Matt Gaser is a Spectrum award winning Illustrator/ Visual Development Artist living in Northern California.  He began his studies learning Illustration and Entertainment Design at Art Center College of Design.  During his tenure as a driven student he interned at Klasky Csupo as a Background/Prop Designer for the animated series Rugrats before completing his studies. After Graduation he worked in video games for six years concept designing on such titles as Eragon, and Lord of the Rings The Two Towers.

The Games industry eventually led him to an amazing opportunity working for Lucasfilm on the CG animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  After several years at Lucasfilm helping craft season 1&2, he decided to shift gears and in the fall of 2009 decided to embark, freelancing full- time out of his studio.  Some higher profile projects he’s been designing for in recent years include Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Feature film HOP, and a new undisclosed animated movie currently in development through Sony Pictures Animation.  His passion for making books has also led him to a two book deal with Chronicle Books, developing a fantasy adventure series geared towards children and young adults.

“I’ve been a fan of Sakura products since I was a kid!  I love Micron pens and use them as a concept designer creating characters and the worlds around them.  Sketching with these pens on marker paper helps my work flow.  Fleshing out ideas and using these drawings as inspiration for paintings and illustrations.”

www.mattgaser.com

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AuthorLeslie Crumpler
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Inktober had us completely amazed with all of the talented artists on Instagram sharing their work and posting on a daily basis.

Imagine our surprise when we started seeing a particularly specific homage to the Pigma Micron 01 pen tagged with #pigmainktober. The incredibly creative artwork featured Micron 01 as the subject of a whimsical series. Every day a new one would appear, each drawing more imaginative than the last. The wonderful artist behind the series is the very talented Italian illustrator Marianna Balducci. 

Now that Inktober is over, we have a wonderful compilation of Micron themed drawings, courtesy of Marianna! 

About the Artist
Marianna Balducci was born in 1985 in Rimini (Italy), graduated in fashion (2011, University of Bologna, Campus of Rimini), and is interested in learning one of the most innovative contemporary visual languages. She started working immediately after graduation as a freelance in communications, illustration and stopmotion video. She works with a specific focus on her city, often a source of inspiration of her projects. She’s the author of the stop motion video clip “Catalan” for the guitarist Dominic Miller. Her last works include the game-book “La Saraghina in gita” to introduce children to the city of Rimini. Recently she had a series of photographs “Temperini, pennini e schiacciapatate” exhibited in the Biennial of Drawing (Rimini, 12 April-8 June 2014).

www.mariannabalducci.it

Follow Marianna on Twitter: @MariannaBal

Instagram: @marymary_piccolafaccia


Thank you so much for sharing your work Marianna! It's wonderful to see you love Microns as much as we do. 

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AuthorLeslie Crumpler
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"I use Microns for the entire base drawing of all my work. I loosely sketch my illustrations in pencil and then ink everything in with 005 microns. I use them to outline patterns and for traditional pen and ink textures. I've found that the 005 does exactly what I want on Cold Pressed watercolor paper, sort of giving the appearance of an etching and allowing for variation in line without any bleeding.

Once I discovered Microns it was a total game changer. I love that you don't have to deal with tips clogging or messy refills. The fact that they are lightfast and archival is also really important to me because I want my art to be long-lasting. I've tried a bunch of other brands with similar products, but I've found Microns to have the finest and blackest line. They do exactly what I want them to- which is an amazing thing in an art supply! Honestly the only Sakura products I've tried are the Microns (and 005 black are my favorite). Besides pencils and acrylic inks I really don't use anything else.

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AuthorLeslie Crumpler
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