Grandad's Nibs

Grandad's nibsToday I sorted out my grandad's nibs and started using them for the cartooney drawings I recently got back into. Here's what I found:

Gillott's 170, 290, 303, 404

Hunt Extra Fine 22, 512, 513 Hunt Imperial 101

M. Myers & Son 6

Geo. W. Hughes 776F

Signature 6

Ross F. George (Hunt) "Speedball" A-2, B-0, B-1

Pedigree Round 3

Heintze 1, 3, 4

3 Unidentified

Sometimes when I'm drawing 'cartooney' I feel like I'm channeling the lines, as if they are coming through me and flowing that feeling! So, now that I've got out my grandad's nibs we'll see what happens...i did a coupla drawings of faces earlier today and am testing out papers with pen and ink but didn't like much of what I did due to the paper, although the bristol board wasn't too bad unless I want to apply more than just a light touch of gouache. To check out my newest cartoon work please click here.

Jim Simpkins

Me & Grandad

Tips for Girl-Hero Artists

Kathy Crabbe, Girl-Hero, 2013, ink on paper, 5 x 7”.Tips for Wannabe Girl-Hero Artists (inspired by the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild) As a culture we are so done with watching evil and gore and violence in movies...we are ready for love and truth and courage and history.

Draw what means something.

Pick your themes and then write and draw daily.

What do you remember (about your life) that was important?

Blog for fun (and commercially). Paint seriously.

When you believe, others will too.

Stuff I learned from a podcast with artist, Lisa Congdon: Don't just release everything you do, save it up for a show, a book, a bigger project. It may look as though you're doing nothing (online) but that's okay.

Favorite Quotes from Beasts of the Southern Wild which was just nominated for Best Picture, Actress, Director and adapted Screenplay for the 2013 Oscars - WOW!:

When you're small you gotta fix what you can.

It didn't look like a prison, it looked more like a fish tank with no water.

When an animal gets they plug it into the wall.

The brave men stay and watch it happen, they don't run.

I want to be cohesive.

Once there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in the bathtub.

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