A little guide to paintbrushes

A little guide to paintbrushes - watercolor techniques

A miracle has occured: the creative thought has started spreading within my family, and my sister started painting. Last weekend I was watching her with slightly bulging eyes as she played around on thin print paper with some brushes that were in appalling state. At this point I decided that instead of my old article on art supplies, I’d need to write a more thorough piece on what you should buy if you choose to pass your time painting. So much more thorough that I am going to split them and talk about papers in a separate blog post, while today I’ll tell you all I know about brushes. So let’s jump right into paintbrushes A-Z.

Are brushes important?

You can pay enormous amounts on paintbrushes and yet achieve horrible results, but the opposite is also true: a cheaper brush can be suitable as long as you choose consciously. A good brush is hand-made, even the relatively cheaper ones, so you should consider it as an investment. At the same time, I’d like to crush the legend that only a super expensive brush can be good quality: I have been working with synthetic for a few months now and reach just as good results as before.

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June downloadable calendars

Summer, water, swimming. What else could be on the June calendar, than a (semi)aquatic animal? Peter is a rather well-fed beaver, who doesn’t give a damn about the approaching bikini season. I hope you don’t either. :D But, joking aside, here is the free downloadable calendar for June!

If you’ve subscribed to the newsletter Peter will arrive in your inbox in A4 printable format on Friday. So it’s not yet late to subscribe. :)

Till then, you can find the June calendar for the screens of your various gadgets down below.

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

New medium #6 – book binding

How book binding works - a series about experimenting with new art techniques

Imagine that you hate painting in a book. You prefer doodling on individual pieces of paper because you are afraid you spoil it and then the look of the entire sketchbook is destroyed. If you happen to draw in a sketchbook for some strange reason, you use a wire-bound one, so you can just tear the page out if you mess up the drawing. But despite all this, you still go to workshop and bind yourself a real, hard cover sketchbook.

Question: Are you insane?

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May downloadable calendars

Summer has arrived in Hungary – not officially perhaps, but the weather thinks so anyway. I can’t say I’m particularly happy about this, I would rather spend May in the comfortably cool Canada, so on this month’s calendar I put a forest animal native to North America, the racoon. Our racoon answers the name of Eric, and hopes very much that you’ll download him to one of your gadgets.

To all newsletter subscribers Eric will arrive in A4 printable format too, so if you haven’t joined the community yet, now is the time – until Friday, that is, when the newsletter is out. Down below you can download the May calendar for the screens of your various gadgets.

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

The future of creating

The future of creating - how technology affects art

A few months ago I took part in a conference titled ‘The future of creating’. Unfortunately this event had nothing to do with creativity, instead the presentations were packed with 3D printers, drones and robots, but all the same, it made me think a lot about my own profession. After some hours of hearing a lot about ‘competition’ my stress levels were peaking and a question was forming in my head:

Do we really need all this?

It would be useless to deny that the growth of the e-world is good and necessary. I don’t know what I would do without programs to edit my artwork, not to mention blogging itself. Digital drawing is one of the fastest growing part of the illustration business, while 3D is considered more or less the future of graphic design. But still… I believe there are some of us who shrink a little when we hear the word ‘creating’ paired with ‘innovation’ and ‘technology’.

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April downloadable calendars

Now that we have changed to summer time, I can finally state with confidence: spring is here. The days are much longer, and so Otto, the boar baby is happily digging the ground, in the hope of finding something delicious among the spring flowers. He is the one on the April downloadable calendar. :)

As usual, if you are a newsletter subscriber, I’ll send you a printable version of the April calendar too. Otto arrives in your mailbox this Friday, so stay tuned and subscribe if you haven’t done already. Down here you can download the April calendar for the screens of your various gadgets. Now is the last time to download the entire Forest Animals calendar from my Etsy shop, after that it will be gone.

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

Behind the scenes #8 – What happened this winter?

Behind the scenes - what I illustrated this winter

It is still snowing round here, but I am soon confident in announcing that winter is over, spring is coming. I had planned Januray to be a slow month after the hustle and bustle of December, but – just as it often happens with plans – things turned out differently. Winter became such a busy season that I have decided to share it with you.

21 days, 13 paintings

To tell the truth I am no good at challenges (even though I can manage a week-long one) but now I have landed myself in a situation very much like an art challenge. I had wanted to document the moments of our relationship with my SO but it was only in December that I came up with the idea of the Exercisebook of love. Obviously I had no chance to do anything about it in the Christmas rush but Valentine’s Day seemed a good chosen deadline (have I said I like working to a deadline?). At that time it had seemed that 1,5 months would be a comfortable time to finish the project but during the process of creating, ideas started generating themselves. I had more and more pages pop into my head, so I worked on the Exercisebook nearly every day. You might have seen the inside pages on Facebook or Instagram.

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On Women’s Day…

International Women’s Day is due this week, so on that note I have out together a little collection of illustrations. All this images deal with the concept of femininity, whether they be conceptual doodles or a charming set of flowers. I am a great fan of conceptual illustration as I love that they have extra meaning apart from being aesthetically pleasing.

To my dismay even Google Image Search couldn’t help me find the names of all the illustrators whose work you can see down below. Those I found I linked under the images, but the list is still not complete.

Which one is your favourite?

Image sources: 1, 2, 34, 5

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