September 2015 reviews

Here's the list of everything featured this month on the blog.

Art Books

Highlights for me would be the 4th artbook of The Legend of Korra, Berlin Sketchbook by Fabrice Moireau, and the interesting Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology.

  1. The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
  2. Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should
  3. Assassin's Creed: The Complete Visual History
  4. Hanok: The Korean House
  5. An Animator's Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters
  6. K Sketchbook Volume 3 & 4
  7. The Artistic Anatomy of Trees
  8. MIX by Rudy Crut & Hendry Iwanaga
  9. The LEGO Architect
  10. Colouring The Lion City by William Sim
  11. 50 Metres: Our Swimming Pools
  12. SERENE by Nicholas F. Chandrawienata
  13. The Art of Hotel Transylvania 2
  14. The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance, The Art of the Animated Series
  15. The Watercolor Course You've Always Wanted
  16. Culture+Typography: How Culture Affects Typography
  17. Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture
  18. Superbelle Sketchbook One & Two by ArtGerm
  19. Game Art: Art from 40 Video Games and Interviews with Their Creators
  20. CLEWORTH: an ARTFULLlife
  21. Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke
  22. Dungeon: Monstres – Vol. 5: My Son the Killer
  23. Fante Bukowski
  24. Aliens: Beyond Dreams
  25. Beginner's Guide to Sketching: Characters, Creatures and Concepts
  26. Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology
  27. No Excuses Watercolor: Painting Techniques for Sketching and Journaling
  28. Berlin Sketchbook by Fabrice Moireau
  29. The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss
  30. Watercolour by Milind Mulick
  31. Devil May Cry: A Divine Comedy

Craftsy videos

You may have noticed that I've been featuring a lot of Craftsy videos. That's because I've teamed up with Craftsy to review some of their art and drawing related videos to let you know what the courses are really teaching.

  1. Perspective in Landscape Drawing by Patrick Connors
  2. Essential Linear Perspective Techniques by Patrick Connors
  3. Drawing Facial Expressions by Gary Faigin
  4. Drawn to Painting by Rob Zeller
  5. Drawing Essentials: Rendering Form by Charles Valsechi

Art products

This month as usual, I've some guest artists who have helped me reviewed some art products.

If you happen to be using the Epson 11000XL, Ugee 1910 and Yiynova MSP19U+V5, I would like to invite you to write a review for the blog.

  1. Nicholas Simmons Artist Set 1 & 2: Escoda Barroco Watercolour Brushes
  2. Choosing the right canvas for your paintings and artworks
  3. Joseph Zbukvic Artist Set 2: Escoda Aquario Mop Brushes
  4. Adonit Jot Dash Stylus
  5. Winsor & Newton oil paints
  6. Wacom Intuos 2015 tablet: Draw Art Photo Comic
  7. Yiynova UC-logic SP-1001 Pen Digitizer Tablet Monitor
  8. Yiynova MVP10UHD+IPS USB Digitizer Tablet Display
  9. Bosto Kingtee 14WX Pen Display Tablet Monitor
  10. 3dtotal's Male Skin Realistic Anatomy Figure

Youtube videos

I'm publishing more videos on Youtube now. You can visit my channel at

My Youtube channel features sketching tips, sketchbook features and art product reviews. This is quite different from my blog which features mostly artbooks.

So far there are 2200 subscribers on my channel and it's growing! It's very exciting!

These are the videos that I've created this month.

  1. Artist Review: Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 Stylus for iPad
  2. QoR Watercolor Review
  3. Watercolor Mixing with Color Temperature in Mind
  4. Drawing Around Sagrada Familia by Nina Johansson (Sketchbook Feature)
  5. Review: Escoda Barroco Watercolor Brush: Nicholas Simmons Set
  6. Artist Review: Namiki Falcon Nib Fountain Pen (with Spencerian modification)
  7. My Sketchbook from 7 Mar - 23 Sep 2015
  8. 9 Drawing Techniques to Create Depth and Dimension for Your Sketches
  9. My Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette & Review
  10. Drawing on location without using perspective
  11. Sketch Your Packing List
  12. All Over Coffee by Paul Madonna (Sketchbook Feature)
  13. Timelapse sketch of Bukit Batok Neighbourhood
  14. Artist Review: Uniball Gel Impact Pen
  15. Draw with Different Colored Pens & Pencils to Spice Up Your Sketches
  16. How to use Silhouette Techniques in Sketching
  17. Artist Review: Adonit Jot Dash Stylus for Drawing
  18. Cosplaying tips for beginner cosplayers (STGCC 2015 edition)
  19. Preparation tips for comic con booth artists (STGCC 2015 edition)
  20. Artist Review: Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus for Any Tablets
  21. Artist Review: Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint for iPad
  22. Drawing in Different Sizes of Sketchbooks
  23. How to sketch big buildings: The Thought Process
  24. Sketching tip using overlap techniques
  25. Review: Bosto Kingtee 14WX Pen Display Monitor
  26. Review: Wacom Intuos 2015 tablet: Draw Art Photo Comic
  27. Global Art Materials Handbook series Sketchbook Review
  28. Artist Review: Uniball Signo Gelstick Pen
  29. Artist Review: Pilot Custom 743 Falcon Nib
  30. Artist Review: Pelikan M200 (Fine Nib) Fountain Pen
  31. 3dtotal Male Skin Realistic Anatomy Figure Review

My goal was to publish one video a day but the workload is crushing. This is on top of all the book reviews that I have to put out. A more realistic schedule for me in October would be to put out around 4-5 per week instead.

For the last few days, I had a big ulcer on my tongue and wasn't able to create video. I still have the ulcer and it really feels like a handicap because I want to put out more stuff on Youtube but can't now. It's quite frustrating but I'll take a rest first.


Running this blog is not easy, with the exception of some art product reviews, all the content you see above are all created by me. All the time outside my full-time job is spent mostly on keeping Parka Blogs up to date with latest artbooks and products so that you can know the cool stuff from the duds.

Support me on Patreon to to help me continue to put out the reviews. Patreon is a monthly crowd-funding campaign. You can pledge any certain dollar amount per month that you're comfortable with. The money goes towards my monthly income. There are over 3,000 repeat visitors on the blog daily and if everyone were to donate $1 each, it would be amazing!

What do I do with the money? They are used to pay guest artists who wrote some of the art product reviews. And hopefully, I can make a transition to working on Parka Blogs full-time, and produce even more content.


Another way to support is to share links to my blog or any reviews on your website. That will help a lot too!


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