Monday, June 28, 2010

... For Frank ....

The late Frank Hovore, friend and colleague, collecting Titanus giganteus in Ecuador and for whom I posthumously named a new species of Rain Beetle ~Pleocoma hovorei La Rue, 2007.

~ Watercolor Beetles ~

Here is an update of my progress on the beetle composition that I have posted elements of. I feel, for the most part, it is nearing completion but still lacks a few more beetles and other details. You may notice that the red longhorn beetle (Rosalia formosa) lacks the right antenna. I have temporarily omitted it until the remaining beetles are in place.

As a reminder, this is done in an A3 (16.5 X 12-inch, 297 X 420mm) watercolor Moleskine Folio using W&N Cotman WCs and Faber-Castell Polychromos CPs.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

In the post today ....

... my order of Faber-Castell Polychromos 60-tin CP set from Dick Blick ...

Vivien, an artist in the Wet Canvas art forum, suggested I might try these Polychromos to embellish my wc beetles to give them depth and highlights. I chose the 60 pencil set as a standard base of colors and plan to add additional colors from open stock. FC also offers a neat 120 set (= $$$).

Dick Blick was close to the cheapest I found for this set on the internet - just a few dollars difference - but DB's reputation for quality and impeccable and prompt service made my decision easy.

I almost purchased through TCP Global via Amazon but could never get anyone on the phone in their sales department to answer questions I had concerning shipping options. I guess the economy hasn't effected them.

I also considered ASW, who had the cheapest price overall but their tough-to-navigate website, three hour difference in business hours being on the east coast, and the same problem reaching someone in sales, ... 'nuff said.

Another note: 2nd day expedited shipping via Fed Ex was cheaper from Dick Blick in Illinois, than it would have been from TCP in California, the next state over, or ASW on the east coast.

Next, I'll invest in a quality electric pencil sharpener ASAP ...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

UPDATE: In my mail box today, I found the envelope from Ken Bromley Art Supplies with the half pan of Cerulean Blue and a note enclosed ...

Thank you.