Thursday, September 27, 2018
I've been continuing to use Rebelle 3 and I am enjoying this unique painting application. I am always striving to make my digital paintings appear as if they were done in traditional media. With Rebelle the brushes convincingly mimic Acrylic, Watercolor and Pastel. There are of course more brushes, though not many, but these three are the ones I go to the most.
The videos I make demonstrating these brushes are done from the point of view of someone (myself) who is more familiar with traditional media. My approach is not very different from the way I would paint a traditional watercolor or acrylic painting.
I have several videos available on Gumroad now. The image on the left is from my latest video. In it I explain how I use the acrylic brush in Rebelle 3 to develop the painting.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
It's been a little while since I last posted some of the sketches I do on my lunch hour so here's a bunch of them.
I wish I had more time. That hour seems to always end pretty quickly.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Robert Henri once said something to the affect that all of art history belongs to us. That we should continually draw inspiration from it, from all that has gone on in the past. I often do and not just from the images but from the lives that they lived in dedication to their craft and to the words that they left behind when talking about art.
It's comforting to know that they also struggled. One of my favorite art quotes comes from Michelangelo in which he made clear what he did did not come easily. "If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.”
Another one of my favorite quotes is from Hokusai who made it clear that mastery was a life long pursuit.
"I have drawn things since I was 6. All that I made before the age of 65 is not worth counting. At 73 I began to understand the true construction of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes, and insects. At 90 I will enter into the secret of things. At 110, everything - every dot, every dash - will live. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age, I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign myself 'The Old Man Mad About Drawing."
When the work itself seems like getting better is always an uphill climb or life seems like such an obstacle to my personal goals it's comforting to look up quotes like these and know that the struggle has been shared throughout art history. Now if I can get to one tenth of the mastery those great artist achieved. Anyway, the journey is lifelong.