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Wednesday, October 24, 2007


This is a gift for the gorgeous and talented Lucy Knisley, who once wrote me a song about a manamaid. She's pretty great, you should check out her stuff right now.


Blogger mike said...

i like her manatee tail. :) she's like a maidatee or.. something...

8:59 AM  
Blogger Tiki Rox said...

Hey Vera,

I love your work and it's a big inspiration.

This mermaid is beautiful.

Just wondering. What brushes do you use?

Lately i've been favoring these portable water color brush pens, and i've been kind of addicted to them. Not to mention the fact that i've been watercoloring really small in moleskins.

I want to do some nice illustrations on some bigger paper but don't know where to start. Any suggestions?


11:55 AM  
Blogger verabee said...

Hey nelson,

Thanks! I use winsor&newton series 7 brushes in a bunch of sizes. They hold tons of water and double as inking brushes. I don't like the water-filled pens for anything other than emergencies, you can't control the concentration of your paint.

I never paint very large so I can't help you out with big paper. Just spend enough money and you'll get good stuff!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Meghan Jean said...

This reminds me of the time my brother was snorkeling in murky Florida water and accidentally swam face-first into the side of a manatee. The manatee jokes thus abound. All this to say: I enjoy!

Nelson (in case you read this?): I think Arches is hands-down the best watercolor paper. It comes in all sizes, even by the yard (if you be crazy enough). Generally the thing to look for is high cotton rag content in papers (more forgiving and holds pigment best). If you like books, the Artist's Manual is handy reference for stuff like this. or! there's always good ol' trial and error. Hope that helps!

11:11 PM  
Blogger SHANE PRIGMORE said...

I want to squeez her tail so much. That is so cool. And those girls below are beautiful. I hope your doing awsome!!

10:36 AM  
Blogger spleenal said...

the seaweed looks healthy.

love those card babes too.
my favorite is them all.
(i can chose them all can't i?)

2:04 AM  
Blogger crylic said...

gorgeous. The last 2 posts are fantastic.

8:28 PM  
Blogger .:Hz:. said...

You´ve done a great job!
Your illustrations are great. You´ve got an style so...nice.
I really like your work.

See u! ^_^

2:35 PM  

Fantastic stile!!

8:08 AM  

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