Art supplies

General / 26 May 2021

Watercolors:

  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 color set 
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors 

Alcohol markers:

  • Copic 
  • Ohuhu
  • Kurecolor

Brushes:

  • Princeton 
  • Himi 
  • Craftamo

Pens:

  • Copic multiliners 
  • Unipin fineliners 
  • Tombow Fudenosuke pen soft 
  • Pentel Pocket brush pen  
  • Kuretake brush pen

Sketchbooks:

  • Moleskine Art Collection size A5
  • Etchr Lab hot press watercolor sketchbook size A4 
  • Artgecko freestyle (for Poscas) 
  • Royal Talens Art Creation

Gouache:

  • Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache 
  • Miya Himi jelly gouache 
  • Holbein Acryla Gouache

Inks:

  • Ecoline 
  • Winsor & Newton

About

General / 21 May 2021

Gretel Lusky is an illustrator and comic book artist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began her career in the animation industry both as character designer and visual development artist for 2D and 3D animated shorts, tv series and feature films. In 2019, she decided to pursue her true passion: drawing comics.

Gretel's most recent publications include DC Comics’ Primer, DC Flash Facts and IDW Publishing's Marvel Action: Chillers, she also worked as cover artist for IDW's Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1, Marvel Action: Avengers and Titan Comics' Life is Strange: Coming Home. She has also worked on projects for clients including 3dtotal Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Fantasy Flight Games, Lucasfilm, ImagineFX Magazine, Wacom, Ablaze Publishing, Upper Deck, AZ Editora, Mundoloco CGI Animation Studios and Mcfly Studio,

Her art has been featured in advertising campaigns for Netflix and Paramount Pictures while she also collaborated with many creative brands and companies such as Warner Bros, Kuretake, XP-Pen, Etchr Lab, Craftamo, Ohuhu, Stationery Island, Spectrum Noir and Huion, among others.

Between freelancing, she loves to work on her personal art, creating whimsical stories and colorful illustrations often inspired in nature, maritime imagery and fantasy characters. She's also extremely passionate about dogs and traveling.

For work inquiries or questions, please reach out via e-mail at: gretellusky@gmail.com or use this contact form.

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Clients and partners

Publications

2021:

  • Cover artist: Marvel Action Avengers #1 (IDW Publishing)
  • Cover artist: Life is Strange Coming Home #4 (Titan Comics)
  • Cover artist: Life is Strange Coming Home #3 (Titan Comics) 
  • Cover artist: Life is Strange Coming Home #2 (Titan Comics) 
  • Cover artist: Life is Strange Coming Home #1 (Titan Comics)
  • Cover artist: Marvel Action Captain Marvel #1 (IDW Publishing)
  • Comic/ Cover artist: Marvel Action Chillers #4 (IDW Publishing)
  • Comic/ Cover artist: Etta Invincible (Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin)
  • Comic artist: Home Sweet Space, Flash Facts (DC Comics)
  • Illustrator: ImagineFX August 2021 Issue 202
  • Illustrator: Character Design Collection: Heroines (3dtotal Publishing)

2020:

  • Comic/ Cover artist: Marvel Action Chillers #3 (IDW Publishing)
  • Comic/ Cover artist: Marvel Action Chillers #2 (IDW Publishing)
  • Comic/ Cover artist: Marvel Action Chillers #1 (IDW Publishing)
  • Comic/ Cover artist: Primer (DC Comics)
  • Illustrator: Marvel Annual (Upper Deck)

2018:

  • Cover artist: Aquelarre Susurros del Tiempo (Thelema Editorial)
  • Cover artist: Glezke #1 (UMC Ediciones)

2017:

  • Cover artist: 7 Días para Elizabeth Schumann (Thelema Editorial)
  • Cover artist: Aquelarre la Isla en el Aire (Thelema Editorial) 
  • Cover artist: Aquelarre la Isla de la Tierra (Thelema Editorial)
  • Cover artist: Aquelarre la Isla del Fuego (Thelema Editorial)
  • Illustrator: Ana despierta (AZ Editora)
  • Illustrator: Macarena Macanuda (Sigmar)

2016:

  • Illustrator: Insensato (Ediciones Invisibles)

Features & press

 Social Media 

Instagram (570k followers) // Facebook (125k followers) // Twitter (9.4k followers) 

Youtube (18.3k followers) // Tik Tok (329k followers)

  

✦ Frequently Asked Questions ✦

General / 30 May 2020
  • ARE YOU TAKING COMMISSIONS?

    For the moment I'm only open to new clients for commercial work or brand collaborations. I might take a couple of personal commissions once in a while in very special occasions; I announce when open some slots on my Instagram page!

  • WHAT DO YOU USE FOR DIGITAL ART?

    For my digital paintings, I use Procreate on an Ipad Pro 11 or Photoshop CC on a Wacom Cintiq 22 display.

  • WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE FOR YOUR TRADITIONAL ART?

    I'm a huge fan of mixed media and I enjoy creating with whatever I can get my hands on. These days I love mixing together watercolors, alcohol markers and gouache mostly and sometimes I also like to work digitally on top of my traditional works. I get asked a lot about which brands of supplies I like the most, so I made a list here!
  • WHAT KIND OF SKETCHBOOK DO YOU USE?

