Saturday, May 22, 2010

Roach Rider

Doing some sketching since my kid's baseball game got rained out. I drew this on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol with a Vellum surface. Really nice. Not nearly as toothy as the watercolor paper I used in the last post. Plus this comes in 11 x 17 sheets. Pretty cool. i have one more paper to try out but it hasn't come in the mail yet.
The 500 series Bristol did warp a bit more than the watercolor paper but not as much as the 400 series bristol. So I like this one the best.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New paper - Strathmore 400 series cold press watercolor pad

I've been working 'wet' lately, doing ink washes with gobs of water and the bristol board I've used was getting all warped. So to combat this I am trying out some new paper. First is the Strathmore 400 series Cold press Watercolor paper. Really heavy duty, comes in a 12x17 spiral pad.

I did this sketch of some roach dudes with brushes, Rosemary and Co Series 33 size 2 for the lines and size 4 for the wash.

The paper held up great to the washes. It's pretty toothy and seemed to soak up a lot more water then the bristol so I had to mix more washes and dip my brush more. Pretty nice though and held up better for this type of work then the bristol.