Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Watercolor Sketch

A little while back I started bringing in my watercolor paints to work so that I can use them to sketch during my lunch hour. I also purchased some equipment so that I can film myself painting  during these sketch sessions. Doing this opened up a new perspective to the work that I do. I no longer was confined to recording my work in digital media. Now I can record myself using other mediums which I love to use. I've also created a backlog of video content to edit and post on my YouTube channel.

Even more important is that I am not only having a great deal of fun but I keep searching for ways to go even further. I also introduced gouache and different papers for sketching and I want to do more. Something bigger, more involved. Just need the time.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pencil Sketch Video

Been doing a lot of sketching lately. I've made good use of my lunch hour at work and every spare time I can get at home.

what is really cool is that where at one point I was only able to record digital art now I am able to record drawing and painting in traditional media. The camera setup I have is also mobile so I can record what I do at work as well as at home.

Below is a recent video I made of the image at the top of this post.

Monday, November 5, 2018

What You Can Do In An Hour

I had posted before about how I made it a habit, or more precisely a ritual that I devote my lunch hour at work to sketching. It is an hour in the day that belongs to me and which I dedicate to the thing I love to do.

I don't always get good results. I toss a lot of bad sketches in the trash can near my desk (the circular file, as one of my art instructors liked to call it). It doesn't matter. Any drawing, even a bad one (as long as its not purposely or lazily done badly) is still a step further to progressing in the craft.

After a while I want to use other media. I decide to use pen and ink one day on another I bring a long a small set of watercolors.

This one hour (really anywhere from 35 to 45 minutes) is enough time to start and finish a small sketch. A lot can be done in a short amount of time if you focus on the task at hand and nothing else. Pick the time and the best place where you can work undistracted and you might be surprised by how much you can do.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Controling The values In A Digital Painting

I know it's been a while since I posted something new here, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working.

I've done a lot of sketching in black and white and in color as well as in traditional and in digital media.

The sketches I post here are all done in Autodesk Sketchbook. They were done using the same method in which I select five values and base the painting on those values only changing the color.

I found that it was even easier for me to control the values so that nothing seemed to pop out of the painting and out of sync with the other values and color around it. Until recently in my digital work I've had a problem with keeping down the contrast- things always seemed to bright or intense in some spots and had to be toned down. However I found that keeping the painting to a limit set of values solved this problem for me.

Below is a video I posted on my YouTube channel demonstrating the painting seen at the top and bottom left.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Drawing and Meditation/ Real Time Drawing

After recording myself doing the drawing on the left I got into a discussion with my wife about meditation.

She had gotten into meditation and attending a Buddhist Temple on occasion. Recently she was describing meditation and she told me that when she is successful at it that it does alter the way she thinks about the world.

I thought about that for a few days and I realized that I go through a similar experience when I painted in watercolor outdoors.

Working from life I am focused on solving the problems before me. Proportion, perspective, light and dark, values and color, warm and cool,  etc. When I am focused on all these things my mind does not wander or drift into other thoughts (for the most part). What happens when I do this for about three hours is that I see the whole world differently when I am done. Where before I struggled to find something to paint I saw picture possibilities everywhere. This was something that was described to me by my instructor Irwin Greenberg and I found it to be true. When I explained the experience to my wife she said to me that it described her own experience  when she meditated. You awaken with a different view of the world around you.

In the video below I discuss this as well as some other views on drawing.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Video On Painting A Digital Acrylic Painting

I've been continuing to use Rebelle 3 and I am enjoying this unique painting application. I am always striving to make my digital paintings appear as if they were done in traditional media. With Rebelle the brushes convincingly mimic Acrylic, Watercolor and Pastel. There are of course more brushes, though not many, but these three are the ones I go to the most.

The videos I make demonstrating these brushes are done from the point of view of someone (myself) who is more familiar with traditional media. My approach is not very different from the way I would paint a traditional watercolor or acrylic painting.

I have several videos available on Gumroad now. The image on the left is from my latest video. In it I explain how I use the acrylic brush in Rebelle 3 to develop the painting.

Gumroad  https://gumroad.com/l/BfNgA

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bunch of Sketches from My Lunch Hour Break

It's been a little while since I last posted some of the sketches I do on my lunch hour so here's a bunch of them.

I wish I had more time. That hour seems to always end pretty quickly.