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DIY Art Cart Makeover…

DIY Art Cart Tutorial by Joanna Baker
Hello Lovelies!! It’s almost spring which means it’s time for a studio refresh =) There’s nothing that inspires me to work more than having a clean, organized, and inviting studio space. And for awhile now I have been on the lookout for the perfect art cart that would hold all my most frequently used supplies for my illustration business…

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New Drawing Tutorial on YouTube!

It’s finally live! I’ve been promising drawing tutorials for a little while now on my Instagram and am happy to share my first step-by-step video about how I render glitter on my YouTube channel!

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All About the Art Supplies…

supplies4-joanna-bakerHappy Friday! Hope you had a great week and have fabulous plans for the weekend! I get a lot of comments on Instagram and questions via e-mail asking what materials I use to create my drawings. So for a fun Friday post, I thought I’d share all about my favorite supplies!


First up, the most important part… Copic Sketch markers. They are definitely my favorite brand and although I have Chartpak and Prismacolor markers too, I can achieve the best blending with Copics. Unfortunately they are also the most expensive =( but I think it’s worth it. The brush side on the sketch marker almost feels like painting! If you’re going to go for the Copics, be sure to pick up a colorless blender too. It helps blend colors together and can even dilute pigment if you make a little mistake or need to soften the color. My favorite Copics for skin tones are YR000 Silk, E50 Egg Shell, E51 Milky White, E31 Brick Beige, and E35 Chamois and for the perfect pout, R29 Lipstick Red and RV29 Crimson.


The second most important… paper. I’ve tried my fair share of papers and it’s really hard to find ones that don’t bleed and feather when the markers soak in. So far the best ones I’ve found are both by Canson. My go-to paper for originals is the Canson 150lb. Illustration “FanBoy” paper. I usually work on 9 x 12 size paper and then trim it down if I need to. It’s a smooth, acid-free, heavyweight paper and is nice and substantial for original pieces. For practicing and doing rough sketches I use Canson Marker Paper. It has a special coating on it that prevents bleed-through to the other side. You can really move the ink around on this paper which can be fun for blending but can also lead to muddy looking drawings. So experiment and have fun with it!


I use colored pencils and ink to do the outlines on all my drawings. I keep going back to Prismacolor pencils because I have my favorite colors for outlining, Black, 90% Cool Grey, and 70% Cool Grey. For highlights I use a white Prismacolor pencil and if crisp white is needed, either a white gouache and tiny paint brush or even a white gel pen for details. For really dark blacks, I sometimes use black Micron pens or Copic pens on outlining but this is used very sparingly.

That’s pretty much it! I hope this helps when choosing your own art supplies. It’s fun to try new things and experiment with new techniques. Happy sketching!

~Joanna <3


Birthdays, Features, and Mentions…

birthdaycake-joanna-bakerHappy April!! This past week has been super exciting for more reasons than one and I’m so happy to be able to share it all with you. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that a week ago today, I turned twenty-nine. That’s right, it’s the last official year of my twenties and I can’t believe I’m that much closer to thirty!! Yikes. According to my eight year old self, I should be married by now, have a house in the country and a horse in the backyard. Thankfully I can check at least one of those things off that list =) I had a moment last week where the realization of “thirty” caught me off guard. I gave it about five seconds of thought and then moved on… there’s too much to do to be worried about that one!


I had a great birthday and was lucky enough to soak up the morning sunshine while strolling through the floral district, get a glittered mani-pedi, meet with a client downtown, try my first ever doughnut from Dough (heaven), do a little window shopping, have birthday drinks at The Winslow and devour yummy birthday cake from Milk Bar. Life’s biggest moments are so much better when shared with friends!

There is some exciting shop news to be revealed shortly but in the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of Instagram mentions… march-april-press-joanna-baker

Copic markers are my go-to for all my illustrations and last night, Copic featured my floral eiffel tower illustration on their Instagram! My collection of Copics is one of my most prized possessions so I was excited to get mentioned on their feed. It’s about time I go to the art store and stock up on my favorites!

This morning I woke up to an Instagram mention from Bergdorf Goodman… the holy grail of fashion… who featured my Christian Louboutin shoe sketch on their Instagram account. So exciting!! I visited BG on Saturday and pretty much drooled over these amazing beauties… I knew they just had to be sketched =)

All the wonderful comments and support I’ve gotten on social media over the past couple of weeks have been amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to put work out there and wonder what happens to it…does anyone see it? Does it just sort of float off into the Instagram stratosphere? You are all so kind and those encouraging comments help get me through the inevitable times of doubt. Thank you so much, dear readers, and if you’d like to catch glimpses of my works in process, be sure to follow me on Instagram! xoxo

~Joanna <3