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.