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Foggy day but some accomplishments...

No semi-daily art to post since it's under wraps till the grand opening of my client's new blog... but it is coming out well despite a lot of drifting in the fog.

I got in some work on it this morning and got the background done, a neat border created, the color scheme, floor, baseboard and wall color. Yay and good! She likes it.

The next, and one of the toughest things, was creating a three dimensional object on a transparent layer -- the bed she's in. The blog is "Mamasick" and the author is a wonderful, warm funny woman with chronic illness, a very young son and a great way of writing about her daily life. Think Erma Bombeck with hospitals and too many doctors involved?

As usual when leaping into digital art, I wound up learning a new Gimp trick and getting pretty good at it by repetition. Straight lines at any angle are now a LOT easier and I did successfully get a brass headboard and footboard onto that cool cartoon bed.

Next it's putting the lady in the bed. I might leave that till tomorrow since I'm starting to feel a bit wiped out and just spent two hours doing a simple drawing that if I was doing it by hand would've taken me all of ten minutes with Pitt pens. Ah, the joy of working with a weird new nonintuitive medium.

I may want to get a Wacom tablet if I'm going to do this often, because it'd help to have a drawing instrument that I could hold in my fingers rather than my fist. lol

But it's coming along. I'm going to keep plugging away at it till it's done. The weather bounced me up and down today. Down right after I did my email, then up again after the kids went to bed and I did some random time-distorted posting on forums. Time distort -- a three paragraph post mysteriously eats three hours and I deleted it several times in sudden insecurity of its readability, then wrote pretty much the same thing, deleted, wrote, etc. I did that with a lot of the lines on the bed too.

But that part's done and I think drawing people is going to be easier than geometric objects. It always has been in other mediums.
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Nov. 19th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
People Drawing
How is the people drawing coming along today Robert? Great, I hope. It's about 25 F here today - a perfect day to stay indoors and art! DEB
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: People Drawing
I just got up and haven't started the people yet. I got the entire background done though and what may be the most difficult object in the scene -- for the picture frames there's this neat gradient that can make them with wood texture, and they're basically rectangles. Not distorted rectangles or irregular shapes that have to be made up of straight lines.

Irregular shapes that can be done freehand aren't as bad because I can zoom in on it once the basic size is blocked in, say by an oval.
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
When I first got my Wacom tablet, I was actually surprised at how difficult it was to use. Not in terms of }press the stylus on the drawing area and marks will appear on the screen" way, but in adjusting to the fact that the small square in the centre of the tablet represents your whole screen space. You think you're drawing something small and detailed, and on the screen it looks overblown and rough. t takes quite a bit of adjusting to, I found.

Since I sorta left digital art by the wayside, now my Waqcon is comfortably used as a glorified mouse pad. I use the stylus for fine work on photo-editing, but don't draw much with it anymore.

(I suppose I really ought to have just practised more with it and gotten used to the differences, but at the time, I grew frustrated with things easily, and haven't come back around to giving drawing on it another shot. All in good time. provided it doesn't die on me any time soon. *knocks on wood*
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Do you mean the entire Wacom screen on a small one (that you're working on a glorified thumbnail and see the results on a bigger screen) or that there's a square within the Wacom screen that is smaller than the screen? I'm curious, because I was thinking of getting the small beginner one and I often work small so I could work pretty much same size on it. Or zoom, that's usually possible in Gimp. I've been doing a lot of zooming on this project to refine and then going back to 100% to see how it looks and then zoom to very reduced to see it as if from across the room.

Zooming on scans is something I'm used to anyway, it's much physically easier than getting up and walking away from the art for me.
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)

This is a flashier version of the tablet that I have right now, though in looking at it, I think they've increased the drawing surface in more recent redesigns. Anyway, that square in the centre? That's your drawing surface, and that's what represents your whole computer screen. Having the image zoomed while you're actually drawing would probably help a lot with the size problem, come to think of it.

I didn't realize that they had the new Cintiq versions out, which actually have an LCD screen so you see what you're drawing right on the surface of the pad. Now that might be something I'd be interested in, since it would clear up the old problem I had in a heartbeat! (Shame the cheapest one's almost $1000, though. :/)
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I could get used to that with zooming. I guess the rest of the area is taken up with controls. Makes sense. I still might get somewhere with the small one, since most of what I do is pretty small.

Also in my latest pastels I'm shifting from working in detail by area to blocking things in roughly and then layering and refining, doing the details last. I used to use details to size and proportion and scale elements. Now instead I'm blocking in rough and then detailing, so working on the full screen area being small would probably help with that.

The only thing that'd be annoying would be that I like having several applications open in small windows, working on art while browsers and journal et al are open. If that area is always the full screen and not the image area of the art, it could force me to use full screen windows for the application and be very annoying since I never layer full screen windows. I like seeing corners and bits of all the windows that are open.
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hi Robert: I had to laugh (with recognition) at this "Time distort -- a three paragraph post mysteriously eats three hours and I deleted it several times in sudden insecurity of its readability, then wrote pretty much the same thing, deleted, wrote, etc. I did that with a lot of the lines on the bed too"

BOY did that sound familiar! I thought I was the only one who did that ;)

I'm looking forward to seeing what you've accomplished with the digital art, especially drawing people.

Nov. 20th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
Purr thanks! Tomorrow morning is a big effort to get farther with it. Tomorrow is Thursday, always my Art Jam night. So I'll start working digital when I first get up and keep going, hoping to finish before Lisa arrives so I can work on Cat/Wombat or my pastels class assignment or something cool with oil pastels or all of the above.

I rested up today, but today was also a major mental resting up. I unwound, deep and real. I have been driving myself into flares and if I take my time and do these things well, they will come out LOTS better for it than trying to do everything all at once.

Also, Lauren may be really happy about my pastels class because the things I'm learning in it WILL apply to Cat/Wombat. :)
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