Cracker Part 2

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Well, here it is. My first painting…ever? Eye spacing issues aside, I was pleasantly surprised with the result. I mainly used the technique described in this hour-long YouTube video, starting with one base color for the whole image, then painting large swaths of tone over that, then blending using the color picker with a brush at low opacity. Photoshop CS5 actually has brushes that simulate wet paint, but I didn’t use those.

I did use Georgiann’s suggestion of “Brady Bunch squares” by placing a grid over both the photo and my canvas when drawing my initial sketch.

In the video above, the artist makes an observation that really helped me. She used to use tons of layers so she could go back and undo her mistakes, but then she realized that it made a lot more sense to think like an oil painter. “Just paint over it, duh!”

Here’s the source photo:

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And just for fun, here’s how it looked about halfway through.

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Cracker Part 1

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I watched a few tutorials tonight on digital painting, so I thought I’d give it a shot. This will probably take a couple evenings. Here’s the first step; the sketch that I’ll paint over. As you can see, it’s me eating a cracker, which I’m sure is something Van Gogh would have painted if he hadn’t come up with the whole hacking off the ear thing.

Sneak peek at my progress as I hang it up for the night:

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Wow, I’d look creepy without eyebrows.

Mommy, why is my right arm off the page?

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One of my biggest problems right now is misjudging how much space I need on a page, even with a photograph in front of me. Drawing from life is even harder; I guess I’ll have to adopt that stereotypical thumb-forefinger window until I improve. Drawn on newsprint with a soft wax crayon.

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Random Weird Old Dude

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Drawn on iPad in Sketchbook Pro.

Me Right Now

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Been working on a cool video and article for work, hence the lazy end of the day posts. My corneas hurt.

Note to Self: Learn to Draw Hands

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The niece, when she was a little less grown-up. Drawn on iPad with Sketchbook Pro.

Got 10 Seconds?

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Okay, I had a busy day today, so before I run out of time here’s a drawing of the picture nearest to a convenient drawing surface.

The Accordion Blues

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Well, this is a mess, but hey, it’s what I drew this evening. I thought it was a pretty simple vacation picture (upper right), but turns out it was a pop quiz in perspective. Even the accordion twists and turns in several different directions. I’ll probably give this a do-over at some point. Drawn on newsprint with a soft wax crayon.

A Small Gesture

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Gesture drawing is drawing what you see, and is more about capturing motion and form than any sort of detail. Getting better at it will help me with animation, since it will require the ability to quickly summon natural-looking movements from my mind. Drawn in Sketchbook Pro on the iPad.