Digital photograph. As I was walking to check the mail, this beautiful pinecone was alongside the walkway. I rushed into the house and grabbed my camera. It’s possibly the most beautiful, most perfectly-shaped pinecone I’ve ever seen. I have been noticing the contours of shapes more lately — the negative space of leaves in trees, the horizon line, and swoops of bridges, and rocks, and large oak clusters that break up the skyline in the countryside of California. I have become charmed and enlivened by the drastic change of shapes I’m familiar with, outside the windows of my home, as Fall has arrived. Leaves falling from the trees have gently, yet drastically, have altered the entire line structure of the landscape.
After spending the last two weeks getting my Fujitsu Lifebook outfitted with new drivers, hard drives, and lots of exciting new drawing applications, I dived into my first real attempt at digital artwork.
ABOUT THIS PICTURE
Digital print. This orchid was drawn from a quick reference photograph I found online. I spent about twenty minutes on it. Using the free version of Sketchbook, I made a quick outline layer of the petals, and then made a second layer filling in the details of the center of the flowers. Next, I added the dotted print. I am excited to work with this image more. The reference photo this was taken from has white petals with decorative blots of dark purple. In the coming days when I experiment, I will post as close to the original reference coloring as I can achieve.
9.5″ x 6″ on watercolor paper. This was my first time playing with conté. I expected it to handle more like oil pastels, but it was slightly tacky in application. However, the conté was excellently bright and bold regarding color.
The rouge areas in the image are where I used conté. The dark blacks and distinctive lines are willow charcoal and charcoal pencil, which made a nice contrast. I like the warm colors of flesh, the makeup on her eyelids, and the natural blush of her lips and cheeks. Her eyes are closed, making it hard to show her vulnerability, but using a little color and brightening her feminine features softened her and brought her to life.
Because I am so very loved (and am the luckiest girl in the world) by Liam Kincaid (author of Operation Break Iron) and Lon Boder, <3 I received a happy little present in the mail yesterday!
We’d been talking about getting me a Cintiq for some time, but the price was more than we were comfortable with, particularly since I wasn’t really even sure yet that I was going to enjoy working on an on-screen drawing tablet.
Even though I am only Day Two into owning this lovely thing, I can tell we’re going to have a fantastic working relationship. After installing some Wacom drivers for the tablet sensitivity and pen, the Fujitsu ran Autodesk Sketchbook, Krita, Photoshop, and Illustrator smoothly, with a speedy responsiveness to my sketching on-screen demands.
The Fujitsu Lifebook is a little old, and I got it used, but it’s a great start for someone like me who is just getting herself figured out in the age of art prints over the internet. I am excited about what freedom I’ll have, being able to take this laptop/tablet combination anywhere, being able to draw and sketch easily without fuss.
I am currently reviewing sites online that sell prints and other merchandise based on artwork you provide — Redbubble and Society6 to name two. I am super thrilled to see how all that is going to turn out.
So, here’s another step in the right direction — getting tools to facilitate the creativity, and the courage to look into possible reality of making my art marketable! Yay!
This is a digital picture taken on my Canon Rebel T2i, at 35mm focal length. I liked the wraparound form of the tree and how it led the eye from the upper left, down into a clockwise spiral, ending toward the center and ascending back to the top. As I began learning more about drawing, my perceptions and awareness sharpened. Trees became not just pretty trees, but geometrically alive, with positive and negative space, shading and gradients, texture, and unique placements. As I further studied art and photography, I learned composition is more than half of what makes a successful image, whether it be a photograph, drawing, painting, or any other work of art.