In this painting of a seaside in St.Davids (Wales) I decided to follow a great tutorial by Shaddy Safadi (http://www.shaddyconceptart.com). Mainly I wanted to try the brush set he offers for download on his homepage. The brushes are truly great! He uses character names for his brushes and I ended up using ‘Daniels’ for blocking out the shapes, painted a bit with ‘Marlow’, but ended up doing most everything with ‘McNulty’, the most awesome brush around.
Again I very rarely needed to zoom on my Wacom Companion.
Back in London I tried a drawing on the Wacom Companion in plain air at Gunnersbury Park. What’s really interesting about this one is that I kind of forgot to zoom in. Amazingly I didn’t feel the need to do it. Only at the end for some of the shading and at the borders where the pen starts to get imprecise, I zoomed in.
Now, if you enlarge the drawing though, you can see the mechanical quaver in the lines, especially the stairs. I guess that shows the limit of the pen’s resolution.
It’s an amazing day in Cornwall and I finally got a chance to do what I had already hoped to do with the iPad, but found it insuffficent for: painting outside. The Wacom Companion is a great tool for that. You need to find a nice place in the shade, then it still needs a bit of time to getting used to the different brightness of subject and screen. But after a few brushstrokes I didn’t notice it any longer.
As always, please let me know what you think.
Plain air painting at Fistral Beach
It took me a while this time to get to do some work on my Wacom Companion. I finished on a job and had to find a new one. I am very lucky and even got some time off in between. So I packed up everything, including my Wacom Companion and was off to Newquay.
Since the main objective of this blog is to improve my skills, I thought of doing a still life and there was this incredible washbasin in my room. What a collection of shapes, colors and materials! There wasn’t much space in front of it, so the perspective is off more than once …
The question mark after finished in my last Kaleidoscope post was well chosen. After all the feedback I went back into the artwork. Very special thanks to Andrée and Hayley at this point.
So here it is, my first proper artwork, produced solely on the Wacom Companion. Please, let me know what you think!
Here is a great way how the Wacom Companion can help you to improve your skills quickly. I went back to V & A Museum and with the internal camera I took a picture of the statue I painted a few weeks ago. Next I took it into photoshop, traced the outlines and overlayed it over my painting. Instantly I can see that the left leg is quite off as well as the position of the shoulders. Great if you don’t have a tutor handy!
Correction of my painting of Antonio Canova’s sculpt
What a weekend! With seventeen degrees on Sunday, I took my Wacom Companion to Ruislip beaches. Yes, there is a sandy beach in Ruislip / London. It’s on a romantic lake in the woodlands, called ‘Ruislip Lido’. A great place to do some more work on my digital artwork from last week.
So, here it is: Kaleidoscope.
It’s a scene from Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man: ‘The first concussion cut the rocket up the side with a giant can opener. The men were thrown into space like a dozen wriggling silverfish.’