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We got a bunch of books in the store the other day and we thought it’d be fun if we spiced up the announcement a little bit.  I figured since they were mostly art-instruction and art-inspiration books it only made sense to draw a budding artist.  I don’t recommend trying to paint while looking at a book — but that doesn’t mean I don’t do it all the time.  My only regret was our lack of a white chalk marker.  Oh well.

-Valentine

Slow and Steady

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The days are slipping away towards Rose City Comic Con a lot faster than I’m getting things done; there are just never enough hours in the day.  I don’t think I’m going to be able to get all the work done that I wanted to, but I think as long as I get this one handled I’ll be alright.

So enjoy this sneak peek, and hopefully I’ll have something more resolved to show you soon.  (Well, not too soon, you might have to come see me at the Rose City con if you want to see it.)

-Valentine

A Different Way of Thinking.

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I forgot to post this last night — and of course by “forgot” I mean I was up too late and I got too tired to do anything except crawl into bed.

I have a tendency to think of things from dark to light and opaquely.  I understand glazing and other optical mixing techniques, but I never really use them.  So I’ve never really understood how to make watercolor look good.  With all of the dark-to-light work I’ve got coming up, I thought (as I often do) it’s good to flex those creative muscles and try something completely different for awhile — I’ll be experimenting with a light-to-dark approach in my free time.

I’ll let you know what I come up with.

-Valentine

Good bye, Sanity!

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There are thirty-seven days left until the Rose City Comic Con, and last week I was concerned that I wasn’t going to have enough to show.

My original plan was to spend the last two weeks in July drawing and then spend all of August coloring what I had done.  However, in those two weeks I managed to do twenty-four new drawings (pictured here) ; if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy there are about forty-three drawings from my sketchbook I’d like to do — and another seventeen or so that a friend suggested.

Needless to say, I won’t be able to color eighty-four drawings in thirty-seven days, but it will be interesting to see how many I can get done.  So much for feeling like I didn’t have enough work to show.

-Valentine