November 16th, 2019

Sumatran Tiger

ARTIST: Alyssa Johnson, Australia
ARTIST STATEMENT: Animals of all kinds have always been a love of mine, but nothing compares to the majesty of the big cats. My training runs more towards animation and sculpture, but sketching was my first love. I spent a couple of hours putting the Sumatran Tiger sketch together one morning to test out my new Stillman & Birn Nova grey sketchbook. I find mid-toned paper is more satisfying to work with, allowing you to pick up both highlights and shadows more actively than with black or white surfaces. Alcohol based inks are less damaging to paper than water-based, so layering and blending is a breeze. I use the 6×8 size for easier transport.

MEDIA: Copic markers, fine liners, Posca paint markers
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Grey – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Alyssa Johnson is an Australian artist and animator specializing in figurine sculpting and 2D animation. She graduated from the Australian National University’s School of Art in 2013 and then worked on a 2D animated television show as a story artist before returning to Canberra. In her free time, she likes to make figurines of characters, creatures and people and dabble in digital art and drawing. Scientific illustration is another interest using mixed media including ink and gouache. Her social media platform of choice is Instagram (@derrison), but can be found on twitter as well under the same handle.


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