Friday, March 27, 2015

Some Pages from My Sketchbook

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


Between all the business of life, when you cant get to all the things you want do or dream of doing, the best thing to do is to draw in your sketchbook every spare chance that you get. Most of these sketches are done on my lunch hour at work. I sit quietly at my desk nibble at my food and draw.

Some of these are prelims for an illustration assignment. Two drawings were sketches from life, one of my mother and the other of a man sitting in a jury room.

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Couple Of Lessons From A difficult Painting Session

I almost gave up on this one. I walked away with a couple of lessons from the experience.

First is of course don't quit so easily. The thing that made this painting especially difficult was that I used the wrong paper. I used a Strathmore smooth 4 ply bristol board. A very good rag content paper but the smooth surface was not suited to the gouache medium. Paint kept lifting off the surface as I applied it to the board so that I had to paint using thick globs. The paint didn't always lift off, it wasn't plate bristol (that would have been impossible to paint on with gouache), just enough to be very annoying. Half way through I had to decide whether I wanted to continue. There was enough down that looked promising so I gave it another go. There are always things to change in a painting as you go along, using the wrong surface made it that much harder to make corrections.

Next time I need a surface with some tooth and not this smooth surface that I used here.

The second thing was equally obvious, pick the right paper for the medium I'm using. Who knows, even though I managed to finish it with the right surface It could look better than it does now.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Free Digital Painting Software

With the exception of Sketchbook Pro, Art Rage, and Mischief digital painting software has a pretty hefty price tag. However, there are a number of free software available online, Gimp has been around as an alternative to Photoshop although I've never been very impressed with it. There are other software though and some of those can compete very nicely with the paid software.

There are three programs that I was very happy to find. Although you can find a few more I chose these because of their ease of use and the amount of quality features. What I was looking for is the quality of the brushes, layer properties, support and ability to produce high resolution images. The three I chose are Krita, My Paint and Smooth Draw.

My favorite out of the Three is Krita. I was very surprised that this would be given free. It is as good a software as any you can purchase. The above painting was done in Krita  and the image bellow it was done to test out the brushes.

I haven't had time yet to explore more fully My
Paint and Smooth Draw. Only a couple of sketches to test it out initially.  I share these images here but I will post more on these programs in the future, From what I can see My Paint is a very good program it may prove just as good as Krita. Smooth Draw is very easy to use but it doesn't seem at first glance to have as many features as the other two.

I have included a YouTube video bellow of the
 painting done in Krita......