Seeing as we’re already 10 days into January 2018 I thought it would be fun to look back on 2017 and see what kind off progress I made. I didn’t do a whole lot of drawing and painting so I’m just going to skip over that part and go straight to photography. In September of last year I started photography class to learn a bit more about my camera and how to get the most out of it. It was a bit frustrating in the beginning to get a good picture, but I feel like I’m slowly getting the hang of it. So here are the best pictures of 2017:
A couple of days ago I bought Twinmarkers from a store called Action. I saw them before but didn’t buy them because I always used Copic Markers. But I read a blog post about someone who bought these and were pretty excited about it so I just had to test them out. The photo shows three sets of 12 markers and were only 3.99. I think I can buy exactly one copic ciao marker for that price. So it was a pretty good deal. They have a lot of different colors. You can also buy 3-pack set for 0.95.
I thought the Twinmarkers were pretty great. They even blend the colors a bit. I’m going to use them a lot and not worry if I’m ”wasting” my ink on a drawing because they are so cheap. Here some fanart of The Simpson. I did cheat a bit because I didn’t have the Twinmarker in yellow. I had to use my copics for it. 🙂 But everything else is Twinmarkers.
If you want to buy them you better hurry because they’re selling out very fast. I went a couple days later to buy some yellows and reds and they didn’t have many left.
A couple of weeks ago I went to an animal park called Paira Daiza. It used to be a bird park called Paradisio but then they changed their name and now they have all kinds of animals. It is the only zoo in Belgium where you can see pandas. That alone makes it pretty special. The pandas where well hidden through. I think I walked past them like two times before I found them. They also had adorable little squirrel monkeys. In dutch their name is “doodshoofdaapjes” which sounds a lot more scarier. They are super cute thought and were not afraid of people at all. Here are some of the pictures.
New paints came in a couple days ago, but I haven’t had the time to test them out.
This pallet has double the colors I had before. So much more possibility’s.
The paper on the right are the swatches.
I don’t think I coloured them in completely right but it’ll do
Schmincke watercolors, Starry Colors (Kuretake) and white gel pen on Canson mixed media paper.
Same character that I drew before, but looks much better. I can still spot some small mistakes that I could’ve done differently, but I like the overall look of it. I don’t have that many colors on my Schmincke pallet. These ones are more meant to paint landscapes. I might buy the 24 half pan set.
I finally saw the movie on an air plane going to Japan. I was a little bit disappointing, maybe because I couldn’t understand half of what was being said due to the motors on the aircraft. I had to rely on subtitles. But then I saw a second time and I didn’t really like it all that much. All the thing I liked from Harry Potter were missing in this movie. I did like the character design of Newt.
A couple of weeks ago I bought my first reflex camera (canon 1300d). It is such an amazing camera. I’ve been testing it our by photographing my cute little chihuahua. His name is Nori and he’s around five months now. As you can see he’s super photo genetic. There are some more pictures on my flickr account.