Conditioning my paint brushes

  Am I the only one that does this?  I never really researched it.  And I know there are products for conditioning your brushes.    I tend to avoid overspending in the art stores.  I have this cheap hair wax that I bought.  It feels waxy and oily.  I think it’s the perfect stuff for reshaping my brushes and keeping them fresh.  

 After cleaning them I occasionally give the bristles a light coating of this stuff. 

I would love to hear from you!  Let me know if you have painting or art advice, or if you have any questions.  

Comic Convention artist displaying my art and booking custom drawings and commissions.

I am back home from Tucson.  Kids are in bed, everyone’s got school tomorrow, but I have lot’s of drawing ahead of me. The Tucson Comic Convention was a huge success. It was not nearly as huge as the Phoenix Comicon but the attendees were just as awesome.  The cosplay was great.  and there were tons of great artists there too.   I sold a lot of prints at the convention, but I also booked several quick commissions.  I also finally put up a display behind me where I could show some more of my art including several originals, and a giant cutout of Chewbacca     Image

 

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I was asked to do a lot of custom sketches from Doctor Who, Mario Brothers to the video game “The Last of Us.”  But the most fun I had was when someone asked me to do a sketch of them as a super hero.  One family asked me to draw there little boy as Thor, and another kid asked me to draw him as the joker.  I only charged $20 for the superhero sketch and I was drawing non stop.                                      ImageImage

 

I only charged a few dollars extra for adding color to a drawing like this one of a child’s head on THOR’S body. I really enjoyed doing these commissions on the fly.  It sparked something for me, and I hope I can start booking more quick sketches like this.  

I was also asked to do several drawings of characters from video games and tv.  My favorite was the Adipose from Doctor Who.

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A 7 year old boy walked up to me and asked if I’d draw Bowser for him. It was awesome! It made him so happy!  Usually I tell people to walk around and come back in 15 or 20 minutes and I’ll have the sketch done for them.  This little guy asked if he could stand there and watch while I draw.  Well, of course he could! and he didn’t take his eyes off the drawing.  

 

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This is from the game called “THE LAST OF US”  I have actually never played this game before, but the girl that asked me to draw it described it to me.  Sounds amazing, you can also check out some reviews and game play on youtube.  I think it is kind of like “resident evil,” but I’m not quite sure.  The game seems to have a really serious plot and I don’t want any spoilers so after watching 5 minutes of game play I turned it off.  

Thanks again for all the support, and to everyone that made it out to the convention.  I was surprised at how many attendees traveled from PHoenix to Tucson for this convention.  THe next big AZ con will be “Amazing Arizona Comicon” in January.   So the countdow begins for that!  I’ll be posting more photos and more art.  Several prints, originals, and custom drawings are always available, check out my blog and website.  Drop me a line, I’d love to talk about the art, And I love starting new projects. 

 

 

“A Candy Cane For You”

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I have got an early start on the holidays this year. And I’ve already built momentum.  Here’s my next piece. “A Candy Cane For You!”  I love it, the weather starts to change and the Holidays are finally here!  before you know it there is peppermint in the air and frost on the windows.

Contact me if you are interested in purchasing originals, prints, custom work, or just to say hi 🙂

Yoda on the Rise, a colored pencil drawing of Yoda levitating.

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Levitating Yoda            By: Andrew Horvat

This is a drawing of a levitating Yoda.  I wanted to create the drawing in my own style, while also still representing Yoda and all his vast awesomeness.   What do you think?

SIMPLE SUSHI

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This is my “Simple Sushi” painting. My painting palette is really simple, which makes the painting process kind of interesting. I don’t own a tube of black. I always felt like black paint has ugly characteristics and doesn’t really belong anywhere in nature. My palette is red, blue, yellow and white. All you need is a little patience, but once you start mixing these colors the possibilities are endless.

Custom drawings- Awesome special on any personalized drawing

Custom drawings- Awesome special on any personalized drawing

Hi everyone, I’m offering a super special price on custom drawings. Any original drawing of your choosing on an 8×12 folded archival paper starts at only $35! Check out these drawings I did for a scifi fan. Please share this with your friends and family, because this special wont last long.

http://www.andrewspencil.com