What I Used for Inktober 2016: Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

River Painting: Finishing Touches with Sakura Gelly Roll SMALL

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience.  Check out my Disclosures page for more info.River Painting: Finishing Touches with Sakura Gelly Roll SMALLWelcome back to the fourth and (for now) final installment of What I Used for Inktober!  Today we’ll be looking at the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White, a gel pen that I like to use for accents, outlines, and highlights, like I did in the picture above!  (I also added a blue background using a Promarker – but that’s a review for another day! 😛 )

When I committed to Inktober, I was worried about highlights.  In digital art, it’s easy to add a white outline or highlights at the end of a painting – just make a new layer!  But with markers? o~o  Luckily, with the Sakura Gelly Roll pen, it’s easy to add highlights and finishing touches after the main shading!  At about $5 USD for a set of 3, these pens are budget-friendly. . . and, I would say, well worth the price. UPDATE 2/2018: It looks like the pens are now around $7.50 (link to Amazon).  Still a good deal, in my opinion!

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#Inktober Days 11-12: Faster

fast-inktoberCloud: “It’s not going to cook any faster if you stare, you know.”

Aaaand  we’re back to complicated drawings!  For days 11 and 12 of Inktober I did some concept for our upcoming webcomic. Though it took me two days to complete, I had a lot of fun.

Have you ever had a moment when you wished you could make something cook faster through sheer force of will?  Unfortunately, it never seems to work. . . or rather, it seems to backfire and make the time go slower. . . and slower. . . and s l o w e r. . . .  It can’t just be me, right?

Today was the first day I tried the Caran d’Ache non-photo blue sketching pencil!  It was really easy to draw with, soft and smooth and doesn’t smudge when you rest your hand on it.  I’ve been using it ever since instead of my normal mechanical pencil 💝 – though I’ll probably go back to mechanical pencil after Inktober when I’m just sketching with no intention to ink.

Of course I knew that it wouldn’t show in a photo, but I was still surprised somehow. . . it’s really different hearing about something vs seeing it yourself.  (Though, you can kind of see it where I drew over it. . . guess that changed the tone enough.)