I would like to give you an insight into the materials I use and my work. So that there is no wrong impression due to the page heading: I don't have my own studio. In "my studio" there is a large closet with my neatly arranged painting and drawing utensils. I keep the original pictures in binders. There is a table on which I paint and draw, as well as a screen workstation where I create my digital graphics. The walls are adorned with numerous pictures and photos of their own. The living room is temporarily converted into a studio.


Painting and Drawing

In the photo you can see my workplace when I paint watercolors. The coffee should not be missing, of course. The pens you see are watercolor pens that are water-soluble. Although they look like normal colored pencils, they have different properties. They come in many colors. If you need such pens, please make sure that it is “water-soluble”. If you were to sketch a watercolor using normal colored pencils, the strokes would shine through the transparent watercolor paints. In addition to the watercolor pencils, you can see my brush set with numerous different brushes. I will describe this in more detail in the following section. On the top right you can see my watercolor paints, which are actually in tubes. I regularly fill small ink cups with watercolor paint, which is more economical than if you press the watercolor paints out of the tube every time. Please do not bother about the fact that these colors dry up in the cells and look cracked. This is normal and not a problem as they are water soluble. This is just like the water colors you know from school. They looked cracked even after repeated use. Paper is crucial in watercolor painting. Please only select papers that have at least 300 g / m². Otherwise it would be a shame because you cannot use certain techniques, such as the wet-on-wet technique, on thinner papers. Watercolor paper usually has a structure. You also need watercolor paper with 300 g / m² for wash on ink drawings. It is also ideal for this. It is also ideal for the acrylic technique, in which the acrylic colors are mixed with water. A somewhat unusual variant that definitely has its followers.

Here you can see my brush set in detail. There are acrylic brushes, watercolor brushes, fan brushes, tractor brushes and cat tongue brushes in it. Some brushes for very thin lines consist of only a few bristles. Since animal protection is important to me, I mostly do without brush bristles from animal origin. It is best to clean brushes with lukewarm water and liquid soap and a brush cleaner from the drugstore. In order for the brushes to retain their shape, I got brush sleeves that are pulled over the brushes like gauntlets. They shape the brushes. You can find brush covers on Amazon and in art supply stores.

In this picture you can see my pencils. They are pencils of different strengths. The palette is not quite complete, but these pencils are enough for realistic pencil drawings. The picture in the middle shows my workplace when I draw in pencil. In the top left of the picture is an elongated box in which I keep my paper wipers. Paper wipers are especially important for realistic drawing. The blurred lines look softer. You play with the color contrasts of the different pencil thicknesses. Next to the box is my tin with graphite, which I will talk about later.

Here you can see my drawing pad with the stone paper, 192 g / m². It is very well suited for pencil drawings. The surface seems softer to me than with normal drawing paper. In the oblong box on the right I have my smaller drawing utensils such as various types of erasers, charcoal pencils etc. The sharpener cannot be seen in this picture because it is attached to the table with clamps and I do not want to bump into it while drawing. The wooden mannequin helps to draw people in certain positions. Her joints are flexible, which is why she is sometimes called a joint manikin. Below are my pencils, which I have already described in more detail above.

This is my graphite powder. The best way to buy graphite powder is online on eBay or Amazon. You will then receive a bag of around 100 g, which will last you a very long time. I love graphite powder because I was able to achieve very nice effects (wind, storm, speed, trajectories). Graphite is also suitable for darkening light-colored paper. You can apply it carefully with a brush. However, it makes sense if you brush the brush on a slip sheet beforehand so that the first application does not become too dark. Under the tin with the graphite is a paper wiper and next to it fine sandpaper. Use the sandpaper to sharpen the paper wipers. Instead of paper wipers, you can also use cotton swabs or paper tissues. However, this is not as practical as a paper wiper.

In the photo you can see my workplace when I paint pastel chalk pictures. The paper is colored cardboard. It comes in many different colors. It is larger than A4. If you want to scan these pastel chalk pictures, you should make sure that you don't paint too close to the edge beforehand, since most people have DIN 4 printers. Alternatively, you can take a picture with a digital camera so that everything is visible. However, in this case you have a visible camera distortion. You can compensate for this in Photoshop Elements 2018 under "Filters" - "Correct camera distortion". On the right in the picture you can see a set of pastel chalk pencils for fine lines and for drawing, if necessary. I chose a small set because it is enough for me. There are of course much larger pastel chalk pencil sets. Now you can see the pastel chalks with which I paint the pictures in the middle below. Perhaps you are surprised that the chalks are broken. This is normal. In many cases, it makes sense to break off small pieces in order to paint a certain line thickness. The pastel chalks are very productive and last a long time. People who can invest more money in their painting and drawing material should get high-quality artist materials, because the luminosity of the colors, the light resistance and the durability of the colors are much better or longer than with cheaper colors. Even with pastel chalks, you can see these differences in the luminosity of the colors very precisely.

Digital Art






Here you can see my image editing programs Inkscape, a vector program, and Photoshop Elements, a raster graphics program. I work regularly in both. I have a graphics tablet with which I have been drawing for years. Over the years, I have created around two to three hundred digital graphics that I offer from the microstock agencies. The vector graphics are particularly welcome because they have clean edges. A raster graphic is characterized, among other things, by the fact that it has step-like edges. Raster graphics consist of numerous square pixels. Hence the step-like shape of the edges.

Would you like to contact me? Write to info-ml@illustrationen-ledermann.de

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