Wednesday, January 3, 2018

First Sketches Of 2018





2018 is starting off a little busy for me. I have a 3 part illustration assignment for Guide Magazine. I sent in the first illustration and am in the middle of completing the second. All that is to say that I don't have as much time for personal work apart from these sketches I do on my lunch hour.


 







So here's another round of afternoon sketches done on my lunch hour.





























Friday, December 22, 2017

More Lunch Hour Sketches



I hesitate to post these because these are sketches made on either my lunch hour at work or at some point in the work day where there was very little activity. Most of these are done quickly, some with photo reference and others done from imagination. None of these are meant to be anything but an effort to keep my hand moving because there is very little time in my day to work for long on a finished piece.

So I guess these may not look great but they are a lot of fun to do and a way of staying creative and disciplined in my craft as well as passing the time.

































Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunch of Sketches



It's been a while since I've posted both here and on my YouTube channel. Work and family life has kept me busy. By work I mean more than my 9 to 5. For some reason more illustration assignments come at the end of the year and I get caught up in meeting deadlines.

I just finished the first of three illustrations for Guide magazine. Its a three part story.







The sketches I'm posting here are the ones I usually do on my lunch hour at my 9 to 5 job. The first three are sketches done for the second illustration.The rest are just what I do while watching a video. Sometimes I use reference and do a watercolor sketch but most of the time I'm just sketching from imagination.




























Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Painting Application Review (Leonardo) Part 2





Leonardo is a very promising painting software that came out in it's Beta version in 2017.
While I do like it, like anything else there are pros and cons.

Actually there is only one con worth mentioning but it's a big one. It has to do with the canvas resolution.

You can set the physical size of the canvas to increase the over all size of your painting but the resolution remains at 72 pixels per inch. There doesn't seem to be any menu options where you can set your preferences for the canvas resolution or any other preference. You would have to adjust what you can every time you open the app.

That's the worse thing I can say about the app and it's a big deal. However the application is still in it's Beta stage and it is only months old so with everything else being a plus it remains very promising, especially when you read that the developer has definite plans on improving the application.

From the website, "More brushes, paint bucket tool and PSD-support are already in the making. But don't wait, even if you download Leonardo today you will still get all these features automatically as soon as they are ready."

The Beta version is $39.00 and promises free automatic updates during Beta and 1.x versions. Otherwise the software would be $79.00.

Below is a video from my YouTube channel reviewing the app.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Leonardo, New Digital Painting Software










It was suggested to me by a friend on Facebook that I should try this great new software called Leonardo.

I downloaded the 14 day free trail and so far it looks good. Its like a cross between Mischief and Sketchbook Pro.

It has that infinite canvas like Mischief and it also similar to Sketchbook Pro in that it is simple and easy to use.




My one reservation was that I did not seem to be able to change the resolution of the canvas. I wrote to the makers of the program and was told that in the canvas tab I could change the settings for the canvas resolution. I was not able to find that under that tab however I'm guessing that it's because I'm running their trail version. It is a fun enough application with plenty of potential so when I do get around to downloading the full version I will post an update. In the mean time please watch the video bellow about my first look at this software.




Saturday, October 28, 2017

Exploring Autodesk Sketchbook and Going from Traditional to Digital



For a long time I resisted going from my paid version of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro to the subscription version which is called Sketchbook. Unfortunately the only way of keeping up to date with the software would be to go with the subscription version. What is fortunate is that Autodesk does not charge a whole lot for the subscription. $29.99 for the year I can deal with and the software will always be up to date.

In the video below I talk about exploring the new brushes in the subscription version, which are terrific by the way.

I also discuss going from traditional media to digital and how I think that Sketchbook is an ideal software to start with. Of course there would be some other things needed, namely a decent tablet.

Here are some links to the software and tablets that won't break your wallet (bare in mind the price of a Wacom Cintiq "21 pen dispaly is $1,699.95 and the "22 MonoPrice is $489.99 or $517.48).......

Autodesk Sketchbook https://www.sketchbook.com/?locale=en
MonoPrice "22 Pen Display   http://amzn.to/2yc9CSr
MonoPrice "22 Pen Display (newer)   http://amzn.to/2yUi85A
Wacom Intous Pen and Touch   http://amzn.to/2gRwjDK
Wacom Intous Draw Tablet   http://amzn.to/2zWnz3S