Did your on-demand episodes for Game of Thrones disappear? Here is how I fixed the problem. Turn off your TV / cable box with the remote, then turn off power button on the cable box itself, give it about two minutes, then turn everything back on. All of my episodes for GoT on-demand appeared again after the reboot. Weirdly enough, other HBO on-demand episodes were showing while GoT episodes were missing.
Meanwhile, more cartoons below…
This short five minute video shows you how to mount an ink brush painting on rice paper onto an artist trading card using an iron and light weight fusible web material from the fabric store.
Here is a round up of some recent ATCs. It’s especially fun to paint water using watercolor. Some of these are already traded through ATCsForAll.com which is a really good site. I have been splitting my time between pen and ink and some painted pen and ink drawings. I love getting a trade in the mail!
This post teaches how to mail and prevent damage for traded sports cards and stickers, artist trading cards and mail art. There are a few basic steps you can take to armor the content of your envelope from dents, tears and water damage. Sorting and cancellation machines, hand delivery and the weather are all factors when you send your trade out into the postal system.
I am using this pile of traded hockey sports stickers as an example. They weigh 1.8 ounces (52 grams) and are all the same size.
Artist trading card set, Geisha Four Seasons by Shellie Lewis
I joined a group trade online at ATCsForAll.com and these will be mailed out soon! Coming up with the style for each kimono was a lot of fun.Group swaps are interesting because you get to see the different ways each artist expresses the theme.
I am doing a round up of my favorite hand-drawn and hand-painted artist trading cards. The top two were finished this month and have not been traded yet. Everything else has been mailed off to new homes long ago.
I try to aim for a good weight on each card. Anything not on a Strathmore illustration board ATC blank is mounted on a heavier core. I hate leaving the backs blank, so the backs have various decorative papers and title cards glued on.
I have heard about blending colored pencils with baby oil and was skeptical to try it. I have used my share of colorless blending pencils and blending markers in the past. The markers cost a lot and get stained pretty quickly. You always have to wipe the nib on scrap paper to remove colors to go on to blend different areas of color and this burns through your marker quickly. The fabulous surprise was how much better baby oil performs for blending! It is dirt cheap and smells pleasant. I tested the process of many brands of pencils below.
I made sure to buy baby oil that was 100% mineral oil. I got a brand that had the perfume scent since the drug store near me did not have any unscented kinds for sale. Avoid other additives like aloe vera; it is the mineral oil melting the wax content in the colored pencils that makes the process work. Mineral oil is a petrochemical, so I am thinking an organic component like aloe vera would lend itself to mold or decay.
I did some Manga style cartoon portrait drawings with colored pencils. I will crop these drawings to artist trading card size later. The one above used waterproof inks for the outline: Sakura Pigma Micron pens and a Pentel Manga brush pen. This artwork has Berol Prismacolor, Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Magic, Koh-I-Noor Dry Marker Flourescent, and Rose Art Metallic brands of colored pencils. The Rose Art Metallic set is very bright; the silver looks very good. The paper I used was pretty rough, 130# Nature Sketch; it has a definite tooth similar to a cold pressed variety of watercolor paper or maybe a pastel paper.
BOOM! Here is the blended version. I think it “pops”, the colors look bolder and the art has a nice painterly effect. I used a fine synthetic paint brush and Q-tips dipped in tiny amounts of baby oil. The Q-tip cotton swabs were very nice to rub on the paper and smoothed the color out well. Interestingly, the baby oil makes the color melt down into the paper nicely. All of the blending I had done with the dry pencils was prone to stay in place. The baby oil process felt similar to using very thinned oil paints but not wildly wet like fluid inks or watercolor. The smallest amount of baby oil melts and blends the colored pencil on contact. The control was very nice. I also used a white Sakura Gellyroll pen for the reflections in the eyes, which is a nice trick.
This was my first try with the baby oil process. Most of the above art was Crayola colored pencils, a little Berol Prismacolor was used on the skin tones and the ink was Pentel Manga brush pen. I wish I had learned about this process before now; it was an interesting way to compensate for the white showing through on a toothy paper. Definitely try it out, blending colored pencils with baby oil was fun and really easy.
Adding another drawing 2/13/2015!