Eraser shields are for when you want to erase a tiny, specific something, and not erase the things around it. Pictured is a mini-demonstration:
Say I hate that window, but I like the roof. Because of how small it is, it would be difficult to get the kind of rubbing momentum it’d need to get rid of the window without taking out the rest of the house. That’s where the shield comes into play.
It’s really useful for my work, which is small and detailed. It’s a time-saver and cuts down on the frustration of having to redraw things over and over again. I also use it a lot in faces, when I like the whole face except for one eye, or something like that.
Thanks for your question! You’re feeding the art supply nerd in me, haha
sleepnoises asked: I got my package! I managed to open the envelope without damaging anything (besides the envelope) and everything is great. The pins are cute as buttons. You'll have my dollar as long as you make such quality stuff. p.s. I only just realized how nice your tumblr theme is. (it's very nice) p.p.s. If There Will Be No Revolution was a print, I would buy 2
I’m glad it got to you safely! Thank you! And thank you for your support, it’s really appreciated.
p.s. Thanks! I prune it all the time, secretly.
p.s.s. I’ve been getting quotes from printers, actually! I have fantasy plans to make them into awesome gigantic cheap posters, but right now the overhead is too much for me, as reasonable as it is. It’s a plan, though! Thanks for your interest in them! (For people not in the know: There Will Be No Revolution)
sleepnoises said: i love it when you draw big fiddly houses with surrounding wooded areas WOW that got specific
That’s like… that’s like my favorite genre of art.
I like specific details and wild scribbles together, it’s like… sex. It’s like sex.
I’m silently ecstatic that you’ve noticed this.
tomsp asked: I just remembered that some weeks ago I had a dream in which biography channel was airing a documentary about your life as an artist.
“After graduation from art school, Cathy took up residence in her parents’ cabin in the middle of nowhere. It was weird. Will she triumph? Stay tuned!”
Thanks SLG, ha! I know I will triumph, probably, but sometimes I feel stuck in a commercial break.
(In other news, I recently watched a movie on TV where a guy says, “I’m usually a self-defecating person…” and now when I think about being self-deprecating that’s all I can think about.)
bareyrteeth asked: HEY HI HELLO. I love love love (heh) that John Darnielle sketch of yours. Any chance of getting it as a print?
Hello! Thanks so much! (Eeeeeh, got your reference there!)
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be comfortable making money off of images using other peoples’ likenesses and property (JD owns his face and the things he says). But I really appreciate your asking! I do have a store with a few things of my own concoction, though, with more things along the way!
sociallinkgo replied to your photo: Another image that will be in my upcoming art…
I was trying really hard to remember the name of those “naughty, guilt-ridden, pocket-sized” zines/books of the old days but the name eludes me, google is not helping and my bookmarks are a mess.
Do you mean The Tijuana Bibles? The website is here (very NSFW). They’re small pornographic zines starring fan-favorite characters (superheroes, cartoon characters). They’re little gems from the past.
I actually wasn’t referring to them, or anything specifically, however. I was referring to Moleskine Notebooks as the aesthetic inspiration for the final book design, but for the actual content, it’s my own concoction. If I was feeling cheeky I’d refer to the genre as Philosophical Erotica.
ay-cono asked: hi! i was just about to order 'it was their first spring' when i read the shipping information. i live in australia. would your zine be able to get here?
For sure! Thanks for asking! I’ve set up shipping for Australia now. Thank you so much!
For everyone else: I found a cheaper way to ship, so UK and Ireland rates have been lowered at The Store!
inkbatts asked you: If you could fight anyone who would you fight?
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? WHAT DID THAT FISH DO TO YOU?
beccaandthebox asked: It's so cool to see how your style has developed over the years! I really love the old comic, but your loose sketchy style is great too, it's going to be exciting to see how it develops.
Thank you so much!
“Style” is a strange thing for me. I try to never be concerned with it. I employ a consistency in longer works, such as Jeremiah, as an artistic tool, but I disagree with the idea that a person has to draw one thing, one way, all the time. (“This is the way I draw noses,” etc.)
With that aside, it’s true that I’ve been more willing to embrace a loose and sketchy way of drawing things. I’ve always been drawing like this in sketchbooks, but I’ve never had a good format to share them. I like the Tumblr format of impermanence. Drawings, ideas and jokes come and go. It feels like an artistic, on-going conversation. I’ve been using Tumblr as a way of exercising my inner comedian, and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s nice to have a publishing format that works with my quick silly things.
But I’m still doing larger works, with different ways of drawing things, for other projects. Tumblr is just one of many pots I have on the burner!
Also: Please don’t feel like this is a lecture! I’m just taking your question as an opportunity to say some stuff that’s been on my mind. I really love what you’re doing on your own Tumblr, Becca!