Hello my dear readers! I’m really glad that a lot of people, especially Filipinos, were reading my articles about COPIC MARKERS.
COPICS are a bit pricey and hard to find in the Philippines. Hence, when I first started using them, I struggled and almost regret buying my first 10 pieces. I was clueless on how flawlessly blend the colors using my limited number of Copics. I kept searching for tutorials, techniques, and ways to keep my wallet from being hungry.
After several hours of clicking and typing, I stumbled across an article about COLORLESS BLENDER.
The tutorial showed how the “0” marker easily spreads out and perfectly mixes the colors together, making it cheaper and efficient. However, there’s a catch. It was not available in ARTMEDIA or GREATTOYSONLINE. (But that was waaaaaaaaaay back! I don’t know if they’re selling it right now.)
I didn’t have a COLORLESS BLENDER until I came and lived in Japan.
Even though I was broke, I still bought my very first “0” marker in Tokyu Hands. It felt like seeing my dream guy xD I was really happy to have it. When I finally settled in to my new home, I kept looking for the refill, since I use my COLORLESS BLENDER a lot! I found it in an art shop 25 mins (on foot) away from my house.
The refill cost about 1,500 yen and the “0” marker cost like any other copic sketch, which is about 300 yen (not including tax).
The colorless blender does not only make it easier for me to mix the colors, but it also helps me to achieve this “cloudy-watery-texture.”
It could also get rid of those unwanted colours outside your linear art. But, sometimes, it doesn’t really make them disappear, it only makes them SPREAD!!!!! So be careful!
Instead of refilling your marker, you could do a direct approach. Pour your refill in a cup (or something smaller than that) and use a brush to blend the copics.
This entry might not help those artists in the Philippines. On the other hand, I think if you guys request it to ARTMEDIA or GREATTOYSONLINE they might order it from their suppliers, knowing there is a market for it.
Write your comments or questions. I’ll try to reply to you guys as fast as I can! ^^
It’s been a while guys! I’ve been working on some of my short stories, which I could hopefully upload on here. Anyways, I’m gonna share how I colored this baby!
I’m still a beginner in using COPIC MARKERS so I’m just constantly experimenting. I was so scared to color this piece because I really like it! It’s my fanart for the movie BAREFOOT, staring Rachel Evan Wood and Scott Speedman. This movie had a lot of bad reviews, but it has a lot of heart and I find it very adorable.
Going back to my art, these are the markers that I used.
Daisy’s golden locks
I struggled with this part. I didn’t want her hair to be too bright. I actually wanted it to be pale, however, my supply of YELLOW Copic markers was limited. For the base, I use Y000 then I used Y04, which I find quite bright so I mixed it up with Y18 and Y26, giving it a brownish-blonde effect. I also use E37 to add more definition to the dark spots. For unavoidable mistakes (like keeping the colors in the border), I use my Colorless Blender
I just utilized my G94 and G21 to draw squares on her dress, nothing special. I really like these shades of Green. It feels a bit rustic and vintage.
Okay, I already used my pigment pens to define the crease of his shirt; hence, my copics didn’t do much. I used the markers BG18 and BG72. However, I thought it was not as dark as Jay’s shirt in the movie, so I used my grey tone copics T4 and NO no.0
Just like the shirt, this part already has a lot of details. I colored it with E35, for the lighter parts, then shading it with E37.
The Flowers and the Greens
This was easy. I didn’t do any shading with the flowers. I just utilized my BV23, YR15, and Y04 to make it colorful. On the other hand, I did do a little shading for the pink ones, where I used R02 for base and R05 in accentuating its center.
I also make use of my Golden Pen Brush and White Color Pen to highlight some tiny parts of this sketch.
Jay’s Tan Skin
For the base, I tried out my E50, then, to make it darker, my E53 marker came in handy. However, I want it to be more tanned, so that’s where E11 and E00 got into the picture.
I struggled with this one because I wanted her to have a pallid complexion. But, I was clueless on which color should I use to get this outcome. I just played it safe and utilized my trusty Colorless Blender as the base, then E50 for the shade, plus my E00 and E02 for the pinkish effect on Daisy’s shoulder, elbow, eyes, and cheek.
I know it’s been a long time since I wrote in my blog, especially, a follow up to my DELETER entry, but here I am again writing some gibberish that could help you guys out.
Anyways, this is an article about how I used my DELETER SCREEN TONES.
I don’t REALLY tone my artworks because first, Screen tones and other materials for doing this activity are a bit pricy, especially when you are in the Philippines. Second, I’m still a newbie in toning; hence, I’m afraid of ruining my pieces.
However, practice is the only way to solve this dilemma, so, I just toned some of my artworks and I decided to share the process of TONING MY SKETCHES.
Eraser that has a rough texture ( just bought at my local stationary store)
Cutting Mat ( just bought at my local stationary store)
First, I put my sketch on top of the cutting mat. I then removed the screen tone from its non-stick paper and placed it on top of my draft.
I used the SE-53 tone.
NOTE, once you already put the screen tone on your sketch, you need to cut it fast or else you’ll have a hard time removing the excess tone.
I just used an ordinary cutter, so, it was a bit tricky. I suggest you buy a proper cutter that you can hold like a pencil. Once you are done cutting, carefully remove the screen tone you don’t need. Use your brush to remove the tiny pieces instead of just using your bare hands to avoid ruining your work.
When you are finished cleaning up your mess, smooth the surface by using the TONE HERA.
As you can see, you could visibly notice the screen tone, in the black part of my work; hence, I finally utilized my eraser to even out the color. This part was a bit scary because I thought I was going to scratch my piece, but thankfully, IT WAS SAFE! But guys, still, be careful.
Here are some of my works where I used some screen tones. If you like my work, please visit my instagram page (http://instagram.com/lykishkeane/) and follow me! \(^^_)/
Please comment if you have any questions or if you want to share your experience in using tones!
Today I will show you how I ‘ink’ my sketches. I’m not an expert, but that’s the reason I keep on drawing and inking. Art is a continuous journey and progress.
Way back on my old entries, I told you guys that I use UNIPIN, India Ink and brush for accentuating my drawings. I have difficulty in using quills that’s why I don’t use it much.
Anyways, here is a video of how I ink! I had a hard time filming this because I was holding my phone and drawing at the same time; hence, I apologize for the shots that were a bit blurry. And also, before I forget, the music that I choose for the demo was World’s End Girlfriend’s Les EnfantsduParadis.
I hope Jared Leto does not mind me drawing his resplendent bun xD So what do you guys think?
Copic Artworks has featured this on their Tumblr account and The Echelon Empire on their Facebook, as well as on their Tumblr. This was just a simple fanart, but many people really appreciate it. I’m really overwhelmed and I want to thank you guys! Your support keeps me fired up to draw more!
By the way, I used copic markers and colleen color pencils to color this piece. I would try to make a tutorial on how I utilize my copics and color pencils.
For those who are at loss on how to ink, I hope this helps. Most of the aspiring and the indie comic book artists, whom I know, use UNIPIN for inking. It’s very affordable, user friendly, and you can find it at your local stationary/bookstore. So if you don’t have any idea how to intensify your drawings, I suggest that you try this pen out!
I also use SAKURA PIGMA; however, I still order it from Artmedia. Unipin has point 0.05 (smallest) up to 0.8 (biggest); with regards to Sakura Pigma, I’m not sure because I only bought it once and it’s pretty much the same with Unipin.
Anyways, when I was just starting to take my craft seriously, my main problem was my CANVAS. Every artist has their own style and preferred medium, so, in order for me to FIND the ‘ONE,’ I experimented and bought a lot of materials. I could say that it was one of the arduous moments of my life, and it really put a hole in my pocket. But, I did not really mind because it all paid off!
As you can see on my blog, I’m head over heels for INKING! But finding the perfect paper that will match my wondrous Indian ink and pigment pens took a lot of time.
And this is ‘How I Met My Sketchpad.’
(Pun intended xD)
First is Best Buy’s Sketchpad.
I had 4 of these because at that time I was just a meager, cheapskate student. In addition, INKING was not yet in my vocabulary. I just simply used pencil and paper, and I was okay with that. However, similar to other artists, I seek for growth. I wanted to expand my horizon and try out ‘inking,’ since my goal is to be a MANGAKA someday.
And like any other relationships, we had a falling out. Because of his rough texture, the ink bleeds too much which created unrefined lines.
