Procreate Doodle 2

Procreate Doodle 2

Had fun with the Procreate app again! This time, I decided to add a title and ending card to the video I created in iMovie. Still not entirely confident with video editing and uploading to YouTube, but it is fun to post these iPad speed paintings of mine only using my finger and a generic stylus. Since I recently bought a book called Lifestyle Illustrations of the 1950s, it inspired me to use one of the illustrations by Frank Bellamy as a reference.

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau

Original reference photo

Speed Doodling in Procreate

Seeing other artists create speed paintings has peeked my interest enough that I have been wanting to figure out how to create my own. There are moments where I know I have a lot to do, but I just want to take a moment to create something for myself. This time I wanted to figure out how to do a quick video of a digital illustration that I could do on my iPad. I already had the Procreate app on there and what is wonderful is it already records every action as a frame of video.

To export the video, you can go to your Actions menu while on the canvas, tap Share, and tap Export Video. Mine took a little while at first so be patient! I chose to email it to myself since I wanted to pop it into iMovie to add music. The music was already an option to use in iMovie, and I thought about adding info about me to the video but I was impatient.

One thing I noticed right away after creating the movie, the colors appeared a bit different on my computer screen from what I chose on the iPad. Be aware this could happen! Of course, since I did the doodle rather fast, every time I look at it I feel I could make it a little brighter and give it higher contrast. Artist’s work is never done right? 🙂

Click here to see the speed painting video on YouTube of the drawing you see below!

Speed Doodling in Procreate

WIP Sideshow 11 Doodle Series

WIP 8x10 DoodleWIP 8″x 10″ Doodle for Dayton Sideshow 11

Even though I have signed up as one of the art coordinators for Dayton Sideshow 11, I decided I wanted to attempt to be one of the showing artists again. With me not only working at my regular Monday through Friday, 8-4:30 pm design job, but to have teaching, helping with a nonprofit, and commissions on the side along with it has made me feel a little crazy. Then to top it all off, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I do believe I have signed up for a little more than I can handle, but I am hanging in there and trying to stay positive! Sometimes taking it a day at a time is the best thing.

The piece I created for Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC (blog post will come later) made me realize I should do something similar for Sideshow 11. Originally, I wanted to play around with Ampersand’s Claybord material. The test board made me realize that the way I use acrylic does not work really well on the surface. SIDENOTE: Whenever you get a chance artists/crafters, TEST your mediums that you are not familiar with because you may be surprised in the results. In fact, colored pencil worked really well on the surface, but I knew it would take FOREVER.

For the sake of time and knowing that I would need at least three 8″x 10″ pieces finished by the beginning of May, I have switched back to watercolor paper, Prismacolor lining pens, and acrylic paint. The other day, I was able to pencil out one 8″x 10″ piece and the preview is above. Next step? INKING!

Sunday Doodles

Sunday Doodles
Pencil Doodle on 9″x 12″ Bristol

It can be so easy to get caught up in day to day activities, but there are quiet times that I really crave when I become so busy. Sunday, I took the time to wind my mind down and pencil out some doodles.Thought I might be able to use this for a future t-shirt design or whatnot. In the meantime, it is fun to decompress for a little while. Even when you feel you have no time, this kind of work insists that you make room for it.

Explore Lettering

“Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker
creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.”
-El Lizzitsky

Have you ever thought about how often we are exposed to letters and words every day? Type can be with illustrations, photographs, or even become art on its own. A certain font chosen for the logo of a company can become it’s very identity. Letters spelling a child’s name on their precious stuffed toy makes it all the more special. A typographer (a designer who specializes in creating and arranging type) has the magical powers to STOP you in your tracks with LARGE, BOLD, and CAPITALIZED letters on billboards hanging on a brick building. Or they want you to float on the cloud of imagination while you read a book without the interruption of loud type.

Anonymous Silhouette (WIP?)

Example of hand lettering working with an illustration.

Many of the fonts we are exposed to may be seen in a digital format or have been printed from a computer, but almost all typefaces have been hand drawn one time or another in the beginning. Currently, hand lettering posters, t-shirts, greeting cards, etc. has become very popular. If you are a lover of words and art, take some time and cover a sheet of paper in words or letters that make you smile. Try to make each word or letter look different from your last and you may want to change to different colored pens or pencils. You don’t necessarily have to be able to read it in the end, but we challenge you to completely cover the sheet in letter forms.

“Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs
to be felt. Typography needs to be experienced.”
-Helmut Schmid

Front of Lettering Mug

Front of Lettering/Type Coffee Mug

To further embrace the opportunity to create your very own hand lettered coffee mug, please join us at the Decoy Art Studio for a 21 & up pottery painting workshop called “Lettering/Type Coffee Mug” on Tuesday, January 12th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. What? You are not a typographer? You do not have to be a designer to experience letter forms. So have no fear! We will have carbon paper to help trace the words onto the mug, and our instructor will take you step-by-step through the process of creating the cup pictured in this blog post. If you so choose to alter the artist’s design, it is completely up to you! It is going to be your very own piece of practical art to take home and enjoy.

