The palette knife is an amazing tool for painting. With it you can paint with really thick paint and give your picture a nice 3D effect. Most of all it forces you to abstract and be more loose. Every painter should give it a try!
About ten years ago I discovered the teachings of Bob Ross. I love his way of painting. With his simple methods you can just start with a sky and make it up as you go along. Just paint for fun!
And … no worries it is not necessary to buy the quite expensive range of Bob Ross color, any oil color does the same job.
In this digital 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.
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 …