Every Day A Sketch!

Day #49: Coraline

Heya gang!  So I found out that there was a Neil Gaiman signing today from Tim right when I sat down to work on a Totoro (as request on Twitter) for today’s Sketch a Day. Needless to say, we went to the singing all super excited!  I actually bought and had the book, Neverwhere, signed for my reddit book secret santa exchange! (Some random guy from the internet is going to be REALLY happy when he gets it! Mr. Gaiman signed it with the phrase “Mind the Gap.”) We had to wait in line for a long time, but seriously Neil Gaiman is the nicest person on the planet. He literally stayed until every last person got a book signed (He was there from 8am till about 8pm!). While waiting, Tim and I chatted with some cool people and I also doodled a Coraline. Everyone convinced me to give my doodle to Mr. Gaiman- and though I was rather blushie/embarrassed, I was really glad I did. He was the nicest guy and seemed to really like it.

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

So hopefully this fun tale and this humble doodle will be alright for today! Tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me- I’ve got a book cover, mood board, and a secret project to work on, but I’ll do my best to post that Totoro in a timely manner. Also if you missed the update yesterday, I made a watercolor tutorial for the Marceline/PB/Spirited Away mash up. It is all about using masking fluid and sea salt with your watercolors.

Sketch a Day #48 Watercolor Masking and Sea Salt Tutorial from Annie Stoll on Vimeo.

A tutorial and walk-through of my watercolor process from www.squidsalad.net Sketch a Day #48: Marceline (Werewolf form) and Princess Bubblegum as Sen and Haku from Spirited Away.

::TOOLS I USED::
Cold Press paper
HB Woodless Graphite Pencil
Sea Salt: Coarse and Fine Crystals
Grumbacher Miskit (Liquid Frisket)
Eraser- a triangular and Steadtler
Windsor & Newton watercolors from a tube
Windsor & Newton Permanent White Gouache
Rapael #10 Brush
Windsor & Newton Cotman brush 16mm
#000 Small brush
Adobe Photoshop to scan & Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the video
Font for the captions is Helvetica (muahaha)

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