Friday, September 29, 2017

teen storm

[listening to "look what you made me do" by taylor swift]

New York Comic Con is coming up so so fast. i haven't even been able to post about it. this summer went by in a blur. i blinked and it's almost October!

i drew this latest piece for the NYCC Charity Auction. i was struggling with what to draw this year and i went on facebook to ask people for suggestions. everyone came up with some super fun ideas, though some were more ambitious than i had time for. but Storm came at the suggestion of my mother-in-law and i couldn't say no to that. normally i go for the 90s Uncanny X-Men version of Storm because that's my personal favorite. but instead i went with mohawk Storm cuz i never draw that one. i drew her much younger, some time during her thieving days. i wanted to show a quiet moment where maybe she's just starting to really learn to control her powers and keeping herself dry while making everyone else miserable with a downpour. i'm not even sure that's how her powers work, but it's my drawing so i dos what i wanna dos. =) i did this with watercolors, a little colored pencils (for the lines and some blue spots), and gel pens for spots here and there.

if you're going to NYCC this year, please take a moment to go to the charity auction during the show and consider bidding on stuff in there. there's always awesome pieces (way cooler ones than mine) and the proceeds go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. i think i may have been too late in sending my image to get it included on the online gallery, but it'll be there i promise.

i know this year, artist alley at NYCC is in a different part because where it used to be is torn down and being renovated. but, u can find me and hubby Jerry Gaylord at TABLES F25 & F26 in ARTIST ALLEY! i'll be bringing prints, a very limited number of my Daydreams Book 3, and copies of THE BLUEPRINT 2 as well.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

koi brush pens

[listening to "welcome to new york" by taylor swift]
 

happy fall, guys! i decided to crack open my brand new Koi Coloring Brush Pens from Sakura the other day and try it on this fall-inspired doodle of Anna and Olaf. i know Anna has a winter look, a spring look (courtesy of the Spring Fever short), and probably even a summer look if the outfit she had on at the end of the movie counts. so i wanted to put her in typical Autumn greens and oranges and browns. and i gave her a mug of pumpkin spice latte, if they have that sorta stuff in Arendelle. (which, i'm gonna say they do because it's not a real place. so whatevs.) i think she'd love some PSL, and Olaf will probably wanna get in on that action.

i wanted to use the Koi pens exclusively so i didn't use any copics or watercolors mixed with it. i used my colored pencils for the lines and steam (from the cup), a black ink pen just for eyes/eyebrows, and the Gelly Roll pens (from Sakura also) for the tiny details in her dress. i was limited to the 12 colors that came in the pack but i did also have a pack of grays (3 cool grays, 3 warm grays) so those helped a bit with some color blending. but what really did the trick for me was to use my watercolor brush pen (the blue brush pen where u can put water in the chamber) to help blend all the colors together nicely. without it, i think each color is just way too saturated. sometimes, especially in Olaf's case, i dabbed the brush pen right on the Koi pen tip so it can be super light.

with that in mind, i wouldn't recommend this to beginners because of the limited number of colors and how saturated each color is. but having said that, it IS pretty cool to try out with a brush and some water. it's almost like the effect of watercolors without all the mess. i also used some textured watercolor paper (i believe it's cold-press paper) so that'll go a long way to making them blend properly, i think. i'm not sure what it would look like on a more smoother paper like Bristol or something. if you're looking to experiment with a different set of markers, i highly recommend playing with these and seeing if they're a good fit for what you're looking to do.

all in all, i wish i had more colors! a couple more flesh tones would help a lot, plus maybe like 1 additional shade of each basic color. if i had a pretty good set of these, there's a chance i would give up my Copic markers for them at comic cons. i mean, i still love my copics, don't get me wrong. but there's so many that i need and it gets a bit cumbersome to bring them to cons all the time. they blend really nicely together but i can't fuzz the edges with water cuz they're markers. once they're on the paper, that's it. (still, Copics are much better than Prismacolor markers in my opinion.) oh, and let's not forget the fact that they're pretty pricey. i mean, they're pricey for good reason, they're definitely better than other markers i've ever used. but sometimes, i feel like all i'm doing is buying more refills and spending more on other colors. one really good comic convention will kill my markers because of the number of commissions i do.

