Friday, May 29, 2015

Painting In ArtRage

This past week I finished up the illustration assignment that has kept me so busy. I then proceeded to explore another application, ArtRage. I've used this before but to be honest I had not really given it the time the application deserves. Like any application it takes a bit of getting used to. For instance in the oil brush you don't have just one oil brush but several options and then there are different presets that can be altered in each brush. Really not that different from Sketchbook Pro, just looks different.

What is different, and what I really like, is that the brushes look closer to the real thing. There is a slider in the presets that is called thinner. Depending on the amount of thinner you apply the color in the stroke is either opaque or transparent. The more opaque setting looks like a juicy brush stroke, loaded with paint and the transparent setting acts as a glaze allowing some of the color underneath to show through.

When you open up the program it is important to change the image presets for the document. The default has the image at 72 dpi. I would change that to no less than 300 and I would change it before you start painting. The painting above lost all of the juicy brush strokes because I decided to bump up the image after the painting was done. The image bellow it, while I don't think was as successful retained the kind of brush strokes I wish were still present in the first image.

Below is a YouTube demo of the first image.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sketching From Life/ Drawing from imagination

 It's been a while since I've posted I know. Most of what I'm doing now has to be published before I can post it and explain what I've been doing. But there is always my little sketch book that I always carry with me. Most of what I've been doing lately is illustration work done at home using some reference but mostly working from imagination. I really believe that its important to work from both memory (or imagination) and from life.

Drawing  and painting from life adds to your memory and helps you imagine what it is you want to draw from your imagination.

You should often amuse yourself when you take a walk for recreation, in watching and taking note of the attitudes and actions of men as they talk and dispute, or laugh or come to blows with one another... noting these down with rapid strokes, in a little pocket-book which you ought always to carry with you. (Leonardo da Vinci)

 These drawings were done on the subway on my ride to and from work. They were done very rapidly using two water soluble pencils (black and sepia) and a Niji brush filled with water on a 5 X 7" sketchbook.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Warm Up Sketches

Still grieving my Mothers passing and its been a difficult Mothers Day weekend because of it. Over the past few weeks I've managed to do a very little bit of personal work. Thank goodness for a bit of illustration work. That has helped keep me busy drawing in pen and ink and coloring digitally.  Would be nice if I can make a living doing the illustrations but jobs don't come often enough.

Any way, once I finish the assignments I will post some of the finished illustrations. For now I am posting sketches that I use to warm up before I do illustration work. I also find it very relaxing and fun to do these sketches at the end of the day or on my lunch break at work.

All of these were done quickly, an hour at the most. With the exception of the Gouache painting on the top left. I kept my sketchbook opened at my table over a period of days and just kept adding to the image every free chance I got.