Digital Painting

Snow Day Sketching.

What do you do on yet another bitter cold snow day in the midwest? You bust out the iPad, your Sensū stylus brush, ArtRage, and you spend the day sketching/painting your friends hot-rod at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Well at least that’s what I did.

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An Education, An Illustration, A Rainy Sunday.

It’s been raining all morning here in Kansas City, so I decided to use the time to finish up a freelance illustration gig that is due in a week. The image below was created on the iPad using ArtRage, Snapseed, and traditional paper and pencils. The source images were provided by the client, in the form of low-res JPEG’s, that I used to create the base image from.

The original image was sketched out with Prismacolor pencils on a sheet of Strathmore that was scanned and transferred to my iPad. From there the image was reworked in ArtRage. There are 16 layers of digital painting and compositing, 4 of which are post processed imports from Snapseed. The more I use these two apps in conjunction with traditional mediums the more I like it. I hope the client does as well. Later this week I’ll post the final image with editorial, and final cropping for the layout.

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A Little Weekend Project.

When you have a weekend that goes from 80 degrees for a high on Friday, to 35 and rainy on Sunday, you tend to stay at home. Stay at home blustery end of winter weekends lead to some time spent drawing and painting on the iPad with ArtRage. Yesterday and today I fleshed out and finished, something I started a couple months back for a freelance job that fell through.

I have to say, the more I use ArtRage on the iPad, the more it becomes my go to app for illustration/ digital painting. This ArtRage project originated as a pencil sketch, that was scanned and transferred to the iPad via Dropbox back in January.

The sketch was roughed in for color and layout approvals, which were given the green light by the client. The project was then killed about halfway through. After it was killed I shelved the project and actually forgot about it until this weekend. Over the last two days I spent about 16 hours finishing it out. Their loss, my gain.

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One More Time.

When I started working on the series of ArtRage iPad illustrations of racing cars back in December, I did it as a personal exercise to learn a new tool. As I worked through those images, it became pretty clear that while technically proficient, they lacked something, and need additional finesse from other design software like Photoshop, and Illustrator.

ArtRage for the iPad does a great job getting me started, but using Adobe products is like speaking a second language, and the ability to tweak, is endless. I’m not starting another ArtRage/iPad project to post on my blog, but I did want to post and addendum image that shows an ArtRage/iPad image combined with more powerful tools running on more powerful hardware.

I love my iPad and the creative freedom it brings me, but some tools can’t be replaced. This image started as a digital painting rendered from a pencil sketch on the iPad. It was imported into Photoshop, and combined with Illustrator elements to complete it.

As I work through these I am finding a whole new workflow, and way of creating. It’s really kind of exciting.

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series 13.

With the posting of this classic Jaguar, this little project is done. The Jag marks the end of a baker’s dozen. Since my vacation ends today, I’m not sure I’ll have time to work on any more of these for a while.

I am in the process of putting together a how to post on the way I created the series, from sketches to final art. As soon as I get it edited and compiled I’ll post it. In addition to this post, all 13 images will now have their own page look for a page addition in the menu at the top.

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series 12

This little series of digital paintings made with ArtRage for the iPad is coming to an end. I have. Vintage 60’s Jag, and the Brabham Martini F1 started. I hope to finish by January 1, but realistically it might not happen. Each one of these take quite a bit of time to research, sketch, create the detail drawing, and then paint out, so if the Brabham isn’t done by the end of the month I hope you’ll understand.

Today’s ArtRage Motor Sports auto is a classic early 60’s Ferrari, in non-Ferrari colors.

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