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May 5, 2009


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travel grooming kit

Tue May 5, 2009, 10:07 PM
Pho Hong Phat

alright, finally talking about something else besides food and batman. every few posts, i get asked what sort of paper, watercolors, pens and stuff i use. so here's jsut the ones i keep close.

i dont travel a whole lot, and i dont sketch a whole lot either. But occasionally, i do get to have the plane seat next to me empty or have to spend longer than i planned at the airport terminal- and i draw things.

from left to right/top to bottom ( like comics)

- .5 pencil, black and brown micron pens, color pencils ( black or terra cotta, or whatever you like), eraser.

-i bring two waterbrush pens… , they are essentially just brush tip pens that you can load with anything you want- one is loaded with water, one is loaded with either black ink wash or sometimes coffee for warmer/sepia wash tones.

- watercolors- i use a combination of Sakura Brand Koi… watercolors and Holbein HWC… for most of my work at home. Koi was my first set and i am used to their warmer tones, Holbein because they are much richer, mix really well on paper, and scan very strong and clear for print. For work on the go, i use the same paints and squeeze them into a smaller container and let them dry. Here i use a pill box that a drug company gave out as sample business cards, anything you find will work. this thing is cool because i can put my business card in there as well.

-sketchbook- i keep a 4x6 sketchbook. i was drawn to this paper because of the awesomely ridiculous name brand… , but i stayed with them because of the awesomely amazing paper. its basically 93lb stock with a bit of a tooth on one side- great for watercolor and washes. the other side is smooth and great for  sketching in pencil or markers with minimal streaking. its what most of my sketches are done on throughout the site unless otherwise noted.

so thats it, they're just tools and dont make me think of better things to draw or anything, but just easier to execute. Because if that were the case, anyone who's ever picked up a set of coolgrey Copics markers would be as amazing as Adam Hughes, right?

and... all that and i don't carry a shaver, because i can go for 2 weeks and still look like i just left the house.

make Jasmine Citrus Patron-

jasmine citrus patron
  • Watching: gargoyles
  • Drinking: iced tea
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misterappleseed Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
i feel a bit guilty as i stared longer at the booze than the diagram of the tools. ive learned a few things in a few fields. thanks for that. chin chin.
Tua Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
Thanks for sharing this! I have a question though.

One thing that always amazes me is how retain white shapes and lines in your watercolour work. A good example would be: [link]

I've always wondered how you manage it? Do you colour white, like using bleach or something? Or do you mask (if so what do you use to mask with)? Or do you just simply work around the white with mad skills? :)

Cheers man and apologies if you answered this question countless times before.
duss005 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
thanks man, for more specific objects like patterns or logos, i'll try to use masking. for hightlights and stuff, i normally jsut work aroudn it to give it more life than a stenciled feel.
WesleyRiot Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Filmographer
so hye you should do like a tutorial or something to demonstrate the techniques you use with the brush pens :D
fito-mtz Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
i enjoy all information about your paint tools, thanks a lot my friend!.
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
The coffee load is pretty brilliant. I always hoped that a company would build a book bag or a messenger bag type thing that could house our supplies easy and compact so they're not rattling and being thrown all over the place when we travel. This is a nice lil travel kit.
jjkalleck Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Nuts... I've never seen those water color pens before. I know what I'm getting on payday... along with Heaven and Hell tickets.

The Dio/Black Sabbath years were the best.
William-James Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
talking about something else besides food and batman?

Come on, there are some things in this life that we can't get enough of :)
aestheticirony Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
those sketchbooks are amazing. this woman left a bunch of sketchbooks, pastel paper, and newsprint to our school when she died, and being one of the higher-up students in the art classes (been in them for five years), i got to pick some for myself. one of the ones i took was one of these sketchbooks, and i was floored by the awesomeness of this paper. it takes watercolors like a charm. very minimal warping, colors can be taken up pretty easily, very little crumbling, and the water almost never soaks through the paper. it's actually much better than some watercolor paper i've bought.

i'm actually really sentimental about that particular sketch book because of the way that i got it.

must check out the waterbrushes, too, thanks!
duss005 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
very cool,h ave fun!
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