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Top 5 art supplies? — Asked by fever-brain

Based purely on frequency of use:

  1. Stretched canvas.
  2. Acrylic paint.
  3. Paintbrush.
  4. Scratchboard.
  5. Scratchboard knife.

I didn’t specify any brands or whatever because those tend to be pretty irrelevant to me.

  • Canvases I just get as cheaply as possible. I bought over 120 of all different sizes in a month-long coupon and sale-hunting dash between Michael’s, AC Moore, and Jerry’s Artarama in 2010 (for an average of like $2.30 per canvas). I still haven’t used all of them up! Occasionally, if the painting is an expensive commission or something, I will spring for a nicer gallery-wrapped canvas but usually, it’s immaterial and nobody cares. I never really use canvas panels because I just like the look and feel of stretched a lot more.
  • I buy the cheapest acrylic paints I can find (usually at Michael’s with coupons).
  • I buy cheap paintbrushes from where ever. I generally keep them in good shape, so even the really cheap ones I make last for years.
  • I only have ever seen Ampersand brand scratchboards for sale in local stores, so that’s the only brand of those I ever buy (I once had to track down a super large one online for a commission but that too was only available from Ampersand). 
  • I still use the same normal scratchboard knife blades I got with some generic kit in like 2009. 

Depending on the project, I might also say that I end up really needing a mechanical pencil, Photoshop, a computer, an inkjet printer, an OLFA touch knife, a cutting mat, Prismacolor colored pencils, and Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (I only have two — a black brush tip and a black fine tip). But for the most part, those five things listed at the top are the most common and therefore (I guess) my favorites.

For paint palettes, I previously just used whatever I could find for cheap. Styrofoam or plastic plates, usually (some plastic ones could be easily wiped clean and reused). But I got a Mijello Fredi Weber Peel-off Palette earlier this year and that has proven to be excellent (the stock photo is a little misleading in terms of how easy it is to peel off the paint but it is really easy to clean off regardless so I’m all for it).

Sorry if you were hoping for some better insight or recommendations! But you’ve been following me for a bit, so you know by now that I am an idiot.

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“Themyscira" // acrylic on 8x10" canvas
Wonderfully, my larger initial map of Wonder Woman’s home inspired a commission of a smaller edition. And here it is! This is what I did today. Currently en route to its new owner!

Themyscira" // acrylic on 8x10" canvas

Wonderfully, my larger initial map of Wonder Woman’s home inspired a commission of a smaller edition. And here it is! This is what I did today. Currently en route to its new owner!

“Themyscira" // acrylic on 11x14" canvas
An Amazon does not take kindly to having her home threatened. But she’s totally fine with it being immortalized in paint.
This has sold but I will be doing another soon!

Themyscira" // acrylic on 11x14" canvas

An Amazon does not take kindly to having her home threatened. But she’s totally fine with it being immortalized in paint.

This has sold but I will be doing another soon!

“Latveria" // acrylic on 11x14" canvas
Unfortunately an invincible robot army is not included, to stand guard over the painting night and day. But it’s still pretty neat.
This has sold but I will be doing another soon!

Latveria" // acrylic on 11x14" canvas

Unfortunately an invincible robot army is not included, to stand guard over the painting night and day. But it’s still pretty neat.

This has sold but I will be doing another soon!

“Skull Island” // acrylic on 11x14” canvas
"And now, ladies and gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I’m going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld."
This has sold but I will be doing another soon!

Skull Island // acrylic on 11x14” canvas

"And now, ladies and gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I’m going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld."

This has sold but I will be doing another soon!

eatsleepdraw:

sharpie on bristol
meghan smith

Sharpie. I quit.

eatsleepdraw:

sharpie on bristol

meghan smith

Sharpie. I quit.

These maps have returned home, unsold. If anyone is interested in some colorful southeast Virginian geography, get in touch!

“Ashley and Nick” // acrylic on 16x20” canvas
Two wonderful folks immortalized as the rulers of a fictional kingdom, joined by their faithful furry subjects. Commissioned!   
Also, first decree: follow Ashley on Tumblr, because she’s an outstanding artist and person.
(My two royal portrait references: http://bit.ly/1ae9RoH and http://bit.ly/JNxzBE )

Ashley and Nick // acrylic on 16x20” canvas

Two wonderful folks immortalized as the rulers of a fictional kingdom, joined by their faithful furry subjects. Commissioned!   

Also, first decree: follow Ashley on Tumblr, because she’s an outstanding artist and person.

(My two royal portrait references: http://bit.ly/1ae9RoH and http://bit.ly/JNxzBE )

wetheurban:

ART: Hyperrealistic Self-Portraits by Eloy Morales

Realist painters and their works are some of the most compelling creations to explore.

Spanish painter Eloy Morales (undoubtably one of the great hyperrealistic painters alive) creates large hyperrealistic oil paintings of himself with smears of paint or shaving cream across his face. 

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These are paintings.

These. Are. Paintings.

I quit.

“The Captain and the Princess" // acrylic on 12x16" canvas
A Han and Leia moment from one scene transported to another setting. Commissioned.

The Captain and the Princess" // acrylic on 12x16" canvas

A Han and Leia moment from one scene transported to another setting. Commissioned.