October 2015 Reviews

Here are all the items I've reviewed and featured this month. Now that I look at this list compare it with last month's, it makes me feel like I'm slacking off. There's still a pile of books on my floor (I've run out of shelving space) waiting to be reviewed.


My favourite from October would have to be James Jean's new book Pareidolia: A Retrospective of Beloved and New Works. The Art of Halo 5: Guardians is also a damn good artbook.

For film buffs, the ones worth getting would be Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History and Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness

  1. Lego Architecture Studio 21050
  2. Pareidolia: A Retrospective of Beloved and New Works by James Jean
  3. FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn The Art of Eorzea - Another Dawn -
  4. Star Wars: The Marvel Covers Vol. 1
  5. Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book
  6. The Art of Grasshopper Manufacture
  7. Letter Art: 35 Stylish Letters to Make and Give
  8. The Art of Illustrated Maps: A Complete Guide to Creative Mapmaking's History, Process and Inspiration
  9. A Tech Guide for Signage
  10. The Art of Halo 5: Guardians
  11. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
  12. John Baeder's Road Well Taken
  13. NOW ~ Yusuke Nakamura Illustration Art works
  14. Art and the War at Sea 1914-1945
  15. The Art of Pan
  16. Hand Drawn Halifax: Portraits of the city's buildings, landmarks, neighbourhoods and residents
  17. Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness
  18. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History
  19. Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History

Craftsy courses

I've to thank Craftsy for providing me these courses for free so that I could go through them in order to review them.

If you're into location sketching or urban sketching, check out the new courses by Marc Taro Holmes and Stephanie Bower. If you want to learn coloured pencils, Susan Rubin's course is excellent.

  1. Travel Sketching in Mixed Media by Marc Taro Holmes
  2. Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine V. Holmes
  3. Simple Techniques for Better Portraits by Alisha Dall'Osto
  4. Colored Pencil Essentials by Susan Rubin
  5. Perspective for Sketchers by Stephanie Bower

Art products

Nothing much this month from me.

For November, I'll invite someone to write a review for Surface Pro 4. You can expect the same level of detail that you see in the Surface Pro 3 review. I'll probably get someone to review the new Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil too.

  1. Wacom Bamboo Spark
  2. Huion 1060 PLUS graphics tablet

Youtube videos

Most of my time this month went into producing videos for my Youtube channel. I'm surprised that I managed to put out a video daily. Maintaining a Youtube channel is definitely not easy.

Since my last post, my Youtube channel subscribers have increased from 2,200 to 3,200. The videos get a 3,700 views daily. Wow!

Here are all the videos from October:

  1. Artist Review: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
  2. Perfect Sketchbook 10x7 inches with Fabriano Artistico paper
  3. How to clean a fountain pen
  4. Travel Watercolor Brush Review and Comparison
  5. Review: Herringbone Postman camera bag for my sketching kit
  6. Alkaff Bridge TImelapse Sketch
  7. Watercolor Sketch with Random Colors: Cad Red Ultramarine Olive Alizarin
  8. Pencil or Pen First When Sketching
  9. My Essential Outdoor Watercolor Sketching Kit
  10. Using White Gel Pens With Watercolour Sketches
  11. Sketching 365 by Katherine Tyrrell (Artbook Feature)
  12. Create A Color Swatch Book to Compare Watercolors & Mixtures
  13. Artist Review: Noodler's Neponset Fountain Pen
  14. Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors Review
  15. Timelapse Sketch of Singapore River at Elgin Bridge
  16. Use One Point Perspective to Sketch Accurate Angles Outdoors
  17. Citysketch London / Paris / New York (Sketchbook Feature)
  18. Artist Review: Duke 551 Confucius Fountain Pen
  19. Waterbrushes vs normal brushes for watercolor
  20. Watercolor Tubes vs Pans
  21. Review: Artgraf Watercolor Graphite
  22. Sketching Hong Lim Park
  23. Sketching Guilin
  24. Andrea's Book (Sketchbook feature)
  25. How to use Zebra G Nib on a fountain pen
  26. How to Read Watercolor Labels for Pigment Information
  27. Mixing Watercolor Grays & Black with Convenient Colors (Part 1)
  28. Artist Review: Wacom Bamboo Spark for Note Taking & Drawing

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