Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A while back, Beckett mentioned that I do Daily Doodles. I post some of these on DebbieOhi.com, but some I just keep to myself.
I find that drawing something purely for the fun of it every day helps keep the joy in my art (including work-related art). Sometimes I do a quick sketch while other times I take longer and do some experimenting.
Today, I decided to experiment more with textures and layers. Most of my pieces are created entirely digitally, and I did this one in Corel Painter. Just in case some of you out there have Corel Painter, I'm going to mention some of the specific brushes that I used.
First I created a layer above the Canvas and colored it a pale blue. In the top half of the image, I used the Sponge brush (one of my faves!) and several color to create a textured sky. Next, using the Flat Color brush, I drew a silhouette of the cityscape.
I selected Preserve Transparency in the cityscape layer so I would only affect the silhouette, then used the Sponge brush again to add more color.
After adding some windows with the Chalk brush, I copied the cityscape layer, flipped it, then pasted on top of the previous cityscape layer, dragged it down lower and offset a bit horizontally to give the impression of more buildings.
Then I selected the cityscape layer in the back, copied it, and flat-colored the copy entirely grey. I also decided to experiment a bit with a watercolor effect near the bottom with the "Just Add Water" variant of the Blend brush:
The background grey layer looks ugly, right? But remember that this grey layer is directly on TOP of the real cityscape layer. Watch what happens when I select Gel for how this layer interacts with its neighbors:
Pretty cool, eh?
At this point I realize that the whole watercolor thing doesn't really work, so I crop the image to cut off a lot of the bottom. I also use the Sponge brush to add some clouds in the sky:
But what to do about the weird-looking watercolor bit at the bottom? My solution: COVER IT UP!
I use the Flat Color brush and use a generic green. Well, maybe the green's a little bright for this picture but that's okay -- I can mute it down with more Sponge paint:
My overall advice: Don't let yourself get in a creative rut -- experiment on a regular basis. If you have your own creative experiments (in whatever medium) online, feel free to post the URL below!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I start on these with a bunch of scanned in sketches taken from my many sketchbooks; I wanted to create a lined journal illustrated with a sketch on each page. I've always liked the idea of illustrated journals, but most of the commercially available ones seem to use only a few actual pictures, then they repeat them through the pages. Seems kind of chintzy, so I wanted to make one that had a different drawing for almost every page. There are no repeats of images.
|Egret sketch from a long time ago.|
|Max on a right-hand page layout|
|Pages laid out together for printing|
|diagram of signature page layouts|
|Book assembled into signatures and cover ready for stitching|
|Starting stitching in the second signature|
|Finishing up by sewing on the back cover|
|Finished book with its custom fabric cover made|
|There are pockets front, back and inside the cover flap|
|Being able to carry a pen with it seems pretty essential|
|Picking the perfect button to complete the whole thing|
|Finished book with cover|
|Using different fabric and button can give the book a totally different feel|
Friday, April 15, 2011
|Pen and ink sketchbook drawing of mine|
|Illustration done in Painter with Wacom tablet by Debbie|
|Woodcut style goldfish by Debbie, drawn with Wacom pad|
I was trained more traditionally, before computers really came into their own as an art medium; later I worked for years as a computer artist doing art for games and such, but honestly the computer as a medium then was all about the limitations: colors, resolution, pixels the size of your head and so on.
|Pixel by pixel... Old computer drawn art|
|Concept sketches for a game machine demo|
|Moose walk anim frames from way back|
|Debbie's rabid squirrel sketch, drawn with her Wacom pad and Painter|
|Colored pencil drawing of Shannon on tinted Canson paper|
Monday, April 11, 2011
|One of Debbie's cartoon about writing: "No Magic Beans"|
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams
Friday, April 8, 2011
|Neck scarf I started quite a while ago- it's waiting still...|
|Fingerless Mitts I've kept, and used a lot.|
I have the craving lately, though. The craving to start a new project. I narrowly escaped getting myself new yarn for a project the other day. God knows I don't need more yarn, and I can't afford it anyway. I probably have more than enough yarn to keep me busy the rest of my life even if I knitted 24 hours a day for the rest of my time. Crazy, really. If anything, I need to toss my stash to get re-inspired by the wonderful yarns that I already have, not buy new yarn I don't have time to knit.
I have all that enthusiasm, though, that itch for a wonderful new project. It seems like all of that burning desire to create should be channeled into something great, doesn't it? That need to make something really cool tends to take over my brain and makes it hard to concentrate on other necessary things, I get distracted into thinking and planning designs and thinking up how to work out the technical details and so forth. I guess I need to carry a notebook around and actually write more of them down, and then actually make them.
|Socks for Paul. Big socks for big feet take longer...|
I have silly, forlorn fantasies of finally making the time to clean out the garage and get it useable, but to be honest I have just about zero concrete desire to actually do the work involved, I wish it would just magically clean itself. I have similar fantasies about my unfinished projects that have lost my interest in finishing them, lost some of their charm in that last gasp of slogging through the actual construction process. I need some sort of magic solution to help these poor orphans keep my attention long enough for me to finally finish them. I've tried restricting myself to no new projects until I finish others, but then I end up hating the ones in the queue to be done with a resentful fury that really spoils the whole thing. They're not stupid, bad projects, they're still cool and wonderful, I just seem to have the attention span of a gnat on speed.
It's ridiculous, really. I need a magic finish-itis to balance all of my start-itis. So what do you do to get yourself to finish up a project that's lagging along? Or am I the only guilty one?
Monday, April 4, 2011
Just watch this, and see if it doesn't make you smile.It's pretty boggling, if you think about it, how much work and precision went into constructing this whole thing. And yes, it's a cell phone ad, so the artists got funded by advertising dollars.
Does that make it less amazing? Does it mean the artists sold out? Does it make their accomplishment less meaningful?
Would they have been able to even construct it if they hadn't gotten funding from the advertisers? Is there any difference here between getting financial support to make this, as opposed to the original composer, Mr. J.S. Bach, getting financial support from his King to compose and perform amazing music? Would either one even exist without funding from other, richer sources?