plaidcushion asked: Oooo, if we're sharing tips then may i suggest using a specialised glue bottle instead of a paintbrush? (on the middle right in post/45819538676). They look like tiny bottles with a pin and the end of a mechanical pencil stuck on them and they're amazing for precision gluing. Plus you don't have to clean glue out of any bristles! I found mine in among the scrapbooking supplies at the local art store :>
So that’s what those are! I’ve seen them numerous times when buying supplies, but never thought to take a closer look for some reason….probably because I assumed it was some sort of space-age contraption beyond my comprehension or something. In all seriousness though, I think it’s pretty obvious now that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Here’s me compared to you and all other remarkably talented artists:
You and Fiona Bearclaw……I can’t get over how amazingly nice you both are to share some tips with me!!!!!!!!! I can’t thank you enough Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going out today to find one!
twozee asked: Hi Cameron! I love your work!! Do you sell your pieces? I really love the Adventure Time ones you made. Also have you ever thought of trying to work in 3-D??
Hello and thank you! Yes, I do sell my pieces, but right now I’m just trying to prepare a full body of work so that I can have a good showing at ECCC next year (if it all works out), which is why the Adventure Time piece hasn’t been put in my store. I assume you’re talking about like a standalone 3D sculpture, which I have actually tried about 3 years ago:
It was a gift to my father about 3 years ago that was of the house I grew up in and was meant to mimic the house from Pixar’s UP (you can read more about it by clicking the pic or HERE. It was actually the second paper piece I ever did and it was absolutely brutal to make…….SOOOOOOOO MUCH MEASURING……………..who know’s though, I’ve really just started with this medium, so maybe someday my work will take me into that direction. Thanks for the question!
fionabearclaw asked: hey cameron! your stuff is fantastic. aside from gushing, i just was wondering if you knew about titanium coated blades. they're sharper and last a whole lot longer, unfortunately they're twice as expensive but it's possible to get a good deal on them. i can't go back to the plain steel blades anymore, i make lots of small papercuts too (post/35853112148/shadow-printmaking). a ph-neutral pva glue for bookmaking you might like too, elmers glue is the same thing except watered down + solvents.
Yeah, this is where being self taught and not knowing any other artists is a MAJOR disadvantage for me, because if you didn’t take time out of your day to contact me, I honestly would have never figured this out and most likely I’d be wasting lots and lots of money down the road on crappy steel blades that last me about 45 mins. I feel like and idiot now. YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ALREADY ORDERED SOME! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME OUT! And dear god your work is amazing…….
thegirlwhokickedherself asked: Hi Cameron, your art is amazing! As a practicing artist what tools do you use to make your art? It's unfathomable to me how you're able to create your pieces on such a small scale. I really loved seeing your Adventure Time collection, I'm a huge fan. Keep uploading more work!
Thank you bunches!!! I’ve answered this question a few times, but here is a picture of exactly what I use:
I use the paint brush to apply glue when the pieces are tiny…..which is 99% of the time. Also most people assume I use some sort of magnification device like a loupe, but all I do is get my peepers in as close as I can while I’m cutting. I like to keep things pretty darn simple. Thanks again for your kind words and for the question!
jenn336 asked: Amazing work!! I wish I had your patience to be able to complete something that small! Love the adventure time things!
Thank you so much! I honestly have zero patience though, which is fine because this is my entire creative process in a nutshell: