This is the second of my horse portraits which I did with the pencil tool in Artrage and my graphic tablet.
In the beginning it is a bit strange to draw on the tablet and look on the screen to see your strokes. However, the more I practise it, the better it goes. I also noticed that drawing from a photo reference makes you see things you would not if you would not be drawing it – the distance between the ears, the size of the eye, the size of the muzze, the exact position of eye and ears and so on. And sometimes I won’t notice flaws until I upload the drawing …
May is over, and it is time to think about what’s going to happen in June.
- Do more figure drawing
I already told you about that goal in my last post. You will see the fighting elf coloured in one of the next posts, and I’ve got an additional reference already printed out – a walking woman.
- Draw and paint from reference photos. The point with photos is that not every fantastic photo is a good reference for a good drawing or painting. Quite often you have to simplify or even alter the photo, especially when painting landscapes. I also got some photos of animals and birds.
- Learn more about perspective, especially about living beings placed in surroundings. This goal will definitely include watching some videos about perspective – there are lots of them on the internet.
- Have fun, have fun, have fun!
I have been browsing through flickr looking for pen and ink drawings. This one caught my eye. I think it is really special!
As some of you might know I have been trying stippling with pen and ink. As I am an absolute beginner I looked out for other artists to learn from. And here is one. He presents his art on flickr, and if you follow the link in the caption you will find a lot of beautiful drawings.
Regarding this lion Scott Woyak shows you the various steps he made as work in progress pieces. I especially liked to look at those pieces because they give me an idea of how he did it. Enjoy!
For a long time watercolours and me weren’t good friends. Or, to say it clearer: I was afraid of them, afraid of not being able to “control” them. Somehow however I changed my mind a bit during the last weeks, and this resulted in buying a nice little Schmincke watercolour set with pans.
And then yesterday, I suddenly felt the desire to try them out. I had no image in my mind and thus no pencil sketch. I just dipped my brush into the colour brown and drew it across the paper, being curious where all this might end. Then there was a tree, and it definitely looked lonesome, so I added another one and tried to make them look like talking to each other.
For three quarters of an hour I disappeared into the world of watercolours, listening to the radio, but also not listening. I felt a deep sense of suspense and relaxation at the same time. And I definitely will continue to explore this foreign world and make it my own!
The Landwehrkanal is a waterway which goes through several districts of Berlin. This photo shows it in the district of Charlottenburg, not far away from my office at work. Actually I took this photo on Monday on my way to work.
Although I have been living in Berlin for a long time now I am still fascinated with the amount of green which we have in this big city. Charlottenburg is one of the more urban districts with a big train station and the Kurfüstendamm, the famous boulevard during the time when the west of Berlin was surrounded by the wall.
But, as you can see, even this urban district has got its green islands…
It is the 1st of June, and the first half of the year is almost over. It is time to think about things. In the last five years or so I have been active all over the web. I’ve acquired a Flickr pro account, and used flickr not only for presenting my photos but also to show some of my art.
I’ve been blogging regularly, focusing on my creative activities with the one and other thought about daily life in between.
I’ve registered with Squidoo, created over 60 lenses with the focus on art and music and on the products of my latest activity, Zazzle.
For one year I have been very active on Zazzle, creating designs with photoshop and vector software, and at this point of the year I’ve got about 500+ products in my store. May has been a very good month for me, with even some bulk sales.
But up to now I didn’t have a central meeting point, a place where I could weave the various threads of my internet activities together. Today I did the final step:
The website is still under construction, but I will continually add content. Besides the fact that this website shows my various sides (Zazzler, Squidooer, blogger, photographer and artist) to the world around me, it helps me to remember them and to keep them all balanced.
Spring is arriving fast, but the trees still are without leaves. So it is still the time to took at the way the branches are spreading. Actually I have been thinking of doing some tree sketches, and I’ve looked for some reference photos.
Last weekend the sun was shining, so I took my nice little camera with me, thinking that I could as well produce my own reference photos!
Today, on my way home, I went into my favorite paper and writing stuff shop and asked for some cardboard. I was thinking of using my copic markers again and didn’t want the color to bleed through the paper onto the table.
When the guy from the store showed me the cardboard (actually it was the lid of a paperboard container) and I explained to him what I wanted it to use for, he asked if he should cut it in a slanting way. At that moment the image of a very special easel came to my mind, and I said yes.
When I arrived home I had to try it out. As you can see above I put the cardboard on the table in my living room, fetched a paper from my sketch pad and a reference photo and began to sketch. I did it sitting down and standing up, and I noticed how much easier it was to stand back and have a look at the reference photo and my sketch. It looks like I did the right thing!
By the way: With the graphic tablet it is a bit similar. In the beginning I had it on the left side of my notebook which made me stretch out my left arm. Now I put it in front of my laptop and voilà – it gives me the feeling of having much more control!
So this is another important thing I learnt: You’ve got to have the tools, and you’ve got to work with them in the proper position. Not a revolutionary insight, I know, but an important one for me.