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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Some Inspirational Quotes On Drawing

Below are some quotes by famous artist on drawing and below these quotes is a video in which I talk about the quotes as I draw in Mischief.

Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.
(Edgar Degas)

Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached.
 (Irwin Greenberg)

Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.
 (Robert Henri)

One must keep right on drawing; draw with your eyes when you cannot draw with a pencil.
(Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

"Draw lines, young man, and still more lines, both from life and from memory, and you will become a good artist."
(Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.

Draw, Antonio, draw – draw and don't waste time!

It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.
 (Camille Pissarro)

You can never do too much drawing.

Beautiful colours can be bought in the shops on the Rialto, but good drawing can only be bought from the casket of the artist's talent with patient study and nights without sleep.

It is not bright colors but good drawing that makes figures beautiful.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Starting A Painting

The start of a painting is probably the most important part of executing it. Everything that happens after fails or succeeds based upon the strength of the structure underneath.

All the thought and care that's put into the start will make the rest of the work a lot easier. More often than not I fall into the trap of thinking ahead to the finish before I consider all the work
that needs to be done in the beginning.

It's impossible to overstate how important the start is. Not that changes aren't made as one goes along to the finish but there is a great deal of assessment made from the very start.

Below is a video of a painting that I started in Autodesk Sketchbook as well as a list of books about different artist and their approaches to painting.

James Gurney....http://amzn.to/2zlYOOp
Burt Silverman...http://amzn.to/2z6W06V
Harvey Dinnerstein...http://amzn.to/2ymWaJF
Richard Schmid...http://amzn.to/2z5ZF4J

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fun Exercise Using Photo Reference

As artist we should never fall victim to the trap of just going in to copy machine mode when using reference photos. We should always keep in mind that what we are trying to translate is what makes the material (whether a photo or from life) interesting to us and in that lies ones unique interpretation of the source.

I took a reference photo I found on line and did a four different drawings based on the same photo as an exercise in being faithful to the source material without slavishly copying it.

A video posted here from my YouTube channel demonstrates two of the drawings being drawn on Mischief (digital software).