Not much to say here. More watercolor figure paintings. Dig it.
Thursday night I went to the Vargas house and painted a pair of boots. An interesting thing about this painting is that I didn’t use any white until I did the background. Interesting to me anyway. Normally white is the color I use the most. It wasn’t something I intended to do, it just happened. Could have something to do with painting black boots.
Edit: Here’s Tiffanny’s rendition of the boots from the same painting session, a few feet to my left.
Master copies are good. I haven’t done a lot, because I’m a lazy bastard. But whenever I do, I always have moments where I think, “Ah-ha, that’s how you do it.” A good instance here were the nostrils. If you look at the original, you can see how warm he paints the nostrils. This makes sense because the skin is thin and light shines through and colors everything red. Think holding a flashlight up to your hand. There were lots of very warm places, mostly in the skin folds. I’m gonna do more of these, always a good art workout. Anything you wanna see me try to copy and eventually throw cadmium red on top of?
Tonight I went to the Vargas and painted a skull. They’ve been doing a still-life a week for a while now with our friend Jay. This is the first time I’ve joined them because every previous time I’ve been drinking or chasing a girl or something similar. I hope to join them from now on. I ended up coming up with a pretty decent painting from it. Oh, and it’s oil. Finally feeling a bit better with oil.
Tonight I brought out the oil paints again at the AFG. It had been a while since I’d actually done a figure painting. I wasn’t sure I’d remember how. It had been so long that when I got there my Gamsol was dry so I had not thinner. This forced me to paint thicker than I normally, which I think was good. It’s always good to do things a bit differently if you’re in a rut. We had a single pose the entire time, so I had a couple of hours to work on this painting.
Hey all, thought I’d drop in and make a quick post. I’ve built up a backlog of paintings, so I’m gonna clear out some inventory. Thanks for your patience, as I’m sure there are many of you who’ve been patiently hitting refresh since my last update.
First up, here’s a couple of painting that I did a while ago, but never made it to the site. Since they’re good examples of what I can do when I take more than 15 minutes to do a painting, I thought I should put them up.
I’ve done a couple more of those record paintings as well. As with all of my projects, it has slowed down. Somehow, staying home and working on stuff has become very difficult.
I did a poster for Animalesque, a burlesque show that is happening this Friday. I also have a couple of paintings that I donated to their silent auction. The money is going to a charity, Love-A-Bull. I seem to be opposed to doing art for money considering the lethargy with which I approach any sort of monetization.
And here’s some recent AFG stuff. I have several sessions worth of drawings that I haven’t scanned as well. I need a better workspace.
And lastly, here’s a flier for a show that never happened.
I’m painting at Art Erotica tonight. I painted there last year as well. Here’s a video from last years event. Evidently I’m not photogenic enough to actually appear in the video, but I swear I was there.
So I got an iPhone last week. I know, douchebag move. What’s next? Buying a SUV? Maybe a 300 square foot downtown condo for $300K? Wearing polo shirts and trousers? But it turns out the damn thing is handy. One thing that really pushed me over the edge and made me break down and buy it was the Brushes app. I saw some examples and it looked like people who knew what they were doing could get some good results. That of course meant I had to spend $300 on a phone and $5 on a program.
I went to my usual Monday night figure drawing session at the AFG tonight. But I was in a rush in the morning and forgot to pack my art gear. But this provided the opportunity to finally spend a couple of hours with the new app. I figured I should be able to turn something decent out with it. I’ve been doing regular figure drawing and painting session for almost couple of years now. I’ve done a fair amount of digital painting with Photoshop and Painter. I thought I was fairly well qualified to take the software for a spin.
