My New Website

I have a new website at, bookmark my new site. This website will be left online currently to help direct everyone to my new site, and this blog will no longer be updated.

I offer articles, tutorials, commission – services, links to my artwork, and more at I have several new articles and tutorials there (including everything from here), plus a whole new look.



Still Around

Just a simple note that I have been busy working freelance and other projects. After several job interviews and countless job applications looking for steady work since college I forgot all about my website.

I did abandon my webcomic project for now, as I did not have the time I wanted to devote to it. I think the story was great, but I have to retool my characters before I do anything with it in the future.

I have some new plans and perhaps a redesign of this site to do soon.

Welcome to Vaporsoup

** I have a new website at, bookmark my new site. This website will be left online currently to help direct everyone to my new site, and this will no longer be updated. **

This is the blog of myself, Thomas Cosby Jr, and my main website featuring my work as an illustrator, graphic designer, artist, and cartoonist / comic author. From this main site I also have others that branch off in specific areas – such as my portfolio at Behance and my comics at I can also be found at deviantART, Twitter, and Facebook.

My designs and illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, websites, and other printed material. Visit my Design Services to put my skills to work for your project.

Pen and Ink Storage

This article has some tips in regards with what to do with your pen and ink supplies (dip pens, nibs, brushes, and ink) when they are not in use. Some of the information is obvious, and the rest is from my personal experience. If nothing else hopefully the information will help you better organize your pen and ink material.

Most of the article can be summed up by simply getting yourself a small plastic toolbox to hold everything. My pen and ink toolbox is in the image below and only cost me a $1 at a local DollarTree store. I have packed it around my time at college, the trips walking to/from home/college, and also for working at various other places. I can not recommend a toolbox enough. More

Dip Pen Anatomy

Knowing the parts/anatomy of a dip pen can be a big help, especially when you are looking for help on specific topic. I have created two different images so all the parts can be shown easier. More

Freelance Work Online

Working freelance online can be very challenging to those new to the process. One of the best ways to start design work is getting involved in freelance bidding websites. These sites allow you to build your portfolio, get real experience, and some money in the process – and if done correctly can lead to full-time work. More

Howto: Clean Pen Nibs

Pen nib cleaning

If you use dip pens, brushes, or anything else for pen and ink work you know how hard it is to remove dried ink. I have several tips on cleaning pen nibs and a great recipe that can easily remove dried ink. More

Howto: Make Cork Dip Pens

Completed dip pens and brushes

How to instructions for turning a typical nib pen holder into a much more comfortable and customized tool. This is a great modification that will make extended writing/drawing more enjoyable, provides less hand fatigue, and offers better grip/control of the pen. More

Spec Work

What is it?

A growing problem to many industries is spec work. The problem includes graphic designers, illustrators, artists, photographers, writers, and others as well.

For those that do not know what spec work is, here is a short explanation – Spec work is work you do without charge hoping to be paid. A more involved explanation is provided from No!Spec – More

Ladybug Invasion

Ladybug Invasion

The yearly Ladybug invasion is well underway here. It seems to be a more common problem than in the past. Too bad the result of the comic strip isn’t like real life – as I’ve tried several times so far.

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