Working in the digital medium is just as challenging and fun as traditional. There is of course the drawback of not getting the tactile feedback when working but the benefits will make up for that.
The learning process, or learning curve if you will, to become a decent artist has not changed but the many advantages working digital will speed this process up. It is a numbers game when it comes to learning and very much so when painting and drawing. The ability to instantly do/undo pretty much everything you put down on the canvas is a huge advantage.
Accelerated iteration is good for you!
Still I better at least be sketching waiting for some real snowlandscape.
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He also provides the BEST advice out there for any budding artist at his blog.
A good New Year to you!
Crayon drawing of Deborah Dyer
I just picked up the red, black and white chalks, and started drawing again. I love this girls attitude… and her voice
I suppose I better paint her in oils too.
(Got to remember not to have those long brakes from drawing… and posting…and…and…what was that again?)
I thought I would share some of the non-dominant hand croquis sketches. I am still not sure what is going on and why the resulting sketches turn out so surprisingly good in terms of eye-hand coordination.
I did notice that I sketched a lot more deliberate and careful and also at a much slower pace.
Another thing I noticed was that I actually held the chalk down on the paper a bit more, not lifting it off the paper just as much. Always a good thing, my teacher keep saying!
It also rested your dominant hand somewhat and of course it felt a lot ”easier” to start sketching with your dominant hand again. I think you should try it, you might be suprised.
I have tested an oil based pencil to see how it suits me when drawing croquis.It turns out to work fairly well. I can draw very light lines as well as press down hard for accents. Since it is oil based there is no way to quickly smudge out some areas to describe form.
I also tried an ordinary 2B pencil.
It was more difficult to get really dark accent compared to the oil based pencil. Smudging was more or less impossible.
Then I did the drawing in 2B pencil and tried to shift to 9B pencil just for areas to be smudged with the stump. It just did not work and it just felt awkward to shift three times during this short time and I couldnt get a decent shadow in place anyhow.
The last examples is with the soft chalk,the same I used in my first croquis session.
I just love to be able to get real darks when I draw and with the chalk that works. The drawbacks of not getting really light and fine lines with the chalk could be somewhat remedied by developing a lighter touch. Even ordinary lightly applied chalklines appear light in comparison to really heavy darks, so I am prepared to accept this minor drawback.
Portrait of a dog when alla prima drags on to the next day
What do you call an alla prima session that drags on to the next day? I thought that technique could be named ”alla seconda”, it has a nice ring to it. There is some complications there linguistically and semantically, I am sure, but I am too tired to figure it out right now. Suggestions are welcome until …next day of course! Otherwise alla seconda stays
It is a very interesting subject matter, dogs, with endless variation of appearence and expression.
Man’s oldest friend
Bastian - Västgötaspets
This guy, Bastian, is a Västgötaspets. Västgötaspets is a very old swedish breed of dogs. The Vikings got help with herding cattle from this guys ancestors.
We love him and he loves us right back!