Tag: Ink

Shouting to the Void

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I have had bad days as an artist. I just had the worst.  It happens quite often. There are days  when you feel you aren7t good enough. When you feel that your pieces aren’t seen or heard- when you feel invisible. When you just keep shouting to the void and you feel no one responds. 

It hurts. It really does. And it feels lonely. I think a lot of us artists know and understand that.  We put a lot of thought, effort and heart into our pieces and it gets ignored. Or even when seen, people do not take the effort to acknowledge it. That too hurts.  People who are lurkers think that its ok to appreciate art, but not tell the artist. But that too hurts them. The feeling of not being appreciated or acknowledge can kill any creative spirit and discourage anyone who wants to create.

Audiences, Markets and Niches are important to an artist. I myself is still looking for that Niche. A lot of artists join bandwagons and fandoms to get known, some just create things that are lewd or inappropriate. Some people do satire. Some people wow us with skill.  Friends have advised me to do commercial art but and maybe I am just being stubborn but I can’t seem to get into any fandoms  lately. I did for a while. I was also ignored. I can’t seem to be satisfied with drawing something that someone else created. Maybe as a tribute if I really like it, but I have my own world and ideas.

So for me, the struggle is real. I who draw what I feel and love and who draw not to please a market, struggle to get pieces noticed. And sometimes no matter how good you think the piece is, it is never good enough. Most of the time I am discouraged and want to quit. But then I remember that I am nothing without my Art.

Swimming against the current is really hard. But since this is my passion, this is my life, I have to persevere. I cant draw anything I don’t like so I guess i am left shouting to the void.

All about my inks

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Here are some of the ink I have on hand at the moment. I know some of you may be familiar with some of them. pero this is ranked from cheapest to most expensive.

China Ink — very cheap PHP 15 for this bottle a big one is about 35. good for ink washes and light inking. NOT waterproof. Cannot be used with copics. Erases easily

Ideal Speedball Ink – PHP25.00 per bottle. that small bottle is the only size. runny. drying time = about a minute and a half (aka FOREVER) runny. not good with watercolor, not good with alcohol based markers. very opaque and glossy. might be good for calligraphy. lifts with some heavy erasing

Redstones Indian drawing ink – PHP30.00 per bottle. 30 ml. Opaque. drying time is about 20 – 30 seconds. (not bad) fluid. when truly dry (about an hour or so) can be used with watercolor. Not too good with copics. does not lift easily with erasing

rotring – PHP90.00 per bottle. opaque.drying time: about 30 -45 seconds (forever) not good with copics. alright with watercolor. lifts fairly easily with erasing

Parker Quink – PHP229.00 huge bottle. opaque. drying time less than 15 seconds. good with copics. good with watercolor. ** FAVORITE!!**does not lift easily with heavy erasing. smooth application.A little goes a long way! One dip of the nib can go long My only quirk about this it its blue-black not black-black but its dark enough and thin enough for details.

Deleter Black around PHP200.00 #3 drying time is 25 seconds. A little goes a long way! One dip of the brush can go long time. very opaque and matte. does not lift easily with erasing. Good with copics after drying. waterfast after truly dried.

Deleter black #6 around PHP200.00 drying time is 25-30 seconds not bad. very fluid. very opaque and matte. nice for application. does not lift easily after erasing. waterfast and copic friendly after truly dry.

Pilot ink – PHP 450.00LOVE this ink. fluid and slightly opaque. drying time is about 10 seconds. easily the clearest ink I use. need time to fully dry before being waterfast and copic friendly. Used by a lot of mangakas. Very nice also for washes. 

Bought most of this from National Book Store and Artmedia Trading. Also from Joli’s behind UST.  I hope more stores will start carrying ink. I know Deovir has some nifty acrylic ink that I want to try.

I will do a video of using them soon. Also babble while using them. I hope to do it as a part of the Pmangahub team blog launch >.> We do need a video editor so if you know someone who knows how to do it, let us know!!