Which of my pieces (in prints or postcards) would you guys like to see for sale on my Etsy shop?
Anonymous asked: What do you do when you lose your 'mojo'? I used to draw all the time and now I haven't drawn anything/anything decent in months. What do you do to avoid/escape these slumps if you get them?
That’s so hard. It’s the worst when you have commission jobs/clients. Sometimes a change of scenery is good. Some people take an all out vacation in another country, but something as simple as drawing in a new pub or cafe. Try not to draw in a cooped up space. I find so many people have workspaces in their basement with no natural light. I try to work in front of a window or even outside as often as possible. Stay positive, look at what inspires you, but don’t waste your whole time buried in a computer screen. For instance, I have a photo inspiration tumblr as well, and I go and look at it often for motivation. It’s just photos that convey the environment and atmospheres that I love and I know specifically that I enjoy those pictures, rather than scrolling for days on multiple blogs searching for that feeling. Listen to new music. Don’t get caught in monotony. Hope some of those tips help.
ivyflowerlovewell asked: yea tools
I use mainly Pilot GTec C4s, Microns, Blackwing & Staedtler pencils, moleskine sketchbooks, and plenty of random other pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks.
marcobmans asked: Hey Bee! I really love your illustration and all the stuff you do! I just have one question, don't know if someone else already asked or it's written somewhere: What sketchbooks are you using? :)
The majority of my sketchbooks are Moleskine but I do have several others. The moleys are just my favourite and what I always have in my bag.
rachiebear1998 asked: This isn't a question lol I just wanted to say that your drawings are really awesome! It's encouraging to see people do what they love. Thank you for sharing! I do a bit of drawing myself :)
Thank you! And I totally agree, when you see someone pursuing what they’re here to do, it’s so inspiring. Keep drawing!!
Anonymous asked: do you color in your letterings with the pen you use or do you use something else to fill it in?
For the textured fill in I do use the same pen. But if I want it to be completely solid black, I’ll use a thicker marker like a Micron Graphic or Micron Brush pen.
artsypantz asked: I love your work so much, it's been really inspiring me lately! I was wondering if you could help me with improving my typography, how do you get so good? I always feel so intimidated by the blank page, but you seem to fill it with ease. Thanks in advance :))
It’s really cliche but I can stress enough how important it is to practice. Seriously draw as much as you possibly can. And if you’re not feeling inspired, look at someone else’s work that inspires you. Even if it’s not visual artwork. If it’s music, listen to it. If it’s reading, go grab a book. If it’s fashion, grab a magazine or watch the latest catwalks from NY fashion week. The best things for me are looking at my favourite artists’ work, reading, or looking at fonts.
Looking at fonts and redrawing them as practice is SO GOOD for lettering. So many people approach typography and lettering with no knowledge of what letter forms truly look like. Some say, “oh well, I can read and write so obviously I know what letters look like. I can draw too so I must be able to draw letters!”
But try this. Draw a word, any word, WITHOUT looking at it written or typed somewhere else. Once you’re done go and type it in a font you like and compare your drawing to the typed version. There will be obvious similarities but there will also be mistakes that you didn’t even know you were making. Now, I’m not saying hand lettering is supposed to look like digital type. It’s not. But understanding what makes a letter look “right” or “beautiful” makes all the difference in good hand drawn type. I always struggle with calligraphy. But it’s because I don’t practice it enough or take note of what it looks like compared to handwriting. When I actually go and look at a word I’m trying to script out in an actual calligraphic font, I can figure out how to fix my errors that made it look “off”. I don’t copy the font, I just look for differences and which of those differences make or break the lettering.
One more tip, practice your handwriting all the time. It doesn’t have to be perfect, handwriting is quirky and unique. As is hand lettering. But practice, and if you’re not pleased with your work, keep practicing until you start seeing things you like. Don’t strive for perfection, strive for what pleases your own eye.
nosthevampire asked: Hiiiiiiiu
sixinchlies asked: It does help, thanks so much :D and wow, Nova Scotia! I'm from Peru, haha. Very nice to meet you!
Haha, awesome! So cool to meet yas from all over the place.