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When I am out and about in the world, I usually have my Port-O-Studio with me.  What the heck is a Port-O-Studio you may ask?  It has been as little as a piece of paper and a #2 pencil and as much as a backpack full of markers, ink pens, pencils, and several different types of pads of paper.  Currently I am going for ease of carrying in hand so I am using the following:

  • Steel Blue 24-Count Pencil Case

    • Hey, you need something to carry all your drawing utensils in
    • Closes with a nice zipper with a snap to keep things secure
    • I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for about $14.
  • Ink Pens

    • I use Pigma Micron brand pens
    • Black archival ink
    • Nib sizes: 01, 03, 05
  • Brush Pen

    • Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen
    • Refill Ink Cartridges
    • Love at first use
  • Water Brush

    • Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush
    • Great for making washes with the Brush Pen
  • Mechanical Pencil(s)

    • I currently carry two
    • Pentel Graph Gear 1000
      • HB
      • .7 mm diameter
      • Cool design feature is that the tip retracts saving the feeding tube from bending
    • The other is so old and worn that I can't see who made it. Sorry.
      • HB
      • .7 mm diameter
  • White colored Pencil(s)

    • Prisma Color White Pencil
    • Charcoal White
  • White Acrylic Paint Pen

    • Molotow
    • 4 mm Round tip
    • Great for those bright highlights!
  • A Baggie

    • What? A baggie as in sandwich bag?  Yep.  I like to dilute the ink from my brush pen using the water brush and this works well for a portable pallet

I have for the last several years been using a toned paper to draw on.  Master of Illustration Drew Struzan always starts on a toned art board or paper "Once you have the mid-tones done, you just have to add the darks and the highlights."  Taking this theory to heart, my drawing pad of choice is currently the Strathmore Toned Tan or Toned Gray paper.  At a size of 9"x12" it is easy to carry about while giving you a good area to work with.

So that is my current in hand Port-O-Studio.  I'll let you know what I carry in my larger version in a later post.  Now go out, make your mark and have some fun!


January 4, 2018

Welcome to 2018!

It seems like every November/December I tend to start to draw images of Santa Claus.  Oh, I could blame it on the season, but I honestly like drawing the old guy.  This years effort was something different.  I haven't had the inclination to draw as of late (gasp!) and this was the first drawing that I have done since mid July.  Normally when I draw with an ink pen, Pigma Micron to be specific, I normally just go for it.  The marks I make on the page are simply there for all eternity or until I become frustrated and throw the paper away.  On this one, I broke from reckless abandon and sketched out the image with pencil. 

I have also been playing with a 3d application lately called Daz3D and I have created a image of Old St. Nick getting ready for his big night.


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Meet the Artguy

The ArtguyHi, I'm Ricky Lewison, and I have been drawing for nearly all of my life and for over 20 years I have worked in print and web industries while continuing to hone my skills as a fine artist.

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