Over the weekend, Josh and I made a stop at Michaels in order to get some new art supplies. Josh and I both consider ourselves artists and we really love being able to shop for art supplies together! I ended up spending a lot more than I thought I was going to but I really think it was worth it. When I was in college I used to spend all my money on art supplies. Seriously, I didn't buy any clothes or shoes or bags or makeup. Purely art supplies. I miss those days *sigh* Now there are more "adult" purchases, and it doesn't help that I haven't been drawing too much... Well I ended up splurging on some Copics (always pastel colors)! I also got a new sketchbook and a Faber Castel copper marker that goes over colors very nicely! Josh actually got me the white artist pen because my budget was being stretched too far XD He's always so supportive of my art and always finds ways to let me know <3
I actually have a bunch of art supplies I don't really use, so I embraced the oppurtunity to have a drawing date with Josh! We put on one of our favorite shows in the living room, cleared off the kitchen table and filled it with art supplies! We got to drawing and testing out what we got today. I ended up drawing a cute girl (of course.) and had a lot of fun experimenting with the coloring! I highly recommend the Strathmore Sketchbooks because the colors don't bleed through to the next page at all. I'm always looking out for things like that, and I'm also super picky about the paper I use. It can't be too thin or too thick. I like the official feel of Moleskine sketchbooks, but I have to admit I always get worried about really sketching on the paper because it's so nice. I always want to draw more worthwhile things and avoid sketching and I don't think that's a good thing at all. This sketchbook makes me want to sit down with my art supplies and go crazy with them! I got to draw my cute Kate Spade purse I bought the other day, too.
Last night I got to sketch a bit before bed to help tire me out. It didn't work XD I wanted to practice my chibis because I see how cute other artist's make them and I've always felt weird about my chibis.
I know I need to do more digital artwork and practice with that, but coloring traditionally is too much fun! I always tend to draw myself wearing a hoodie but I tried to get out of my comfort zone with that and actually drew a pretty dress instead. I want to try to draw more varied fashion choices, so that's something I'm working on as well!
You can get a glimpse of where I keep my Copics here as well as some of my chibis. I'm going to scan better versions of them and keep them away for a project I would like to work on over the summer. Remember how I said I wanted this blog to be like my sketchbook? Well, I would like to have a site dedicated to my sketches and actual illustrations instead of just putting them on Flickr like they are now. But that's something to start compiling and reporting on when more is actually planned out. I'll keep you all updated!