Megaman Painting and Fan Art Issues

So I spent yesterday painting a 5×7 inktense painting of Megaman for my husband’s birthday.  First, it was hard to do because of how small it was, but I wanted it that small so he could take it to work.  It was difficult keeping myself out of the camera.  My next problem was the paper, while the soft press I normally work with is great for how I paint, I didn’t allow for the smoothness and tiny detail that I wanted.  If I was to do it over again, I would probably choose a hot press paper.  Those of you who have followed me for any length of time know that this not something I typically paint so painting smooth shiny metal was an interesting experience.  Overall I think it turned out pretty well.

Now for the issues of doing fan art.  The general rule is that it’s ok as long as you’re not making money off it.  You’re basically painting a copyrighted image that someone else created.  Yes, you painted that one, but the original artist spent time creating the character.  Some artists can be very protective of their work.  Other brands will create a whole page for fan art of their work.  So just be careful with it, and don’t sell any of it.

I’m not selling this one since it’s fan art and it’s for my husbands birthday, but you can enjoy the video of it.  Sorry my hand takes up so much space.  🙂  The speed video is at the top and the full length video is available on my Patreon page.

Megaman X (c)
5×7 inktense on Fabriano Artistico 300lbs soft press watercolor paper

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Piano Rose

This paper was much easier to work on.  I was able to get much more layers with this paper.  I think I need to get a board that I can tape my work down to though.  I actually found that I liked using the blocks right on the paper more that I did on my other pieces.  I think having the stiffer brushes helped.  I was able to get rid of the grit normally left over.  They are a soft synthetic, but they’re still stiffer than my natural hair watercolor brushes.

Since I play the piano I enjoyed painting this piece.  I actually love the black keys in this painting, which is funny since they’re not really perfect, but for some reason, they’re my favorite part of this painting.

This piece is now available here and the full slowed down version of the video is available here.

Piano Rose (c)
9×12 inktense on Fabriano Artistico soft press 300lbs watercolor paper.


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Rosh Hashana

Well, I’m still figuring out the inktense.  I’m not sure I like my current paper for the inktense.  Luckily I have some papers to test out from Blick.  I thew in some gold and silver leafing just for fun.  I’ll be busy with Rosh Hashana for a while.  Those of you celebrating Rosh Hashana, Chag Sameach!  This painting is now available here.

8x10 inktense on 140lbs watercolor paper with gold and silver leafing.
8×10 inktense on 140lbs watercolor paper with gold and silver leafing.

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Inktense Review and Tutorial

I love these inktense blocks from Derwent.  While they work similar to watercolor, they’re not watercolor.  They’re ink in block form and depending on how much water you use, they can be opaque or more translucent.  However, adding more water will affect the lightfastness of the ink.  That’s pretty much my only issue with these is the lightfastness issue, but this is a new product.  So I’m sure this will improve over time.  I do like that you can buy sets and buy them individually.  That way if you run out of a certain color, you don’t have to buy a whole new set just for that one color.

You can draw with these and then add water, or add water to the block and paint just like you would with watercolor pans.  I love the intensity of these colors, and as far as the lightfast issue, if you use a matte UV spray varnish and then put it behind UV glass, you should be fine.  I use a UV spray by Golden for my watercolor, coffee, and tea paintings.  I’ll probably just use that on these.  I need to get some pencils of these inktense and do a review of how those work, but I’ll have to wait until I can afford that.

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