I then decided to move on and find the one that will fill my needs as an artist. xD
4 years ago, I devoted myself in teaching English to Korean students, but, I never gave up my craft. One of my students was very interested in ‘manga,’ so during our break, we mostly talked about anime, games, and comic books. His cousin was really good in designing characters, and one time, my student showed me his cousin’s sketchbook. Its surface was really smooth and it was perfect for inking!
I searched for sketchbooks with smooth sheets that can handle my pen and brush; and hence, that is how I met YASAKA.
He was my favorite. Damn, I loved him. I drew some of my most memorable and outstanding pieces on him. He was the first sketchpad that I inked. But one day, I just couldn’t find him in any bookstores in my town. I was distraught, but I need to move on and look again.
After caressing several sketchpads, Li’l Hand’s drawing book got me at one touch! xD
He was also exceptionally fine, but he only has few sheets! So even though he still had something to offer, I kept on looking for the one who could carry out my demands.
Finally! After a grueling search for Mr. Right, I found him! He was made from China, and his name was SUMIAO SUXIEBEN. His paper was a lot thicker compared to Yasaka and Li’l Hands; hence, he could handle my heavy duty inking and coloring Copics!
I love him so much that even bought a mini Sumiao so I could take it with me anywhere. However, just like with Yasaka, this sketchpad is quite rare. It is not sold in National Bookstore or Pandayan. I bought it on Expressions but they only have a few of him are left! When the time my Sumiao bids his farewell, I hope that he is still available, in the place where we first met. xD
This is a sketchpad that one of my students gave me! Thank you Nicole!
It has a soft surface but its paper is quite thin. The ink easily seeps thru it.
Last, but not the least, is my most expensive paper, which I still need the assistance of EMS just to be with him, DELETER MANGA PAPER. He was not only pricey; he was also the smoothest and thickest paper that I’ve ever inked. Drawing on him was awe-inspiring! However, I only used him on special occasions. Hopefully I could show you guys my upcoming mini-manga!
I’ve written about Deleter before, so if you want to read more infos about him, just read it in here.
So, how about you? How did you meet your sketchpad?
Way back when I was still in high school, some people really like my doodles and some of them were not very fond of them. Before, I did not know how to accept being criticized and I just let people just bring me down.
Even though I really want to take up Fine Arts, I didn’t because I let my mind to be poisoned to think that there is no future in art. I stopped being a dreamer and abandoned my ‘reverie’ of earning a living thru my drawings. Believing that my aspiration was unattainable, I then hated drawing and eventually just stopped creating something out of nothing.
It was a painful journey, but when I went to college, my confidence was boosted up by my friends. They believed that I have a talent; hence, it inspired me to express myself more; you see, I was a very shy lass because I was used to being dragged down by people. However, that all changed! I was motivated by different artists and also by individuals, who surrounded me with positive vibes.
I then started to draw again, to write, to direct, to be creative, to believe, and to dream. I tried my best to improve my skills. Now, those who were skeptical before, reckons that my drawings are good and support me in achieving my dreams; however, there are still some who are doubtful. But I’m not that pessimistic anymore.
ART IS MY SOUL, so I will keep on drawing and writing (and maybe singing 😛 ) because those are the things that keep my heart ecstatically happy!
The road to our goals is bumpy and rocky. Patience, perseverance, and passion are the 3 P’s that you need to carry with you in your journey. Have a safe trip!
There’s a point in every girl’s life that she will fall in love with shoes.
When I was a kid, I never really got the things I want. My parents did not buy clothes or shoes that I like. The garments that they bought for me was according to their preference and budget. In short, my childhood wardrobe was boring and I only owned a few pairs of shoes, in which, some of them were my sister’s hand-me downs. I did not complain about it because I understood our situation. We are just an average family with tight resources. Because of those circumstances, I became a cheapskate and my love for clothes and shoes was born.
I love dressing up but there are times that I’m quite lazy to sort out my attire; however, I don’t want to be dull. For me, fashion is an art and we use it to express our emotions and personality. I’m a person who is always seeking new ways to convey my creativity in different mediums, and ‘fashion’ is just one of those methods; however, I can’t deny that from time to time, the ART of PROCRASTINATION outwits my system. As a result, whenever I want to be in style but too lazy to dress-up, wearing my BOOTS comes in handy.
