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  A* on Instagram for real this timeNov 18, 2015 7:19 AM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:You may have noticed that a cute little blue Instagram button made its way into the social media bar below the comic over the weekend. This is because I'm finally using my Instagram account regularly! (I finally found out about the value of using hash tags over there : p : D) So if you click this little guy
 
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you'll find my Instagram account (I'm @smbhax over there—easy, right? : D), and if you follow it you'll get not only high-res (even moreso—although it is cropped into a square shape—than the "large comic" version here on smbhax.com!) art from each new A* page as it goes up, but also, earlier in the day, a photo of the pencils that will *become* that watercolor art! Also other sketches and things that don't necessarily make it into this blog. Oh! And sketches for Patreon supporters more or less as I do them, rather than the weeks or months later that I get around to showing them in this blog—so it could be spoilers for you if you're one of those wonderful folks who gets sent a sketch each month, *but* you probably still won't know which one will show up at your door, so I guess the surprise isn't entirely spoiled anyhow.
 
For instance, here's a shrunk-down version of the high-res photo of today's pencils that went up earlier today on my Instagram, at twice the resolution you see here:
 
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And not least importantly, you can click the little heart icon on the pictures I post there that you like, which is a great way to encourage me to draw more of what you do like. ^_^
 
I've been finding too that there are tons and tons of other artists on Instagram; I started out looking mostly at watercolor painters and comic illustrators, but somewhat to my surprise, I've found that most of the stuff I'm most drawn to falls under the heading of fashion illustration—illustrators like David Downton (I mentioned him in my Drawing Tips blog post just over two years ago—and I still stand by what I wrote there, including also: "the most important drawing tools are time, an eraser, and sheer stubbornness" : ) and Anna Halarewicz can summon forth a unique character with what often *seems* like just a few lines and splashes of color; although I suppose they're mostly working from models or photographs of models, they aren't just copying photos (also very popular on Instagram), but thoroughly reinterpreting their subject in abstracted and expressive form; they can do a lot with a little, which I think would be a good trick, if I could learn it. Plus it just so happens that they work largely in watercolor! So I find that stuff very helpful and inspiring, along with the work of other artists you'll find in my "Following" list over there.
 
 
 
 
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