Showing posts from October, 2017

Exploring Autodesk Sketchbook and Going from Traditional to Digital

For a long time I resisted going from my paid version of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro to the subscription version which is called Sketchbook. Unfortunately the only way of keeping up to date with the software would be to go with the subscription version. What is fortunate is that Autodesk does not charge a whole lot for the subscription. $29.99 for the year I can deal with and the software will always be up to date.

In the video below I talk about exploring the new brushes in the subscription version, which are terrific by the way.

I also discuss going from traditional media to digital and how I think that Sketchbook is an ideal software to start with. Of course there would be some other things needed, namely a decent tablet.

Here are some links to the software and tablets that won't break your wallet (bare in mind the price of a Wacom Cintiq "21 pen dispaly is $1,699.95 and the "22 MonoPrice is $489.99 or $517.48).......

Autodesk Sketchbook…

Some Inspirational Quotes On Drawing

Below are some quotes by famous artist on drawing and below these quotes is a video in which I talk about the quotes as I draw in Mischief.

Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.
(Edgar Degas)

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

Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.
 (Robert Henri)

One must keep right on drawing; draw with your eyes when you cannot draw with a pencil.
(Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

"Draw lines, young man, and still more lines, both from life and from memory, and you will become a good artist."
(Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.

Draw, Antonio, draw – draw and don't waste time!

It is only by drawing often, …

Starting A Painting

The start of a painting is probably the most important part of executing it. Everything that happens after fails or succeeds based upon the strength of the structure underneath.

All the thought and care that's put into the start will make the rest of the work a lot easier. More often than not I fall into the trap of thinking ahead to the finish before I consider all the work
that needs to be done in the beginning.

It's impossible to overstate how important the start is. Not that changes aren't made as one goes along to the finish but there is a great deal of assessment made from the very start.

Below is a video of a painting that I started in Autodesk Sketchbook as well as a list of books about different artist and their approaches to painting.

James Gurney....
Burt Silverman...
Harvey Dinnerstein...
Richard Schmid...

Fun Exercise Using Photo Reference

As artist we should never fall victim to the trap of just going in to copy machine mode when using reference photos. We should always keep in mind that what we are trying to translate is what makes the material (whether a photo or from life) interesting to us and in that lies ones unique interpretation of the source.

I took a reference photo I found on line and did a four different drawings based on the same photo as an exercise in being faithful to the source material without slavishly copying it.

A video posted here from my YouTube channel demonstrates two of the drawings being drawn on Mischief (digital software).