Thursday, October 25, 2018

Controling The values In A Digital Painting

I know it's been a while since I posted something new here, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working.

I've done a lot of sketching in black and white and in color as well as in traditional and in digital media.

The sketches I post here are all done in Autodesk Sketchbook. They were done using the same method in which I select five values and base the painting on those values only changing the color.

I found that it was even easier for me to control the values so that nothing seemed to pop out of the painting and out of sync with the other values and color around it. Until recently in my digital work I've had a problem with keeping down the contrast- things always seemed to bright or intense in some spots and had to be toned down. However I found that keeping the painting to a limit set of values solved this problem for me.

Below is a video I posted on my YouTube channel demonstrating the painting seen at the top and bottom left.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Drawing and Meditation/ Real Time Drawing

After recording myself doing the drawing on the left I got into a discussion with my wife about meditation.

She had gotten into meditation and attending a Buddhist Temple on occasion. Recently she was describing meditation and she told me that when she is successful at it that it does alter the way she thinks about the world.

I thought about that for a few days and I realized that I go through a similar experience when I painted in watercolor outdoors.

Working from life I am focused on solving the problems before me. Proportion, perspective, light and dark, values and color, warm and cool,  etc. When I am focused on all these things my mind does not wander or drift into other thoughts (for the most part). What happens when I do this for about three hours is that I see the whole world differently when I am done. Where before I struggled to find something to paint I saw picture possibilities everywhere. This was something that was described to me by my instructor Irwin Greenberg and I found it to be true. When I explained the experience to my wife she said to me that it described her own experience  when she meditated. You awaken with a different view of the world around you.

In the video below I discuss this as well as some other views on drawing.