Artist Tools: myPANTONE™ App…

MyPantone Android App @ Google Play

Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 of the MyPantone® color swatch: Black 6 C.

Reference all of the PANTONE® colors via your mobile device with the MyPantone App!

@ Google Play
@ iTunes App Store

The damage is $7.99 at the Google Play store ($9.99 iOS), and totally worth it.
For the price of a foo-foo coffee here in SoCal—you can be cross-referencing thousands of PANTONE colors within a few seconds :)

NOTE:
It’s not an alternative to the actual PANTONE® color bridges and guides, but it’s a great little tool for on-the-fly design inspiration, color referencing or building color profiles. I’ve heard a lot of people griping about this app, mostly because of the wide variations in mobile screen color representation, that this app is useless because it doesn’t represent the pantone color accurately. But I disagree. This app functions as a tool for referencing the color decks. I find a lot of value in just having the entire Pantone Color Library in my pocket. It’s not about having the exact color representation, because that can be referenced in my studio on the actual decks. I use it as a tool, as an extension, if you will, to compliment the way I work. My only complaint is that the app has crashed on my Galaxy Note 3 a few times;  hopefully an update will fix that bug.

How I Use the MyPantone App…
When I’m meeting with a client, brainstorming, sketching for a new design concept or preparing to color a digital illustration, I like to browse the digital color fan-decks on the app. I’ll pull up the PANTONE® Colors I like (or need) on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and either pull the CMYK , RGB or HexCode — depending on the need — or I’ll push it to Evernote or Google Drive to compile my project notes and color palette profiles to be reviewed and cross-referenced in my studio on the actual Pantone™ decks later (if necessary) for the next phase of the project.

• MyPantone Android App @ Google Playhttp://goo.gl/X3KdXu
• MyPantone iPhone App @ iTunes Store ► http://goo.gl/Xc0r2H

 

Sketch: ♥ Momiji Doll…

Moleskine Sketchbook + Pen + Ink.

 

Sketched this in the studio this morning…
‘Momiji Doll’  
Design: Sketched  with Brush Pens & Ink @ RM Studio | California, USA.  

Artist’s Weaponry:
• Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
(I dip these and use them like regular paint brushes instead of filling them—many advantages. Imported from Japan)
• Platinum: Carbon Black Ink.
(Amazing shit right here. H²O proof. If you use washes over your inking. Artist’s nectar. Imported from Japan)
• Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Pen:  Red + Black.
(I’ve tried them all… these hold up well, the tip has rad spring, the ink is archival and lightfast and they’re priced right. Made in Japan.)
Moleskine Plain Large Notebook.
(Note: this is the Moleskine large notebook, not the sketchbook. I mostly just do light sketches in these notebooks with Lamy Safari mechanical pencils (H2 / HB) or sometimes Lamy Safari Ballpoint pens, so these work fine.  I’ve found that most of the inks and markers I use for quick sketches do not bleed through this paper — which is surprising since it’s so thin (compared to sketchbook paper). Nonetheless, I can get away with some inking, light ink washes and filling-in if I want. Of course Copic or any alcohol based pigment markers will bleed through multiple sheets of this paper, not ideal for a sketchbook scenario, so I would recommend alcohol marker sketch pads for those, or a sketchbook with thicker less absorbent paper. Premium Laser Printer Paper works well too, and is what I use (almost exclusively) for the majority of my pen and ink sketches and drawings (HP 32 lb. Premium Laser Printer Paper) . Anything illustrations I want to reproduce for prints or to preserve, I will use Bristol paper or Bristol board for my artwork.

♥RM

 

Sketch: Killer Kokeshi Doll…

Richie Merritt | Illustrator + Designer | Kokeshi Doll / Momiji Doll Sketch | Pen + Ink.

Morning Sketch…
Killer Kokeshi Doll’  
Design: Sketched  with BrushPens & Ink @ RM Studio | California, USA.

Artist’s Weaponry:
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
(I don’t fill these, I dip ‘em and use them like paint brushes—many advantages.)
Platinum: Carbon Black Ink.
(Amazing shit right here. H²O proof. If you use washes over your inking. Artist’s nectar.)
PH Martin’s Bombay India Ink: Bright Red.
(I use these inks just like watercolors, they are more archival and lightfast.)
HP Premium Laser Print Paper: 32 lb. / 98 bright
(I use this for pen & ink sketches only— great on nibs + no feathering. For work that will be printed or reproduced, I use Bristol Board.)

I highly recommend JetPens.com for Japanese Imported art supplies for professional artists. I’ve been able to track down a lot of specialty pens and ink from them over the years—stuff you can’t find here in the US easily. BigUp to JetPens… a saviour in many ways.

♥RM

A Google+ Experiment…

[ Welcome to the first blog update since the delete and redesign of richiemerritt.com. Here's a little summary on how it went over at Google+ the last 5½ months. ]

10,000 Followers at Google+ in 5 months.
Screenshot: courtesy of CircleCount.com. I snapped + annotated this screenshot with Skitch after I reached the 10,000 followers milestone.

In August last year, I ditched my blog to do an experiment with Google+ (G+)… 
If you follow Tech Journalist, and more recently the new Tech News Today Lead Anchor, Mike Elgan over at Google+, then you probably know:

• He’s a prolific contributor to (and evangelist of) the Google+ platform.

• He has a huge number of loyal followers there — over 3,000,000+ have him in circles, as of writing this.

• He’s an advocate of quitting your traditional blog and taking up G+ as a replacement.

His reasons are quite simple:

• More engagement.

• Better reach.

The main idea being that Google+ can be the one-and-only web property you need.

Wait. What?

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