I guess since the Mashup contest is finally over, I can post this now lol
I had drawn this to include in my own video to represent how I best express my passion for Ghost Adventures. Didn't win the contest, but I'm still glad I put a lot of effort into it I waited to post this just in case of publication issues, but now it doesn't matter lol
So a little background on this piece: In one way, it represents a soft spot that I feel for child spirits and how the GAC seems to share that same sympathy for those who have died at such a young age. Not only that, but this can also be applied to any lost spirit who has never been able to make contact with their loved ones. I think it's really important that paranormal investigators continue to do what they do so that we can break the barrier of the living and the dead to help those who are lost on both sides find some peace. And that's basically the meaning behind this drawing.
"Shoreline" 36" x 24" June, 2014 The water rushes onto the shore. She looks onto the freedom the ocean has travelling vast distances without worry. Visit Facebook Page link below for a close-up of this painting
I'm doing an FAQ soon and thought a couple of pictures showing tools might be helpful to go with it.
Please excuse my photography skills once again the flash glows off my drawing board, but it's the best I could do
So in order of appearance:
1. A little barrel sharpener .. nothing special. I replace these every couple of drawings.
2. Workable Fixative. I use this for graphite to seal once I finish a drawing. But it's also really helpful in colour pencil drawings if you've filled the tooth of the paper and need another layer or two on there.
3. Sanding Block - To fluff up my tortillions. Also really handy to sand pencils if you need a little graphite dust.
4. Gel Pen - I hate these things, but occasionally, if needs must, this is the one I'd choose. It's a Uni-Ball Signo Broad.
5. Mechanical Pencils - I very rarely use the 0.35. It a Faber-Castell one. I paid more for this that the other four I have together and the cheap ones are the best by miles! This is not something I would recommend to anyone, it breaks constantly and is horrible to hold The 0.5 is a Staedtler one and it's great.
6. Ruler and Set Square - for grids or guidelines and checking as I go to make sure I've not strayed too far.
7. Tortillions and Stumps - The tortillions are handmade ones and what I use more then anything. Stumps I use mainly for pores, I don't like them for blending.
8. Blu-Tack - I use this in place of a kneaded eraser. It's the best invention next to the Tombow Mono. It's tacky, unlike a kneaded eraser so you can blot graphite rather than drag. It's uses are endless!
9. Erasers - This is a Pentel Clic for big areas and Tombow Mono Zero (Fine and Broad) - the best inventions known to man and I think half of dA are converts now It's a very tiny and hard eraser, it's great for little details.
10. Tombow Mono 100 Pencils - All grades and all I use with the exception of the 8B Mars Lumo
11. Bulldog Clip - To hold my paper on the drawing board
12. Colour Shaper and Brush - Colour shapers are mainly for pastels I think, but they make graphite really really smooth, so good for lips and eyes .... you need to be careful though, they're made of rubber and if you rub too hard it erases. The other end of this is a little dusting brush ... handy to get rid of eraser bits!
13. Lead Holders - I use these for unblended skin mainly. They are big fat leads and great for consistent application with the added bonus of not having to sharpen These are 2H, HB and 2B here.
14. My Drawing Board - A pressie from my little sister and I love it!
The reasons I'm doing an FAQ is that I get asked some questions over and over and it's much easier to answer in a single place. The other reason is that so many people seem afraid to ask questions and that they are bothering me. I find that really sad dA is a place of sharing and learning for me and I'm more than happy to explain and share if it helps someone else.
JoeyXElroy. Kisses that cure Elroy swallowed hard and watched her fingers touch his skin, not flinching away. "I... I d-don't want to be part of them.. I wish I c-could do it over and never have g-gone there." he looked at her face. "B-b-but if one g-good thing ever came from them I... I.. got to meet you..." he looked away feeling his face heat up. Nothing was coming out right, self consciously he closed his shirt and crossed his arms over his chest to hide the stitches and stains. Joey smiled, yes. At least they got to meet one another. Get to be friends, got to come here together. "You're stuttering again." She murmured, a smile playing at the edge of her lips. "If you want... I could try and fix it." Elroy blushed slightly, feeling his heartrate starting to pick up faster. He glanced at her then flusterdly to his hands. "I-I... uh..." he said shakily. What was he supposed to say, yes??? He swallowed and chanced a shy look at her face. He bit his lower lip then give the tiniest of nods. Joey had to suppress her smile as she leaned forward slightly, pushing herself up on her toes. She paused, feeling as though her heart was drumming in her ears as she stared into his eyes, inches from his face. Then she closed the gap and pressed her lips to his softly. Elroy blinked down at her then slowly closed his eyes and kissed her back, carefully uncrossing his arms and wrapping she around her, resting them on her back before kissing her again, pulling her slightly closer to him. Holding her, kissing her, the feeling inside seemed to be pushing all his worry and sadness aside, leaving only his actions at the very moment, trying to be as soft and gentle to her as possible.