Author Archive | Steve Wojcik

Color Mixing Swatch Book

This book is a valuable tool in any artists arsenal of reference material.  I feel that color is one of the hardest aspects to master as an artist.  I dont know how many times ive looked back at a finished piece and thought “this isnt bad… however, if only I painted this womans dress blue it would have made it so much better.”

Unfortunately I often feel that the majority of artists view color as an afterthought in their creative process.  Its just natural to spend our time making sure our figures have believable weighted gestures, our objects have the right perspective and our composition is flawless.  Once satisfied, color is quickly added with a little shading here and there and then we call it a day.

To make sure we steer clear of this, its helpful to once in a while be reminded of how wonderful color is.  Michael Wilcox’s book is a great tool to reference throughout your creative endeavors.  The contents of the book are pages and pages of color swatches from different combinations of 12 colors.

Gradually mix color A with color B and show the 8 colors between the two.  Tints of each color are created by thinning the paint to allow the white background to show.  The final color swatch shows a range of hues that are obtainable from the two original colors.

Any brand of paint can be used but from experience different makes tend to vary in color.  One manufacturers cadium yellow light might be brighter and more orange than another’s.  Also remember, you do get what you pay for.  Inferior, low quality colors tend to not give even layers or blend with ease due to excess filler.  Higher quality paints do add a certain richness, ease of use and control. Color Mixing Swatch Book on

Walt Disney On Growing Up

Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.

~Walt Disney

Staedtler Pigment Liner Sketch Pens


Staedtler pens are the only ones that I use when I need a good black line in my artwork.  I do have a nice set of Rapidograph pens that I have worked with, but I find the Staedtler pens superior for my needs.  When I was working with my Rapidograph pens I had a problem with walking away from a project for a week and coming back to it to find the pen nibs dried out and clogged.  I could feel my creative energy dwindle as I spent 20 minutes cleaning and refilling my pens.  The Staedtler pens allow you to just put the cap back on and come back at your liking without worrying about the previous mentioned matters.

This pack comes with 5 various line widths, from 0.05mm to 0.7mm.  They dry REALLY quick on the paper so you never have to worry about any wandering hands accidentally smearing an almost completed masterpiece.  The ink used is acid free for archival purposes and it will not smear under watercolor washes, which is a big selling point for me.  My current pen set I have used for well over 2 years and they are starting to finally lose their brilliance.  I just received my new set in the mail last week and I cant wait to put them to use!  Try them out and let me know how they work for you… Staedtler pens on