    I use a Moleskine Art Collection sketchbook 111lb acid-free paper, size A5. If I'm not drawing in my sketchbook, I like to use Fabriano mixed media paper or Strathmore Vision watercolor paper.

  • WHY DO YOU SKETCH WITH A RED PENCIL?

    I get this question a lot! My favorite pencil for sketching is the Prismacolor Col-Erase scarlet red, and I use it basically because it doesn't smudge all over the paper like graphite does and it also adds a really nice warm undertone to the inks.

  • WHAT DO YOU USE FOR PRINTING YOUR WORK?

    I have an Epson Ecotank L805 photo printer. As for the paper, I'm still figuring out which options are the best for me, so far I'm enjoying premium photo paper with any kind of texture :D

  • WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR BOOKS?

    At the moment I'm not managing myself a shop because international shipping costs are considerably higher here in Argentina and unfortunately that is beyond my control. The only way to buy my books or the stickers/pins I made is at conventions. However, you can still purchase Art prints here or find various products with my designs here.

  • WHAT BRUSHES DO YOU USE FOR PROCREATE?

    Most of the time, I use the 6B pencil for sketching, the Dry ink brush for inking and sometimes the Watercolor Maxpack by Max Ulichney for painting. I love to add a lot of texture to my digital work so I always find myself playing around and trying out different things!

  • HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR CAREER?

    Growing up with 90's cartoons and comics made me fall in love with drawing and creating stories. I'm mostly self-taught, though I took some classes to learn anatomy and painting when I was very young. I started to send my portfolio to editorials and working on commissions while trying to attend to classes and workshops to meet people as passionate for art as me. Surrounding yourself with the right people is very important! I got my first big job in animation while I was studying Visual Arts, and I haven't stopped since then. Keep in mind big opportunities almost never happen because of hard work only, but having the luck of the right people seeing that work, so don't be afraid to put your work out there!
  • WHAT ARTISTS OR GENRES INSPIRE YOU?

    My early inspirations were cartoons and comics such as Teen Titans 2003 series, W.I.T.C.H. and Winx Club. l used to watch Cartoon Network and Disney movies almost religiously so that had a huge influence on me when I was a child and was definitely the spark that started it all. There're many artists that shaped my art style throughout the years as well, like Alessandro Barbucci, Chiara Bautista, Todd Nauck, Brianne Drouhard and Sibylline Meynet, to name a few! I honestly don’t know if my art would fit a genre in particular; I feel my influences are all over the place, but I think what they have in common is many of the themes I'm interested in, anything that evokes a mythical feeling—most times related to the sea. I love to create illustrations that explore fantasy characters, bright colors, nature and hidden messages. I also get a lot of inspiration from marine life, medieval fantasy, epic adventure stories, knights, fashion, poetry and manyyy more.
  • HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR ART STYLE?

    An art style is a combination of all the things you like, your perception of the world and the influences that you've been absorbing, learning and incorporating to your art throughout the years and it's something that will come naturally to you with time if you just keep drawing. Try to figure out what kind of art you want to create, build the knowledge and fundamentals and look for different sources from which you can learn and feel inspired. Don't stress about it, your skills and also your taste will evolve and change constantly over time, so focus on creating and having fun. You'll eventually have a recognizable way of drawing and you'll be doing things in your own way, promise!

  • WHAT IS PATREON?

    Patreon is a platform to support your favorite artists to keep doing what they love and receive some cool rewards in return! I've decided to open my Patreon in April of 2020 and I'm forever grateful for the support I've been receiving. In my page you'll find detailed step by steps of my digital and traditional works, insight of my process, favorite art supplies, Photoshop brushes, Patreon-exclusive videos and much more. I do my best to post new interesting content each week and share my daily life/experience as a freelance artist!

  • HOW MUCH IS A PATREON SUBSCRIPTION?

    I currently have two tiers of $1 or $5 per month.

  • CAN I REPOST YOUR WORK?

    No, sorry. I used to be very permissive with my art which led to couple of negative past experiences I had so nowadays I try to avoid people reposting my art as much as possible, even if it's credited (which should always be, no matter what) but above all I won't allow people cropping my art, deleting my watermark or editing it in any way.

  • CAN I USE  YOUR ART AS REFERENCE?

    Yes, but please be mindful on how you use other artist's work. You should never copy anybody's ideas or become a carbon copy of your favorite artist. The best way to avoid this and truly grow as an artist is making sure your inspiration comes from various different sources, including the world around you. If you think you're referencing someone maybe a little too much, you should always credit them. Also, do not trace anybody's work, never. Not only it's super obvious and frustrating for us artists when someone is tracing our work but it also does absolutely nothing for you, you're certainly not improving your craft.

  • CAN I GET A TATTOO OF YOUR ART?

    Sure thing! I love when people get tattoos of my art, especially my mermaids. Please try to find a tattoo artist that respects my original design and I'd love to see it once you get it done! :)

  • CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO DRAW.....?

    I honestly don't consider myself very good at teaching and right now I want to focus on creating other kind of content, hope you understand. But I usually share plenty of  tips and insights of my process on my YouTube videos and Instagram, so I recommend you checking those out if you want to learn a bit more about my art process. I also do exclusive voice-over content for my Patrons from time to time about any subject of their choosing. Last months were about how I use layers on Procreate and adding weight to your lines when inking!

  • WHERE ELSE CAN I FOLLOW YOU ONLINE?

    You can find all my social media links here.