Back of Lettering Mug

Back of Lettering/Type Coffee Mug

If you would love to learn how to create this wonderful mug on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, please sign up for the pottery workshop at Decoy Art Studio in Beavercreek, Ohio!
You have three options to sign up:
1. Call the studio at (937) 431-4838
2. Book the “Lettering Type Coffee Mug” workshop on the www.decoy-art.com website by going to the following URL: https://placefull.com/clay-workshops—workshop-wednesday-series
3. Visit the studio at 1561 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio.

Hope to see you at the Studio!

Hail, Caesar!

The drawing I had created for my Bestie of her Great Dane, Maggie, sparked some requests for commissions. My hairdresser, Jessi (who is amazing) asked if I would do a portrait of her beloved Boston Terrier, Caesar. She had dozens of adorable pictures of him for me to work from, but ultimately we went with the image below for the 8″ x 10″ piece.

original caesar

Original Photo of Caesar

With as much variation that was going on with his skin and fur, I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to express which part of the fur was black or not. As soon as I started penciling, I decided to be as detailed as possible so it wouldn’t take me as long to ink. Think of sketching or drawing details as becoming the map to follow to the treasure.

WIP Penciled Caesar

Work in progress of Caesar the Boston Terrier.

Once I finished the penciling, I could tell Caesar was going to be more detailed than the Maggie portrait.

WIP Inked Detail of Caesar

Detail of work in progress. Caesar is a Boston Terrier.

In the past, I would tend to ink drawings with Micron or Prismacolor fine line markers, but the variation I am able to get with a ballpoint pen has really made me exclusively use ballpoint this year. The line work can go from really soft and light to a hard, dark line. The only drawback to a ballpoint is the fact it likes to spit ink onto the paper. I try to work with it when it does happen, but I am always nervous about the possibility of it ruining a piece.

WIP Inked Caesar

Work in progress. The entirely inked piece of Caesar the Boston Terrier.

Since my doodles or patterned backgrounds have been a part of my work this year, I asked Jessi what kind of pattern she wanted behind Caesar. I find it makes it more personal to your customer when they can feel connected with everything in your art. She had mentioned she really loved Victorian style patterns, and I was able to find a pattern to draw behind the dog.

Even though she wanted to keep it black, white, and red in the painting stage, I added a few other colors to bring his eyes to life and to show the difference in his skin and fur. The reds, purples, and blues mixed in the background really brought the piece to another level. It looked great as a strictly black and white piece, but I truly love the way it turned out in the end.

Hail, Caesar!

Final painted ballpoint drawing of Caesar the Boston Terrier.

Size: 8″ x 10″
Paper: Watercolor
Medium: Ballpoint and acrylic

Free Sketching

“You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”
-John Singer Sargent

Experiencing a dry spell of creativity or trying to work out an idea? If you are a writer, you may be familiar with a prewriting technique called free writing. For a set period of time you continuously write without regard to the topic, and it could end up being the words, “I don’t know what to write.” over and over again on the page. Think of it as exercising your brain, and you can also use this technique with sketching. 

A sketchbook becomes a booklet of possibilities that you keep by your side. Don’t be afraid to make random marks, doodles, patterns, or spread color around. Express your ideas using lines or words! Sketching is a great way to become more familiar with mediums you haven’t used before. Or doodle what you see in the world while you are on a lunch break. You don’t even have to “finish” a drawing. Paint a color and leave the page to draw something else. There is no rule that says you can’t go back to the painted page.

“Sketchbooks should be the one place without rules.”
-Marilyn Patrizio

A Page from College Sketchbook

Admittedly, I have never been an artist who regularly sketches, but it does help me work out the ideas rattling around in my head. Knowing I was going to be teaching a pottery painting class at Beavercreek’s Decoy Art Studio on Wednesday, October 28th, I broke out some paper and thought about what a 21-year-old & up group would want to paint for a “Fall To-Go Mug.” 

Fall To-Go Mug Sketches

Without worrying about making perfect drawings, I used my pen, Crayola watercolor set, Sharpies, and drawing pencil to figure out a possible design. Wanting to include at least one of the specialty glazes from the studio, I drew out a few ideas but ultimately was drawn to the complementary color (meaning any two colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel) combination of blue and orange. 

The final piece gives a nod to the fall theme without hitting you over the head with it. People will enjoy carrying this mug whether the season has passed or not. If you would love to learn how to create this wonderful mug on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, please sign up for the Wednesday Workshop at Decoy Art Studio in Beavercreek, Ohio! The price is $30 per person and this includes the instruction, your mug, and use of the glazes.

You have three options to sign up:
1. Call the studio at (937) 431-4838
2. Surf their website at www.decoy-art.com
3. Visit the studio at 1561 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio

Final Fall To-Go Mug

Hope to see you at the studio!