Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pen and Ink and Oil Painting In Sketchbook Pro 6


   I have tried out many painting software programs -Corel, Photoshop, Gimp, etc. But my favorite so far is Sketchbook Pro 6. It’s easy to learn, fun to use and the tools simulate traditional tools so well. I use it like I would use an actual sketchbook. I can make brush, pen, pencil, or marker drawings, even oil paintings. I still prefer working with traditional mediums because for one thing I have a real painting that I can hang or sell rather than a virtual work.  Then again, working with the software I’ll have a digital piece that I can make multiple copies of and sell as prints. That’s why artist made etchings, in order to make multiple copies of a work so that they can sell a piece to more collectors. 

The two Pieces on the top and bottom were done in a way that simulates oil paints (In my opinion). The brush strokes look like paint. The two black and white drawings are obviously made to look like pen and ink and brush and ink with gray markers.

A few weeks ago I upgraded to Sketchbook Pro 6 and I have been having fun since. I have posted videos I made as I worked using this program and will continue to post videos on my YouTube Channel.

 I also made a fun little Dracula sketch and posted that video as well. I include it bellow just for fun.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pencil Drawing Using Sketch Book Pro

I created this drawing in Sketchbook Pro using the pencil tool. I like working in this program because its so easy to use and it mimics traditional tools well.
I am also drawing on a Cintiq Tablet made by wacom. The Cintiq allows me to draw directly on my monitor so my drawing experience on the computer is as close to using traditional materials as possible.

I also created a video as I made the drawing so that I can show how I carried it out in the same way as I would carry out a pencil drawing.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Doodling/ Sketching, Drawing For The Fun Of It

When I was a kid in school I would doodle along the margins on the pages of my notebooks.  Sometimes I would devote a whole page to whatever I was imagining at the time. I was lucky that neither my teachers nor my parents were too bothered by my habit, at least I don’t remember anyone complaining about it- as long as homework assignments and test papers were free from doodles.

I also remember when I went bowling, (again as a kid), with my brother, cousin and a friend or two, I would always draw on the table using those little pencils they gave us to keep score. I filled the table top with drawings of comic book and cartoon characters. Never heard what management thought of my drawings- the table was always wiped clean whenever we came back.

In high school I used to pull all-nighter’s in my room filling the pages of a sketch book with doodles. I realize I used to draw a lot more then than I do now and I still try to draw every day.  I mostly succeed at doing just that but not as much from my imagination as I did back then.

I’ve read a few articles this week on doodling. I’ve read where doodling actually helps people, who would otherwise have become bored, to be able to focus and concentrate more on a lecture or class or whatever was going on at the moment and those that doodled were able to retain more information than those who didn’t. What it does for me though is it helps me to have fun, to play, to relax. Drawing and painting can become so serious for me, so much about getting things right, about continuing to learn and get better at it. 

So I spent the weekend doodling and I noticed that as I went on to the next page I tried something else, became a bit more ambitious. I pulled out some photo reference, I went from using a portion of the page to using the whole page, and (I guess the size would make it less a doodle and more a sketch?).

I had fun doodling this past weekend.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Watercolor Sketchbook

I’m sitting at work writing this post. I wish I had more time to do these watercolor sketches. They are a lot more fun to do than finished work and I spend my early mornings or weeknights doing these looking forward to the weekend so that I would have more time to do a finished piece. 

I am still trying to make a painting that is somewhere in-between the look of these sketches and something with a bit more rendering.