i'm gonna keep playing with these pens. especially since INKTOBER is coming up, i may dabble with the grays a lot more. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

all moved in

[listening to "roulette" by katy perry]

The Mermaid's New Tunes
so i'm finally all moved in to our new home in LA. still doesn't see quite real yet that we live out here, but with a view that includes the mountains and the peaks of Hogwarts at Universal Studios right out of my window - i imagine i won't get used to it anytime soon.

i have neglected this page in the past few months because of the move that i honestly don't know where to start with the posts. so, instead of trying to do some huge image dump from Awesome Con and San Diego Comic Con and other art in between, i'm just gonna try to move forward. if you've been following my instagram page - @pengpengart - then you're quite caught up.

i'll start with this mermaid painting from last month. i did it for my first-ever art show in LA. is that crazy!? well, it's crazy in my head. again, this is all part of the feeling like it's not quite real that i live out here yet. at any rate, this is one of the very few pieces i've done with only watercolors. (normally, i use copics, but i've noticed it's sort of my crutch.) it was part of the "Mermaids and Mer-Men Art Show" at the QPop Shop in downtown LA. the show just ended earlier this month. above is the uncropped version, below is what it looked like in the frame i had. unfortunately i didn't really get to frame it as nicely as i'd like because time wasn't on my side last month. next time i promise to make it much much nicer. (of course the pink watermarks aren't actually there.)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dream Big Princess

[listening to "unstoppable" by sia]

funny that the song i'm listening to right now is very fitting for the topic of this post. 

From Aug. 15th - Oct. 11th, Girl Up Campaign (United Nations Foundation) and Disney has teamed up to do a #dreambigprincess campaign. Post your own photo or like a public image with #dreambigprincess on social media and Disney Worldwide Services will donate $1 for each, up to $1M. (go to @girlupcampaign on Instagram to find out more.)

ever since i started drawing stuff that i liked versus stuff that i think others would like, i've found it to be so much more rewarding - both professionally and personally. there's always going to be people out there who tell you that it's just a dream, it's not a reality. but that's just them projecting their fears onto you. and there's always someone who says it that's close to you and it kicks you right in the gut. but that's ok because that's the fire in ur belly that u need to succeed. a few someones told me this art stuff is not realistic, even within my family. but i've worked in comics, i just moved from Maryland to LOS ANGELES, and i'm working in animation as a designer now. that picture above is me at the Wacom booth (u know, the people that make your tablets and cintiqs) in the biggest comic convention in the United States doing a demonstration, for pete's sake! i'm not trying to brag, please don't take that the wrong way. all i'm saying is that it CAN be done, u just gotta work at that dream. i have so much further to go, but the dream is pretty big and i'm working away at it one day at a time.

to me, the phrase "Dream Big, Princess" is only half the truth. the other half is said best by the first diva i'd ever seen - RuPaul - "You betta work!"

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

i'm moving

[listening to "4:44" by Jay-Z]


sorry for the super long silence on this page. if u follow my facebook page, u may know that i'm making a pretty huge move from the East Coast to the West Coast. literally across the whole country. so as stressful as it is to move in general, i knew i wasn't ready to get rid of practically every piece of possession. sooo many books, sooo many dvds/blurays, sooo many prints from other artists.

here's what happened. end of May, right before we went to MegaCon, we found out that my hubby Jerry got a storyboard revisionist position at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, CA. so he moved out to CA in June and i've been wrapping everything up here. plus we set up at Awesome Con in DC a couple of weeks ago. it's been nonstop.

because of the move, i've closed my Etsy shop temporarily. all of my prints are in transit and i will be bringing them to San Diego Comic Con in 2 weeks. i'll be reopening it some time before August is out. hopefully the dust will have settled just a tad by then.
please be a bit more patient with me. if this move has taught me anything, it's to go digital. everything digital -mail, movies, music, vid games. (except art books. that's gotta stay physical.)