I don’t know but there is something about boots that makes your whole attire ‘edgy.’ Even if you would just wear a shirt and jeans, your outfit would definitely look COOL when you add boots.
I LOVE collecting shoes, from boots to sneakers and flats; I buy it as long as it will help me spice up my wardrobe. I also wear high-heals, even though I don’t use them that much because they freaking KILL my feet; I only wear them on special occasions.
I have a lot of shoes but my favorite is my PRECIOUS boots! It’s very comfortable and fashionable. I love them so much that they are the usual shoes that I draw. xD
If you want an effortless fashion, I recommend you to buy a pair of boots to make your look more enthralling. However, you must also have confidence to carry out your own STYLE.
Second, I colored Mina’s dress and shoes, in which I utilized BG72, BG10, B52 and BG32.
Third, my lovely RV29 and R21 were applied to put life in the mouth and the cheeks.
Fourth, this is the part that I find very challenging to do, coloring the skin. Even though I have a guide and have the colors that I need, I still find it very difficult to get the correct skin tone. I did pretty well in coloring Mina; however, I’m not satisfied with how I colored my chibi Hong Ki. I used E01, E11 & E000 for their skin.
I hope this tutorial could help you for choosing the correct skin tone.
This is the first time I’m going to write something about video editing. Hope you guys will like this.
I’ve become interested in video editing ever since I started doing video productions when I was in college. I’m a Mass Communication graduate so I’m pretty interested in a visual and audio presentation. I’m not really interested in being in front of the camera. I’m more eager in what’s happening behind the scenes. Whenever we have a school project, it’s either I’m the script writer, video/audio editor or director; sometimes, I do all of it.
Anyways, I really enjoy video editing and I became more inspired with it when I watched amazing FMVs (Fan Made Videos) in Youtube. It’s actually my dream to become a MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR. It’s a great union of my love for music and video making, which is why whenever I make an FMV, I must first find the perfect music. On the other hand, although you found your perfect music and clips, making an FMV is not that easy. You must find the perfect video editor.
When I was a super amateur in video editing (I still am xD), I first used WINDOW MOVIE MAKER. It’s pretty much a program that a 10 year old could tinker. It’s very basic and easy to utilize. I don’t have that program in my computer because I don’t use it anymore.
Here are some of the videos I made using that program. Sorry if the quality is not that good. I uploaded these videos long before HD was born XD
I remember that I used NERO’s movie maker once, but I did not like it much so I just dropped it.
I’ve used Windows Movie Maker for quite some time until I was introduced to ULEAD.
I began using this program when I was in my 4th year in college. I did not watch any tutorials on how to use it. I just watched my classmate, who was really good at video editing, on how to use it. I somehow picked it up quickly and started using ULEAD, not only in my school projects, but also with my FMVs. Even though I was using that editing tool, I still kept using Windows Movie Maker for simple editing. It was faster, and sometimes, I find using ULEAD a bit ‘stiff.’ I usually encountered few glitches with either the audio or video (e.g., the audio and video will not match, the video will be stuck for a second, etc.). At that time, that situation was unavoidable because the specs of my computer were not that good. I didn’t have enough money to upgrade it so I just tried my best to be resourceful.
I did enjoy using ULEAD because it has a lot of effects; hence, there is a lot of tricks to be done with the videos.
Here are some of the videos I made using ULEAD.
BTW, so far, this is my favorite video that I’ve edited. I experimented with a lot of tricks in here and it worked quite well. I’m very satisfied with it. I still love watching it.
Then this is a celebratory video for Tora and Shou. Some of you guys might find it a bit awkward xD
After graduating, I got a job and save enough dough to upgrade my computer. However, there are still some glitches and it became even WORSE! The last video I edited using ULEAD was 2 years ago and it was a travel journal of my friends and I. I can’t post it in here because it’s my personal video. Creating that video was very problematic. I needed to re-edit and render it a couple of times because of the FREAKING glitches. After that tooth grinding experience, video editing did not interest me much.
On the other hand, I was again inspired to make an FMV again! I decided to, finally, use a different program to work FAST and smooth. I don’t want to deal with any glitches or long hours of rendering. If I’ll have those predicaments, I would lose my patience and passion to finish the video I’m editing.
I then tried using Sony Vegas.
