Posts Tagged ‘sketching’

screenshot of iPad zombie painting.

June 3, 2010

Thought I would post the final screenshot of the zombie since the video doesn’t do the colours justice. This was a fun thing to play with today. By the way, if you have an iPad you can take screenshots by pressing the power and the home buttons down together. The display is really second to none.


fast prep sketching using Brushes HD ipad app

June 3, 2010

I have been playing around with a couple of wonderful ipad apps. One is Brushes for ipad and the other is the excellent Sketchbook Pro. Both allow you to make sketches and paintings on the fly, wherever you are using the ipad. Its turning out to be really useful! Below is a short video of a prep sketch I made this morning for an illustration I am working on called “Tiger By The Tail”. I will post the final piece later.  EAVB_SKVCPUHUCA

I have been working using the ipad sketch done in Brushes as a loose guide and have now gotten around to establishing the basic shoaes in Photoshop for the final illustration. I am very happy with the way that the tiger seems to be shaping up….I always feel that the simpler I can be with the basic shapes, the more powerful and satisfying my final characters tend to be. I don’t do well trying to be too complex!

Well,  I have come to the stage where I can chuck the sketch layer away and start building up the image based on the shapes I have put together in Photoshop. This is a fun part as the illustration begins to take on a life of its own as the shading and deeper colours start to mix together on the canvas….

The tiger is now really starting to take shape. I am really pleased that he is developing his own character from something as simple as a quick Brushes doodle.

Here’s the completed image. I am really happy with it. I played around with adding some type but that just diluted the visual impact and sense of the moment. The flat blue sky and the picket fence add to the humour of the piece and I think this would make a great greeting card. Perhaps with the message inside of “good luck with your new project”, or  “here’s to your new business”……..!

I used a photograph of some grass I took while away on a short break. I thought it would make a great texture here.

Overall, I am chuffed because this image started out as a quick doodle in Brushes for ipad (see above), which for me means that the ipad can have a functional, useful role in my work as well as play!

Sketch of sun and detail

December 7, 2009

I have enough work into the sun now to be happy to take the job into Photoshop now. You can see in the detail picture below the “girl of his dreams” face too.

I continued with the sketch in Painter and then saved it out as a psd file again, before opening it up and drag and dropping it into the main working file: I did this because I had increased the size of the original Illustrator file substantially before taking it into Photoshop, so I needed to transform the sketch to fit the new A3 dimensions once I had dropped it into the main file.

Stage 2 “Besotted”

December 3, 2009

Heres stage two of what I am calling “Besotted”.

You can see that I have saved the Painter file as a .psd and brought it into Adobe Illustrator as a placed file. I then set that layer as a template and began drawing the base vector shapes of the figure and the clouds. When working in Corel Painter I tend to save out my files as I go along as Photoshop files, because I often jump between the 3 programmes of Illustrator, Photoshop and Painter during a project.

You will also notice that  I have had some more ideas about the image itself and jumped back into the drawing in Painter and added the beginning of a smiley, dopey looking sun and also an extra bird. This is why I LOVE working digitally – the imagination can run wild and things can be added or changed at any stage of the process – it is totally organic.

Pencil sketching

May 8, 2009


Here is a pencil I am working up – not completely sure on the comp yet, but its getting there. Been inspired by the excellent Jeff Smith’s Bone, which I have just purchased the complete collection of. I love the atmosphere of shady glades and forest that he conjures with his remarkable line. Simply stunning skills. So I thought I would try a forest scene. It started off as a simple figure sketch but then I thought, what could this young man be creeping around like this for…..?