Digital art. Taken from a reference photo I took of six succulents gathered-together in a landscaped space. I liked the cascading shape. This was a quick half hour exercise, mostly learning about synthetic paint in my painting program, Sketchbook Pro. I worked at keeping the colors warm and free, but yet still true to the color scale of a believable succulent-color palette.
This is the second round of working this picture of succulents. I originally made a less realistic version of it here.
It was colorful and fun, focusing more on the bright-color aspect and less on the real, true-to-form colors of the succulent. I told myself I’d come back to work using the very same reference image but doing it in a different style. And this is the result. It’s still a work-in-progress, but here are some images from the working second version.
The working second version. There is still cleaning and refining to do. But note the realistic style I’m aiming for, aside from the pink outline — which I like as a contrast from the dark green.
Side-by-side zoom-in shots of two succulents in the image.
A zoom-in of a succulent, colored. With the original gray lines and pink overlapping + highlighted edges.
In another post, I show the lines from the image with various background colors. It’s fun to play with the original lines of a drawing and explore all of the possibilities. You can see that here.
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.)
This is my first real attempt at coloring digitally. I’m using Sketchbook Pro to draw and to color. Getting used to this program has been a real pleasure. I’m learning a lot about using layers to my advantage in order to build up colors, as I would be with painting using physical paints. Merging layers and making layers transparent really helped me get a feel for color integration. I hope to do many more of these works — with succulents in particular, as they are so full of color and interesting line shapes. They are also just plain adorable and I think they’re fascinating.
Here’s my process as I went along, starting with the original picture I took with the beginning lines.
I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of the process. I know it’s been educational for me to see the progress, and very encouraging.
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.
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!
Digital photo. I found this lovely bloom in the marina where I live. I haven’t lived in hot climates much, so I haven’t been familiar with cactus. I found this specimen to be captivating, in color and unique in shape. I want to draw this; lively colors and all its blooming glory.
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.