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Wild Alice – Graphite to Digital

Wild Alice – Graphite to Digital

Starting out with a graphite drawing and progressing to digital coloring.

Female-Hair

 

I couldn’t choose between a black or blue background, so I’m keeping them both.

 

Wild Alice - Blue

 

I really like how that black makes her hip and leg pop out. Bam.

 

Wild Alice - Black

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Scrapbook Flower Design – Digital

Scrapbook Flower Design – Digital

Feeling a bit whimsical today, and missing a friend, I decided to make a small illustration featuring some hand-drawn, simple line art flowers. Sketchbook Pro has a great pattern and line-mirroring ability which I had yet to play with. The result is this image, based on my original idea of mimicking scrapbook paper.

Here is the image with original black and white flowers.

Scrapbook Flowers - Black and White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the image with color added!

Scrapbook Flowers - Colored

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Pink Maple – Coloring Digitally

Pink Maple – Coloring Digitally

I felt like I needed some bright colors in my life today. I went back through the daily sketch archives and found a portrait to experiment with. My thought being, “Why not add some color digitally? Let’s see what happens.” I am super encouraged by this short, fun coloring! Pink seemed the way to go, and so, go with it, I did!

The graphite drawing was taken from Day 16 of Daily Portrait Sketches.
Below is the newly-colored “Pink Maple”. What do think of her color infusion?

Day 16 - Portrait SketchPink Maple - Colored from Day 16

 

 

 

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Three Succulents With Neon Colors (digital)

Three Succulents With Neon Colors (digital)

three-succs-lowres-fromInstagram

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

Digital art. I made this using Sketchbook Pro on my smartphone! It’s a Galaxy Note 4, which has a lovely little stylus. I worked on this while I was doing my laundry at the laundromat, which goes to show you can fit creativity in at any time! This was a short sketch, using an existing photo I took of some succulents. Being able to use my own reference photo really makes the art process a lot more fun. I feel more emotionally connected to the final art product. I know where I was, and what I was doing while I took the original photo. I remember why I was entranced, and what was originally artistically pleasing to me about seeing this in real life. I like the lines of succulents. The innner and outer shapes, the colors, the way everything is so delicate in form and yet so sturdy at the same time. They are hardy, yet pretty plants, and emotionally, I like to think of myself the same way. Maybe they’ll be my personal icon from now on. Seems like a good choice, doesn’t it? (If you want to see work-in-progress photos of this work, please go to my WIP page.)

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Rainbow Mushrooms (digital art, coloring)

Rainbow Mushrooms (digital art, coloring)

An ending to the mushrooms I was working on yesterday. After struggling for hours with “natural” tones of the mushrooms, in white, brown, and gray, I rebelled and made them rainbow-colored.

The line art from yesterday's session. Note the color being applied, it is a warm beige; it was sampled from an actual mushroom image.
The line art from yesterday’s session. Note the color being applied, it is a warm beige; it was sampled from an actual mushroom.

 

More coloration, using a warmer color as a base. A lot like with painting -- using burnt sienna as an underlayer.
More coloration, using a warmer color as a base. A lot like painting — using burnt sienna as an underlayer.

 

Nearing the end of my rebellion with color, here is the rainbow theme.
Nearing the end of my rebellion with color, here is the rainbow theme.

 

Zoomed-in color detail for the final mushrooms colors.
Zoomed-in color detail for the final mushrooms colors.

 

The final coloring, with Photoshop modifications for extra Wow.
The final coloring, with Photoshop modifications for extra Wow.

 

This was a fun exercise, and I learned a lot, especially about the inner workings of Sketchbook Pro. I got more familiar with the behaviors of the brushes, and how to merge and separate layers to make the coloring process more forward-moving and less tripping over myself. The splatter-dot brush was entertaining and gave me a lot of texture in this image that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I look forward to learning even more!

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Three Mushrooms (digital art / WIP)

Three Mushrooms (digital art / WIP)

Out on a walk, I found the cutest and most-nicely assembled bunch of mushrooms.

The three mushrooms. The original image I'm using as a reference.
The three mushrooms. The original image I’m using as a reference.

 

I took a picture. Once I got home, I loaded this picture in Sketchbook Pro and started tracing and modifying the lines.

I began to outline the contours of the mushrooms and drew lines of represent their interior texture.
I began to outline the contours of the mushrooms and drew lines representing their interior texture.

 

Continuing to fill in the smaller mushrooms while using the original image as a guideline.
Continuing to fill in the smaller mushrooms while using the original image as a guideline.

 

It is a work-in-progress, so I don’t have the image finalized yet, but seeing the progress in a post like this is helpful for me. It gives me a chance to become more familiar with the image, and share. This is the image showing the line work I’ve done with no background image. As you can see, the line work is very clean and represents the shapes and unique texture of the mushrooms very well. (And we haven’t even done coloring or textures yet, which are to come.)

The current line art, I'm mostly finalized -- all the major shapes are represented with sufficient line detail.
The current line art, I’m mostly finalized — all the major shapes are represented with sufficient line detail.

 

The beginning of testing some colors -- which is the next step: inking.
The beginning of testing some colors — which is the next step: inking.

 

I’m excited to see how this turns out. The playful shapes in the interior of the mushroom were a lot of fun to draw, and gave me some good eye-to-hand exercise. I’m really enjoying the freedom of digital artwork, and the ability to make multiple iterations and moods to the same structural image.

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