Tiny Art Studio…

Tiny Art StudioHere’s a little throwback snapshot from my previous tiny art studio space before recently moving to an even smaller place to live.

Every student of the arts needs a place to create, paint, draw, learn and calm the mind.
It doesn’t need to be a large space.

I try to live like a Buddhist monk as much as possible.
Over the years I have now gotten rid of 85% to 90% of my belongings.
With a recent final purge, I almost have next to nothing.

I only try to have what is needed. I don’t collect things. I keep it as minimal as possible.
Through a lot of practice… I’ve learned what the phrase ‘Less Is More’ really means.
It’s powerful.

Living tiny… for me, is the way, there’s no other way to live.

Peace + Love.
♥RM

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WAVERLY INK

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Here’s a snapshot (Galaxy Note 3) of my tattoo ink cabinet…

I recently switched to Waverly Hand-Mixed Tattoo Ink (pigments). 

I’ve had my eye on them for a few years, and decided to select 25 colors to try.
I like minimalism in life, but especially in art, so I will eventually reduce this ink color palette down to around 16 colors, predominantly used for traditional japanese tattooing. Waverly Inks are hand-mixed and have a really nice and creamy consistency. Ultimately I was won over by the hues and tones of the entire Waverly Ink color line. Also Bill (the owner /creator) has also created a line of acrylic / watercolor paints with the same color palette as the tattoo pigments, and as someone who paints a lot in watercolor, this is exciting. So far I like them.  I’ll note my opinions later when I post finished work using Waverly Ink.

Peace ♥ Love.
-Richie

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