Monday, July 29, 2013

Pen, Brush and Ink Drawing

After a pencil the first drawing tools I learned to use was a crowquill nib pen and india ink. As a kid I poured over ink drawings in comic magazines like Marvel Comic's Savage Sword of Conan and the Warren Magazines like Creepy and Eerie. After finding out that the artist's used both brush and pen I started doing the same.

Latter I learned about Illustrators like Edin Austin Abbey, Joesph Clement Coll, Franklin Booth, Harrison Cady, etc. I also looked at pen drawings (and etchings) by artist's like Tiepolo, Rubens, Rembrandt, Holbien, Zorn and that list is still growing.

What I like about pen and ink is the challenge to say so much with so little, just black and white mostly. You can, of course, use as many color inks as are available. I choose to use one color ink at a time, either black or sepia. I might add a wash to the drawing.

One of the ways I would practice is by making a bunch of pencil drawings or doodles in my sketchbook at night so in the morning when I wake up I would go over these drawings in ink.

Another challenge is to draw without laying in any pencil drawing, Just begin sketching with ink and pen or brush. It forces me to really concentrate on the drawing because I can't take back a single line.

Monday, July 22, 2013

My Sketching Routine

When I was a teenager, (so long ago), every now and then I would stay up all night in my room filling a sketchbook with a bunch of doodles. At the time I was very much influenced by the Frazetta books published by Balentine. The third and Fourth volume contained sketches from the artists doodle books.

Latter on I became more interested in painting from life, thanks to the instruction of Irwin (Greeny) Greenberg at the High School of Art and Design. 

Years later I started to either paint late into the night or wake up at about four in the morning to sketch. I remember hearing Greeny talk about how he would wake up early in the morning and start sketching and I had wanted to imitate that. I wish I could say it is my habit but there are times I don’t get to sketch like I want to and I wind up trying to fight my way back in to the routine.

What I would do is grab one of many reference photos I've taken (nobody is awake to pose for me) and use it to paint from. I also work from imagination either on the computer or with a black brush pen in my sketchbook.

 The sketches at top and in the middle were done in watercolor in my sketchbook, the one on the bottom was done in Sketchbook Pro 6 at about three in the morning.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Another Painting App- Procreate For The Ipad

I use to think I was such a traditionalist- wouldn't touch a computer to do artwork on. Now I keep looking for different programs  and gadgets to try.

I purchased Sketchbook Pro 6 a few months ago then I purchased Artrage a few weeks ago and here I just downloaded the Procreate app  for Ipad.

The  drawings I post here are done on my Ipad using Procreate. They are my first attempts on this app. I started by using the trusty pencil and it looks a lot like the real thing. I have a lot to learn about this app since I just got it but right off the bat I like the way the brushes look. The drawing on top was done using the ink brush and the look is exactly the way a sketch done in pen and ink would look.

Jot Pro
To go along with this new app I also purchased the Jot Pro Stylus. I'm glad to have a stylus that allows me to see the line as I'm working. the stylus I had before this was just a big round rubber tip that was too clumsy to draw with. It's not perfect, sometimes the line seems to start and stop as if I was using a pen that is running out of ink. It can be a little frustrating  but it is the best stylus I've used for the Ipad so far.

The drawings were of fellow passengers on the #5 train in New York. It was fun to be able to sketch on the Ipad and listen to the music in my library at the same time.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My First Paintings On Artrage

Ever since a friend emailed me information on Artrage a few years back I had always been curious about the program. I have purchased many different graphic software over the years, the one I have enjoyed using the most is Sketchbook Pro. Now I have another program that I am enjoying just as much.

Its going to take me a while to learn Artrage. The program has a lot more tools and options. I really like the way the program mimics the paint, watercolors really look like watercolors and the same with the oils. Its easy to start working but there is a lot to learn in order to take full advantage of the program. What I like about Sketchbook Pro is that there is no big learning curve, you just pretty much have to learn where everything is and with just a few tweaks to your brushes or tools your off and running. Artrage is a little bit more than that but the potential is great. I just had a conversation about some of the presets on the program and that was eye opening.

The illustrations here are my first go at the oil brush and the watercolor brush

I'm not comfortable with the program yet but I like the way the brushes look.