Sunday, August 10, 2014

TGIF

I have in mind to paint a Florida wetland area.  I started blocking the color and shape with Twisted Brush, using a personal reference for the sky (thanks to my cousin Iris). 

BLOCKING (Twisted Brush Pro)
I usually try to stay with one software, but besides using Twisted Brush Pro Studio,  I went "software wild" and  also implemented  Corel Painter Lite, Photoshop Element 10 and SBP 6.  

From blocking in the colors, I saved the work in a .psd format and finished painting the sky with Corel Painter Lite.

FINISHED SKY (Corel Painter Lite)
Once finished with the sky, I was ready to paint the "wetlands".  I copied the sky and flipped it vertically on the next layer to reflect water.  I stared at the scene before me and started thinking about other scenarios, what if?

I took the layers into SBP6 (Sketchbookpro 6) and thought of  adding a sailboat and changing the scene into an ocean.

SBP6, using a reference from Morguefile.com
As the painting progressed, I thought, wouldn't it be cool to add a city skyline, leaving for the weekend, thereby calling it...TGIF

I added the plane taking off (with part of an airfield):

TGIF or Leaving On A Jet Plane

WIP4 (TB program)


TGIF 2014 final
 Guess I will paint Florida Wetlands another time :).

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Glass and Light Study

In between painting/sketching, I am still in the process of studying and practicing to paint light, glass and an atmosphere of ambiance.  At this moment,  my software of choice is Sketchbook Pro 6 with a reference (a free photo)  from morguefile.com.

Below is a WIP (work-in-progress).  I've drawn the glass containers, using the mirror and ellipse tools to define a reasonable "jar" or candle holder.  They are all on different layers.  If a mistake is made or if I change my mind, I can always delete it without restarting the entire scene or painting.


WIP1
I've finished the large candle holder, changed it here and there.  I've started working on the second candle holder and I haven't got it right yet.  I changed the candle color, because the yellowish/gold had an almost "poached egg" look to it...whoa!  Also it needs more highlights..and probably "something else"!  I'm giving it a rest for awhile and come back to it. :)

WIP2

August 6: I have a couple of updates WIP3 & 4.  I'm not sure if it's good, but I will keep trying.  In WIP 3, I finished the 3rd candle holder, added reflections and some "dust".  In WIP 4, I changed the style of the glass and still in the process of being worked on.  Hopfully the next upload is the finished product.

WIP 3
WIP 4

Final. I placed bottles in the background, but didn't want to draw attention to them, I darkened and blurred them out.  This was an interesting study and I'm back to the "drawing board" :).

Glass and Light Study 2014



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Loxahatchee Lake

Started another painting, using Twisted Brush.  Trying out for the softer and pastel colors.

WIP1
WIP 2

Loxahatchee Lake final

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Doodle and ClipArt

Over the years I have painted many flowers, illustration items, wings, leaves, snowflakes and the list goes on.  I save them all in layer formats, .png or .gif so that I can re-use them again and again if so desired.  I can change the color or texture depending on it's use.  Here are some of the images...

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Window

Using Sketchbook Pro 6 (TwistedBrush Pro is for background, texture on wood, florals and greenery), started a sketch and painting the blue bottle.  I've added a preliminary background to get an idea on lighting and such... 

Sketch

Added a "background"

Below I have added more colors and leaves to the background.  Because I wanted to focus on the bottles, I blurred the background.

Painting bottles...

The image is finished.  I've added a floral, such as the pink hibiscus.  This was painted a long time ago by me and saved in a layer format so I can re-use the graphic.  The window frame and sill were texturized to  simulate wood-grain. Although I had originally envisioned a different perspective, I have changed it so that the viewer can now look directly at and out the window.

Window


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Digital Plein Air

Digital Plein Air 

In the past month I've discovered some fascinating information regarding plein air.   One can actually go out with their digital tablet, either Android or iPad, their stylus or special brushes for a tablet and go outdoors and paint.

For more information  <click> Page is under contruction, will be available soon.

Virtual Plein Air

Virtual Plein Air (Digital or Traditional) Paintings   

Virtual Plein Air, either digital or traditional paintings are based off Google street views. You may use digital or traditional paint.  There is a group on Facebook , started and created by Timothy Rodriguez's amazing idea.  It has grown to an unbelievable group of 11,000+ to date.
The idea is to paint what is captured on a Google street view.  Upload your finished painting with the link.









Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fruit And Wine

Fruit And Wine work in progress (WIP).  The reference photo was found on morguefile.com.   Digital software is Sketchbook Pro 6.   In this painting I wanted to try using the ellipse, mirror (vertical) and line tool to help me draw the objects freehand.  Very fun to do and it saves loads of time trying to get the right and left sides to match.


Drawing...
Started painting....


WIP 3, finished the glass and plate. I'm hoping I can give it a "painterly" look :).

WIP3
 :)

WIP 4

Toned down the apples a bit....

WIP5
Final

Fruit And Wine 2014


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Woodridge Pond

Woodridge Pond painted with Sketchbook Pro 6


BLOCKING
Painting...
Water and reflection...
Woodridge Pond

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

St John's River

I began this painting with blocking and placement of colors.  I've uploaded scenarios  (basically trying to get an idea on what I wanted to do with the sky).  The software I'm using is Twisted Brush Studio Pro version 19.18.  I used a pen and some "water color" brushes to paint the sky. The final result was to add the pine trees and bring down the opacity to achieve that "misty" quality, then adding reflections and highlights for the final result.  I really enjoyed painting St. John's River, once I've "captured" the sky, the fun began, hence "it's 5 o'clock somewhere",  it had the feel I should be putting my feet up on the veranda railing and having a margarita :0)!

Blocking (flipped vertically, sunset to the right)


It's 5 O'clock Somewhere.  Finished the sky and "just playing" :o)!

Started to do the layout...
I liked the open landscape, but I thought it needed "more".
St John's River final


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Monday, June 16, 2014

Clay Pots

 Final - Clay Pots.  Except for the flowers, I used the pastels.  The flowers were painted with the oil brush.
Clay Pots (ArtRage 4)


WIP 2, I made some changes this morning to one of the pots and added embellishment to the aqua colored one. I started adding the sunflowers using a combination of a pen and pastel.


WIP 2 Clay pots 2014



Clay pots (not an official title).  The beginning stages of a painting using ArtRage 4.  I first drew a preliminary/rough sketch of placement of pots.   I've started to color in the area using the pastel tool and pencil for edges.

WIP Clay pots 2014


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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Floral Fun

The painting below was created with ArtRage Studio 3.5.  I placed the colors on the canvas (using the paint from the "tube brush".  I used the palette knife to create swirls and such.  The paint was a metallic texture.

ArtRage Interface

Floral Fun

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A View From Above

Another photo I captured in one of my walks... which actually inspired two paintings.  This is the first one titled "A View From Above". Painted with Twisted Brush Pro Studio.


Inspiration photo
Blocking, which is done with a pen and blender
The sky was finished, I duplicated it and flipped vertically to capture the bottom and/or water on another layer.
To capture the feel of "flying", I tilted the entire "canvas".
I drew and painted in the plane's wing.
A View From Above final.  I added a little bit of filtering to darken the entire scene.
As I've mentioned above, I created two paintings from the same photo reference, which I titled "Sunset Sail".

Sunset Sail
I've smoothed out the sky and created water.  Embellished it with the palm tree, rocks, sailboat and pelicans, viola!  In the past, I like using the same reference photo a couple of times to create entirely different scenes. It's challenging and fun. 


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Apple Blossoms



Apple Blossoms by Buddhist849

Traditional digital painting created with Twisted Brush 16.17

Apple Blossoms by D Lewis


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

A View of the Adirondack Mountains

The beginning of A View of the Adirondack Mountains for me was remembering going on vacation and visiting Lake George, NY and Bolton Landing, NY.  What an incredible place and view!  I went looking for images on the net and loosely followed the landscape, but like all my artwork, it never turns out like the photo.  I sometimes use a photo(s) as a guide either for placement of (trees, etc) or use the color palette.

In the first image below, I started blocking, which includes general placement of mountains, water line, trees, etc.  Yes, it's a mess! :)  I'm using Twisted Brush Pro Studio for blocking.  I filled the background with a light grey color and blocking was done with a "gel" pen.  This painting all happens on one layer. (If you are digitally knowledgeable, you know what I'm referring to).

Note:  If using a photo from the internet for reference purpose, please do not use copyrighted photos.  There are many places to obtain free images.  A great resource is Wikipedia or Morgue Files.

Blocking
Corel Painter X, blending, using a "stump" blender
Twisted Brush Pro Studio
On the above image, after blending, I brought the image (with layers) into Twisted Brush Pro Studio.
I added the trees and foreground.
Final - A View of the Adirondack Mountains




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