Thursday, February 18, 2016
This painting was done using a combination of Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage.
Sketchbook Pro is the easiest digital art application I know. Easy doesn't mean cheap though. It can do a lot and I have often used it for finished illustration. But there are some features found in other applications that I would also like to take advantage of.
With ArtRage and Rebelle I can take advantage of the oil/acrylic brush which gives an impasto look to the painting.
I practically finish the painting In Sketchbook Pro and save it as a tiff file. Opening the file in ArtRage I go over the painting with the oil brush matching the color and giving it the look of thick juicy paint.
Below you can see the progression in four stages. Only #4 is done in ArtRage.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Sometimes after I finish an illustration assignment or a painting I am at a lost as to what to do next. I have so little time to work since I'm balancing art and a regular 9 to 5, with an occasional illustration assignment. When I start a painting I need to know exactly what I am committing my self to, how I'm going to use my time. That is why I do so many of these sketches of different subjects, in different media. Some serious, some playful. It is an effort to catch an idea, an inspiration as well as an effort to keep my hands moving.
So I sketch a self portrait in gouache using a mirror, or I use a photo for some pen and ink sketches, or I do a quick watercolor sketch as I wait with my son by a bus stop, or I draw comic book characters from my imagination. I do my best to make sure I do not let the time go by without making a mark in my sketchbook.