Day 203: Sketchy Digital Lilies

Lilies (Digital Sketch)

Lilies (Digital Sketch)

I’ve been so busy today I almost missed painting entirely. I finally found time after dinner and picked up my tablet for a small study of the lilies I bought today (lucky!).

Why has it been so busy? Well, it was a perfect drying day so three loads of clothes were washed and I’ve been trying to put up a blind in our bedroom – fighting the crumbly walls of our old house! It’s also my friend Genevieve’s 9th birthday party on Saturday and I promised I’d help by making some chocolate crackles and honey bubbles. Half way through I had a phone call from my chiro asking why I wasn’t there for my appointment, so I dashed off to Bondi. And there goes another day!

Needless to say these are all just excuses for only having done a rather sketchy study, completed in front of the telly.

Day 165: Playing in the Sea

Flying Flint (Watercolour)

Flying Flint (Watercolour)

The weather has been dictating the day agian… we had some good, some bad (some very bad!) . So, Flint got a walk during one of the sunny breaks, and unfortunately seems to have pulled something in one leg while charging through the puddles. I managed to spend an hour on his painting in between showers while it was light enough, and also dabbled on the tablet this evening for a while (to little effect).

I’ve washed in a bit more of the sea here, bringing some bright blues to highlight the edges of the waves, and darkened the beach a bit too. I also tried the salt technique again on waves and sand, and again fell foul of it not drying because the air is so humid in here at the moment. So I plonked it in front of the gas fire for 10 minutes instead, which dried it out, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a salt effect.

Back to work tomorrow for the day, so I’ll probably be trying the sketch pad again in my lunch hour, or maybe sharing progress on the digital painting if I get any!

Day 164: A Little More Face Painting

Digital Face Painting (PS Touch)

Digital Face Painting (PS Touch)

Awful weather has again kept me away from real painting today: it’s been freezing in our kitchen and the rain battering the skylight was too depressing. Instead I spent the afternoon curled up in the living room with the fire on and some old music playing, tapping away at my tablet and the digital portrait that’s maybe almost half way through now.

Apart from generally getting the program to work as I’d like it to, the biggest difficulty I’m having with this piece is that I don’t have a reference to work from as the original was a stone statue, and rather more of a caricature. I suppose I should go and find something, just to help me with shapes, folds, shadows, highlights… instead I’m just trying things out willy nilly and then repainting them when I realise they don’t look quite right – something very strange is going on with the neck! The nose is looking better though and the colour on the lips has added much needed contrast to help judge the other colours against.

The weather looks set to be dreadful for the next few days, so it might be more of the same for a spell… I hope there’s a break or two, I’d like to go back to Flint’s painting – and he also needs a good walk, which isn’t going to happen with the torrential downpours we’re having.

Day 161: Digital Face Painting

Digital Face Painting (PS Touch)

Digital Face Painting (PS Touch)

I had hoped to do some watercolour painting today but time got away from me again and when I sat down at 4.45pm the heavens opened outside making the light in the kitchen impossible. It was dark by 5pm today. I’m really looking forward to Friday, the winter solstice, and slowly lengthening days again.

So, instead I was once again sitting on the sofa debating whether to sketch or try the tablet. As you can see the tablet won. I had a scan of the sketch I did last week and decided to try painting it digitally. If anything is going to help me get to grips with Photoshop Touch on the tablet this will… it’s a very slow process and takes concentration and patience. I’m afraid I didn’t have much of either this evening.

It’s also really hard to get the skin tones right, and then the moment I moved the picture off the tablet and onto my PC everything changed. I’ve actually toned this down a bit, as it was even more orangey and saturated to begin with. It’s obviously got a long way to go 😛

Tomorrow I think I have the whole day free so it’s watercolours, definitely!

 

Day 155: Digital Oriental Lily

Oriental Lily (Digital Sketch)

Oriental Lily (Digital Sketch)

As I mentioned yesterday I’m back in the working world at the moment, at least a for few days a week (yeah, part timer!) and this means no daylight in which to sit and paint: being winter it’s already dark when I get home.

It’s a great opportunity to brush up my digital skills and try to better master drawing on my Android tablet. I find it quite tricky… you’re either using your finger – oddly enough, not a great tool – or a stylus that’s almost as fat and much less sensitive. I know it’s only a matter of practice so I’m not really blaming the tools, it’s me. I don’t do it often enough to be polished :-). Of course, this has it’s benefits too because it’s virtually impossible for me to be tight and controlled using a blunt stick!

So I sat tonight with a vase of flowers between me and the telly, in semi darkness, and drew/painted for a good hour and a half. I have one blossom to show for all this effort, but it’s not bad for a finger painting 😛 (I did use a stylus).