Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Continuing to work in Rebelle 3 because I enjoy the software so much. I like the heavy impasto look that the acrylic brush gives.
I've been working using a grisaille under painting also, in the case of the self portrait at left, a more direct alla prima method.
There are other programs with similar brushes and a similar effect, but Rebelle seems to be easier to use and the program itself not as expensive ($89.99).
Below is a video from my YouTube channel of the self portrait being painted.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
I painted a watercolor wash sketch in Rebelle 3 to just try out the brush. At the same time I started to use a grey scale underpainting in my digital work. I would then proceed to color the grey scale painting using the different blend modes in the layer editor. The blend modes I would use were either Overlay, Color, Multiply or a combination of the three. I would also use the Normal blend mode decreasing the opacity of the layer. The idea was to solve the drawing
and the values first then apply the color using the different blend modes. This will help not only to preserve the drawing and value structure underneath but it will also preserve the brush strokes and if I wanted to cover up anything I can adjust the opacity in the Normal blend mode to do so.
It occurred to me that I can preserve the unique qualities of the the watercolor brush tool in Rebelle in the same way.
The first version above was done in Rebelle. The other version was done in Auto desk sketchbook after I saved the original grey wash done in Rebelle as a TIFF image and opened it up in Sketchbook.
The last image is the original watercolor wash drawing done in Rebelle 3
Process videos can be found on my YouTube Channel here or my Patreon page by clicking here
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Once again I missed posting my lunch hour sketches on Friday.
Like before I took these sketches as far as I could in that hour lunch break. I don't go back into the drawing after that.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
I have been mostly using Autodesk Sketchbook to create digital pieces but there are a lot of great software available. I have two criteria when selecting a software- 1) It's inexpensive ( under $100. would qualify for me ) and 2) It's easy to use. The less complicated the better. I do use Photoshop but only now and then and it's such a good program I do find it necessary to have but I use these other software daily and I use them for my illustration work as well.
Rebelle is one of those programs that I enjoy using, and for some of its capabilities I enjoy using it a lot more than Sketchbook. Rebelle's watercolor brush is everything one can ask for in order to create a digital watercolor that looks like the real thing. It mimics the medium so well. The Acrylic brush and the pastel brush are almost equally as good and more than adequate. This best thing is for what it does it is not difficult to use. The cost of the program is $89.99 To upgrade from an earlier version is $39.99
Below are two videos I made for my YouTube Channel demonstrating the Acrylic and watercolor brushes.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018
It's been a little while since I posted a Friday sketch dump. This is just a collection of sketches I've done this week during my lunch hour at work.
Its so hard to find space to work now. When my children were younger it seemed as though my time went to them, now that they are teenagers they just seem to take up the small apartment we live in. But at least they are home. It's hard to grapple with the idea that one day the nest will be empty
Anyway, back to talking about art. It seems as though I have a little more time but less physical space, which is a bad combination.
At some point, soon, I'm going to have to figure this out because I don't want to be an artist someday I want to be one now. The computer has been a big help because it allows me to work digitally. But I really would like to work with real paint or ink or pencil. These lunch hour sketches are what I can manage for the moment.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
These are thumbnails that I create for my YouTube videos. I do these so that my videos would get noticed among the many videos it's surrounded by on YouTube. A title giving a brief description and the image of the finished artwork would hopefully draw peoples interest and they would then watch my video.
That's their function but they are also a lot of fun to do.
If any of these interest you the videos are available for viewing on my YouTube Channels.