I had a really good time at SPX this year! I was really impressed by the quality of the work I saw on tables, and the show was so dense and busy I didn’t get to see about a quarter of the floor.
Special thanks to my tablemate Rebekka for being the best, to Pablo and Iasmin for letting me hop in their caravan, to everyone who told me they appreciate my work, and congrats to Cathy on the well-deserved Ignatz!
Extra special thanks to Michael for his hard work on the SPX organization and outreach! Making artists feel wanted and valued is so important and he’s devoted to it.
The weekend was so busy I only took these two pictures:
I’ve spent some time the past week reading “serious” comics, books like Asterios Polyp, that while beautiful, are also a bit emotionally challenging. Comics as a medium has a great range in tone, and this week I wanted to highlight some books that were just plain fun to read. Mini reviews,…
I saw your answer to the person asking about scanning watercolors, and I want to add that scanners have trouble with watercolors because of the kind of bulb they use in the lighting element. It's not a complete kind of light, it's missing parts of the spectrum, relying on natural mixing of colors to fill in the gaps. Nobody as far as I know makes the kind of light you'd need to get a perfect scan, I've looked. I get best results taking photos under incandescent, halogen, or sunlight.
Hey! I love your watercolours and I've recently been practising my watercolours too, but I'm having trouble scanning them in and they always come out to pale or just not right. do you have any tips? (also any tips on doing lines for watercolours do you uses pencil/inks?) thanks! and don't stop drawing!
Tips for scanning: it comes out pretty light at first, but you can recover some of the values if you tinker with the image in Photoshop. I usually use levels to mess with the values, but this makes the colors a little strange. It’s maybe impossible to scan watercolors perfectly. I think some people take super high quality photographs of their paintings rather than scan.
Tips for lines: If you watercolor (with paint, or just plain water) over a pencil line, that line becomes impossible to erase. I either use pencil or waterproof ink for lines. Thanks for asking!