Jill Bliss: This Is How We Do It

Posted on Feb 9th, 2009 by Command Save


Original Drawing for the Floral Leaves Datebook, by Jill Bliss

We welcome Jill Bliss as our latest This Is How We Do It installment. Jill visited my 210 illustration class a few weeks ago and also spent time with other PSU classes. She was lovely and amazing and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we can snag her to teach a class or two.  Please check out her website and also read an interview with her over at My Love For You Is a Stampede of Horses (one of my favorite blogs).

On to a list of Jill's favorite tools!

uniball deluxe micro for black lines, zig archival pens for colored lines. i feel naked and anxious if i don't have a pen on me at all times, it's one of the reasons i carry a bag.

sketchbook and/or blank paper.
the other reason i carry a bag. again, naked and anxious without it!

where would i be without the ability to scan my drawings?!

wacom tablet.
although i have gotten pretty good at drawing simple lines with my right hand [i'm left-handed] and the thumb pad, the wacom makes it soooo much easier to fill in details on my scanned drawings.

especially the magic wand, cut, copy, paste, color overlay, and paint bucket tools.

fashion ruler.
you've seen it at the art store: clear plastic with a red grid. an indispensable tool from my fashion industry days. it makes math and measurements visible and understandable, so handy to see the things you're measuring through the ruler sometimes. each square on the ruler is 1/8." so, you want to cut 1/2 off a print? lay the ruler over the print so that 4 squares overlap your print and line up with the existing edge, and cut. voila! no need for t-squares or taking measurements and drawing little lines to line up your ruler with before you cut. they even make these rulers with a metal edge to make cutting lines a snap! 

fabric and paper.
some of it is so beautiful or cute i want to eat it! but instead i'll make things from it.

industrial straight stitch sewing machine.
this baby will sew through just about anything without complaint. i'll never go back to a home sewing machine again!

industrial serger sewing machine.
ok, this isn't really essential but i love it enough to haul it around everywhere i move to. both industrial machines require me to hire movers, and it's worth every penny.

indispesible for making limited edition paper and fabric prints and products!

dual slide compound miter saw with laser.
this baby cuts small pieces of wood i use for art pieces and such. it can do 90, 45 or any other angle you want in a snap, and makes cuts up to 12" long. it also has a red laser beam that shows you where it's going to cut before you cut, ooooh! some day i'll get a table saw, but for now this little guy and a jig saw with a c-clamped ruler as straight edge guide do the trick in most cases. or i have the guys at the harware store cut down standard 4'x8' panels for me at 50 cents to $1 per cut.