Painting WIPs by Erik Jones.
Hello! If you’re in town (NYC), hope you can visit Sacred Gallery this Thursday, December 5, 8-11PM. Erik Jones will be showing together with Sofia Bogusz and Rodrigo Vallez. He has around 7 works up.
I assisted Erik a couple of times in the past month together with Michelle. The experience was nothing short of amazing. Erik is an overall talented and cool person. His process and vision is Mind. Blowing. You guys have to catch him and his works in person.
Sacred Gallery is at 2nd fl, 424 Broadway. Near Canal Street.
Commission #wip. Had to paint a kyootie baby. Didn’t know I like painting babies.
Weather here is weird. It’s cold (around 59) and humid that the paint on the paper isn’t drying up. (at Dumont, NJ)
My sister gave me a canvas board a while ago. Painted on and erased 80% of it after. Haha… Exciting! 😆
Its current look is now different from this morning’s (the photo). 🌷 I love the cool weather here but it makes everything moist. ☁
Trying out what Ashley gave me from Japan. It’s wonderful!
Here are progress shots of an illustration I worked on in the past month. From something soft… then all of a sudden ridden with paint. Sometimes I don’t know when to stop!
I started this on the 2nd week of June although I never had the exclusive time to work on it. I travelled to Taiwan and then just last week I was swamped with paper and document work. For the duration of 1 month I was only able to produce 1 work. There are just days when I just don’t want to touch a brush anymore. Hopefully whatever I’m in right now would ease out and I can get back to painting like a regular person again. ;_;
Totally forgot that my flight to Taipei is already tomorrow. Aleyn and I will be there. I’m a little worried because I’m pausing a mound of work for a couple of days… Sort of not ready yet. :( Here’s a WIP of something I’m currently working on.
Reposting this on Tumblr from my defunct blog because people have been looking for it! :)
Sometime last year, Times Trading gave me a set of Derwent Inktense Ink Blocks for review and for my workshop sampling. Inktense blocks are made of solidified ink, not watercolor, which means it’s permanent and rich in pigment, great for multiple applications and wet-on-wet. It’s a very versatile medium which you can use on paper and cloth surfaces.
This is what it looks like inside the tin box. 12 heavily pigmented blocks ready for your consumption.
Here’s my work area. No need for so additional stuff. All you need are brushes (I’m using Pebeo here), a palette, your paper to draw on, a cup of water, tissue, and your Inktense Blocks set. Let’s go under the cut to read my comments about this wonderful art medium.
Derwent Inktense can be used in 3 different ways:
1) Like a crayon
This is the most common way to use water-soluble blocks. You can see that unlike watercolor pencils, Inktense blocks fully dilute with water, it doesn’t leave any scratch or crayon marks unless you intend them to.
2) Chinese painting style
Second is the Chinese painting style: using the blocks like ink blocks and stroking it on your palette with water. Inktense blocks dilute to an almost same consistency as watercolor.
3) Like a pan set
Third is by using the blocks as your actual paint pan set like what I’m doing above. Some people will say, “that’s wrong!” I say, do whatever method you can to produce good work. The nice thing about this method is that your brush holds less water so the pigments transferred to the brush are more intense.
One of the things that I first noticed is that the bleeding is very good. You can see that it doesn’t crackle. It flawlessly merges with other wet areas. One of the main difference between ink and watercolor is that ink is heavily pigmented so you don’t need to use to a lot to get an intense color. One of my students previously bought a Derwent Inktense set before and she used the sticks as hair dye and the colors really show up even on almost-black hair. That’s how heavily pigmented it is!
Inktense pigments are rich. Most of the sticks in the set dilute easily, although I noticed that Yellow Ochre is a chore to melt. Perhaps the granules are more dense. If you notice from the photo below, there are blotches on the hair and they’re quite difficult to even out compared to other colors. But other than that, I have no qualms about this set. I love using it!
Another difference from watercolor is that inks are permanent. You can lift colors from a wet layer without lifting paint from the dry layer. For watercolor, lifting wet paint on a previously painted surface can also lift the lower layer. This is one of the reasons why ink is popular in illustration and comic book coloring. It’s easier to create solid colors; the opacity is thinner, making it is easier to approximate or control.
In a nutshell, inks are very fluid and they’re ideal for Chinese style painting and general illustration work. If you have rice paper you can use Derwent Inktense to mimic Chinese style paintings. You can create fine dry brush strokes as well as wonderful bleeds. Here’s a page from Chao Shao-An’s postcard book given to me by Irene.
Derwent Inktense Blocks can be bought in National Bookstore or the Times Trading shop in Binondo, Manila.
Here is my finished work:
(Separate Tumblr page for the finished image) Thanks for reading! :)