I finally took the time to bring this one a lot further in one sitting than I have in a long time! I'm glad I did. I don't believe it's finished yet. There are some more tonal highlights and shadows in the background and some blending in the foreground to do. Not to mention the water dripping from her as well as the highlights on the water and the droplets falling action...quite a bit more to go. We'll get there I'm sure. Just how long it may take is a mystery to me at the moment.
The sketchbook is used in so many ways by so many people. Below I've posted two short video clips on just a few things you could focus on sketching. Some may call this process journaling, others may just call it doodling. At the end of your day this is simply the best way to get all those interesting ideas, inventions and stories into a usable format.
Notes are a great thing to incorporate into your sketchbook too. All along the edges or in artistic scribbling near the relevant sketch. This is the place to compile and organize all these thoughts. Soon enough that big project will come along and you'll wonder what resource you have to draw upon to create something unique and original. Myself, I believe I've been remiss in following this advice and my originality suffers from it. Though there are resources you will be sure to enjoy your creations much more if you're entire work of art is aaalll you. I know that I do.
These were recorded during a Basic Drawing Bootcamp Workshop class. You can see me drawing in my digital sketchbook with my "Tin Pencil" shapes such as the cube to explore how the shading of it might be improved. The stick figures explore the movement of basic anatomy, and again the shading of complex shapes. This is your personal artistic logbook and as such this can be as neat and tidy or chaotic as you want it to be. So keep things as loose and imaginative as you can. It's the idea behind the story that creates your motivation to make any project in the first place. I'm using this post as a personal reminder to myself to really get back into my own sketchbooking adventures. That's what Operation Tin Pencil was about in the first place. To create using a digital sketchbook rather than a traditional one. I'm journaling all the same.
Everything found within your sketchbook can be used in the making of stories of all kinds; be they manuscript, comic book, graphic novel, or webcomic. Tell your story any way you can. Just make sure you're keeping notes while you write.
I used a program called Procreate to make the images (found on the right) and the videos.
Below is the rest of a comment one of my students forwarded me not too long ago. I was happy to hear that the little bit I've done while I've been in Calgary, Alberta Canada has not been - well, for naught. I want to make a special shout-out to Vendula for her unwavering support and commitment to the kids here in Calgary. She has a big heart and no matter what she says she is a fantastic artist in the process of blooming! Thanks Vendula!
Wow. Isn't crazy how with aaaalllllll the people around us in a mall these days we've become even more disconnected to these people?
Twice today I've been seated or standing right-next-to-someone.....one person was seated faceing me! I called out common courtesy phrase in order to make some polite conversation, and yet I might as well have been Casper. I was friendly enough. (smiley face)
I watch and listen to Abraham-Hicks Law Of Attraction YouTubes almost daily. There was a time when the above instance would infuriate me to no end, but today I'm glad to report that MY energy has not be downgraded, and I'm continuing to download good vibrations - I'm not even jacked in!
I'm happy to report that living in Calgary has offered me an awesome opportunity to get to know a whole lot of interesting artists all with excellent skills of their own in figure drawing and sketchbook outings. I've been invited to art gallery shows and will be applying my knowledge to workshops on cartooning and fantasy art at Swinton's Art Supply & Instruction as well as working with the Young Rembrandt's franchise as an afterschool art instructor.
Little fun fact for anyone out there using Paper by 53 for the iPad or Tablets - I just made a discovery like a little kid and just about jumped out of my vest suit!
You may have already discovered this yourself by now, but if not get ready for it....drumroll. Hehheh - by tapping and holding a color off the palette wheel or tray and dropping on the page it will bucket fill the entire page with that color!! Woohoo! Isn't that great?!
That was my bit of APP-tite excitement for today. I'm sure it was the highlight of your day too reading about this exciting feature.
Sketch the future, Friends!
I Wanted to keep everyone in the Calgary area informed that if you've been wondering how you might work your iPad or Tablet into a portable art studio or just how to get more out of your iPad's operational potential Check out the classes I'm holding in July and August:
First I'll be offering Cartooning and Character Creation on the iPad/Tablet on July 21-24, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm for $180. Then I'll be teaching Creating Fantasy Art Digitally on August 19th & 21st, 2014 also from 9:30am to 12:30pm for $90.
It's the most constructive creative thing you could ever do to find your artistic center. As one blogger put it, "It's not a diary or a place to (dare I say it) doodle." Quite simply it is the act of recording your visual thoughts for later use in stories, and other art.
Let's start from the beginning by choosing a sketchbook. There are so many out there to choose from, making the selection process possibly an overwhelming one.
In truth there is no other way to select the perfect sketchbook for yourself, because a lot of time is spent looking for 'The One' that really speaks to you (vibrationally), and it has to have the most interesting color, and it has to be spiral-bound or perforated pages, and, and, and.... I have found that the best sketchbooks are ones that allow you to dress the book to you suiit your own style. You can find natural sketchbooks out there that don't have a pretty expensive cover. You want to find the most suitable grit and weight that feels good to the touch.
Bear in mind, that using pencils in the sketchbook will result in a much different experience than if you were to use pens or markers exclusively. This has bearing on which book you choose.
