Monday, August 21, 2017

Digital Painting - Photoshop Elements - Turmoil

With me playing with the Ipad Pro and Procreate, it brought back memories of a piece I did several years ago using Photoshop Elements and a Wacom Intuos tablet.

This digital painting reflects what I was feeling at the time.  I was in a very dark place dealing with a lot of emotional turmoil.  I worked this and a poem to go with it too personal to share.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Digital Sketch / Painting and New Toys

In the past I have played a bit with digital sketching and painting.  What I used was photoshop elements to create those pieces and a wacom tablet/pen.  Although I have enjoyed digital art, for me it was a little cumbersome working on the attached wacom tablet and not directly on a screen surface where the drawing is actually showing or being produced.

Last week I purchased the Ipad Pro along with the Apple Pencil.  I am blown away with how nice it is working directly on a screen and with an electronic pencil (stylus) as precise as the apple pencil is proving to be.  I love the feel and balance to the apple pencil and where that tip hits the screen, the line marks are right where they should be.  Unlike using Adonit Stylus I found lagged and was off from where the tip hit the screen.

And although I have several art apps on my Ipad (Air before the Pro), I seldom played with them.  For some reason when I got the Ipad Pro, I chose to start playing with Procreate.  Maybe because of all the videos I've seen out there showing tips and tricks and example artwork being created.  Not really sure why but that's the app I decided to start practicing with.

Here are examples of what I've been doing the past several days.  There's a lot to learn with Procreate.  Lots of brush choices and techniques to work through.  My favorite so far are the graphite brushes to include a few I've learned to make myself.  It's nice having an app and electronic brush choices that look like true graphite............and what's smearing as I work..........LOL.  I don't have to spray these to keep the graphite from smudging or smearing nor do I end up wearing graphite all over hand and fingers.

And so far there are two pen brush choices I like.......both pressure sensitive giving me thin and thick lines depending on how much pressure I apply or the tilt of the apple pencil.

First sketch just getting a feel for a few of the pen brush choices in Procreate.

Stress relief sketch illustrating how I feel setting up new gadgets.  This was done while trying to finish setting up the Ipad Pro since I set it up as new rather than using the Ipad Air backup to mirror what I had on it.  I had to do a lot of manual copying of photos and certain data on the Ipad Air as I didn't want all the same stuff on the new Ipad.  Hubby got the Ipad Air once I made sure I had what I needed off of it and before he reset back to factory settings.

Next quick sketch getting a feel for the pressure sensitivity of the apple pencil and brush choices

Playing with a new graphite brush I actually learned to create myself.

Some serious sketching using the graphite brushes

Next is trying my hand at understanding color application........trying to mimic watercolor.  Color is a whole different ballgame and a lot to learn and practice to achieve likeness of particular mediums.  You work in layers for blending and textures of various color so I'm not sure just how much time I'll dedicate to working through that.  I primarily wanted to do more pen and ink and graphite sketching digitally but will be nice to have some knowledge if I want to add a bit of color for added umph to the sketch.

Friday, August 11, 2017

75 Day Challenge - The FINAL Three Days

Although some days I struggled to do any sketching, I managed to once again achieve this goal without giving up.

This is actually my third go with this challenge.  I met the first one years ago back in 2011, tried again a couple years ago giving up around Day 20 and again this year.  I was determined not to give up this time although in reality I WAS tempted.

Day 73 - This one took several hours (off and on) of what I first thought was a huge bee.  Turns out it's called a Florida Bee Killer which is truth is a fly.  I first worked on the bee and then the pole.  What took so long was all the detailing ...... particularly the stippling.  But I found it to be quite relaxing rather than tedious.

Day 74 - Quick sketch of a fox seen at the Homosassa Wildlife Park

Day 75 - FINAL Day - Sketch of two young boys playing at Homosassa Wildlife Park.  One had a zip lock bag of what looked like popcorn.  The other was busy climbing the rocks :-)  With this sketch being the last of this challenge,  I decided to slap some color on using watercolor.

For the complete gallery of all sketches for this challenge can be viewed here:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

75 Day Challenge - Days 66 through 72

Here is where I am at with the challenge with only three more days remaining.  All were done using the Lamy Safari.  The more I use that pen, the more I love it because of better control I have on ink being laid down on paper.

