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The request: Aurora, can you look at my gallery and give advice?
A: Unfortunately, probably not. Most of the time and in my free time I'm busy with creating own pictures. It keeps me very busy to
answer all the important questions about material and Co., and therefore I have little time to give commentaries on other images.

Q: May I take your pictures and customize them for my online portal sites? For example, as a background for facebook or twitter?
A: It all depends on the picture itself. Some artworks have a second author (photographer), who has provided me the reference, but don't want to see the final images outside of DeviantART. Therefore I can not give general permission and would say "rather not". :nod:

Q: How did you manage to enter to art school?
A: I had taken part of a course, where you can learn something about artist portfolios just before I made my application to the university. It is difficult to tell everything with words, but it is very important that the university committee sees not just images designed as school works in your folder (so the standard school program). All candidates will have similar images and it is better to stand out a little for getting a place. I had begun with my pictures about a year before the application.

Q: What brand of white ink do you usually use?
A: I usually use white China Ink from a brand called "Standardgraph".

Q: What brands do you use for your ink outlines?

I like to use brown or black ink by "Standardgraph - China ink" or "JAXink / ENCRE" for my outlines, when they have to be waterproof. I've to say I don't find much non waterproof brands these days. I also really love to paint with non waterproof inks too, but the only ones I found are from china and in black. If anyone knows non waterproof inks in brown or other colors, please tell me!!

Q: I'm a student and I have to study a select artist and I've chosen you. Tell me about your life as an artist. How you started and how you have gotten where you are now, etc...
A: That's really sweet of you. But I fear that I will not have the time to manage the project. As you may know it always takes a lot of time to answer all my messages and therefore the answer is not always immediate. I would ask you to read my FAQ carefully, if you want to have information about my career. This actually say anything important about me. I don't talk about the remaining private life to public.

Q: What specific type/brand of watercolour paper do you use?
A: Actually, I use a lot series of my favourite papers. I like to use "Britannia" from "Hahnemühle", rough or smooth does not matter, both are really great and they have 300g/m². I also use "D'Aqua", "Toscana" and "Allegretto" from "Hahnemühle". The "Montval" paper, the "Canson Studienaquarellblock" and the "1557" paper from "Canson" are my favorites of fine papers. For studies I have a "C À Grain Drawing" block from "Canson", but I also love to use inexpensive papers for exercises. Please do not buy too expensive blocks, if you make exercises. It releases a lot more to scribble on cheap paper. If you use water too, it should be as thick as possible, at least 200g/m².

Q: Any advice for scanning (my scanner doesn't pick up some strokes/colors)?
I had the same problem with my old scanner too and I still have problems to pick up fine strokes I did with gel pens, especially when I use metallic colors. :nod:
I sometimes use very strong colors, such as a flashy pink. The pink appears hardly after the scan. I use "Replace Color" then (I have CS4), select the color, and change the color saturation. In addition, I sometimes use the "Multiply" function (the upper layer with a low transparency) so that the bright scan shows a few more colors that were not visible at first.
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