Tuesday, September 10, 2019

WIP and 45 Minute Sketch

Spending a longer time doing these gouache paintings in my sketchbook. Initially I started doing this with the idea of just getting done what I can within that lunch hour. Now I work on something over a period of days until I am satisfied with the finish painting. I either continue on it the next day or take it home and work on it.

The painting on the left is something I've been working on for some time now, I think going on three days and I am still not finished. The one underneath it is one that I did in forty five minutes.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Digital Figure Sketches

It's been a busy holiday weekend. Celebrating a 22nd Wedding Anniversary I took my wife out to eat on the night of and then we went out to celebrate with the children the very next day.

I still managed to find the time to do a number of digital figure sketches and some gouache sketches as well.

The images I am posting here are the digital figure sketches I made on Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Gouache Portrait Sketch


It took me five one hour sessions to finish this gouache painting in my Sketchbook. I took a scan of the painting after each session to show the progress and also to evaluate my approach. Looking back I think that I still need to be more deliberate in the first stages. That is to say instead of just covering the page with an approximate drawing and approximate color I need to more carefully consider what I want the end result to be or make up my mind about what I'm trying to accomplish. For one thing I wasn't sure how I was going to fit that yellow pole on the left side of the painting and even now I'm not sure if I should have included it at all.

What I should have done was a quick preliminary sketch where I would've worked all this out. But then again this is my sketchbook and as such it was never meant to be more than a sketch. There's a lot about this I am happy about though, so all in all it was time well spent working on this.

The order of the progression is from left to right.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Drawing In Pencil

Found myself doing quite a bit of Pencil drawing recently. For a while when I draw I would more often than not reach for a stylus and start drawing on my tablet. I find that I prefer drawing and painting with traditional media. Nothing is wrong with digital, this is just my preference. I enjoy the experience of drawing or painting more when I use actual paint and graphite.

I am posting here some of the drawings I've done this past month. I also completed a video tutorial on drawing the male head in pencil which is available on Gumroad. The cost of the video is $12. Click on the link below to purchase the video

Gumroad   Drawing The Male Head In Pencil

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sketching With Watercolor Pencils

Been a little while since I posted something. Life has been so busy. I started teaching a painting class on Saturday's. I am continuing to work on My YouTube Channel and my Patreon site as well as continue to work my 9 to 5.

Most of all I continue to work everyday on a drawing or painting. The best thing I've done as far as art is concerned is to stay committed to that hour lunch session where I work in whatever medium I choose. Some days I go home and do a bit more work. I also may work on one piece for a couple of lunch sessions.

The drawing on the left is a recent one that I did in two sessions. Watch the video below in which I work and discuss this drawing done in watercolor pencils.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Pencil Portrait and Video

For sometime I have been doing gouache sketches on my lunch hour at work. Just recently I decided to change things up and do a pencil drawing and record my progress.

I was really unprepared to do the type of drawing I did with the materials at hand, a couple of mechanical pencils and my sketchpad. Some wooden pencil would have been better and I might have finished the drawing in one lunch hour instead of two (could've been two and a half). The drawing is what I felt like doing that day so that's what I did.

I edited the videos I created and posted it on Gumroad as a real time tutorial in two parts. The video bellow is a condensed version of the tutorial.

The video is available for purchase on Gumroad  https://gumroad.com/l/XWOac
Or you can view it as a Patreon member at the $3. tier   https://www.patreon.com/gilrobles

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Digital Pastel Painting

Back on Rebelle again.
This software produces the most satisfying images because the look is so much closer to traditional media than any of the other software I've used. While there are other software that successfully mimic traditional media Rebelle manages to do so with a minimal amount of adjustment to brush properties or any technical stuff. It not only looks like traditional media it's almost as intuitive as picking up a brush or stick of pastel and painting with it. Almost. It is still software after all but with a not too steep a learning curve.

Below is a video I posted on YouTube in which I create the image posted on top of this page.

Links referred to in the video:
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gilrobles
Gumroad:   https://gumroad.com/robles