Day 66 - When nothing else jumps out at me to sketch, I can always sketch my little bears - S&B Beta

Day 67 - Revisiting past sketch ideas but laid out differently on the page - S&B Beta

Day 68 - From a trip we made to Crystal River - S&B Beta

Day 69 - Salvaging through a drawer of odds and ends looking for sketch ideas - S&B Beta

Day 70 - From trip to Barberville Pioneer Village - S&B Beta

Day 71 - Figurines I have for Autumn - sketched on the back of a statement and cut/glued to journal page.

Day 72 - From photos I have of a Betta I used to have after moving here to Florida.  Sketched on the back of a statement and cut/glued to journal page.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Creepy Crawly Seen

While on the sketchcrawl last Friday, a good friend and art pal pointed out this insect crawling on the ground.  Neither of us really new what it was except a very large looking ant.  I'd never seen one before.

I sat and watched it as it crawled towards me and over to the tree I was sitting close to.  I was super intrigued by the size and the gorgeous vivid red color and texture.

After returning home, I went online to research just what kind of ant this was.  It was really interesting to learn that this "ant" is an actual wasp.  Although it might be a wasp, the name of this is the Red Velvet Ant.  Females do not have wings and crawl.  Only the males have wings.  They range in size from 1/2 inch to 1 and 1/4th inch.  The one we saw was closer to the smaller end of the size scale.  Their sting is known to pack quite a nasty wallop and this insect's nick name is called the Cow Killer (although I didn't find any reference that this was actually true).

Worked in the Beta journal using Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils.  Steps shown.

Ooops...........just realized I spelled Albrecht wrong on my step sheet.

75 Day Challenge - days 60 through 65

75 Day Challenge - all worked in the Stillman & Birn mini sketchbook (Beta) using a Lamy Safari and Lexy Gray ink.

Only 10 more days to go!!!

Day 60 - This was done at a sketchcrawl last Friday.  Decided to splash some color on this one.

Day 61 - This was a total botch job of another building I saw during the sketchcrawl last Friday.  I knew it wasn't going well soon after I made my first few line strokes.  But I decided to go ahead and continue as a lesson for myself.

After I was finished with the page, I scanned it and then with photoshop elements made changes as a visual aid on how it should look (or at least come close).

Day 62 - Still playing with stuffed

Day 63, 64, and 65 - Decided to revisit some of my past sketches but using ink only  to compare with those sketched using pencil guidelines before taking ink to the illustrations.  Of course I'm slower with ink only than I would be with sketching with pencil first.  But as mentioned in a previous post, my confidence level has improved (at least a little bit :-)


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Art Camp at Leesburg Center for the Arts

Each day this week, a different famous master artist is being covered with a short video first thing about the artist and then three different art drawing lessons that represent what the featured artist was famous for.

Monday and Tuesday of this week, I volunteered to help out at the Center during the morning art lessons provided to children ages 8 to 11.

Monday  I was there early in order to help the kids fold and cut their own accordion fold journals.  These journals were being made for them to enter something in it each day  to keep them busy between lessons while things were cleaned up from previous lesson and set up for the next.

Yesterday's featured artist was Leonardo DaVinci.  I was there with material drawn up for the kids to draw Mr. Potato Head as the Vitruvian Man DaVinci is famous for.  Carolyn (who heads this art camp) presented the lesson while myself and others walked around to help each child if they needed it.  The Vitruvian Man exercise was Lesson #2 with the first Lesson having children draw the MonoLisa using a picture of themselves as a starting point.

While preparing for Lesson #2, these kids went to another table to draw in their journals.  This sketch represents five of the 13 that were there.

Worked in a large Stillman & Birn Beta journal.

75 Day Challenge - Days 57, 58, and 59

Only 16 days remaining :-)

Day 57 - Pretty self explanatory.  Worked in small Beta journal.

Day 58 - Using my little bear to depict how I was feeling yesterday.  Worked in cartridge paper sketchbook using a Micron 02

Day 59 - Worked early this morning in small Beta journal

Sunday, July 23, 2017

75 Day Challenge - Days 54, 55, and 56

Day 54 - A small backpack illustration as I sit and think about accessories I could sketch to go with and characterize my little 2 inch bear, Opal, for card ideas and art flyers.  Micron pen used in cartridge paper sketchbook.

Day 55 - A couple of Opal poses as well as accessories.   Used a Micron for this one as well.  Also in the cartridge paper sketchbook.

