I’ve corrected some of the errors. For example, one of the girl in armor’s feet doesn’t look right… I would be more than delighted to receive suggestions to make the designs or poses better. Leave a comment if you’ve got any!

Fanart friday – Brave

I watched the 2,5 minute long movie clip of Brave that was released yesterday. A lot of people were talking about it on Twitter, and there was much excitement. The clip was very funny and quite gorgeous. Guess what happened afterwards…

Yep, I drew some fan art of Merida! Now, I might have gone just a bit overboard with the curly hair… but it was fun to draw, and it just… grew. This is an in progress shot before I colored it. On a side note, I’m not at all steady with watercolors. I see I’ve still got a lot to learn.

I’m a very big fan of stuff made by Disney / Pixar, and I’m very happy that their lineup of enjoyable movies is growing steadily. The character designs and environments in the Brave trailers look great, so I’m very much looking forward to watch this movie.

Sketchbook Sunday #12 – Vexed hipster

Annoyed hipster is annoyed. He clearly disapproves of your taste in music.

I have to remember to take notes whenever I use my Promarkers, so that I can get the color scheme right if I want to draw the same character again. The lines were made with the usual Uni Pin fineliners. I used Letraset Bleedproof Marker pad paper, which works very well with Promarkers. However, the paper is only 70 g/m², so it feels a bit flimsy and thin. But I guess that’s normal with this kind of marker-proof paper…

Sketchbook Sunday #11 – WIP comic

These are not exactly sketches, but it’s nonetheless a work in progress-thing, so I thought I’d share it here. You could call it an experiment in making comics, and it’s the first time in a long time I’ve actually made a decent effort in that. I sent these two pages + a blank page to an artsy friend of mine. It’s worth mentioning that he didn’t know about this, so you might say I’ve challenged him to continue the story where I left off. I’ve also got to point out that the character you can see here is myself, and that I’m breaking the fourth wall right off the bat in the first panel. This is due to it actually being a letter in comic-form to my friend, which is also part of the reason why I’ve removed the text (well, most of it anyway). Don’t worry, we’ll add the text when the project is finished.

I’ve used Deleter brand manga-paper. I found the pre-printed rulers to be extremely handy when making panel borders and guides for the text. By the way, I posted a WIP photo on Instagram, just for fun. Inking was done with Uni Pin fineliners, sizes 0.05 to 0.8. I usually sketched the different panels on a separate sheet of paper, before tracing the finished sketches onto the manga paper. I’ve also included an homage to a Norwegian cartoonist I know in person, because he commented very nice things on the Instagram WIP photo. That is all! Comments and critique are very welcome in the comments section!

Travelogues #2 – Burma Chronicles

I finished reading Guy Delisle’s travelogue from his year in Burma (Myanmar). The book is called “Burma Chronicles” (2008) and is the third book in the familiar, cartoony style of Delisle’s travelogues. If you’re interested in checking them out, you might want to read my review of the first two books.

I have to say that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Guy Delisle’s delightful observations. First of all, this book is an educational trip into how the situation in Burma was a couple of years ago. Secondly, there are a lot of comical situations and descriptions of the daily life of a small family (Delisle, his wife Nadége, and their baby, Louis) in a tropical country. For example, a power outage becomes a very specific problem when you’re not used to the blistering heat, and rely fully on air-conditioning to keep cool. The book is loosely partitioned into sections, with the upper left panel of a section bearing a title and an illustration of something related to the story. I like this way of telling the story in episodes, and still keeping it more or less chronological from start to finish. Delisle is nonetheless a master at using the possibilities of telling a story in comic form. During a side-story where he finds a long lost pen nib in his inkwell, we see him peering over the shoulder of a younger version of himself in a flashback. He then proceeds to loudly criticize the work he was working on at the time. His younger self retorts with a very fitting “Screw you. I can do whatever I like”.

A big topic which gets revisited several times is non-profit organizations, among them Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). It is also made clear that NPO’s like Médecins Sans Frontières are very much needed, as the health care system in Burma is one of the worst in the world. Delisle’s wife, Nadége, is a part of MSF. Delisle himself is given a chance to join her on a mission, and his account of the trip gives an insight in exactly how the MSF worked to help the population in rural areas of Burma. This episode also involves extremely uncomfortable bus rides, and an unfortunate incident of stomach sickness. Just to mention a few of the not-so-great experiences he has included in the book.

Delisle writes and draws what seem like very honest stories, which I also believe they are. I mean, it’s the small, trivial stories that make travelogues, and in particular Delisle’s, so enjoyable to read. In very related news, I’m looking forward to get my hands on Chroniques de Jérusalem (Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City) when it comes out in April…