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...but hopefully I'll be back soon!

Sorry everyone for suddenly disappearing - these last few months were quite exciting for me and some things have changed in life in general.
I've started college last fall, and as much as I enjoy it, my course (I'm studying applied chemistry) demands a lot of dedication and studying in order to pass exams with a good grade. I need grades as high as I can possibly get so I can apply for a scholarship again, and when you count in the fact I have to travel to another city every day... That doesn't leave much time for me to do art.

But I did not stop and will come back as soon as the coast is clear! And there are some updates to my art supplies as well!
Firstly, I got another set of colored pencils - Arteza's Colored Pencils, full 72 set! I've only tried a few of them so far, but I like them and will draw a full test drawing when I catch some time.
Secondly, I got a Huion tablet and will get Photoshop or Krita (haven't decided yet), so I'll be learning digital art as well! Reeeeeally looking forward to this!
And last but not least, I've got a few acrylics, gel pens (finally found a working white one!) and all kinds of papers as well.

I hope you'll enjoy what I create and that I won't have to make such long pauses again - the first year and a half at my college are the hardest, but later it gets much easier and the schedule is not as tight as it is now.

See you guys soon and thank you for everything you've done so far!
Have a nice day!

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...but hopefully I'll be back soon!

Sorry everyone for suddenly disappearing - these last few months were quite exciting for me and some things have changed in life in general.
I've started college last fall, and as much as I enjoy it, my course (I'm studying applied chemistry) demands a lot of dedication and studying in order to pass exams with a good grade. I need grades as high as I can possibly get so I can apply for a scholarship again, and when you count in the fact I have to travel to another city every day... That doesn't leave much time for me to do art.

But I did not stop and will come back as soon as the coast is clear! And there are some updates to my art supplies as well!
Firstly, I got another set of colored pencils - Arteza's Colored Pencils, full 72 set! I've only tried a few of them so far, but I like them and will draw a full test drawing when I catch some time.
Secondly, I got a Huion tablet and will get Photoshop or Krita (haven't decided yet), so I'll be learning digital art as well! Reeeeeally looking forward to this!
And last but not least, I've got a few acrylics, gel pens (finally found a working white one!) and all kinds of papers as well.

I hope you'll enjoy what I create and that I won't have to make such long pauses again - the first year and a half at my college are the hardest, but later it gets much easier and the schedule is not as tight as it is now.

See you guys soon and thank you for everything you've done so far!
Have a nice day!
I was hoping I would finish a few more drawings before going on vacation, but it seems I'll have to take the WIPs with me =P (Razz) I won't have a chance to upload photos properly due to poor connection, so I'll either not be on dA at all or I'll write on forums only. See ya next month!
Bubbles!
An easy, more of a practice drawing than anything. I've finally got some black paper and used the opportunity to try out both Polychromos and white charcoal pencils. I've heard that white Polychromos is not really intense, and yeah... It was far too opaque for this.

The last few drawings were scanned and then uploaded, but since the scanner really makes my drawings look much more unrefined than they really are (I know I could make them better, but don't know how exactly yet), I've decided to use my phone camera for this one.

Time required: 1.5 hours
Media: coloured pencils and graphite on black paper
MATERIALS
Paper: Herlitz Tonzeichenpapier (though I have new black paper)
Pencils: Faber-Castell Polychromos, Koh-I-Noor Gioconda white charcoal
Erasers: Tombow Mono eraser (for small smudges), Faber-Castell dust-free eraser (for big smudges and mistakes)
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Today, I went to a local Müller shop, which had some new stuff (they reorganized it too). And today, after ages of searching for it, I've finally got my hands on black drawing paper and a kneaded eraser. Two out of three things I wanted to buy for quite some time (third being a working white gel pen).

What are some art supplies you are glad you've finally found?
Are there some you just can't find no matter how hard you look?
Are there some you really want to get, but can't for some reason?
Cherry - Polychromos test
My birthday is coming up and one of the gifts I got early are these amazing and renowned coloured pencils - none other than Faber-Castell Polychromos.
Unlike my former pencils (Faber-Castell Ecopencils), which were quite hard and almost impossible to use due to leads being broken inside, Polychromos are simply perfect. I've used Faber-Castell graphite products and despite being disappointed with their student-grade pencils, I can definitely say you get what you pay for - and more - with Polychromos. Even if you get a smaller set, the range of colours you can get with blending or applying pressure differently is simply amazing.
I'm a complete beginner when it comes to coloured pencils, have never drawn anything realistic with them (at least not successfully) but with the help of tutorials I gained some theoretical knowledge on how to use them.

It was a fun and encouraging test, though if I'd have to point out one thing to watch out for, it would be the paper. I use a rather toothy paper which is double-sided (one is rough and wavy-like in texture, the other is smoother but still rather rough), and while it is good when you're using solvent, it will leave a grainy texture which is hard to get rid if you don't know how (I didn't manage to get rid of it completely).

I want to thank Susannehs for providing this wonderful cherry photo stock, which I used as a reference for this test drawing.
Link to the reference: www.deviantart.com/susannehs/a…

A couple of tips I can give after this test:
If you use Tombow Mono Eraser, which is my absolute favourite, you can use it to lift a lot of pigment. I thought it would only magically lift up a lot of graphite/charcoal layers, but it works great with Polychromos as well.

If you're like me and live in a country where ethanol is everywhere, isopropyl is hard to get and you don't want to use paint thinners, you can use ethanol as a solvent for blending. It might not work as well as the other alternatives, but it will get the job done, is much safer than the things I listed and will evaporate quickly, not leaving a trace. I think it's good to begin with; I used it to blend colours on this cherry and am quite satisfied with the result.

Time required: cca. 5 hours
Media: coloured pencils (oil-based)
MATERIALS
Paper: Edition Dürer A5 paper from Formatwerk
Erasers: Tombow Mono Eraser
Blending tools: ethanol (solvent), cotton swabs, small paintbrush
Other: Castell 9000 H pencil (for sketching the outline)

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SilverChemist

Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Traditional artist who mostly uses graphite and charcoal for drawing. I'm looking for constructive criticism, feedback and new methods in order to improve my skills and become better. When I progress enough, I'll go a step further and try out other media (digital art, colored pencils, watercolors and oil colors etc.). Keep in mind that English is not my native language; I try to fix/avoid mistakes, but they will happen.

I'll start from small, easier drawings and hopefully build up my confidence to draw bigger, more complex and more time-consuming works. Really looking forward to it :)

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TigerFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome to DA! :D Keep drawing ^w^
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SilverChemist Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for welcoming me and for the llama! Hug 
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TigerFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! and thanks Rin okumura (Thumbs up) 
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mr-macd Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018

Welcome to DA! I’m sure you will enjoy the opportunity to share Art, Ideas and Support with other Artists across the Globe through DA! Good Luck with your Art!

 Keep on Creating!

Cheers!

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SilverChemist Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D Good luck to you too!
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