I remember that whenever I went to the art studios artists would always ask me what I had in the black laptop shoulder bag. The fun thing about this was that nobody had a clue as to what was actually in the bag because I was always brief when I explained it to them, until now.
Rochester Art Supply saved me time and frustration
At the time I was deeply involved in creating portrait and figure art using markers to create comic style art. The type of supplies that I was using was both very unique and specific to my needs and I had to buy from a certain place because I couldn’t find them anywhere else. Just like many artists that came before me I searched all over to find the supplies that I needed just to come home from multiple craft and office supply stores extremely frustrated.
Originally I was using regular drawing paper to sketch and finish with markers but the problem is that the ink would go right through the paper causing an uneven and blotchy looking finished drawing. What I needed was thicker and higher quality paper that absorbed the marker much better than what I was using. After searching for an extanded amount of time I finally discovered Canson art Poster Boards. This poster board was much higher quality than what I was using and way thicker. The marker never bled through it and there was no more blotches. Color looked much sharper and consistent on this poster board and no longer did I have to look at blotches.
Still I was not satisfied because I knew that the color could look much more brighter and sharper. The problem was that I was using the wrong type of markers. First I tried some from Staples but they were more suited for writing than drawing and coloring. Then I tried some made for the purpose from Walmart but they look horrible when dried. Again I went back to the store that I bought the comic poster board from and tried a brand made by Copic. All the reviews said that they were preferred by proffessionals in the design and art fields. As soon as the ink touched the comic poster board it looked very vibrant and smooth. The only problem was that they were expensive because you were suppose to refill them after they were empty but I didn’t want to due to the fact it was a messy job. I finally found other brands that were just as good but cheaper because there was no need to fill them up after they ran out of ink.
Over time I did add more items to my arsenal such as a compas for drawing circles and pencials and mechanical erasers in order to draw my layouts before tracing them with ink and coloring them in with the markers.
Rochester Art Supply truly caters to the local artists
Now you may be asking where did I find all of this great stuff to create all this amazing comic style art. The answer is Rochester Art Supply at 150 Main Street in Downtown Rochester, NY. This store was highly rated by many artists that I talked to. Upon entering the store you are greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff. They have so much stuff that it’s hard to know where to start but if you tell them what you’re looking for you will get directed immediately to where its located and will even be given advice if you ask for it. You can tell that they are all artists themselves and know exactly what they are talking about.
Rochester Art Supply carries the most hard to find items
Rochester Art Supply has supplies that nobody else sells and even though many artists complain about the higher prices I think that they are justified. When I was shopping at other places the prices were cheaper but the quality of the stuff was complete garbage making the value for your money way less. At Rochester Art Supply you get way more product for what you pay and you also don’t have to run all over the city to find what you want because they have stuff that you never even knew existed. I’ve bought unique stuff there such as a wooden hand, paint markers and of course comic art poster board.
They also sell great paint if you’re into painting seeing that they also bought a paint company a while back. You can find this on their second floor and if you cannot find exactly what you want they can mix different paint to create the color you’re looking for.
Rochester Art Supply has the best customer service
I also have to mention how great the customer service is. One time I was looking for a few items that they didn’t stock but was directed to a place just down the street that sold specifically what I was looking for. I was told to mention the person that sent me there and told to explain what I was searching for and within no time it was sitting right in front of me. This shows that Rochester Art Supply is not just interested in taking you’re money. They truly care about helping their customers and are out to make profits by serving their customers causing them to want to come back.
As far is I’m concerned this is the best art supply store in the city of Rochester and I’d highly recommend them to anybody.
And don’t forget that if you cannot physically make it to the store in person you can always order what you want from their online store at FineArtStore.com
Thank you for following along this true story and as always I hope you enjoyed it.