Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 Inktober - Final Day and Other

Another very late night where I was up till wee hours of the morning so I spent that time working on my final sketch for the Inktober Challenge. 

Day 31 - A small shelf sitter picked up a couple Saturdays ago when a few of us went to Fall in the Field at Renningers in Mount Dora, FL.

Last night late evening - Going back to working an exercise sketching birds from the new approach John Muir Laws is sharing with people.  He starts out with the outer top contour lines of the bird and adds the shapes of head and body to that line.

And here is one more I worked last night.  For over three years we had our living room in what's actually called a family room with fire place.  That room is in the center of the house so it stays fairly dark in the room.  Although we seldom use it now that the boys have moved out, to me it wasn't all that inviting for when anyone came over.  So Terry and I decided to move the furniture to the front of the house that is technically considered the living room (according to the realtor's listing).  

The front faces the North with plenty of natural light due to the two large windows, one of which is a large bay window.  

We moved the dining room table and chairs in the room with the fire place that sits in with a hutch and curio cabinet.  We very seldom use the large table as we have another smaller one in the kitchen itself for when we sit down to eat unless the boys visit and eat with us.

This daily sketching was a lot of fun and I've learned a lot with the Procreate app that I worked the majority of my sketches this month.  It's giving me plenty opportunity to get a feel for the pressure sensitivity of the apple pencil and adding and blending color.   Have also learned how to incorporate gridding as a method for more accuracy in drawing. 

When I first started using the app, I relied on a lot of "undos" but working daily as I have, I've noticed I'm not using that nifty feature hardly at all.  I might do a little erasing but to me no different than working with pencil and erasing something I don't much care for.

If working from a photo, I can view on computer screen (or laptop) while sketching on Ipad (just like I would if working in a journal book).  I get the initial line work down and then can move about (going to another location) and work the shading and/or coloring at my leisure.

Gridding is a breeze because you don't have all that prep work lightly drawing the grid on drawing surface.......instead just use an overlay of a grid scan, hiding the layer when done.  No erasing of the grid lines once done worrying about messing up the sketch itself (especially if using graphite).  And I really enjoy gridding......it's like putting together a puzzle which I love. 

I can now better understand why so many illustrators and cartoonists are going digital. 


Ginny Stiles said...

some amazing and wonderful art. Thank you for sharing all the great ideas and your art is beautiful.

Susan Bronsak said...

Ginny.....thank you so much for that.........I truly appreciate the encouragement. Your work is beautiful too!!!!

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