For myself, I've actually acquired over 100 different sketchbooks just learning this little tidbit. I haven't even journaled anything yet! Whew! Suffice it to say you will know the book when you see it.
On to sketchbooking (or visual journaling, if you will); remember, it's not a diary. When I say, 'journaling,' I mean it in the same way your english teacher likely had you sit and free-write for the first portion of class. You want to treat your sketchbook in a similar fashion. It is your greatest assest to free all those fantastic thoughts and ideas locked in your melon upstairs.
When you can finally see what it is your creative mind has been conjuring (even if it's not a finished picture) you can finally feel at ease to move past that idea and draw still more through the book.
Sketchbooking is a fun exercise you can do anytime of the day when you've got something you just don't want to forget - sketch it out. It just might be important to your future career....
Sketch the future, friends!
Mark R Northcott's artwork went on display at the Southwood Public Library for the month of November 2013! In conjunction with being one of the featured artists giving a workshop on basic drawing.
One amazing adventure is to visit the Calgary Expo in Calgary, AB Canada! Artist Mark Northcott attended the Calgary Expo last year, and looks forward to attending it again this year. It is a tentative plan, but he may be participating this year on the other side of the booth! We'll wait and see; in fact, if all goes as planned he will be at the My Ink Comics Booth this year (2014) at either the Calgary or the Edmonton Expo. You can also find My Ink Comics on Facebook!
Raine is about a young socialite outcast who finds her mettle in an old abandoned Theatre as she is visited by a powerful mystical spectre...Issue #1 will be on sale soon. Check back here or My Ink Comics for details as they are updated!
Yakima Award Program Honors the Achievement
YAKIMA October 21, 2013 -- Maxin Art Studio has been selected for the 2013 Best of Yakima Award in the Fine Art Artists category by the Yakima Award Program.
Each year, the Yakima Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Yakima area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Yakima Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Yakima Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Yakima Award Program
The Yakima Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Yakima area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Yakima Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Yakima Award Program
My friend Mark is an exceptionally talented illustrator. You know , the kind who can draw anything? Anything and everything? You know the type.
Thank you for your helpful words of encouragement, Ashleigh. You are such an incredibly talented artist, and have helped the Maxin team out on more than one occassion. At the very least I would hope we made headway in getting your own art more publicity! Keep sketching the future, Ashleigh!
I've been 'round and 'round with myself on what kind of first web comic I would first post, and realized I was just dragging my feet. Most of us would agree that you really never learn (or enjoy) how to swim until you just jumped in. A great analogy for a many things in life, I think. Just getting your feet wet doesn't give you a full appreciation of how your feet will propel you faster or keep you afloat while at rest. No, better to just jump in.
At first I planned on publishing an epic story I've been writing in my head entitled Frontier. A grand story indeed. Only three people really have any inkling what my premise or characters are, but that's by design.
I think most artists go through a protective phase of their work as if they're almost afraid they'll run out of creative fluid or something. "Well, that's a masterpiece! I'll not create another LIKE it!" Well, of course not. It just wouldn't be an original. Originality is what we seek, but being broke isn't one of those things we look for so buck up, lose the fear, and show the world what you've got. Just be careful to protect the originals you do have that you wish to put on the market. By protect, I mean to copyright where necessary, block the "save as..." function whenever possible, and make it clear to gallery visitors and fans of your work that it isn't free for the taking.
To sum up - it's okay to show the world what you can do. There are dozens of ways to do that now, and then there are as many or more platforms to showcase the work you wish to really sell in a more professional fashion. Check out our website or even sites like Fine Arts America for possibilities in sales.
When it comes to the webcomic. Yes, I'm gonna go with a webcomic, and soon. I have researched several webcomic platforms, and am happy to provide links for those interested, but in the end my question always had an answer...I happen to have a website and domain to not only host my own, but a number of other artists' web comics! Not to mention I've the software in place to design my own site completely from scratch. Gotta say, I'm loving that Serif Suite more and more every day! No, I am not planning to release the Frontier webcomic yet, but perhaps I've learned to swim a little better with the comic I am coming out with I'll have a great platform in place that will do my Frontier comic justice. More to come on the details of the comic I'm publishing as I post it. You're all in for a treat. And if you find yourself looking to share in the fun I encourage any artists and writers to join our little art community with their own fantastic stories and art. I'll have a platform to showcase both!
Speaking of seeing people; I find my best work is inspired by spending time in a mall or busy people outlet. Ha! We usually think of going to the mall to pick up a sweater or a brand new bag or a coffee, but I go for the people-spotting! If you're in the mood to draw or paint, but just not sure what to do or where to set your imagery than fear not my friends. Help is at the nearest people outlet -- *ahem* I mean shopping mall. ;-)
Once you've found that perfect candidate for the art work of choice, you've a moral obligation to yourself to either walk up and request a photo and release of them or (if you're really quick) get a field sketch done of them. Hopefully, your model is seated or stationary. Please note: any photo op must be accompanied by a signed release stating the person being photographed has allowed you to take their picture, and agrees with your stated intentions with said photo. If you've not stalked this person in a creepy sorta way, and they are relatively carefree it all works out for everyone. They might get a little royalty money from the art sales you make from finding inspiration in them.
