Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Sketch Dump

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

You Tube Thumbnails For Videos

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.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Digital Painting Video Available On Gumroad and Patreon

In this video I show you the method I use to create a digital portrait.I explain the tools that I use- brushes, layer editor, blend modes and tablets. I also explain how I use reference to create my image. I take you from sketch to my color study and grey scale painting to the final image.I am using Autodesk Sketchbook but the method I use is applicable to just about any digital painting program.

It is available on Gumroad for $10. to download or $2. to rent.

It is also available for viewing for my Patrons on my Patreon site.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Digital Portrait Video Tutorial Coming Soon

I have just put together a video where I demonstrate the process I use to paint a digital portrait. The subject of the portrait is myself as an old pirate.

In the video I explain how I use reference and also the tools that I use ( brushes, layer editor ). I will show you how to set up the file before you begin painting and take you through the steps from the initial drawing, value painting, color sketch and the finished painting.

The painting was done in Autodesk Sketchbook which can be downloaded from their website for free. However, the method I use in the video can be applied to most digital painting programs.

The video bundle will be available on Gumroad  June 2, 2018. The cost for the videos (There are several videos included in the package) will be $10. for the set, however if you are a Patron on my Patreon site you will be able to view them on any tier level from $1. to $6.

Autodesk Sketchbook

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How I Get Past Feeling Frustrated About My Work

I did the painting at left just for fun. I've been working on several things at once and felt like I needed to do something that would just be fun and not frustrating.

It's easy to get discouraged when I'm working and nothing seems to be coming out right and I'm more aware of my shortcomings. Doing something like this, which only took about 45 minutes allows me to back away without stepping entirely away. Allowing me to recall that I actually love to paint and it's fun. Then I can get right back into the struggle of trying to get better at what I do.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Sketch Dump

Switched mediums this week. I used Generals Wash Pencils and Niji Waterbrush.

 These are similar to watercolor pencils except that they are graphite. These pencils allow me to work quickly covering shadow area's with a wet brush applied over the penciled drawing.

Below is an old video demonstrating a quick sketch using these materials.

Generals Wash Pencil
Niji Waterbrush

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Looking At Failure Positively

'Don’t settle for yourself at your mediocre level'.
Irwin Greenberg

Last week was a long one for me. I didn't get to post my usual Friday sketch dump. It wasn't for lack of trying. I have had a difficult time doing anything that I thought was satisfying. No matter how hard I tried the work looked terrible to me.

Trying to figure out why this was so I quickly discarded the whoa is me first thought of, " I just suck at this and I should give it up." Whether or not I truly suck at this is irrelevant. I'm determined to get better because I love to paint and draw.

The other options are that maybe I need to slow down and be more deliberate and thoughtful at what I am trying to do. It also could be that I'm seeing my drawing a little better and  I should use this new sight to help me to improve and not settle for mediocrity.  Even now as I look at these things I'm posting today I can see where I should have done things better.

So I'm moving forward hoping this will bear fruit in the coming weeks.

Below I am posting two videos showing the process of the above pieces as well as discussing similar topics.