Not felt tips, not gel-tips etc. They are amazing for darkness and crisp linework, but they just aren’t able to create the delicate tones that ballpoints can achieve. And ballpoint pen is one of my favourite ‘mediums’ but is highly disregarded in the art community. If I want to continue using it, I should make sure that its going to stand the tests of time instead of fading. Some people have suggested just refilling the barrel of a ballpoint pen with archival ink and work with that, but the consistency is still not the same.
Anonymous asked: I don't know if you have already, but I went ahead and reported the piece. (I have a dA account, and art theft pisses me off, especially when it's so blatant.)
Thanks so much, I appreciate the help. I have reported the piece, but I assume DA have to deal with hundreds of deviation reports daily, many being false claims or something of the likes and my stolen artwork has been overlooked before. Perhaps if a few people help report the same deviation, the chances of it being removed rather than overlooked or dismissed may be higher (I don’t know if this is actually the case, but it is worth a shot).
Anonymous asked: Hi, I absolutely love your art! The fact that you taught yourself and how amazing all your pieces are has actually inspired me to start up drawing again, so I just want to thank you for that!
Wow, I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely comment. I am humbled that you are inspired by my work to start drawing again, it’s a good feeling! Once you start, don’t stop. The only limit is your imagination :)
wererealrarerearwheelwhales asked: Love your fabric of life drawing!! Wanted you to know that you should ignore the haters. I'm a molecular geneticist and I can tell you DNA adopts all kinds of wild structures in real life situations, including left handed helices. Keep drawing!! :)
Thanks so very much, that means a lot to me! It was rather interesting seeing chemists, biochemists and geneticists talking about The Fabric of Life, it went a little like this:
"Cool, but the chirality of the helix is wrong."
"The helix should be “twisting” the other way in its way up. Though, strictly speaking there are isoforms of DNA called Z-DNA that look like this, so the artist isn’t really wrong, as such…”
”No, the isoform of DNA that is a left-handed helix looks very different from that. If it is left-handed, it becomes zig-zagged (hence the name Z-DNA).”
”For that matter, it’s completely missing major and minor grooves… as interesting as the design is, it would not be wise to wear it around essentially any scientists with some knowledge of biochemistry.”
”Yes, you’re right. But we are talking about DNA made of wood, here. Artistic liberties and such.”
The embarrassing thing about it was that I study biology and did chemistry for a full year before I drew it (although I had never done chemistry before so I didn’t really know I guess). I feel a bit guilty that I didn’t simply rotate it the day I found out the chirality was wrong (a few hours after upload) and now people have the wrong version as a permanent copy on their skin or on a T-Shirt.
But I’ve fixed the chirality at least so that’s good, and I’m humbled that a molecular geneticist loves it regardless of its flaws :)
Anonymous asked: Hi! I was wondering what type of stuff you use for your artwork. I know you use photoshop but what do you use on your non digital arts? I'm wondering because i wanna be as good as you are someday when it comes to art and i'm trying to expand the things i use and so far i only use my pencil and sometimes pastel, also if you have any advice for me that would be great! Thank you and you're amazing! :)
Thanks! Most of my traditional works are done with pencil (graphite and colour) and pen (ballpoint and felt tip). I usually like to combine both, but I’ve also worked with paints (acrylic and rarely water colour) and dry pastels as well. I don’t have very good quality paints or pastel pencils though so I don’t tend to work with them (and I don’t really like using them anyway).
Taken from my FAQ:
I personally use Derwent, but some people use Faber Castell and I’ve heard awesome things about Prismacolours! Just as long as they have decent pigments then usually whichever brand should be fine!
I’ve recently just got myself a mechanical pencil which is awesome for fine details. Pencil stumps, cotton buds and tissues are good for smudging. I use a kneadable eraser to get rid of lines and a Tombo brand, ‘Mono Zero’ eraser pencil which is awesome for highlights. Ball point and felt tip pens, whatever brand, are what I use for inking. I use felts mostly for linework, and ballpoints for bigger illustrations, but that does vary. I used to use white-out for highlights but upgraded to white gel pens. I use either Stonehenge paper or drawing paper in art pads, but have used pastel paper before as well.