This one was drawn on Strathmore mixed-media paper and colored with Holbein watercolors. This paper is amazing, though it's not really for watercolor. It's challenging and unforgiving to work with in this regard, but I love drawing on it. It's very smooth with just enough texture to grip your pen to the surface.
I spend a lot of time in Google Maps just "driving around" and looking at places I can't actually visit in real life. I particularly like Mexico, for some reason, and this drawing was inspired by something odd happening between a man and some police officers there. I do believe that was his truck.
I drew this with my Pilot Custom 823 loaded with an EF nib taken from a 743. The ink is Noodlers #41 Brown which is great but... it takes too long to dry, really.
Here's a new drawing made with Noodlers 41 Brown ink and Holbein watercolor, 4"x6". Inked with a Pilot Custom 823 FA:
This nib width is better on watercolor paper than an EF because for whatever reason the EF is REALLY super fine. Great for details (I did the clouds with an EF) but as a general rule a Falcon SF, 743/823 FA, or Pilot F nib is better (for me) for this kind of work.
This is a scan, so it shows a little more of the paper texture than you see in real life or in the photo. Getting an accurate scan of watercolored art is definitely a challenge. In the future I'd like to own one of those special lightboxes (or build one) to photograph artwork with perfect lighting.
Here's a new one with an early watercolor shadow pass. It's ready for the rest of the color. I drew it with a Pilot Custom 823 FA fountain pen, which is my favorite pen at the moment.
I love this pen because it has an incredible nib which is soft and offers a gentle bounce and even line variation with pressure. The width is perfect for detailed work. The body has enough weight to feel it in your hand but not to be distracting or tiring. And finally, it holds a massive quantity of ink so you can always count on it to write.
Holbein watercolors is what I'll be coloring this one with. While I probably should explore other watercolor brands - I love this one so much I don't intend to look elsewhere.
I used my new Holbein watercolors to paint this drawing. (I love them.) Drawn with a Pilot Falcon SEF using Platinum Carbon Black. A trifecta of Japanese paint, pen, and ink.
This was my first time to use masking fluid. For so long I struggled to make large areas of consistent color without lines or unwanted texture... I knew about masking fluid but I never used it because I thought it would be time consuming. It's actually easy, and even kind of fun.
Also, I can't get over how much I love the Holbein watercolors. I know there are other great brands like Daniel Smith, etc, but Holbein somehow goes with my pens and inks since they all have the same country of origin.
My favorite fountain pens are Japanese... and recently I discovered my favorite ink: Platinum Carbon Black, also Japanese. I also discovered "Holbein" watercolor which is also Japanese so I feel like I've found a perfect trio.
I feel like I finally have things figured out as far as my art supplies go. In fact, going forward I plan to use watercolor exclusively. I just enjoy it so much... there's something so human and imperfect about it. Watercolor has a life of its own.
"Stuck on Duckling Outpost, some might say it is a drag, but with luck maybe we'll get to fly the Duckling Kingdom flag!"
My youngest boy thinks his last name is Duckling. Bazel Duckling. The flag there is his official flag, the flag of Duckling Kingdom. Once we were at a place and I was signing him in and they asked, "What's his name?" and I said "Bazel Cox." My boy was totally offended: "My name's not Bazel COX, it's BAZEL DUCKLING!"
Sometimes he tweets photos of himself into my social networks and gets in a lot of trouble for that. Maybe he is a duckling.
Junkyard Sam is a Seattle area artist, illustrator, and designer.