Punching Pandas | Thoughts
Welcome to the art website of Nolen Lee, creator of the Punching Pandas.
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I have a hard time relaxing. I wear a nightguard when I sleep.  I enjoy painful deep-tissue massages. My brow is naturally furrowed. When I'm at the beach, I'm constantly checking to make sure I have enough sunscreen to cover my pasty body, and when I lie down, I keep an eye open for anyone looking to steal my belongings....

Sometimes I'm asked, "What pen do you use?" or "What kind of pencil is that?"  or "What kind of tablet do you like?" I've been asked about my art supplies so much now, that I think it's helpful to provide a blog post about the topic. Before I go into my art supplies, I need to say that it doesn't matter what tool an artist uses, it's the artist behind the tool that matters. While working with good art tools is nice, it's the artist's fundamentals that provide the foundation for great art. It would be too long of a post to talk about all of my art supplies. So for now, I'll show what art supplies I use for my inkwork and for when I sketch on the go. I also provided links below to each item in case you're interested in finding them for yourself.
Recently I had someone ask me how I got back into art after taking a break from drawing for six years while studying engineering. I told him in general terms to develop a habit of drawing a lot and that over time his skills would improve. But just drawing for it's own sake can be boring after a while, so I also add that it would help to set some mini-goals for motivation. That's where art challenges come in.