Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Scott Makes A Local Appearance At THE SPRINGFIELD LIBRARY!

On Monday evening (June 29) at 7pm, I had an appearance at the Springfield Library (which is in my area) and I spoke at one of the summer programs for kids. It ran for an hour and a half and all the kids were thrilled to have me there drawing in front of them from the feedback I got at the end. I wound up staying after to do free drawings up till the library closed for the evening. Here are some pics from the evening that a librarian took for me...

In addition, I also donated over 10 short boxes of comic book graphic novels and hardcovers to the young adult section of the library! I had to start cleaning out my storage unit, and since the state cut the library's budget, I figured I would help them out my donating a bunch of books that will hopefully get the local kids all reading comics of some kind...








8 comments:

Dylanio21 said...

I'd love to get my lines that smooth. It's amazing looking. What kind of pencil/marker do you use?

ScottN01 said...

Thanks for your comments! I love questions! I use a 30% or a 40% warm gray Prismacolor Premiere magic marker to simulate a pencil sketch line. Then I use a normal black Prismacolor Premiere magic marker (PR-98), which I use the broad end of for sketch and inking at my demos. They cost around $2.39 each but can be found for cheaper if you order in quantity. If you hold it right you can get a sweeping stroke with the line that can create a thick/thin line that has some depth to it and the drawings pop a little more. These are done pretty quickly so I try to keep some kind of quality to them.

Dylanio21 said...

Thanks for the tips!
I have been meaning to pick some of those up for a while but now I'll really know what to get.
I used a Markette for such things usually when it comes to blacks with interesting and thick black lines.
I'm going to have to try this technique on a couple of more cartoony styles I've been interested in.

ScottN01 said...

Well, keep in mind that I do these real big for show so people can see them from a distance and these markers I do believe may break down over time so they aren't archival. But they are good for fast work for a crowd. I used to use the 'Bullet Point' Magic Markers (which you could buy at Staples but they no longer sell them and only have the chisel tip ones) and I used them all the time for doing caricatures at the mall when I did them... so I switched to the Prismacolor marker. For my normal pro work I mostly use the Faber Castell PITT Brush Marker for inking some stuff, and I use the Micron Pigma pens (.005, .01, .02, .03., .05 and .08)

Dylanio21 said...

Well you've been very informative and just all kinds of help. I still do caricatures but I stick with my Markette, maybe you've suggested a suitable replacement.
I have yet to use a brush marker but it looks like great fun.
Do you have to refill the ink on those? And if so what kind do you use?
I haven't gotten really into using like a brush and ink for inking but when I do I'd like to have some idea of what tools to use.

ScottN01 said...

Some artists I know do refill the markers, but I don't. I usually buy a box or three from Dick Blick art supplies and then use them while the points are good and then when they start to go, I use them just to fill up solid black areas and then when they lose their sharpness, I throw them into a box and then use them for event work like appearances on Free Comic Book Day to finish them off. I can get like 3 to 5 really good drawing out of one and then they go. It's expensive but the points don't last as long as say a real sable brush which you keep dipping in an ink well. But I don't use sable brushes anymore and I just use the brush markers since they are faster. I do use a sable brush for applying Pro White on a drawing to fix a mistake. Mostly though a lot of work has to be inked digitally and in that case I do the work in Adobe Illustrator since most places want the art to be vector. I have a new microphone I bought. I'll be doing a podcast for this kind of info soon!

Dylanio21 said...

Well be sure to let me know about it. I have a blog too and follow yours. Thanks for all the great advice. Do you go to the Fan Expo in Toronto?

ScottN01 said...

Nope. I really don't do the show circuit. I don't do the San Diego Show anymore either since that's a bad show. I will be at the Baltimore Con on that Saturday in October.