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Incredibly Useful Digital Watercolour Tools for Illustrators

Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
Thomas James

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If you’re a digital illustrator seeking a way to make work that looks handmade, you simply MUST check out this huge collection of digital brushes and tools from the great Nicky Laatz!

Equipped with just this pack – you will be an unstoppable watercolour design machine…without even picking up a paint brush :)

Get the pack here!

Posted by Thomas James on 06/03/15 under art supplies,creativity,digital,links,office,painterly,pen/brush and ink,product review,resources,studio life,Stuff,technique,Tools
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Tugboat Printshop

Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
Thomas James

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The Tugboat Printshop is made up of Paul Roden & Valerie Lueth. They have been working together since 2006, hand-crafting & publishing their original woodcut prints from a studio in Pittsburgh, PA. Roden and Lueth make traditionally crafted woodcut prints by carving original drawings in low relief on blocks of 3/4″ birch plywood. Once carved, these blocks are rolled up with ink and printed onto archival paper to create the finished artworks.  According to the artists themselves if these prints are cared for properly, they will last many lifetimes!

Isn’t the detail breathtaking? I sure hope to own an original Tugboat Printshop print one day…I can imagine it would be a real conversation starter and you would be constantly finding new quirks and hidden details every time you looked at it. The process shots on The Tugboat Printshop’s website are fascinating also.

Posted by Thomas James on 06/11/13 under artists,Clío,creativity,design,studio life,woodcut
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Art as Mobiles

Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
Thomas James

I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for mobiles. I have always had a mobile of some sort suspended in my studio. I find them calming, and I think that relaxed feeling helps me come up with ideas for illustrations more easily. Maybe it’s just me? :)

In my search for something new, I ran across these that sparked my fancy.

1) Calder inspired by Julie Frith | 2) Origami cranes by MadebyJo | 3) Origami stars by theStarcraft | 4) Matisse inspired by Puka Puka

 

Posted by Thomas James on 10/25/12 under everyday art,papercuts/silhouettes,studio life
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