13 June 2018
100% done with the new iPad. The size is 15x15 inches and it has several layers. No problem with pen lag or slowing down on the iPad because of the size. I did this to learn the Sketchbook Pro app better on the iPad and picked this subject because it needed a variety of techniques to pull off. Some pen work, some use of the ruler tool and some grayscale added in with a brush at the end.
It's not super easy all the time drawing on the tablet with Sketchbook. I had to redo a few things as I went along. Being able to hide the menu and tools helps things go faster but the ruler was not easy to position precisely with my 2 fingers. Also it's really easy to make some marks you didn't notice while zooming and turning the canvas with your fingers only to have to erase them when you notice them later. The pen itself is really great to use, I can't think of any drawing issues I've had with it so far. It is true charging it is not well thought out. Too easy for it to break sticking out of the bottom of the iPad and the little cap hiding the charger can get lost super easy - just not very well thought out in that respect.
I have a couple more tests to do to see how well I can work with the tablet. Which is the best iPad I have owned so far. I had the iPad 2 and then a mini, each for quite a few years and I expect I'll keep this one even longer. I don't really notice the space between the glass and the surface like some reviewers have griped about. Seriously, it's almost ½ the cost of of the iPad Pro and that is really not a problem.
I bought a keyboard/cover for it which has space for the pen and I also got a matte protective film to put over the screen. It does cut dow on the vibrance of the colours a bit, bit it also cuts down the glare immensely and makes the pens feel much more like drawing on paper so I recommend that for artists.
02 June 2018
I started off decided to do this only in stipple work with some line work for the drapes but at the end added some colour and shading to punch it up more.
Trying to be a little looser even when stippling for weeks and not sure I succeeded. It took about 25-30 hours drawing time over the last 3 weeks. I like it but I think its missing some wright and tension the other acrobat drawings I have done have.
01 June 2018
So I did this last night an hour using the Apple Pencil on my new iPad and the mobile version of Sketchbook. I did take into Affinity photo on my desktop to do some refining, but not much. I was surprised how easy it as to draw on the iPad with the Apple pencil. My brother has one so i knew it was a nice drawing tool but all I had done was test a few brushes on his iPad pro, this was full drawing 15 x 15 inches. Monsieur Charlo is my neighbour's new puppy, though he won't get much bigger than he is now (3 pounds). He likes to come over to my side of the deck and play with our Dog Watson, steal his food and chase him around. It's too cute for words.
27 May 2018
I am well into production of my next gothic horror animated short, The Tell Tale Heart, my second Poe story. I have plans to do the Raven at a later date, maybe next year.
This one has three characters, I cut the number of policemen in the story from 3 to 1. Makes its more do-able for me and 1 is more than enough for what happens in the story. I got some feedback on the set designs at C4D Cafe from some of the members and I think that made them much better. I kept them very simple.
A couple challenges so far have been making the floor which needed to have several floorboards removable and the thin ray of light lipping through the slightly open door on to the face of the sleeping old man. I am also having some motivation issues getting it all done. It happens - you just feel like you are screaming into the void making these things at times.
20 May 2018
I feel like I'm getting closer to finding out what this guy is all about. I have been improving his finger movements and gave him toes and shortened his feet even more. Plus the glasses. At this point he's is ready to go - but where?
11 May 2018
The drawing program I love is Sketchbook by Autodesk. The pens look like pens, the pencils, pencils and so on. The interface is not conventional but not complicated or hard to get used to either. It has animation component I have never used but might someday.
While I wish it had dodge and burn tools, even though that would break it's "drawing tools only" rule that is not a deal breaker. What was a deal break was when Autodesk got all Adobe on us and decided to make it subscription only. I bought the latest stand alone version and started looking for other tools to use.
Now I won't have to look anymore. The applications now free, only requiring you to sign in to Autodesk's site once, download the software and that's it.
08 May 2018
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Speaking of my stable of characters - I've been putting them in the header here and on my home/portfolio page. Maybe someone out there will find them interesting enough to get me some much needed work!