Coffee-tober

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Inktober was started by an artist and it’s really become quite a new animal. I started using coffee for various reasons, but the biggest surprise is that I have never liked drawing cars and preferred depicting them in cgi or more precise mediums.

The coffee mixture is very simple – a teaspoon of both water and whatever blend is in the pantry and then adding more coffee to darken things up. It behaves very much like regular watercolor pigment with the added bonus of there being a lovely aroma as you ink. Paint. Draw.

I can’t guarantee other blends will have the same coloration – I am actually using instant coffee crystals from Stater Bros. It’s decaf if that matters to anyone, but the bigger issue is that it is far cheaper than ANY pigment I have ever used. I think I can get many times the volume of usable ink out of it than I could ever afford for the same volume of actual ink.

Of course I doubt it can ever go completely black unless I started using a darker blend, a mixture of coffee and real black ink, or combine it with other household pigments to add up to black.

All I know is I really enjoy the final color it leaves and of course the aroma while drawing.

#Morris #Marina, a fine coffee blend ink for #inktober #coffee

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Inktober

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I didn’t really intend to do Inktober but I ended up getting rather hooked on it. At Long Beach this year I ran out of ink in my best brushpen and didn’t have a backup. I did however pick one up a week later and started inktober-ing. Then I rummaged through old art supplies and found an old sumi painting kit I bought at the Japanese Garden in Encino years ago. If you are familiar with sumi painting, grinding the ink is something that isn’t particularly Con-friendly – but I am going to try and use some brushpens refilled using the sumi ink as well as find some sumi style brushpens.

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Throwing out the trash

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I think it’s safe to say my old website belonged in 2008. Sadly, it stayed there for too long.

While it’s terribly easy to say I have tons of new stuff to post and brag and barf on about – the truth is I just wanted to nuke the site from orbit as one of my favorite movie quotes goes.

In just a few days I want to see how far I can get into making this website finally start doing some work for me and maybe even for some of you.

In the time this space has been idle I have let other internet tools become the front facing part of “me” – facebook, twitter, DeviantArt et al – all of them seemed to make the website feel inadequate to the task of representing the work. Better galleries, tons of users to connect to – didn’t someone already say blogging is dead?

Well, I don’t think it has to be. While some of the content that ends up here might be reverberated to other places, I feel like I have spent enough time on other people’s platforms, and should really start pampering my own.

 

Thanks for stopping by, and please link, add, signup and hang around. I promise there will be more.

 

 

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