Currently in Porirua and don’t have my drawings tablet with me.
Here’s a portrait I painted a couple of days ago of someone on RedditGetsDrawn:
So since being banned from posting on RedditGetsDrawn I decided to go ahead and make my own subreddit – artcontroldrawsyou.
I have been writing Reddit python scripts that gets data from one subreddit and posting the data to a new subreddit/saving the data.
I have also been getting back into doing tonal black and white/color digital works. These are not included in this post – but keep an eye out in future.
It’s been a long time since I have updated artcontrol.me with some artwork. I have myself a new tablet so my plan is to work on more art and upload it. For a long time I was updating this site every two or so days. I’ve slacked off in this and other projects. I have my code which has been going well.
Here is the result from the new tablet and drawing people on RedditGetsDrawn. I am happy with the tablet. Small, but I get the result. I use to own an intous5 medium which was a little too large. The small fits me fine.
Happy I had no problems with the linux drivers also – it was all plug and go. We installed the drivers on the machines at the center – so have it working there.
Here’s some more digital works. This time I used reference from RedditGetsDrawn.
Portrait photo reference. I usually go for photos that have more of the body but this one was interesting with the tape covering her mouth. The background was plain, with only the vertical tiles. I added in quick flicks. I wanted to work different here – created a map top down view rather than a perspective looking over the ocean to the hills in the distance.
The tone changed the map idea with more of a focus on perspective - the normal way I do these scenes. I’ve used range of brushes. Normally I stick with the one brush in the whole painting but adding more adds texture and variety to the piece.
Color. Went with a orange for the skin. Since I’ve been using a range of tones with the color I feel I can explore other colors without having problems of the colors not working together – like in washes. Using the range of tones allows for clarity and flow within the color – and spreads throughout the whole painting.
This was a great reference of these two people. When I was little my uncle would give me piggy back rides. Extremely large scale for the figure sitting on the others shoulder.
A range of saturation was used in the figure. Previously I had only worked with adjusting values. I love the brush for the leaves.
Figure on the left. I used a photo I took in Wellington for the environment I often just use my imagination. Working from reference will be helpful. Especially using my own photographs.
Mixing up the colors with a blue for the figure. Pink was used in the building, not sure how I feel about it – doesn’t fit the flow of the painting. Maybe a nice brown would have worked better. Fun times with the green, covering the majority of the painting. The hills and sky in the distance are painted blue.
I need to update this blog more often. I have many artworks to get uploaded. Maybe I need someone to write for me? If you are interested in any writing positions, please email me. I also need a theme makeover. Maybe connect the three blogs together. What other sites could I create?
Anyway, here is a painting I did before I left to Hamilton:
Another game related shot – this time Grim Fandango. I took some design liberty with this work and rearranged items – and leaving some characters out. Type is always fun to paint. Maybe I’ll
I haven’t been drawing people recently. It’s all been streetscape works. A combo of nature and manmade structures. I think that’s the best way to suggest it.
Here are portraits I have drawn and painted digitally. The reference is photos from REDDITGETSDRAWN. For each piece I used GIMP on my main screen and had the reference open on my smaller screen. For the reference I used my laptop.
I’ve been playing Borderlands 2.
Johnny_Jon_John had the request this photo to be painted. I used an orange from a previous painting as a base. Normally I use white, black, dark grey, or a mid grey. Using color for the start background is something new.
From there, line, grey tone, and a lighter yellow for the background area. I did ponder over coloring more of the work in color – maybe the desk, his shirt, the desk chair. Instead I kept the black and white tonal studies as the main focus point. Opacity was 80%
It’s nice to take a break from drawing figures. Going back to it I felt very refreshed. I want to keep these works up.
For the bnchwarmer926 I did this. It was the first I did… so not bad considering the break I’ve had. The line looks thick on this – in future works I scale the brush down somewhat. Having the line as the top layer also reinforces this. Blues were fun!
All the brushes are custom made by me. I felt there was a real lack of decent flatbrushes so have been focused on creating them, but I’d also be interested in creating more textured brushes – similar to the chalk brush. I’ll experiment with tonal ranges within the brushes and see where I go. Reddit user http://www.reddit.com/user/kawaiian Kawaiian had the request to turn this into something for Halloween.
This is my result. One of my final works for the day. I had done many and was growing tired by this point. I’d like to think the image had a witch feel about it. Especially the hair.
She needs a black cat.
GreenFin83 had requested for this to be drawn. This is one of my favorite works. I especially enjoyed drawing the clothes. For the background I wanted to use my visual library and construct a scene. Alot of this inspration currently is the works I’ve been drawing around Levin.