5 Drawing based videos completed!

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5 drawing videos completes and loaded and 4 more to go for my basics in graphite. Search the web, go to my website (videos) or click the image above to get to my YouTube channel. Check them out and subscribe! To have a custom channel name I need 100 subscribers, help me out with that.

I have in the mean time to go along with the videos a materials list. I have links to amazon, but shop local if you can. Amazon is just easy….. Maybe to easy.

My Materials list you are interested, buy local if you can!:

Rapesco 64 Manual Desktop Pencil Sharpener – 6mm Pencils- https://amzn.to/2NqP2TK (sometimes you can find them prime but click around to shop for the best deal)

Susan Rubin and Susan DiMarchi turned me on to the Vanish Eraser, and the pencil sharpenercheck them out. http://www.susanrubinstudio.com http://susand-bidbg.blogspot.com

Koh-I-Noor RED 2.0 mm drafting pencil: https://amzn.to/3aakEXH

Staedtler Mars 2.0 mm drafting pencil: https://amzn.to/2FUrIJY Staedtler Mars 4H 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2ss6Q9J

Staedtler Mars 2H 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2uVRiMB Staedtler Mars HB 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2NuLjEK Staedtler Mars 2B 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2QWGUwh Staedtler Mars Pencil set: https://amzn.to/2QYcs4Z

PALOMINO BLACKWING, equal to 3B, I would see if you can find one individually local or you can buy a set of 12: https://amzn.to/363rkne

Caran d’Ache Graphite Pencil set: https://amzn.to/2RyxxCr Pentel 0.3mm holder: https://amzn.to/2u8dwKz

Pentel 4H 0.3mm Thin Leads, Tube of 12: https://amzn.to/2TrT4yZ Pentel 0.5mm holder: https://amzn.to/2R16Yqp

Pentel 2b 0.5mm Thin Leads, Tube of 12: https://amzn.to/30vBz2j

Vanish Eraser- Jerrys is the best Deal if you buy a box of 30 (split them with your art buddies). https://www.jerrysartarama.com/vanish… or Amazon:https://amzn.to/2toaFx7

Gray kneed Eraser: Super cheap anywhere- or Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TrrZMp

Tombow MONO Zero Eraser Value Pack, Rectangle 2.5 mm. Precision Tip Eraser with Refills- https://amzn.to/3agndao

Faber Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil with Brush 7058B: https://amzn.to/2Tr1g2D

Sakura EE-3000 SumoGrip Electric Eraser: https://amzn.to/2QXC8ie

Tombow Mono Dust Catch Eraser: https://amzn.to/3adRCWS

Eraser Shield: https://amzn.to/2TruRc9

Scalpel Set (great for all botanical artist and illustrators): https://amzn.to/2FVvS4o

Staedtler Mars Rotary Sharpener: https://amzn.to/2RmxLfv

Uni 2mm sharpener: https://amzn.to/370or7N

PanPastel Sofft Covers: https://amzn.to/35TBE0Z

The stages of attachment, building canvas stretchers and stretching canvas.

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48″ x 72″ canvas stretcher. Oil painting work in progress in back.

I wish I could make the idea of building canvas stretchers sexy, but it is just some milled lumber. There is something special about building things yourself though. In this case building the skeleton of the skin that is the canvas that is almost never seen or thought of. Eight 45 degree cuts attached to make perfect 90 degree angles. A few pieces of strait lumber to keep the rectangle from flexing, so when the canvas is attached it will always be flush when hung. Simple ideas but sometimes not easy to complete.

I have been building variations of painting surfaces for 20 years or so now.  The first semester at school, A painting instructor of mine at The School of the Art Institute approached me while in a painting studio and I think he asked why I was working so small. As an art student I was pretty broke and working larger at that time was not in my budget. He suggested I go down to the wood shop at the school and start making my own canvas stretchers and stretch my own, as it would be more cost effective and I could start working larger. A semester later I was asked to apply for the advanced painting program by the head of the painting department. The rest is history as they say.

More that being cost effective, it became this integral part of how I make work. It makes the painting process deeper for me. I am not just slapping some paint on something I picked up at the art store. I was part of the birth of the surface that I will then lovingly apply paint, building composition and having a connection with the end result.

Dried Maple Leaf Time Lapse

Here is a fun little project I did and made a time lapse of it. I will be making a tutorial on drawing with graphite with this footage as well soon. Check back in in a week or so and I should have it ready. Please go to my YouTube page and follow me if you have a YouTube account. Or if you have anything you would like to see me make or have a tutorial idea leave a comment. Thanks again!!!