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Gouache Paintings

It's been sometime since I posted something on this blog, but although I have been negligent here I have been at work everyday trying to improve my painting and drawing skills.

It sounds funny to me to say that because it would seem that one would just have to do the thing whether it is drawing or painting. But improving the skills mean more than just putting pencil or brush to paper. It means observing and thinking and being disciplined in keeping to a schedule. There is a devotion that is taking place that requires daily activity and direction. By direction I mean that I just don't approach the time spent aimlessly but try to make the current work better than the last, lessons learned carry over in to the next work.

There is also time spent looking at art. Learning and appreciating the work of other artist past and present.

There is a lot to occupy me but I still have to get back to this blog and share that experience.

You can also catch more work on my YouTube channel Link

How to Make A Digital Drawing Look Traditional

Below is a video I posted demonstrating how to make a digital pencil drawing look like it was drawn using traditional media.

WIP and 45 Minute Sketch

Spending a longer time doing these gouache paintings in my sketchbook. Initially I started doing this with the idea of just getting done what I can within that lunch hour. Now I work on something over a period of days until I am satisfied with the finish painting. I either continue on it the next day or take it home and work on it.

The painting on the left is something I've been working on for some time now, I think going on three days and I am still not finished. The one underneath it is one that I did in forty five minutes.

Digital Figure Sketches

It's been a busy holiday weekend. Celebrating a 22nd Wedding Anniversary I took my wife out to eat on the night of and then we went out to celebrate with the children the very next day.

I still managed to find the time to do a number of digital figure sketches and some gouache sketches as well.

The images I am posting here are the digital figure sketches I made on Saturday and Sunday.

Gouache Portrait Sketch

It took me five one hour sessions to finish this gouache painting in my Sketchbook. I took a scan of the painting after each session to show the progress and also to evaluate my approach. Looking back I think that I still need to be more deliberate in the first stages. That is to say instead of just covering the page with an approximate drawing and approximate color I need to more carefully consider what I want the end result to be or make up my mind about what I'm trying to accomplish. For one thing I wasn't sure how I was going to fit that yellow pole on the left side of the painting and even now I'm not sure if I should have included it at all.

What I should have done was a quick preliminary sketch where I would've worked all this out. But then again this is my sketchbook and as such it was never meant to be more than a sketch. There's a lot about this I am happy about though, so all in all it was time well spent working on this.

The order of the progression is …

Drawing In Pencil

Found myself doing quite a bit of Pencil drawing recently. For a while when I draw I would more often than not reach for a stylus and start drawing on my tablet. I find that I prefer drawing and painting with traditional media. Nothing is wrong with digital, this is just my preference. I enjoy the experience of drawing or painting more when I use actual paint and graphite.

I am posting here some of the drawings I've done this past month. I also completed a video tutorial on drawing the male head in pencil which is available on Gumroad. The cost of the video is $12. Click on the link below to purchase the video

Gumroad   Drawing The Male Head In Pencil

Sketching With Watercolor Pencils

Been a little while since I posted something. Life has been so busy. I started teaching a painting class on Saturday's. I am continuing to work on My YouTube Channel and my Patreon site as well as continue to work my 9 to 5.

Most of all I continue to work everyday on a drawing or painting. The best thing I've done as far as art is concerned is to stay committed to that hour lunch session where I work in whatever medium I choose. Some days I go home and do a bit more work. I also may work on one piece for a couple of lunch sessions.

The drawing on the left is a recent one that I did in two sessions. Watch the video below in which I work and discuss this drawing done in watercolor pencils.

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Pencil Portrait and Video

For sometime I have been doing gouache sketches on my lunch hour at work. Just recently I decided to change things up and do a pencil drawing and record my progress.

I was really unprepared to do the type of drawing I did with the materials at hand, a couple of mechanical pencils and my sketchpad. Some wooden pencil would have been better and I might have finished the drawing in one lunch hour instead of two (could've been two and a half). The drawing is what I felt like doing that day so that's what I did.

I edited the videos I created and posted it on Gumroad as a real time tutorial in two parts. The video bellow is a condensed version of the tutorial.

The video is available for purchase on Gumroad
Or you can view it as a Patreon member at the $3. tier

Digital Pastel Painting

Back on Rebelle again.
This software produces the most satisfying images because the look is so much closer to traditional media than any of the other software I've used. While there are other software that successfully mimic traditional media Rebelle manages to do so with a minimal amount of adjustment to brush properties or any technical stuff. It not only looks like traditional media it's almost as intuitive as picking up a brush or stick of pastel and painting with it. Almost. It is still software after all but with a not too steep a learning curve.

Below is a video I posted on YouTube in which I create the image posted on top of this page.

Links referred to in the video:

Gouache Portrait Step By Step

I started with a pencil sketch just to indicate proportions and placement on the page. I then cover the whole page with a semi thin layer of paint. I am only looking to lay in a very general representation of light and dark shapes and color.

I continue to develop the large shapes, refining them and letting the larger shape lead me into smaller and smaller ones within the shape. In this way the details begin to emerge, not by trying to define the details right off but by letting the bigger outer shapes lead me to them.

