February 2017 Roundup


Below are the books featured this month. My favourites are Re-child by Zeen Chin, the two Framed Perspective books, Buildings of London by Roger Fitzgerald and the 600-page thick sketchbook The Deluxe Collection Part 2 by Lorenzo Etherington.

  1. Designing Creatures and Characters: How to Build an Artist's Portfolio for Video Games, Film, Animation and More
  2. The Deluxe Collection Part 2 by Lorenzo Etherington
  3. Framed Perspective Vol. 2: Technical Drawing for Shadows, Volume, and Characters
  4. Framed Perspective Vol. 1: Technical Perspective and Visual Storytelling
  5. Fate/Complete Material Volume 2: Character Material
  6. Sketching from the Imagination: Characters
  7. Re-child by Zeen Chin
  8. Cut and Fold Paper Textures: Techniques for Surface Design
  9. Loka Made: Artbook #1 by FeiGiap
  10. Buildings of London by Roger Fitzgerald
  11. Drawing Trees and Leaves: Observing and Sketching the Natural World
  12. Graphic Design School: A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working in Print, Moving Image and Digital Media
  13. Skeletons: The Extraordinary Form & Function of Bones
  14. The Art of Disney's Dragons
  15. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  16. Ballpoint Art by Trent Morse
  17. A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind the Film

Art Products

I managed to get my hands on the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 and it is currently the best portable tablet for digital artists in terms of accuracy and functionality (since it runs Windows). Samsung has just announced the Samsung Tab S3 and Galaxy Book with S Pens. If I can, I will try to get my hands on them for a review, but it is probably not going to be so soon.

  1. Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13
  2. Artist Guide to Active vs Capacitive Styluses
  3. Pica-Ink pen and Pica-Dry pencil
  4. Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad (Recycled)


  1. Dakota Crescent Sketchwalk 2017 (4K)
  2. Chinatown Food Street Pen & Ink Sketch Tutorial
  3. Rosemary Pocket Watercolour Brush Review
  4. Sketching the Giant Rooster at Chinatown (timelapse)
  5. Kita-boshi 2mm Lead Holder (Pencil)
  6. Review: Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13
  7. Review: Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen (Blue Demonstrator)
  8. Hanging out with Mehdi at Art Shops in Singapore
  9. Book Review: Drawing Perspective by Matthew Brehm
  10. Book Review: Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques by Thomas Thorspecken
  11. How I Sketch on the Train (Tutorial)
  12. USK Symposium 2017 Registration & A Few Good Art Deals
  13. Samsung TabPro S Handwriting & Note Taking Demo
  14. Drawing on Public Transport, Trains, Stations (tutorial)
  15. Artist Review: Samsung TabPro S With Galaxy C Pen
  16. Active vs Capacitive Styluses for Drawing
  17. Book Review: TekkonKinkreet Artbooks on Background Paintings & Sketches
  18. Mold Attack! Artist's Nightmare, My Eternal Enemy
  19. Review: Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad (89gsm recycled)
  20. Artist Review: Lenovo Miix 510 with Active Pen (Updated)
  21. Lenovo Miix 510 Handwriting & Note Taking Demo
  22. Review: Stillman & Birn Softcover Sketchbooks


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