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.


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.



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Inspiration From Art History

Robert Henri once said something to the affect that all of art history belongs to us. That we should continually draw inspiration from it, from all that has gone on in the past. I often do and not just from the images but from the lives that they lived in dedication to their craft and to the words that they left behind when talking about art.

It's comforting to know that they also struggled. One of my favorite art quotes comes from Michelangelo in which he made clear what he did did not come easily. "If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.”
- Michelangelo 

Another one of my favorite quotes is from Hokusai who made it clear that mastery was a life long pursuit.
"I have drawn things since I was 6. All that I made before the age of 65 is not worth counting. At 73 I began to understand the true construction of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes, and insects. At 90 I will enter into the secret of things. At 110, everything - every dot, every dash - will live. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age, I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign myself 'The Old Man Mad About  Drawing."  
- Hokusai

When the work itself seems like getting better is always an uphill climb or life seems like such an obstacle to my personal goals it's comforting to look up quotes like these and know that the struggle has been shared throughout art history. Now if I can get to one tenth of the mastery those great artist achieved. Anyway, the journey is lifelong.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Painting Digital Portraits PDF

Here it is. Took me a little while but I finally put this book together on how I paint digital portraits. In this 60 page PDF I talk and demonstrate how to get started on digital painting. I talk software and hardware and have three chapters in which I demonstrate painting a digital portrait.

The PDF is available for download on Gumroad for $5.00 or you can join me on Patreon and download it from there,



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Digital Vs Traditional

The following is an excerpt from a book I am currently working on about painting digital portraits, When I am done putting the book together I will make a downloadable PDF available on Gumroad.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Making Digital Watercolors In Rebelle

Lately I've been spending a lot of time working in Escape Motions Rebelle 3. I really enjoy how the software not only simulates the appearance of traditional media but also, because of the way it's brushes behave, comes close to simulating the experience of working in traditional media.

It's really a lot of fun to work with.

I've made videos on using the acrylic brush in Rebelle, this time I am focusing my attention on its watercolor brush. The reason why I purchased the software to begin with. I have done videos which I posted on my YouTube channel but I recently uploaded a tutorial on Gumroad in which I give more time to explaining how I paint watercolors in Rebelle. The video is $2. to stream and $10. to purchase and download.

YouTube Channel