Posts Tagged ‘Kuretake’

Shop! :)

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I am very pleased to announce that my Etsy shop is now open! :) To celebrate I am offering the users of my website an introductory 10% discount off all products. Just use the coupon code ASLAUNCH10 at the checkout.

 

Right… I have been spending the past week or so wrangling with various shop plugins for WordPress with the aim of selling prints and drawings directly from my website. I haven’t given up on the idea but none of the plugins I have tried work quite as I would like and I think it will take a little longer to launch them. In the mean time I was too excited to wait and decided Etsy was the way to go.

I would also like to introduce you to Tallulah, my glamourous pink haired angel. Tallulah was drawn for a friend of mine and named after her alter ego Tallulah (The demanding princess with high standards ;)

She was drawn using Zig Millenium fine line pens and then coloured using Windsor and Newton Watercolours and gouache and then finished with Prisma Colour Pencils.

I am now selling limited edition archival prints of Talullah in two sizes 6″x8″ and 10″x12″ in my Etsy Shop. Perfect as a gift for all little princesses and angels and even the odd grown up impossible princess too ;)

Don’t forget to use the coupon code ASLAUNCH10 to claim your 10% introductory discount and if you enjoy looking at my work as much as I enjoy creating it I would be really grateful for any feedback, facebook likes or shared links to any of my homes on the web.

Pen Testing

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I have previously mentioned that a while ago I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of Kuretake pens to try out.

For this doodle I used Zig brush writers and Zig Millennium 005 width (0.2mm) pens.

Zig brush writers are very similar to Zig clean colour realbrush pens in that they are water based and blendable and have real brush tips of a similar size. One difference is that the real brush pens seem to be available in slightly more colours though the colours in both ranges are very vibrant. The main difference though is that the brush writers have a large squeezy barrel that holds the ink. This can be squeezed to increase the flow. This can be used well for wet on wet watercolour like techniques, dripping ink into existing washes etc. Also there is a white ink brush writer available for mixing which can be useful. When mixed with the white pen the inks seem to dry with a slightly more glossy finish.

Zig Millennium pens have similar nibs to many other types of drawing pen like Faber Castel Pitt pens or pilot drawing pens. Zig millenniums’ inks are both archival quality and waterproof once dry. Also they are available in 9 different colours and 6 different nib sizes. A lot of the American bloggers I follow seem to hold Pigma Micron Pens in high esteem. I have been wondering what these are like for a while as they are not readily available in the UK and I finally managed to get hold of some this week. I have come to the conclusion that Pigma Microns are virtually identical to Zig Millennium pens except for the barrel and lid shape. The inks seem to be exactly the same except that the blues and reds are very slightly different shades (you have to look very hard to see the difference) and both sets of pens seem to boast the same properties (archival, waterproof etc). The Pigmas appear to be available in some extra colours in the larger size nibs but one less colour in the smallest nib size and the Pigmas are available in an extra nib size and a brush nib version. However, on the website I use, the Zig Millenniums come in a fair bit cheaper.

I am quite impressed with these pens especially the very fine line produced by the Zig Millenniums but I would love it if there was a darker sepia brown ink available for these the same as the pilot drawing pens whos nibs are not as fine as I would like.

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