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Offline scruffy

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2010, 09:40:46 PM »
Warm/cool gray copic "wide" markers in a variety of opacity, like 10%, 30%, and 50%. I wouldn't call them cheap, they'll run you five dollars or more per marker (which starts to get expensive when you start to talk about buying entire sets), but you can get some beautiful tones out of them. They're good for both sketching, and finishing illustration (look at Doug Chiang's Mechanica). http://www.dickblick.com/products/copic-wide-markers/

Actually, that's another good gift. Doug Chiang's Mechanica is a small, $20 dollar book where he details his process for creating concept art. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Mechanika/Doug-Chiang/e/9781600610233/?itm=1&USRI=doug+chiang

It's a really cool book, and your artist may enjoy it since the majority of the processes described in this book are done with traditional mediums.

Best of luck!

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2010, 05:04:10 AM »
My inner grammar nazi just stood to attention: The plural of 'medium' is 'media'

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2010, 01:22:56 PM »
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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2010, 08:01:33 AM »
That face! Why, I'll P your colon!

Wait, that came out wrong...

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2010, 05:00:31 PM »
Gar hit the nail on the head with the very first suggestion.

I know you have probably already bought something for your artist, and likely shipped it... but yeah, a Nerf (tm) gun along with a target to shoot at would be ideal.  Something to provide a bit of fun distraction, but not so distracting as to stop him or her from working.  Great idea.

Artists, like any creative types, already have their preferred supplies and media.  Buying tools or supplies for an artist is like buying clothes for a friend, they'll smile and say thanks and then toss it in a corner because it's just not their style.  Simple fun is always good.

That is, unless this person has a wish-list of items you could shop from.  But if they did, you wouldn't be asking, right?

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2010, 05:39:05 AM »
Artists, like any creative types, already have their preferred supplies and media.  Buying tools or supplies for an artist is like buying clothes for a friend, they'll smile and say thanks and then toss it in a corner because it's just not their style.

Considering I hang out with only artists I feel like there might be some projecting going on here, because my friends love to try out new things.
I'm so optimistic, my blood type is 'B Positive'!

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2010, 01:44:36 PM »
Yeah ok, I could be wrong. It's been known to happen... like, usually more often than being right.  I've only known a few artists, and they had their own style and ways of doing things.  Would I, as someone who does crappy art, like a gift of art tools from them?  Oh yes, most definitely.  Would they like a gift of art tools from me?  No.  They'd like a nerf gun.  Because I don't know art.

But heck, it's Christmas!  I'm sure any gift will be appreciated, even if it's just a smile and a handshake.  Merry Christmas everyone.

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2010, 04:55:27 PM »
Well I ended up getting him something that I know he likes and is in to... but it has nothing to do with art. I'd tell you what I got him but he stops by here from time to time and I don't want him to see until he gets the package... which because I took so long he won't get until well after XMas. Bummer but ah well.

I did end up getting him a small amount of supplies for some things I know he needed and I'm sending him something that I used that I replaced with something better but he can use the old ones as they are perfect for... some of the things he makes.

Cryptic enough?

LOL.

Anyway, he's getting some good stuff for sure. Thanks for the help everyone. And have a great holiday... whatever you celebrate... even if it's nothing and all you get are a few days on the couch and some bad TV. Enjoy it.  ;)

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2010, 07:06:41 AM »
It's after christmas now: Reveal to us your mystery!

(By which I mean what the present was, in case everyone's mind is as dirty as mine.)

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2010, 05:27:53 PM »
I just got it... haven't sent it on to him yet... so you'll have to wait a few more days.  ;D