Markers have certainly evolved since I first used Crayolas as a child. I fondly remember my first set of markers. I also remember the devastation I felt when they dried out. As time passed my art evolved. Occasionally I would use my Micron pens, but markers were mainly used to decorate handmade cards or packages. I seldom created art with them.
The more I delved into digital art, the more I longed to return to organic art. Illustrating books, creating book covers as well as the advertisements and book trailers thereof left little time to do so. I could make a few smaller paintings, but drying time and such delayed any true sense of gratification. My graphite sketches and Micron ink drawings seemingly lacked. Then…. I discovered ….. Chameleon Pens. I believe I first saw the video on Facebook. No doubt my bestie had tagged me in the post. It seems when a new art product arrives I am always tagged about it. If only I had the luxury and wealth to buy these items. I remember sharing the post with my husband. The idea of blending markers and one marker providing seemingly limitless colors was simply awesome to us.
Then came Valentine’s Day. My darling husband surprised me with the 22 box set. The rest of the available colors came shortly thereafter as an Easter surprise.
I never thought I would enjoy markers again. But I love these! They make creating art as fun as I remembered it. I have many other top brands of markers as well, but I always seem to go back to my Chameleon pens. They flow beautifully.
It has not become my favorite late evening activity. I doodle with my Chameleon pens. It is a welcomed break from the digital monotony that has become my world amidst illustrating children’s books!
I still paint, wood burn, sculpt, sketch, and draw using ink, of course. However, the ease and instant gratification from using the Chameleon pens are wonderful. I have enough time after work and preparing my family dinner to actually complete a piece of art. Nothing compares to waking up the next day and seeing my doodle sitting there. Even if it isn’t perfect, I feel better knowing it is complete and I feel accomplished.
Washi Tape….I had never heard of this stuff…then I saw someone post art using it. I fell in love. I have always loved crafts as well as art. Combining the two is perhaps one of my most favorite things to do! So I dove straight in!
It started out innocent enough, my husband brought home 5 rolls. After I created Polka however, a beast inside me took over……we headed straight for Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I simply could not believe my eyes! Mind you now, this tape had ALWAYS been there. I never gave it a second notice before. But now, now all things had changed. They may as well have been giant cupcakes or gold bars. I was mesmerized.
We left the stores with 28 more rolls and an organizer, which subsequently only holds half of what I acquired. My mind was full of ideas!
I already saw many chibis out there and loved how the cuteness looked. So I decided to try my washitape art on chibis. At this time, I was also beginning my Disney Princess Fan art series. I decided I may as well make those Chibis too!
I am not sure what else I will do next but I am having a great deal of fun with these!
I am amidst illustrating another children’s book. Within as much, I am drawing virtually NON stop digitally. It seems I have a substantial need to balance my creativity. When ever I am doing a lot of digital art I tend to offset it by then doing an equal amount of organic art. Or, at least as much as my ever failing hands will allow. Here are a few of the organic pieces I have created this month. I tend to fair better as an illustrator when I let the artist within come out.
I have completed a few more to add to the Enchanted Twilight series.
I imagine I will be able to focus more on my art as I have come to realize my employers focus more on their needs than work. In turn, I am following suit. I have essentially put my own needs career wise on hold and was focusing on other’s needs. I was enlightened today by some very rude remarks.
As I am losing my sight and the use of my hands, I shall no focus on what I need and what my family needs and not put someone else’s needs before ours.