Monday, May 4, 2015

New Illustration - iPad, Procreate, and Adonit Touch

Here's a new iPad/tablet based illustration I created recently. Working with my trusty Adonit Jot Touch stylus and Procreate app I worked up this little narrative piece that combines 3 photographs and some digital drawing/painting. Most of my work tends to show the figure and focus on the full body or the face; most likely because of my fascination with drawing facial expressions. But, with this one I wanted to create a narrative scene void of any faces or leading text. It certainly is a graphic scene, but it leaves the viewer to their own devices or vices in order to make assumptions and draw a conclusion as to what exactly is happening here. I dig ambiguity. Force-feeding meaning is about as useful as trying to break a 10 second sun-staring record.

If you have any thoughts on what is happening in this scene feel free to write them in the comment section below. I'd love to hear some interpretations :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Drawing Jason Voorhees - Friday the 13th - Process Video

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Here's a bit of a recap from last Friday, which happened to be... Friday the 13th!!! "Ch-ch-ch-ch ah-ah-ah-ah" In honor of the terrifying Mr. Voorhees I decided to create an illustration to give props to the guy who always made me afraid to go into the woods at night. 

I must admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for Jason seeing as I grew up in Blairstown, New Jersey; one of the primary filming locations for the first Friday the 13th movie. For this illustration I used Art Pose app for the perspective/anatomy reference and Procreate for the drawing/painting. As usual. whenever I'm working on my iPad I am using my Adonit Jot Touch 4 pressure sensitive stylus. Check out the video below to see all the steps in the creation of this monster!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LAYERS - The Special Sauce of Working Digitally

I love working digitally, especially on my tablet. It's always handy when inspiration, or boredom strikes and I can let loose my creativity. I've thought about the traditional vs. digital aspect of making art and I think the major appeal to digital is the layers and ease of edits. Even when you're drawing or painting traditionally you use layers to build up gradations and contrast, but with digital you can rearrange, work under/over a preexisting layer, and just as easily hide/edit/delete experimental artistic decisions. So here's a little example of a recent portrait I made on my iPad that features the different layers of the final artwork. As you can see the line work is serparate from the shading (which has multiple layers) and final highlights are added as the top layer. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fresh Art - iPad Portrait with Procreate "Mr. Eric Weiss"

I have been loving two things lately, well three actually, my iPad, my Adonit Jot Touch stylus, and the Procreate app. It's so freaking awesome to have pressure sensitivity while drawing directly on the screen of the iPad. It's like a hopped up, super-powered, digital sketchbook at my fingertips just waiting for me to get to work with the scribbles. This is the one of the latest drawings I made - "Mr. Eric Weiss" He's my brother from another mother, seeing as we share a love of comics, movies, video games, most anything pop culture, and art I thought he would make a great subject to draw. He thought it was curious that I was making, and have made so many self portraits so I said that I would draw him next. As I requested he sent me some selfies and I got busy with this one. I really dig the exagerated expression, and knew right away it would be a blast to draw.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Procreate - The BEST drawing/painting app for the iPad!

Yeah I said it... Procreate is the BEST damn drawing/painting app I have used on my iPad to date (1/27/2015). Now I've tried out my fair share of drawing/painting apps, but this one takes the cake! Compared to the price of desktop software this app is a steal and it has a ton of comparable functions and capabilities. I'm talking import/export multiple file types, layers, reference layers, adjustment modes, blend modes, color drop, masking, customize brushes, export video (see below, as in the bottom of the post) and more! To put it simply... IT ROCKS!

"Fringe of Consciousness" - 1st attempt with Procreate (self portrait)

The work above was my first adventure in the Procreate app and it was amazingly intuitive and easy to use. If y'all are familiar with Adobe products you should have 0% trouble working with Procreate. If you do purchase the app I highly recommend reading the HANDBOOK so you can fully understand the nuances of this powerhouse app.
WIP shot showing the Adjustment drop down menu.
WIP shot showing the drop down layer menu with thumbnails.

And here is the process video which Procreate automagically creates while you work in the app! Awesomesauce!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Veith Children - Recent Portrait Commission

In the weeks approaching the holidays I had the pleasure of creating some charcoal portraits for the Veith family. Mrs. Veith requested to have portraits of the children created as a Christmas gift for her husband, a fantastic idea! Mrs. Veith sent over a file of reference photos to work from and I began to aquaint myself with the kids, all SEVEN of them! I had a blast working on the portraits and felt like I got to know each of the children; part of the magic of being an artist and working on portraits.

I was so excited for the family to receive the portraits! Working on projects like this really satisfies my artistic soul. Knowing that there is a great meaning behind the portraits, that they are special gifts, and will become pieces/parts of the family really moves me. Below are the individual portraits, enjoy.


Hello Internetz! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and rang in the new year with fireworks and really loud pop music. Personally, I watched Pitbull neglect to do a countdown right around midnight, live from Miami, via FOX. It was fantastic. Here's a digi-sketch I made for the occassion. Enjoy!

"Zombie NYE Gurrrrl" - 2014
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