Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pen and Ink












It's been a long time since I've done a pen and ink with this much cross hatching. It was really a lot of fun to do. Both drawings posted here was made on Sketchbook Pro. The one of my Mother on the upper left was done with the ball point pen tool and the self portrait was done with the pencil tool.

The ball point pen gave a consistent line which was perfect for this drawing. I usually like using a tool where you can vary the thin and thickness of the line (weight) with pen pressure but this tool worked for this drawing.

I believe it's a good idea to try out all the tools (brushes) in the program so that you know what your options are when you are creating your image. You can use more than one tool for the line quality that you need.




 There i s a video of the self portrait I created for my YouTube channel. The video is embedded bellow.









Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What Is More Important Than Technical Skill




These two watercolors are of the same person, my Mother. The time in between these paintings is about 12 years. It's painful to look at them beside each other. Such a reminder of how time can pass almost unnoticed until you look back on images like this.


Technically I know these paintings have there faults but there is a heavy feeling and personality that is communicated in the image's, especially the bottom one. That counts as much, maybe more than the how good the painting is technically.


My belief is that a really good painting is a marriage of both technical skills and an ability to communicate something to your audience, and the first is in the service of the latter. After all, you learn how to paint so that you can communicate what you see, feel and think to your audience.


What you say with your skills is what is going to remain with them when the image is no longer in front of them. It could be a feeling, memory or an idea, but they should walk away with something.