Saturday, August 29, 2015

Quotes On Imagination

I believe that one's imagination is feed by drawing and painting from life. In that way you retain a memory of images to draw from of the variety of shapes in nature and attitudes of people and a ton more stuff to consider. Imagination is different from memory, a modern day person would have an impossible time remembering what it was like to experience the events at Bunker Hill.

I am posting some images from my sketchbook that were drawn from imagination as well as some quotes about imagination by artist and other well known persons.

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”    Albert Einstein

When being praised for a painting he had just finished, the artist, James Fitzgerald said, 'You should have seen it in my mind.'   Guy Corriero

"A picture is first of all a product of the imagination of the artist; it must never be a copy".   Edgar Degas

"A person without imagination is like a teabag without hot water."   Alan Fletcher

"There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth."    Jean Giraudoux

"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model." 
    Vincent van Gogh

"Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of source of their wonders."     Francisco de Goya

"An artist who has no imagination is a mechanic."     Robert Henri

"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination."     Edward Hopper

"It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more."      Edouard Manet

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."      Michelangelo

-on painting July Sunset...
"This is not an actual scene, I made it all up... I drew it from my imagination rightside up, then painted it upside down, then corrected it rightside up to make it believable. It's all about the mood."          C. W. Mundy

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere."           Carl Sagan

Monday, August 10, 2015

Digital Watercolor

 I am enjoying using the Rebelle Software to paint digital watercolors. The painting at left was done over the weekend and I also posted a YouTube video below explaining how it was done using this software.

I still use Sketchbook Pro and am also learning other software. What I like about Rebelle that is unique is the way its watercolor brush mimics real watercolor.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sketching Vs, Drawing

My son wants me to teach him how to draw. He likes drawing what other kids his age are into- Manga and game characters. I spend time with him giving him lessons and encouraging him every chance I get.

One of the lessons I am trying to teach him right now is that there is a difference between drawing and sketching. When he is drawing he is so intense, focused on everything looking just right and he is constantly frustrated by his efforts. I tell him he has to loosen up, that if he would just sketch first, not worrying about being so perfect he would be more relaxed and enjoy his drawing experience.

I think there is a slight difference between sketching and drawing. When you are drawing you are concentrating on making everything just right but when you sketch  you are able to let go, loosen up and not take yourself so seriously, but then again you can if you feel so inclined. A drawing has to be perfect but a sketch doesn't. At the same time never make a lousy drawing and use as an excuse that it was just a sketch.

To the left and above are a bunch of sketches I did on my lunch break at work . The image of the Trumpet player and the one of my son below are more carefully observed drawings.