Moral of the story today. People are everywhere; make the most of your day by helping others to help yourself. Go out there and get to know someone. You never know if that next drawing will have them in mind.
I'm pondering which application to use. Constant contact, icontact, mail chimp, or tiny letter. Any thoughts, people? You know, so that I can really toot my own horn with pizazz! ;-)
Today was a good day to draw...and be drawn too. Alas, not a soul could be swayed to sit for what could have been the most endearing portraitures of their lives.
People often lament about the weather and it's impermeable hold on our daily emotional directions. Well, if today was any indication than tomorrow will surely be the same. I don't want to jinx my profit margin before I even begin tomorrow, but this was a sad state of affairs. Today, it was sunny with smoke in the air. Tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny with smoke in the air. Maybe I'll catch a nap in haze of the noontime sun.
Wake me when it's time to draw someone.
Today will mark the third day of adding caricature to the little big town of Leavenworth, Washington for drawing caricatures during the Village Art In The Park festival. My first day here (Friday) involved a lot of firsts for this type of event. I had to have a white canopy with walls 10'x10' in dimension. Not such a difficult task. I had a really warm response from the visitors and artists alike; in fact, such a welcome really goes a long way towards making one feel wilkommen to a new work environment! I wish to extend a huge thank you to all the artists in the park who have shown your friendly sides to Maxin Art Studio & Company. We look forward to coming back.
Time for breakfast now. I've got to administer some form of mechanical triage to my " new" canopy. There seems to be some unruly buckling in key structural locations. Not cool.
Until next time Citizens!
I'm constantly working on improving my speed in art. In this day and age we're competing for what seems like a limited resource in funding. May the quicker artist prevail, right?! Wrong! It shouldn't be about competing against your neighbor or even the guy three cubicles down who constantly baits you. It's about achieving your personal best and then striving to best yourself. Just like we realize how much more critical we are of ourselves than others are - it all comes from the same drive to be our best at what we do. Let's not let that passion become anything less positive than the fusion power we require internally to build toward our next great accomplishments.
At the end of the day I'm in a race alright, but not with you.... I'm after glory and honor in holding myself accountable. I'm going for my own gold!
Hi. Today's weather is perfect for creative energy to flow abundantly from the great universe all around; that is unless you aren't conducting enough electricity to keep it going! I believe Leonardo DaVinci was onto something in his research of life and it's abundance. I will have to read up more on that soon, for now I'm satisfied with Tesla's book on energy generation, and a cup of coffee within the next 15 minutes. Whew! Here's to having enough sun and conductive fluid running through my veins today to get a few things done!
I enjoy talking with the kids in my - wait-a-minute; did I just refer to my students as "kids?!" They're not - really. In fact, I hope I don't offend anyone when I say that my students are sometimes more adult than some grownups I know. Though the forum they join me in is that of a drawing class we are free to talk about any subject matter (within reason of course) and sitting around the Round Table of Maxin gives all those present a sense of equality. My students seem to enjoy the freedom to be part of a 'round-table' discussion where we philosophize, improve our drawing and challenge our musical knowledge while slacker radio's 'movie music' channel plays on in the background.
As busy as my schedule can be at times it's nice to look forward to Friday not only because it's the end of the working week - but also the time when I get to meld minds with some very creative people!
I wonder if a Socrates Cafe is in order for the studio soon. For those who are unfamiliar with Socrates Cafe's there is a great little book out there (I have a copy in the studio) called, Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy, by Christopher Phillips. I just found it on Amazon.com for $11.16! Here's the current link:
Anywho, the short version is this: a group of inquisitive types gather together after being challenged to read one book or another based on current discussion and events; this group uses the book(s) as a means to generate deep thought discussion and debate. It's nice if a beverages and snacks are available to help fuel the mind in these talks too.... I've participated in a few some time back, and while best in a library I believe the Art Studio and it's growing library along with the fact we do offer the occasional snack and ever-present hot or cold drink makes for a great place to continue solving the world's problems one book at a time!
I think because while both are heroes among men and women alike - only one emulates what we all strive for: to be more like God. To have super powers, be indestructible, and all but impervious to sin would be glorious! His foibles serve to connect us to him and his visage to reinforce the idea we are made in "god's image."
Whereas superman is our savior batman is our society's need to see justice done at any cost. Because Batman will do what it takes to see the bad guys pay his characterization has room for flaws - knowing that he is always putting his finite life in peril makes him a solitary symbol for both righteousness and fear. Because, unlike our dark hero we din want to become him - we need him to serve up justice in a way that our penal system isn't designed for. They're totally great characters that emulate our two sides - we all seem to have a dark and a light side. all in all a very interesting discussion could be had.
Operation Tin Pencil
I am often asked about the meaning and significance of the word "Maxin." I have found it to mean 'Divine Light." As to it's significance; I believe our imagination has the divine power to change our lives for the better. If this is so above than shall it be below. Let us see the full spectrum our art can deliver by encouraging others to do the same!
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