Sunday, November 17, 2013



I got an art pen! I didn't even know what an art pen was and now I have one and it is fantastic. Let me back up.

An incredibly generous and awesome friend gave me an old Intuos recently, which as been so useful with Corel Painter because my other tablet doesn't detect pen tilt (the angle at which you're holding your stylus while you paint), and a lot of the Painter's brushes use that function for rotation. Then I noticed that one of my teachers was doing crazy things with his stylus during a demo, and he told me it's an art pen - a Wacom stylus has a rotation function. I guess this is hard to explain if you haven't used on or seen one in action, but it pretty much behaves just like a real paint brush - you can rotate it in your hand and the angle of the brush on the screen rotates with the stylus. It. Is. Great. Sketch!

This guy has a fascinating face. Also he eats people (on tv). Can you guess who?

I need some more practice with it, of course, I just got it yesterday, but already it's just so awesome to be able to paint digitally and have my tools behave more like traditional media. Sorry for all the italics, I'm really excited about it!!

Anyway, that's it. Just wanted to rave about the new pen (and I'm trying to post more sketches.. if I only posted work that I'm totally finished and happy with, well, you already know what that posting schedule is like, don't you)!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, November 11, 2013


Hello there!

Sorry I've been absent for a bit (I think I start every post with an apology - sorry! hah), it's been a really busy semester. I have some things to share, but today I have to keep it short because I need to get back to work.

So I've been learning Corel Painter, and let me just say, I love it. It's exactly what I hoped it would be: a digital painting program that can (pretty well) imitate traditional techniques. Now that I've been working with it for about 10 weeks, I've finally found a couple of workhorse brushes I really like and I've figured things out enough that I can get work done without thinking too hard about how to use the program.

That said, I'm still not as comfortable with it as I am with Photoshop. So: practice practice! I did a warm-up painting this morning before starting my homework, it took about an hour (probably a little more, I think, I forgot to time myself). I thought I'd share:

Poor Libby Masters.

Be back soon, I hope! Thanks for reading!