So it was pretty good overall. There are limitations compared to the multi-hundred dollar software, of course. But as they saw about cameras, what’s the best digital painting software? The one you have with you. The biggest issue would be the lack of pressure sensitivity. Now, that’s a hardware restriction. Not Brushes fault. Nothing to be done there. It’s stripped pretty much to the bare bones that could provide a decent painting experience. Trimming the fat, I say. I read a couple of reviews before starting to write this one. They both mention that the lack of a smudge tool was frustrating. Now, nobody who knows what they’re doing uses a smudge tool in digital painting, except maybe for novelty. You blend using opacity and this one of the main variables in the brushes in Brushes. We’re limited to four layers and they lack blending modes. Honestly, if there’s no blending modes what do we need layers for anyway? It would be very useful to have Multiply and Overlay layers. We don’t have the preponderance of brush option that Photoshop and Painter has, but there was a nice simulated natural-looking bristle brush that I made use of. All of the brush options in the other two programs just tend to confuse anyway.
Painting with my finger was a bit unusual as well. This was my first night messing with it though. With practice I’ll get more used to it. My fingers feel a bit large for detail work also. There’s a stylus that can be used with the iPhone that might be handy for drawing with, but I’ll see how the finger comes along first. I don’t want to start carry around accessories. Defeats the purpose of portability. Plus, what kinda dork uses a stylus with their iPhone? I think I was able to get some decent results. I found that by zooming far in and taking the brush down to 3 pixels I was able to do some detail work in the faces.
Exporting the images is a bit of a hassle. There’s an exporting program for the Mac that can grab the images at a decent resolution, 1920 x 2880. That’s enough pixels for a standard printed page. But any other method of getting them off the iPhone results in an image that is the screen resolution of the iPhone, 320 x 480. Tiny.
My work computer is a Mac, so I’ll have to wait until I have some downtime there to export the large images. What would be nice would be if I could add the full resolution image to the camera roll of the iPhone and the use Dropbox to get it onto another computer. You can also export videos of the painting, which is pretty cool. It would be nice to see the working process of somebody who knows what they’re doing. I’ll post mine up at some point, not that I know what I’m doing.
Another question I have, is why raster images? We’re already recording the strokes for the video, why not export a vector image? We have a stroke, it’s attributes are path, length, opacity, color, pattern, etc… It would seem that these are all things that could be recorded in a svg file. Now, that would be a game changer if this thing could do vector images. This would allow us to do prints of any size. This would be something that Photoshop and Painter cannot do. This would move this beyond the realm of a neat little app and into something that would be considered for professional use.
In all, I’d say it’s a neat little program that you can get nice result with. I’ve posted the images I came up with tonight. These were all 15 minute poses. I’d say that they’re not bad images considering I was working with an unfamiliar interface and input device. Definitely worth $5 if you have an iPhone and any interest in drawing.
Somebody once told me that Marvin Gaye named an album the same as the title of this post, after a divorce. The story I was told was that he recorded it so that he could pay alimony, thus the title “Here, My Dear”. If it’s true, I think that’s pretty awesome. I’m not going to do a search to try to verify the story. Some things are better if left in the realm of myth.
So, this social life thing has been a bitch for my keeping up with updating. No aplogies from me though. It’s important to occasionally talk to women; not just paint them naked. Both are pleasurable activities, sure. Each have their own set of frustrations and pitfalls, but it is important to maintain balance.
I’ve been floating around the idea that in order to attract more visitors to my site, I may need to write about something other than myself. This site sometimes get 5k spiders a day, so it’s being well indexed. I think anyway. So I need to type about more things of general interest to art folk. Maybe the world at large. Perhaps if I subtly work in keyword like “Michael Jackson autopsy results” or “Megan Fox nude” I’ll get a lot more traffic. I’m not sure exactly why that’s a desirable thing, but it seems to be the thing to do if you have a website.
After a couple of weeks of doing shitty paintings, one finally came out decent. There isn’t much resemblance between the model and the painting. The model was actually really attractive and the painting is kinda puggish, but I think it has a mood.
I did a couple of drawings of my roommate’s dog. I’m putting these up to prove to my friend Tiffanny that I do have a soul and can draw nice things. Not everything I draw is demonically dark or has the foul stench of hetero-male sexual frustration. Just everything but these two drawings of a dog.
So, I’m just gonna lay the rest of the stuff out here. I’ve been doing some sci-fi sketches for a short comic book story I’m contemplating. I also have a demonically dark photoshop painting to share. So here it all is: