New Medium: Ink + Water

Recently bought Water Brushes with Ink for my Monday Figure Drawing classes. Really struggling to control the weight of each stroke, but it’s great for thinking about volume and shadows.

Best piece of advice my high school figure drawing teacher gave me:

The fastest and easiest way to change your perspective and habitual drawing style is to switch mediums. So if you’re stuck or having a bad art day, don’t give up – just switch from a pen to a paint brush. 

PANTONE 17-4421 Larkspur

December 24th, 2014 – the Day I started my new Pantone Colour Notebook. With the following entry:

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Hello Pantone Book, 

I am currently at Starbucks in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with my sister (who is drinking Camomille Tea and reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell). I really believe this coming year is going to be a good one … after all, I’ve just been gifted a notebook full of shades and hues. Every page forward is a new burst of inspiration that starts with a new Pantone colour. 

Best, 

Violeta (PANTONE 15-3909 Cosmic Sky) 

Today, I finished that notebook – here’s a snapshot of what it’s many pages contain:

Last page of the book: PANTONE 14-6011 Grayed Jade

 

FABER-CASTELL PENS.

 

I’m going to be a Brand advocate for Faber-Castell today because I love my 4 PITT artist pens. A few reasons I like the brand:

  • Exceptionally high quality and long-lasting
  • Targeting and understanding of artist community
  • Traditional branding/product design
  • And I love the Sepia – it’s ideal for sketching
  • The set of 4 has the right mix of brush width

Stand-Up Comedy (well… Netflix originals)

Recent finds of humour, giggles, and inappropriate racist comments:

1. Ali Wong – Baby Cobra

2. John Mulaney – The Comeback Kid

3. Iliza Shlesinger – Freezing Hot (Clip)

4. Aziz Ansari – Buried Alive (Clip) 

I love how ONE person can command a physical stage and whole audience for over an hour with NOTHING BUT A MICROPHONE. That’s true performance talent. But the more you watch youtube videos of these comedians, the more you realise how comedy is an art and practice of repetition (testing and learning what works) rather than innate ability.

Also, as Ali Wong identified – I’m starting to notice a difference in the types of humour and topics between male and female comedians. Let’s just say … I’m hooked on start-up comedy and want to know, learn, and watch more.