Monday, September 28, 2015

Warm Up Sketches

There are lots of warm up sketches that I make in-between deciding what to do next. Some are really silly, some are pretty bad and some become a little bit more involved then intended but all are fun, not taken seriously. Pretty much they were done to keep my hand moving and my mind thinking. I obviously used reference on the sketch of Captain Kirk..

All of these were done in Sketchbook Pro because its pretty easy to sit in front of my monitor and just start to sketch- no set up, no clean up.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Digital Painting Civil War Scene

One day I am going to be able to afford a 21 inch screen Cintiq tablet. Until then I will have to struggle with the 12 inch screen that I work with. The great advantage to the Cintiq is that you can draw right unto your monitor with the pen that comes with the tablet. But it becomes a challenge for me to zoom in and out of the image to work on the details. I would rather look at the whole image at once as much as possible. This is not such a problem when doing portraits or sketching but when I work on a piece with several figures in an environment it becomes a bit more difficult. Not impossible but annoying.

I have for the most part avoided anything to complicated in my digital work for this reason. Then I get the urge to want to do a bit more. I could work the painting out with oil or gouache (might still do that) but that is a matter of time and space and both are in short supply at the present.

So I tackled this Civil War painting on my little Cintiq. The painting came about as a result of spending some hours watching Ken Burns Civil War documentary and reading the novel 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara.

The following images show the progression from the beginning, middle and end stages but all in all there were about 23 different sessions on the computer as I worked on the painting as time permitted. I include also a time lapse video showing the work at the end of each stage,

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Having Some Fun With Self Portraits

The self portrait does not always have to be introspective, it can be fun and silly. It can be serious or a caricature and either way you can always learn from doing one.


John Singer Sargent
Rembrandt made many self portraits showing some kind of emotion or posed as some sort of character as in the etching of a beggar.

 The painter John Singer Sargent also painted a wonderfully simple caricature self portrait onto an wooden cigar box lid.

I decided to have some fun with doing a few self portraits myself. I painted myself as a pirate Top,left), as a cowboy and I also did a quick cartoon self portrait. All in fun and all for practice. They were done in Sketchbook Pro. Included below is a video I posted on my YouTube Channel showing the process of painting the Pirate Self Portrait.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Works In Progress

Every now and then I leave a trail of unfinished work that I try to make time to get back to. Although it's annoying to not finish what I started it's a better problem than not working at all either because I have no clue what to do next or there are too many of life's distraction preventing me from working.
I would still like to bring these things to completion though and not finishing is a bad habit to have.

The following are some works in progress which I hope to finish by the end of this month.

These were started in ArtRage, except for the Civil War painting which was done in Sketchbook Pro.