Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday Tip

Greetings! For this week's Friday Tip, I have a short demo showing how to get the best point on your colored pencils. First, you of course need to start out with a sharpened pencil. I prefer to use a good electric sharpener since I have too many breakage problems with the hand operated kind. Once the pencil is sharpened, you can use sandpaper (220 grit is used in the video) to keep the tips sharp without having to keep using the sharpener.

The method is simple - draw the pencil across the sandpaper, and twirl it as you go to create a nice even, sharp tip. Hold the pencil at a low angle for a very tapered end. After a while you'll need to hold the pencil at a steeper angle to get an acceptable point. Once you can no longer get a nice tapered point, it's time to go back to the electric sharpener.

Another great benefit to using sandpaper for sharpening is that it roughs up the pencil a bit. That allows for better application of pigment, so you don't have to continually go over areas for coverage. And that's it! Simple!

Remember, the sale ends next Friday! For details, see the previous post in this blog. :-D

Pumpkin! The first person to post their email in the comments will win a $25.00 gift certificate good for anything, including auction purchases! The coupon does not expire and any unused portion will remain as credit towards any Chinook Studios purchase.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Spring Sale!

Well spring is here, and I'm being an organizing maniac! I'd like to get some things moved out of here, so everything painted and unpainted on the Chinook Studios website is on sale! I have everything in stock right now, so here's a great way to get your instant resin fix.

I also have a brand new medallion available - John Henry. In addition to being on sale for the next 2 weeks, there are volume discounts available on him and Gus, the draft horse plaque!

Prices all include shipping to the US (international shipments are an additional $10), and I am happy to take time payments and credit card PayPal!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tip Suggestions?

It's time for more tip suggestions! I still have a little list of ideas, but I'll need more to keep up with weekly tips. So if there's anything you'd like more info on, post or email, and I'll see what I can do about getting it into the blog!

Friday (Wednesday...) Tip

Well, I've been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes sort of work lately, but I did finally manage to create a tip, so I thought I'd post it early. :-D A big part of proper prepping is the primer spray technique. Above is a short video to demonstrate.

It is important to shake the can for the full 1-2 minutes it (usually) recommends. This ensures the paint is completely mixed and sprays on evenly. Before spraying the horse, shoot a bit of paint out of the can first. This gets rid of any old paint that might not go on quite as nice as the fresh stuff in the can. Then it's all about the technique!

Spray in a back and forth swiping motion, releasing the trigger each time you come to the end of a swipe, and pressing it back down just before the spray is aimed at the horse. It takes a little practice to get the timing down right, but eventually it will become second nature.

Not releasing the trigger can cause the paint to be too thick in the places where the spray stroke reverses. Be sure to avoid spraying too much on a horse at once. You can always go back in and spray more, but over doing it will fill in details and can even cause runs - yikes!

Monday, March 3, 2008

A Little Peek

I've actually had this mare in progress for quite some time now but haven't touched her in months and months. In fact, I think the last time she may have even been out of her box was during the Artisan's Gallery last year. As I was editing photos for the new gallery, I thought I'd get a quick preview image of her done for show and tell. She is a galloping stock horse mare, no breed in particular. She's in such a difficult position that I'm honestly not sure I'll be able to successfully cast her, at least on my own. I really love these sorts of dynamic poses, so I do hope it works out. I haven't forgotten about the pony project! I was bulking that one up some more a week ago, but there isn't much of note to post about on her. I'll get back to her in earnest as soon as I can! Probably shortly after the work on Curly is done.

The Gallery Is Up!

At long last, the new gallery is up! There are more horses to add, and I will be creating vintage galleries as well. But for now a selection of all the newer horses is up. Enjoy!