I don’t have a clue on how to use it so I watched a few tutorials while doing the FMV that I just made recently. Although I’m still a beginner, I like using it because it’s fast and smooth. I could handle and solve the glitches in a jiffy. It might be a little complicated compared to ULEAD and Windows Movie Maker but you’ll get used to it.
The feature that I like about Sony Vegas is that you can import PSD files! Just imagine the things that you could do with it.
Finally! These are the videos I edited using Sony Vegas.
If you plan on making KICK-ASS FMVs, just be patient and watch other FMVs so you could be inspired and creative. Try different styles of editing and you’ll eventually find your own signature.
It’s been a long since I wrote an entry about ART!
I already made an article about Copic Markers a long time ago; however, this time I would tell you where you can get those babies in the Philippines.
Just like many aspiring Filipino comic/manga artist, I really wanted to try Copic Markers, since a lot of illustrators are getting fond of using them. I cannot really blame them because those markers have a splendid effect; in addition, it also gives a watery ambiance like what you get with watercolors. Moreover, even if you bombard your canvass with tons of coatings from those markers, your paper doesn’t easily break.
Those remarks just makes you want to try those tempting markers out; however, they are not products that you could easily purchase in your local art supply shops, in the Philippines.
Though that might sound a bit discouraging, you don’t need to fret because we already have the INTERNET! You could almost buy anything these days, as long as you have the dough and a net connection, in the World Wide Web.
For those people who don’t have a good relationship in internet shopping, again, you don’t need to worry; I was also like that in the beginning but I had become accustomed to it already. Like they always say, “You’ll find ways to do something that you like in order to make it into a reality.”
I researched shops/people selling Copic markers; actually, I didn’t expect much, but I still have a hope that I could find a shop, in the Philippines, that sells those markers I crave so much. After grueling hours of looking for that certain store on the internet, I found GREATTOYSONLINE; it’s a shop that mostly caters to ‘toy collectors.’
GREATTOYSONLINE has a lot of branches in Manila and they also provide online purchases. Since I bought my Copics personally in their store, I don’t know the means of their payment; on the other hand, you could always ask them.
Their Copics are 240 pesos each; even though you’ll buy more than a piece, you still need to pay 240 pesos; there are no discounts. Aside from those markers, Great Toys also offer different products from Copic. Their product availability may vary from time to time; hence, you could just visit their site to see them for yourself.
240 pesos each, it is, indeed, very expensive and not many wannabe or professional Filipino mangaka/illustrator could afford them. I’m a cheapskate myself so I didn’t stop looking for cheaper alternatives. I actually almost consider buying from Amazon Japan but I couldn’t read Japanese; in addition, I don’t know if all of the sellers are willing to ship outside Japan. I then gave up; however, thankfully, when I was looking for a book in MULTIPLY.COM, I accidentally found ARTMEDIA TRADING. Sadly, at this moment, Multiply.com does not operate anymore; however, Artmedia is also making transactions on their Facebook site.
ARTMEDIA TRADING is an online art store that mostly provides manga materials. On top of their Copic merchandise, the shop also sells Neopiko Markers, Deleter Products, Sakura Pigma, Prismacolor and a lot more.
For 218 pesos per piece, you could get your Copics and color like a pro! On the other hand, it’s still a bit pricey but unlike in Great Toys, Artmedia gives a discount, if you purchase a lot of markers.
Individual pen – 218 minimum of 6 pcs – 1,300 minimum of 12pcs – 2,600 minimum of 24pcs – 5,150 minimum of 36pcs – 7,700 minimum of 72pcs – 15,250
Furthermore, for a minimum purchase of 500 pesos, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING (JRS express letter only).
I pay them using my PAYPAL account but you could use BDO, BPI or G-Cash. Artmedia is accommodating, which is a plus point, so I like making transactions with them. So far, I haven’t had any problems with their products and services.
It’s very difficult to trust people online, especially when money is involved, which is why a thorough RESEARCH is a must. I made this article with the hopes of helping those, who are clueless, on what to do with shopping for manga materials. It’s very hard, for Filipino comic/manga artists, to find mediums that are not manufactured or popular in here.
I’m not rich; I’m very poor, which is why I save all my money just to buy the materials I need. I’m quite choosy when it comes to my medium; I want the best but with reasonable prices.
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