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Boy, I like these markers by MichaelDooney
Boy, I like these markers
I often get asked what I ink with. I like the look of brush inking, especially on organic forms and human figures. In  my opinion a brush line gives more life to the drawing than a static line with no thick or thin variations. Since working with a real brush and a bottle of ink can be messy and inconvenient I usually use some kind of brush marker. I have tried lots of them, thank you Japan for your constant supply of new variations :)  A lot of cartoonists love the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen,Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen, Includes 2 Black Ink Refills (GFKP3BPA)<img src="…" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />
 but my gripe with it is that the tip is just too wet.
I have really taken to the Pigma brush markers because the ink is super black, dries waterproof (most brush markers do not) plus the tip lasts right up to the end of the ink supply...this is something that can not be said of most brush markers. They come in 3 tip sizes and ironically I usually go for the large one even when I am working small...I guess because is feels the most like a brush in that you can go from a razor point line to a brushy fill all in one stroke.
I use the large tip when I am drawing directly in ink in my pocket Moleskine added perk here is that these don't leak so my pocket is safe :)
If you are a brush inker or want to give that a try these are great.
Sakura 50028 Pigma Professional Brush, Fine/Medium/Bold, Black, 3-Pack<img src="…" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />
A couple of recent Star Wars Covers by MichaelDooney
A couple of recent Star Wars Covers
A couple of Star Wars cover commissions. I don't know the character on the left, she is from the CG show I think, based on the character ref I was given. 
Mentalla Legion of Superheroes by MichaelDooney
Mentalla Legion of Superheroes
Another obscure Legion of Superheroes commission drawing. Ink and gray markers, with white painted details on gray paper.
Catwoman con drawing by MichaelDooney
Catwoman con drawing
At most cons I am kept busy the whole time doing commission sketches, but every once in a while I will go to a show where there is not as much interest, but I tend to keep drawing anyway just to keep busy ;) I did this one at the Denver Con since folks there didn't seem too interested in original art. It sold right away at Heroes con though so it all balances out I guess.
I mentioned to another artist I know that Prismacolor marker sets were on sale at half price online and it got me thinking about putting in my two cents about drawing with makers.
I get a lot of questions about doing marker drawings and one thing I have found is that many aspiring marker users think that Copic markers must be some kind of magic wand   They cost about twice as much as most others so they must somehow jump your skills to the next level right? Well, I am here to say that I have tried pretty much everybody's brand of markers and none of them make me draw any better  I like the Copics because I can refill them, but heck, I refill the other brands I've tried as well.
I have an older set of Touch markers that I like a lot, Prismacolor markers have nice smooth flow and blend well. Dick Blick's own brand of alcohol markers work fine too.
 When I first dipped my toe in the marker pool, I saved some $ by buying a limited range of Copic cool gray markers, not an entire set of twelve.  I bought every other value; 0,2,4,6,8 and this served me well for a loooooong time. If you are new to drawing with markers I think that starting off with grays is a good way to go rather than getting bogged down with color before you have figgered out how to handle them.
I hate to see artists holding off "till they can afford Copics", but I have heard that time and again. I would suggest you just grab a name brand alcohol based marker and get started and have fun ;)
Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Chisel Tip and Fine Tip Art Markers, 12 Cool Grey Colored Markers (3622)
Sanford(R) Prismacolor(R) Professional Art Markers, Primary/ Secondary Colors, Set Of 12
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michael dooney
United States
I'm a freelance artist/toy designer so of course in my spare time I like to draw and paint ;)

Current Residence: New England, Earth
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Favourite genre of music: Chick singers mostly
Favourite photographer: Peter Gowland
Favourite style of art: Brushy realism
Operating System: It's all about the Mac Baby
MP3 player of choice: teeny tiny ipod shuffle
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: Think of many things, do one! And a fave by Edison, I never did anything worth doing by accident!

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NarutoFan513 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome artwork, and I just cannot get my eyes off of them, and I keep browsing. :)

Happy New year!!! :D :D :D
KodyBoy555 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you do requests and art trades?
Troubleseeker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Happy belated Birthday my friend.

the-kid36 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday :D
theaven Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday 
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