Whats the Buzz- Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels Return!

Back by Popular Demand - Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels!

In today's issue of What's the Buzz, we decided to bring back a buzzworthy product from our first edition of What's the Buzz. We are bringing back the Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels. After our first article, we had lots of people check them out and let us know how much they loved them. We got so many new reviews and emails and comments, we had to share them with you. Seriously, if you have not tried these yet, you are missing out!


The quality of these handmade hand rolled soft pastels is incredible. Unlike most machine-made pastels, Gallery Soft Pastels are hand-rolled without the use of a binder. That means that these pastels are softer to the touch and can lay down more pigments with a smooth consistency over some chalky machine-made pastels. And look at how brilliant the pigments in these pastels can be!

The high quality hand-rolling, time it takes to make these, and lack of a binder make these pastels stand out among the rest. Now let's see what you all had to say about these now that you've had a chance to try them out.

"Since you wrote about them last time, I had to try these gallery pastels out. It's hard to describe the pastels because they don't feel like most pastels I've used in the past. When I draw with them, they hit the paper with much more consistency and go down with so much color. You wont waste time going back over what you've already drawn or space you've colored. I would definitely recommend these to a friend!"- Matth3w4te, Chicago, IL

"I really like the way that the soft pastels are used for layering and how they blend so smoothly together. With such diverse color choices in the sets available, I haven't switched mediums since I started with these. Pastels are my new favorites."- Wesley Welner, Denver, CO

"I had to try Mungyo pastels after not liking some others and reading your last article on them last week. These are great. OMG I love them!!!!"-Liona D, Detroit, MI

"As an art instructor, I take the word of Jerry's Artarama very seriously as one of the top authorities on art supplies. I thought after seeing the price listed for these pastels that they might not be as good as you said. Boy was I wrong! These pastels have surpassed any expectations I had. The quality and consistency of the Mungyo soft pastels makes them so much easier to work with. When you blend them, the colors and pigments mix well and come out so creamy. I will be instructing my classes to get these for sure."-Marsha Lynchburg, Seattle, WA

"Glides smoothly, great rich colours, good flow on various types of paper (Velour, sanded, pastel board)"-michaelht, MT

"I thought they might crumble easily, but they hold together very well. Even when I rubbed them down to the bottom from overuse, they didn't crumble. Great product. Good suggestion."-Sturgy420, Miami, FL

"Gallery pastels are the best product you can buy for the value you save!"-Patty Nedefens, Concord, MA

Thanks for all the reviews and comments. Glad you all liked Gallery Soft Pastels to take our word for them and try them for yourselves. For those that haven't tried them out yet, What are you waiting for? With Jerry's, right now you can save up to 67% off list price. With a deal like that, if you've ever thought about getting into pastel art, now is the time. And only with Jerry's Artarama will you find content like how to work with these Gallery Soft Pastels with famous artists like Dick Ensing:



Try Gallery Soft Pastels for youself and see what all the buzz is all about. And remember, we take your comments to heart here and will share them with you as much as we can to help Artists like you find the best tools and products on the market! So make sure and leave us some comments! See ya next time with more Whats the Buzz next week!


Karalyn and Company

The Perfect Sidekick for any Comic Artist

Greetings! Welcome to the blog of Karalyn and Company. This blog and its attendant articles are dedicated to specifically assisting artists who create artworks in the realms of Comics, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi art. This is a way to to help you reach your artistic and professional potential.

We will address aspects from creating art to the best ways of marketing your artworks. Here you will get tips from some of today's modern masters. Topics will be discussed that will aid you in your artistic journey. We will cover a wide variety of subject which include

  • art techniques using a broad variety of tools
  • tips on how to overcome artist's block
  • professionalism
  • mentors
  • convention tips
  • guerilla marketing
  • networking
  • and lots of technical information regarding supplies so that you can make informed decisions on what tools and products are best suited to your individual artistic needs.

