Category Archives: Drawing

Digital Drawing 211108

I actually meant to write this last November, but various things got in the way, some of which I might write about later. The blog isn’t seeing much update since the Nonsense Wars Youtube is doing pretty well, and I’m posting stuff there that I might have previously posted here. Art stuff doesn’t really have a good place yet so…

Way back in 2012 I wrote about learning to use ink, remarking that it might be a turning point. That did turn out to be the case, though not necessarily in the way I thought. While, I did do more with ink afterward, I also managed to streamline my pencil drawing process, which paid far more dividends in the end. Anyway, I started to get that feeling again!

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Art Evolution Omnibus 2019 II

… and part two of the omnibus covers (increasingly uncommon) digital work.

So this “character sketch” from 2011 starts a series of digital paintings in which I implement a “hybrid” shading using pencil lines and digital color. I would not even think about doing this now, but at the time I needed a crutch to distinguish hard and soft divides in my shadows, which had been blurring into a muddy mess in the past few pieces.

11.07.09
11.07.09
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Art Evolution Omnibus 2019

Ten years ago in 2009 I wrote an NW post highlighting pieces that significantly influenced my drawing over the previous ten years. I don’t write about art much these days as it doesn’t change nearly as much, but I think another ten-year omnibus is appropriate.

I’m going to split out traditional and digital media because I find that variations in my digital painting are much more exploratory than progressive, while my traditional work – pencil, pen, colored pencil, even watercolor – does actually improve.

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Canon Canoscan LiDE 300

Hey a post about art!

Well, a post about art and hardware I guess…

For as long as I can remember I’ve had trouble digitizing traditional media, and have thus been a bit reluctant to do a lot of colored pencil or watercolor work.

At the same time, I’ve always scanned on the family all-in-one printer/scanner, the latest of which is an HP OfficeJet Pro 8600, which is a pretty vanilla low to mid range unit. These AiOs have always been fine – or maybe even good – for scanning pencil and pen drawings because they’ve tended to wash out a lot of color. I don’t know if this attribute is specific to HP, to cheap combo devices, or to something else, but it helps when all you want to keep is dark lines.

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Digital Color 170628

2016 was one of my worst years for digital coloring pretty much since I started. Looking at my archives, the previous lows were five in 2010 and 2011, but last year I managed four. And two of them were tests, and the other two were so-so. 2017 seems to be on more or less the same track, but at the same time PaintsChainer has at least temporarily re-invigorated my interest in painting.

Another PaintsChainer experiment…

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