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.
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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