For the past few months Maria Bologna from AIGA Detroit and I have been trying to find a space to hold a drawing event. The original plan was to “draw on everything” meaning the walls of the space. Well I am happy to announce that Hatch Detroit is letting us use their walls (covered with drawing paper) for an event we are calling Hatch/Sketch on December 1st, 6–9 pm at Hatch Gallery in Hamtramck.
Over the last few years I have been inspired by the doodle night jams in the UK, and have wished that I could participate in something like that near me. At long last there will a public draw-sketch-doodle jam in my own backyard!
Consider yourself personally invited to Hatch/Sketch on Tuesday, December 1, 6–9 pm at Hatch Gallery and unleash your inner child and doodle with us on the gallery walls! I will be providing drawing prompts and demonstrating various materials to draw with along with designer/illustrator Jessica Krcmarik who will provide a lettering demo.
Now the who/what/when/where:
What: Hatch/Sketch (click to see Facebook event)
When: Tuesday, December 1, 6–9 pm
Where: Hatch Gallery, 3456 Evaline St., Hamtramck, MI 48212
Black paint and brushes will be provided. All you need to do is bring your creativity!
All skill levels are welcome. For those of you who need a little inspiration we will provide a list of fun and interesting ideas to inspire you.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Many thanks to sponsors by Hatch Art, Team Detroit, and Du-All Art and Drafting Supply.
Opaqueness (or opacity) is very important to me when choosing a paint marker. A nice flat vibrant opaque color is what I want in a paint marker. Today I thought I would share some tests I created for this blog. The paint markers in this test are: Posca, Zig Posterman, Molotow One4All, Liquitex, Krink K 32 water based paint markers and Smash H2O. All of the markers in my test are water based and the images on the blog are on smooth (hot press) bristol board, but nearly identical results were obtained using a rougher and more porous board. In each test I drew a thick black line (with the same brand marker) then single-pass strokes of the lighter colors over the black.
Posca and Zig are both very opaque as you can see from these tests. The downside to Posca and Zig markers is that they are not designed to be refilled, so once the marker runs out of ink you need to buy a replacement. Both markers come in a wide variety of colors and sizes.
The Molotow test swatches look more opaque than Liquitex. Molotow One4All markers are an acrylic-based hybrid paint which can be refilled and come in a range of colors and sizes. Liquitex markers are semi-translucent and behave like acrylic paint. Like Molotow, Liquitex offers a wide variety of products including spray paint that are compatible with the paint markers.
Krink makes a lot of products that I love (especially their oil-based mops) so when they created a water based paint marker I had to buy a few markers and take them for a spin. As you can see the Krink K 32s are very translucent compared to Posca or Zig markers. I hope to find a place for the Krink K 32s in my toolbox. Smash H2O drip markers are also very new to the market. The drip markers come in two sizes: a 1.5 oz drip I used for this test, and a 4 oz mop. I really like the smaller 1.5 oz drip markers even though they are not completely opaque–the colors are vibrant, the drips are incredible and when the paint dries it has a shiny, glossy look.
Since I currently do not have a good selection of Montana markers I am sharing a link to a video demo by Sive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg41eFqFpYI. Recently I bought a few Bistro paint markers by Marvy, which are available at most craft stores, the neon colors have not disappointed.
If you are interested in purchasing some of these products I recommend shopping at durablesupply.com and artprimo.com.
The Zig Posterman Biggie 50 mm and Biggie 30mm markers caught my eye at a local craft store. With coupons in hand I slowly collected the wide markers in many colors. The gold and silver biggies are especially sweet. If you want a nice metallic marker oil based paint looks the best, but water/acrylic-based markers are getting better all the time. What I like about Zig Posterman markers are the Biggies for XXL hand lettering or for making large swatches to doodle over. Zigs can be pretty opaque especially if you go over the line at least two times as I did in the cloud and bear face drawing below. The image may look a bit “ghostly” if you only apply one coat of paint marker over a dark swatch. The Zig Biggie markers can be messy after priming the marker to enhance the ink flow so be careful. The paint markers are water-based and become waterproof according to the company’s website.
Zig Marker opacity test: one stroke of a black Zig Biggie 50mm with two coats of white Zig on top. 150 lb Canson illustration paper was used for this test.
Here is an example of gold and silver over a pink swatch. Each paint marker is a Zig Biggie 50mm. I only did one stroke with each color. 150 lb Canson illustration paper was used for this test.
Zig Posterman has a wide variety of marker products to choose from, here is a link to their website: zigposterman.com, they also have some fun instructional videos.