As the shapes become more and more refined and the details begin to emerge I make sure to develop the background at the same time. I choose the color because of the blues and purples that are reflected in her face and hands. There was a blue curtain in the room where I took the photo reference and the light shining through the blue from those curtains and maybe bouncing up  from the jacket added the cool colors reflected on her face.

Here is the final painting. Througho…

Starting My New Gouache Sketchbook

On the left is the first gouache sketch in my new sketchbook. I have been keeping a sketchbook dedicated to working in gouache on my lunch hour at work.

I wanted to grow in my painting and drawing skills as well as having a better understanding of the medium. This is now my second gouache sketchbook having started the first one sometime in February and finished it in late May. The first entry begins the challenge of striving to make the next painting better than the last. Looking back at the first sketchbook I like how I that by comparing the last and the first paintings I managed to be able to handle the paint a bit better and improve on what I am able to do with the medium. I hope to repeat the experience in my new sketchbook.

Below is a video tour of that first sketchbook.

if you are interested in the gouache instructional that I mentioned you can purchase it at Gumroad using the following link... 

Why Should You Paint Self-Portraits?

There are several reasons why I paint self portraits. Most are very practical.

First of all is the convenience of having an ever ready model. I am always available.

Then there is also the ability to practice different techniques, styles, expressions, mediums, etc.

I have also painted myself as an old pirate or used my portrait to represent a character in an illustration. Those were fun to do but I usually am more serious about doing self portraits. Even as I use the painting to practice any one of the things I mentioned I also try to inject honesty in how I view myself or I may want to give a hint of something in my character that I try to communicate to the viewer.

Below is a video from my YouTube channel in which I discuss painting self portraits as I paint the image above.

For more instructive videos you can check out my Gumroad page

For my Patreon Page mentioned in the video you can click on this link

Drawing As Playtime

I remember when I was a kid and got a brand new box of crayons the first thing I would do would be to open the box and stare at all the colors that I had to choose from. I wasn't thinking of all the big things I could create, I had no masterpiece in mind. It was more about how I could play with all these colors. I wanted to make something with it but it was more about experiencing the act of creation, of watching an image form from under my hands as I use these wonderful, colorful materials.

I don't use crayons anymore but I still get that feeling when I buy new art supplies or when I begin to sketch using digital media. Although physically I just have a tablet and a stylus there are loads of digital brushes which either mimic traditional media or have a very unique look to them. That feeling of what I could do with such tools is pretty much the same especially when I am sketching with no other purpose in mind but to broaden my skills or become more familiar with the media I …

Pages From My Sketchbooks

For a little over a year now I have been working each month on making enough sketches to produce a downloadable PDF Sketchbook for my Patrons on Patreon.

I constantly challenge myself to make the next one better than the last and I think that has helped me to stay disciplined and to improve. I look forward to collecting the drawings and posting them.

These are some pages from some of the sketchbooks that I post monthly on my Patreon Page. The sketches include some digital drawings that I created in some of my drawing videos for  YouTube and Patreon. Sketchbooks, Hi-Res images and exclusive videos are available to view on my Patreon page for those who care to join, but there are also a great deal of public images that non members can view.

Drawing Male Characters Part 2

I am continuing to work on a video series of drawing male characters. It's a lot of fun drawing the more extreme characters. There's just a lot more you can do with the less heroic characters. They're just more interesting to draw.

The first video in the series can be viewed on YouTube the others I am posting on my Patreon page and eventually making the entire series available on GumRoad.

Below are the drawings for part two which is posted on my Patreon page.


Drawing Male Characters Chap 1 Head Structure

Drawing faces from imagination involves more than knowing how to draw that generic head where you place all the features according to a structure or particular method. Of course whatever method you choose to use is important to start but how do you go from there to develop a character. You have to exaggerate and distort the underlying structure to create something unique and breathe life into the image.

This is part of the fun of sketching from imagination and even changing what you see if you use reference so that it will more closely communicate your idea or story, a skill very important to illustrators and story tellers.

I am starting a video series based on exploring drawing faces with character from imagination. The first video in the series (below) will begin with drawing a generic head. Although there are many excellent videos on drawing according to the Loomis Method or the Riley Method I thought it was necessary to start off with this as a foundation for developing charact…

My Gouache Sketchbook

It seems as though the best work that I can do is a balance between some progress and a lot of things I have to work on.
I wish I could get to the point of a lot of progress and some things I have to work on.

I've been keeping up with my gouache sketchbook in which I paint on my lunch hour at work. Sometimes it takes me 2 to 3 lunch hours to complete the sketch. I think that I've been going more slowly and not trying to rush to get everything done with in that hour. I have also come back to a sketch days later or even weeks later to make corrections.

These images were sketches I came back to to make corrections.

The two images below show how much I reworked an image. I think when I started the painting I really didn't feel up to it at the time but I decided to fight to be disciplined enough to maintain my routine. I came back to the sketch about a week later to correct the image. I got to a point where I couldn't make any more changes because the paint had gotten too t…