Day 56 - Birdhouse from a photo I took my last trip to Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages.   This one worked in a new small Stillman & Birn Beta journal.  I chose the Lamy Safari fountain pen as it works best when I want to achieve super light/fine lines........loaded with Lexington Gray ink.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Opal Painting on Location

For those who know me and follow along here, on Flickr, and Facebook, this "model" shows up quite often.  I love using Opal as a model.  I just love bears, I  But Opal is special as he or she is a vintage miniature birthstone bear gifted me many years ago.

With this sketch, I decided Opal would go out on location and do some painting.  This represents our group going out on various sketchcrawls with this one at Venetian Gardens here in Florida.

Hand sewn journal and Lamy Safari / Lexy Gray ink

75 Day Challenge - Days 52 and 53

Well I'm just past 2/3 of the way through this 75 Day Challenge / Round 2.  Am I feeling a bit more confident jumping in with pen and ink?  I think so.  At least I'm not feeling that major hesitation or fear when starting out.  Do I still want to grab my pencil?  It's just the way I enjoy working, I guess.  But my working this challenge can only be a positive  :-)

Day 52 - I grabbed one of my little lego people and decided to sketch her.   I was looking at quotes for artists and thought I'd work this little illustration with one I really liked.

The lego lady is using pen and ink but the quote is added with computer so I can change the quote around and share if I so choose.  The lego lady and surrounding box was worked in the cartridge paper journal.
Day 53 - An added challenge working pen and ink only is working with a black subject.  Sometimes I'm not sure just how much to fill in and it still represent black without going overboard or it turning out as a solid fill.  And with this one I faced yet another challenge using a Micron trying to achieve variations in line strokes.  It's easier with a fountain pen for sure.

Worked in the Cartridge paper journal / Micron 02

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

75 Day Challenge - Days 50 and 51

Continuing my work from photos taken Saturday at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement, I worked these for my 75 day ink challenge.

Day 50 - Outside the Lewis Log Cabin.  Worked in hand sewn journal using the Pilot Prera and Lexy Gray ink.  Decided to add some color.

Day 51 - Hanging in one of the buildings.  Cartridge sketchbook and Pilot Prera w/Lexy Gray ink

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day Trip to Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Yesterday, Shari Williams and myself went to Barberville, FL to check out this historical site representing "Old Florida".  Barberville Pioneer Settlement is a neat place!!!!  It was super hot and humid so we basically just walked around going through all the buildings and taking lots of photos we can use to sketch/paint from.

At some point I'd like to go back with Terry as I'm sure he'd love it.  And it would be a great place for our art group to meet up and sketch and paint on site.  Definitely want to wait until it's a bit cooler!!

For now I have a page in my hand sewn journal showing the map of our trip.  I plan to sketch/paint from some of the photos here in the near future.

Thought I would try my hand at copying computer font styles I liked but using pen and ink.  The fonts I copied were Gigi and Viner Hand.

75 Day Challenge - Days 47, 48, and 49

All sketched in the Cartridge Paper sketchbook from the UK.

Day 47 - Decided to sketch one of Terry's fishing lures he recently purchased for his and Travis's fishing/kayaking outing yesterday.  Used the Platinum Carbon desk pen

Day 48 - Pencil/Pen caddie sitting on my desk  The Pilot Prera with F nib used for this one.

Day 49 - Just doodling odds and ends around my desk.  TWSBI w/Lexy Gray ink used this time.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

75 Day Challenge - Days 45 and 46

With these two days of sketching, I've tried to loosen up a bit.  Be a little "sketchier" than I normally tend to be.

Both in a cartridge paper sketchbook from the UK which is like blotter paper to wet medium.  If you don't move the pen quickly, the ink will blob and spread or feather.

Day 45 - Quick sketch (which for me is a "little" different than loose) where I try not to fiddle but instead attempt to get down on paper quickly but as accurately as I least proportions.

Day 46 - Quick Loose Sketching ......... allowing my marks to be carefree, choppy, or wonky but still resemble what I'm sketching.  I wasn't really concerned with accuracy so much as just looking like a lucky bamboo plant in a container.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

75 Day Challenge - Day 44

Was an all nighter where I couldn't I sketched.

While watching TV I paused this scene and sketched the house.  Worked with my Platinum Carbon Desk Pen / Lexy Gray ink in my hand sewn journal with Fabriano 140 Cold Press.

Also did this little illustration of a quick fix to keep a single ink vial in place without fear of tipping over when dipping a pen into the ink.

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