Karalyn and our artist ambassadors have been attending conventions all over the country this year empowering artists by offering classes, sponsoring art contests, supporting charities near and dear to the comics' community such as the Hero Initiative which offers financial assistance to comic creators who need help with medical and/or financial assistance. We have also assisted Team Cul De Sac in raising money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Our ambassadors also distribute product samples and personalized collectable coupons which are only available from the artist ambassadors at the conventions they attend.

Our Current Cast of Characters:

      • Karalyn C. Johnson is a professional illustrator, sculptor, multimedia artist, guerrilla marketer, technical expert and technical consultant to the art supply industry. For years Karalyn has been instrumental in bringing artists together. She was the motivating force behind the DVD Adam Hughes: Drawing Good Girls available from Jerry's Artarama. Karalyn's artwork can be found both in museums in the USA and private collections worldwide. She is dedicated to escalating the public's perception of comic, fantasy and sci-fi art to the status of fine art.
      • Mark A. Nelson, the owner and artist of Grazing Dinosaur Press, Mark has always followed two paths as an artist and as an educator/teacher. He is well accomplished in the fantasy field, some of his credist include: TSR, Wizards of the Coast, and World of Warcraft. In comics he has been crucial in the instrumentation of the Harvey nominated "Aliens" comic with Mark Verheiden for Dark Horse, "Blood and Shadows", a comic for DC co created with Joe R. Landsdale, "Feud", a creator owned comic for Marvel co-created with Mike Baron, Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Heavy Metal DHP. Working in the field of video games, Mark was the Art Director and lead concept artist at Pi Studios and at Ravensoftware as senior concept artist. Some of the games include Star Wars: Jedi Knights and Star Trek: Elite Force.
      • Jamal Y. Igle is an award winning artist and writer. Best known for his run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, Jamal has been a professional jack of all trades for nearly 20 years drawing every title from Action Comics to Zatanna for DC Comics. A former comics retailer, editor for several small press companies including TV Comics, Airwave Comics and Destination Entertainment. Jamal is a former Junior Art Director and Marketing Representative in the advertising and publishing arenas. Jamal's clients have included Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Angel Prdouctions/ Simmons and CompanyDevils Due Studios, IDW Publishing, Walt Disney IncSony Television, CBS Television, Warner Bros., Consumer Products and Scholastic Entertainment. Jamal is the creator of Comics' MOLLY DANGER.

To kick off this new series of articles, Karalyn and Company would love to invite all New York Comic Con 2013 attendees to our very own Jamal Y. Igle's "Molly Danger" Comic Book Launch Party and Signing sponsored by Jerry's Artarama! Meet Jamal and learn the story of Molly Danger, the world's most powerful, Supermech fighting, evil stomping 10-year old. This event will take place on Saturday, October 12th, from 9pm to 12am EDT at JHU Comic Books (32 E 32nd St, New York, New York 10016). All proceeds from the event benefit the Hero's Initiative. We would love to see you there!



Can You Catch Banksy in NYC?

The Famous UK Street Artist is Tagging the Streets of NYC All Month!

In a rare excursion to the U.S., the famous street artist known as Banksy is hitting the streets of New York City and tagging city walls all over in a new project throughout the month of October. Best known from his first film Exit Through the Giftshop, Banksy is probably the United Kingdom's most famous and controversial graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter of the last decade. He is well known for his distinct stenciling technique, dark humor and contempt of the government's policy of graffiti as vandalism. 

Banksy has now taken his artistic skills to the streets of New York in a project called Better Out Than In, and with his newly formed Instagram account, he's sporadically tagging walls, and anything he can get his paint on, and sending his fans on a scavenger hunt through NYC to find all of his new tags. Here are some of his so far over the last few days:



The street is in play, Manhattan, Oct.1st.



Mural #2, Westside, Oct. 2nd



All I Ever Wanted Was a Shoulder to Crayon, Midtown, Oct 3rd.





Random graffiti given a Broadway makeover, Delancy, Brushwick, Williamsburg, Oct.4th


So, if you're in New York this month, keep on the lookout for the ever elusive Banksy and his artowrk and let us know if you find anymore of his work! We at Jerry's Artarama will definitely be on the lookout. 

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