Monday, October 5, 2015

InkTober 2015

All though InkTober has been going on for sometime this is the first year I've heard of it. Thanks to posts on social media by artist friends eagerly anticipating the start of the month of October I was able to learn about it.

Started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker InkTober is a month long commitment to draw in pen and ink everyday and post the drawings online via blog or social media with the hashtag #InkTober. It is an event in which artist from all over the world participate in.

I am having a great deal of fun making these drawings and keeping with the schedule of posting them everyday on my Facebook page.

Pen and ink was a favorite medium as a kid. At first I was trying to imitate the drawings I saw in comics, especially the drawings of John Buscema inked by Alfredo Alcala in Savage Sword of Conan for Marvel Comics. Other artist influences followed like Bernie Wrightson and several of the artist from the Warren Magazines. Then I discovered the pen and ink artist of the past like Franklin Booth, Charles Dana Gibson, Joseph Clement Coll,etc.

Although I don't use the medium as often as I used to It is still one that I love to this day.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Warm Up Sketches

There are lots of warm up sketches that I make in-between deciding what to do next. Some are really silly, some are pretty bad and some become a little bit more involved then intended but all are fun, not taken seriously. Pretty much they were done to keep my hand moving and my mind thinking. I obviously used reference on the sketch of Captain Kirk..

All of these were done in Sketchbook Pro because its pretty easy to sit in front of my monitor and just start to sketch- no set up, no clean up.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Digital Painting Civil War Scene

One day I am going to be able to afford a 21 inch screen Cintiq tablet. Until then I will have to struggle with the 12 inch screen that I work with. The great advantage to the Cintiq is that you can draw right unto your monitor with the pen that comes with the tablet. But it becomes a challenge for me to zoom in and out of the image to work on the details. I would rather look at the whole image at once as much as possible. This is not such a problem when doing portraits or sketching but when I work on a piece with several figures in an environment it becomes a bit more difficult. Not impossible but annoying.

I have for the most part avoided anything to complicated in my digital work for this reason. Then I get the urge to want to do a bit more. I could work the painting out with oil or gouache (might still do that) but that is a matter of time and space and both are in short supply at the present.

So I tackled this Civil War painting on my little Cintiq. The painting came about as a result of spending some hours watching Ken Burns Civil War documentary and reading the novel 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara.

The following images show the progression from the beginning, middle and end stages but all in all there were about 23 different sessions on the computer as I worked on the painting as time permitted. I include also a time lapse video showing the work at the end of each stage,


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Having Some Fun With Self Portraits

The self portrait does not always have to be introspective, it can be fun and silly. It can be serious or a caricature and either way you can always learn from doing one.


John Singer Sargent
Rembrandt made many self portraits showing some kind of emotion or posed as some sort of character as in the etching of a beggar.

 The painter John Singer Sargent also painted a wonderfully simple caricature self portrait onto an wooden cigar box lid.

I decided to have some fun with doing a few self portraits myself. I painted myself as a pirate Top,left), as a cowboy and I also did a quick cartoon self portrait. All in fun and all for practice. They were done in Sketchbook Pro. Included below is a video I posted on my YouTube Channel showing the process of painting the Pirate Self Portrait.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Works In Progress

Every now and then I leave a trail of unfinished work that I try to make time to get back to. Although it's annoying to not finish what I started it's a better problem than not working at all either because I have no clue what to do next or there are too many of life's distraction preventing me from working.
I would still like to bring these things to completion though and not finishing is a bad habit to have.

The following are some works in progress which I hope to finish by the end of this month.

These were started in ArtRage, except for the Civil War painting which was done in Sketchbook Pro.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Quotes On Imagination

I believe that one's imagination is feed by drawing and painting from life. In that way you retain a memory of images to draw from of the variety of shapes in nature and attitudes of people and a ton more stuff to consider. Imagination is different from memory, a modern day person would have an impossible time remembering what it was like to experience the events at Bunker Hill.

I am posting some images from my sketchbook that were drawn from imagination as well as some quotes about imagination by artist and other well known persons.

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”    Albert Einstein

When being praised for a painting he had just finished, the artist, James Fitzgerald said, 'You should have seen it in my mind.'   Guy Corriero

"A picture is first of all a product of the imagination of the artist; it must never be a copy".   Edgar Degas

"A person without imagination is like a teabag without hot water."   Alan Fletcher

"There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth."    Jean Giraudoux

"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model." 
    Vincent van Gogh

"Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of source of their wonders."     Francisco de Goya

"An artist who has no imagination is a mechanic."     Robert Henri

"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination."     Edward Hopper

"It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more."      Edouard Manet

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."      Michelangelo

-on painting July Sunset...
"This is not an actual scene, I made it all up... I drew it from my imagination rightside up, then painted it upside down, then corrected it rightside up to make it believable. It's all about the mood."          C. W. Mundy

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere."           Carl Sagan

Monday, August 10, 2015

Digital Watercolor

 I am enjoying using the Rebelle Software to paint digital watercolors. The painting at left was done over the weekend and I also posted a YouTube video below explaining how it was done using this software.

I still use Sketchbook Pro and am also learning other software. What I like about Rebelle that is unique is the way its watercolor brush mimics real watercolor.