I love this! I call hoarding new art supplies "Buying emotional potential". It FEELS like I just ordered the possibility for some really amazing paintings when I order new supplies. I know the truth is that the possibility really just comes from study and practice. But it still feels nice to be holding new art supplies. And try to tell me paints and brushes and all the rest aren't marketed to us as being raw potential! Haha, I do have to constantly remind myself to stop bargain hunting and start painting!
mostly asking about brushes because well, it either looks interesting - or i'm asking what brush setting it is, because i've still not found a good setting for myself.
-However, do not be alarmed - that "Wow" is genuine and I have no doubt about the artists skill. I do suppose I could phrase myself better and make it seem more genuine, but what you have here is not - at least not my reasoning for asking.
Oh hey... This gorgeous comic isn't in your Book "Brick by Brick". THIS is one of my biggest mistakes and I KNOW it, but it's so hard to resist, when other use this kind of whatever, to buy it for myself... I wish this were in my book too... (My boyfriend bought this for me, and it was the best present ever... Ok this year... He always gives me gorgeous presents... And he bought me the haptic book with shipment to germany... ^^)
When I was in high school I learned why Crayola markers would never produce an image as good as a "marker piece" you might see in a magazine. That's because the good markers are alcohol-based and have strong pigments so they will blend. So clearly, if you want to make good marker art you need those kinds of markers.
Well, yes and no.
Yes because crayola markers literally will not do the thing you imagine them doing, only the premium art markers can. (similar to how cheap white paint barely contains any pigment at all and requires a few gallons to actually lighten your colors--not impossible to use, but far more impractical)
No because even if you have the premium art markers, they do not impart the magical knowledge of how to use them properly. If you don't know how to use premium markers, the art you produce will still look like the crap you were doing when you were just using crayolas.
So, I had a near-full set of Prismacolor markers in my closet since 2005 basically until 2011. During that time, I made a couple crappy pieces and gave up because they weren't as good as the ideal in my head. I finally started practicing for real and applying blending techniques by doing them on cheap commissioned badges that I had incentive to do well on, but didn't panic too much if they looked wonky. THEN I was finally comfortable enough to start applying those techniques to more complex pictures.
As much as certain tools can help create a better outcome, it still requires fundamental understanding of composition and technique, which always requires practice and thinking about what you're doing at the moment instead of constantly comparing it to the future outcome that is splendid and perfect in your head.
This is EXACTLY what I used to do... both of them. And just like you said all it did was stunt my progression and work. I only recently saw what a downward spiral I was in and decided to quit dreaming and get working. Still working on developing good habits, but I'm getting there. Thank you for your essays, I really love them.