Sunday, September 26, 2010

People working out

Just some sketchbook silliness.
I was working out next to some one who looked pretty much like this. The thing about working out and getting your body temp up is that if you are wearing perfume or cologne it tends to become stronger. Whew! And how do you wear so much make up with out it wearing off from the sweat? I guess the secret is not to sweat too much!
When I work out at Gold's Gym in Venice California I tend to feel like an out sider. I'm not a behemoth , I don't have numerous body piercings and I have no tattoos. *sigh*
A lot of people there seem to be screaming for attention. The good thing is that it gives me some good fuel for drawing!
I drew this in my sketch book but did some color in Photoshop- and obviously some type.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Digital Inking in Photoshop

I thought I'd share some Digital inking . Of course I like inking with real ink and brush but Digital tools keep getting better and better. Here's a sample of Photoshop CS5 inking.
With this I'm working on my 21 inch Cintiq which has over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The new 21 inch Cintiq has over 2,000 levels! ( Be still my foolish, foolish heart!)
However you can do this using a tool with fewer levels. I've done this with a 99 dollar pen tablet. You just need to make adjustments in Photoshop.
What works for me in P.S.CS5 is that you can intuitively rotate the canvas and return to standard view with a few keyboard clicks. I tend to use the standard hard nylon tip for the stylus. I could use the "Felt" tip or the spring loaded tip on the stylus but I find that they are less accurate.
Here are my brush settings for inking . Pretty simple. Shape Dynamics on. Transfer off. Hardness at 100 percent . Spacing at 1 percent.
You can see I just took the previous drawing and practiced on that .
This is not to show actual inking techniques - that takes lots of practice and understanding of how brushes work with ink. This is just to show how you can mimic that look in photoshop.

Monday, September 13, 2010

beginning sketch

This is the beginning of a little sketch that got bigger.
I like where its at in this stage but I got to painting it with more color and I like that too.
But for now I'm just showing this small bit of it.
That's all.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Same pencil sketch- partly inked.

Breaking out the Windsor Newton series 7 water colour brushes for an inking session.
Inking in cold pressed paper is never as good as hot pressed. I knew that. But the sketch books are supposed to be for practice. I guess you can say inking on less favorable paper is like jogging on sand with leg weights. It toughens you up.
I don't like this very much but I'm posting anyway. I've been experimenting with digital inking as well . You can get spoiled with this. You don't have to wait for the ink to dry , you can click undo as many times as you like - but you may never be satisfied .
Here's a sample
This is a small portion of a much larger piece of art.
So with digital inking you can take a 4 by 4 inch drawing and ink it like it's a 20 by 20 inch drawing. you could be inking for days. But I like it!

back to sketchbook

Just posting another sketchbook thing . maybe these will come to something.
Just do a lot of them . Keep throwing them at the wall - something will stick !

Thursday, September 2, 2010

pencil in sketchbook

Just some graphite in the sketchbook before I fall asleep.
I was looking at a sketchbook from 1987 and noticing how incredibly tiny my drawings were.
Tiny little faces a quarter of an inch high. I'm surprised how I could have seen something so small and draw it too!
Well this is a small sketch too. The head is about an inch and a half high.