Friday, September 23, 2016

More Lunch Hour Sketches And Looking Forward To InkTober

Looking ahead to InkTober I began sketching mostly in inks during my lunch hour breaks at work.

I look forward to InkTober like I used to look forward to Christmas as a kid. Before September is up I will have gathered my supplies and planned out what I will be sketching for the month.

Already I am thinking of choosing a different topic for each week. Portraits one week, landscapes the next. Nothing set in stone yet but by the end of this month I will have planned out what I will be doing for October. In the mean time I just kind of enjoy these warm up sketches. These have been fun to do, I hope the whole month of October goes that way.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Recent Sketches Done In Photoshop

After ignoring Photoshop for so long I've suddenly taken a liking to it. Maybe it was after looking at work done by other artist with the software that I was motivated to give it another go. Also I had purchased a bunch of Photoshop  brushes as mentioned in an earlier post.

I find it funny that what I like and I don't like about Photoshop are the same thing, it has a lot of tools. I like that it has so many options at the same time I like the simplicity of programs like Sketchbook Pro, ArtRage, or Rebelle.

These two sketches were done in Photoshop recently. I've also used Photoshop and a combination of Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop for some illustration images that I will post after they are published.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Last Pages In My Sketchbook


For some reason I don't always make it to the last page in my sketchbook, I don't know why but I seem to give up and move on to another sketchbook when I get close to that last page or sometimes even just half the book.

Actually I have several sketchbooks going at once because of the different papers and mediums I use.

These are the last pages in one of my current sketchbooks' I was not crazy about the paper so I'm surprised that I continued to draw in it.

Maybe it was the stickers of sketches by some of my favorite artist I placed on the covers to inspire me. John Buscema, Milt Kahl and Norman Rockwell were the artist I picked to put on and in the book. It was always fun to look at because of those stickers.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The World Does Get Busy

Faces from reference photo and life.

The month of August is almost gone and this is my first post of the month.

This is due to the fact that life has gotten both that busy and that complicated. The busy part is mostly easy to write about. Apart from working the 9 to 5 I had an illustration assignment for a magazine which included a five chapter story which required that I completed one illustration a week up until the second week in September. So yeah, that kept me busy. Then there is life in general that can throw some curves at you as it has done to me, I won't go into it here because it involves so much more than just me but it directly affects me.

I have titled this blog Art In A Busy World and that world does not just involve how it unfolds outside of me but that part of this world that comes close to home and in fact is home. The thing to do is to be disciplined enough to continue as everything else unfolds. Depending on what one is going through that can be very difficult but then again it depends how much creativity is a part of ones character. I think I have a need to draw almost as much as I have a need to breathe. It is part of my character. Maybe a better analogy would be how we communicate. We talk and write to exchange ideas and get information or learn new things. Drawing is a way of communicating how I see and think and how I respond to what I see as well as the thoughts and ideas that enter my mind. I have to do it because it is a tool as much as speaking and writing is. A tool that I use to explore, understand and communicate to the world around me and within me. I also am able to play with my imagination and escape for a while to a world of my own creation  or conjure up an image that has its roots in literature or history. Maybe it also helps me to stay afloat and not drown in my troubles. When everything clears I will still be drawing. 

All my social media activity slowed to a crawl as I continued to draw mostly imaginative sketches in my sketchbook and also work on my illustration assignment. At the point where life began to get difficult I started a self portrait in gouache. Once that was done I began on my illustration work.

Now back to work, back to life and back to untying the Gordian knot of problems that wait for me.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Testing Out Some Custom Photoshop Brushes I Recently Purchased

Finished an illustration assignment this past weekend and I thought I knew what I wanted to do afterwards but when I sat in front of my drawing board I drew a blank. Hate when that happens.

In order to not waste away the weekend I started drawing on my tablet using some custom brushes I purchased on a website. They were Photoshop brushes and I got them from a site put up by an ex Disney animator named Aaron Blaise. He has a wonderful site where there are both paid and free tutorials and you can purchase custom brushes for Photoshop.

It's been a while since I've used Photoshop. The new brushes were a nice experience.

You can check out Aaron Blaise's website here

Friday, July 15, 2016

Some Sketches In Gouache

During the work week there are two times I reserve for painting or drawing. During my lunch hour at work and the few hours I have before I go off to bed when I get home.

The timing does not always work out. Sometimes there are things to get done or other needs but it is a schedule I try to stick to.

Unfortunately that schedule (as well as limited space) has kept me from working on something more than small color sketches in watercolor, gouache, pencil or pen and ink. Would love to have the time and space to use oil paints and work on something larger. I like using the gouache medium because it is somewhere between oils and watercolor in that I can use water as a thinner like watercolors and I can also work in layers covering the paint underneath like oils. Its also quick to
clean up.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Random Sketches

Wish I had time to do more but it seems all that I have been able to do of late are these sketches done either on my lunch hour at work or at the end of the day before I've turned in. On the weekend I was also taking a coding class but that's done with now.

At one point I really felt that it was important that I do something daily- a painting or a drawing even if it only amounted to a sketch. Now I really feel that I want to do something more but all that I have managed so far are a bunch of sketches.