Friday, September 15, 2017

On Being Self Critical




In my new Friday YouTube video I discuss the importance of being self critical.

I do this as I work on a drawing in the Mischief application.

The video is below. If you like the video consider subscribing to my YouTube channel where you can view many more and can expect a new video every Friday.





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some Preliminary Work For An Illustration




I loved reading Tolkien's stories of Middle Earth. As a teen I saw that world come to life in the animated Lord of the Rings movie by Bakshi. Although looking back there was much lacking in that film to my teenage eyes it was nothing short of incredible.

After watching that movie I read all the Tolkien material I could find and to this day I remain a fan.


A little while a go I decided I wanted to illustrate a scene as a promotional illustration. I chose the scene when Merry and Pippin meet Tree Beard in Fangorn Forrest.

It remains a work in progress and hopefully I can get back to it soon. Here are some of the sketches I've made in preparation for the illustration.

















Friday, September 8, 2017

Forget About Style Worry About Improving Your Drawing Instead



My youngest son loves to draw but like all young (and old) artist he's frustrated with his efforts. He's not as good as he wants to be and he's hungrily searching for a distinctive style.

I made and posted this video on my YouTube channel sharing the discussion I had with him regarding this. Hopefully he will take it to heart.

After watching the video feel free to leave comments regarding your views on this. Would love to hear what artists are thinking.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday YouTube Video Digital Watercolor In Rebelle 2







My latest video was just posted on my YouTube channel showing how I painted the digital watercolor on the left. I used a software called Rebelle 2 that simulates watercolor brushes very accurately.


Just below the Rebelle watercolor is the same figure in a slightly different pose that I had done earlier using traditional watercolors.


The YouTube video is at the bottom. You can also link here to my channel where you can view other videos and subscribe.






Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Video ArtRage Self Portrait Using Pastel Brush




Recently I decided that I was going to post a new video every Friday on my YouTube channel.

This self portrait done in the digital painting application ArtRage is the subject of my latest video.

On my YouTube channel I like to explore different digital painting software. Mostly ones that are either low cost or free but all of good quality. I have subscriptions to higher end software but exploring the options that these other software shows that there are also cheaper yet powerful alternatives that you don't have to spend a lot of money on. They are also a good jumping in point for those who use traditional media and want to explore digital media.

At some point when I can afford some good recording equipment I will also introduce videos using traditional media.

Below is the video from my YouTube channel. You can also access my channel here and view more videos or subscribe to my channel if you have a YouTube account.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Watercolor Wash Drawings







Some wash drawings I completed on my lunch hour. I drew as careful a pencil drawing as I could for the one on the left and applied the wash on my lunch hour the next day.

In the next drawing I drew the figure on my way to work. He was a fellow train passenger sitting across from me who kept dozing off so I started drawing him. on my lunch hour I did the quick wash drawing based on the pencil sketch. 

The very bottom wash drawing was of my son who fell asleep across from me on a train ride headed back home from Brooklyn where we were visiting relatives. I took a snap shot of him on my phone and used that for reference.

I love doing these wash drawings because they are a very quick way of completing a sketch. Helpful when I don't have a lot of time.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

ArtRage Pastel Brush Painting and Video Demo


Decided to try the pastel brush in the ArtRage application. I really enjoyed it and am going to use this brush again.

Below is a video I posted on my YouTube channel of the painting in progress.

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