Friday, January 20, 2012

Hey ART guy… why you no post? Where’s my ART?!?

Hey ARTfans,

So... no posts for the last 2 days. That's not good.

Well, it seems an ugly little stomach bug decided to pay a visit to our house. My daughter work up Tuesday night not feeling good. My wife was sick Wednesday and Thursday (still not feeling great today). I left work early on Thursday to go home and help with the kids... and wouldn't ya' know... guess who's not feeling good today. Yay me!

I did a couple of loose 'sketches' on Wednesday night, but unfortunately, nothing worth even scanning. And last night I fell asleep on the couch, and staggered to bed around 11. We'll see how tonight goes, but right now, I'm not going to make any promises.

The one thing I will promise though... is that I will finish my 30 Day ART challenge... even if it takes me into February (which it definitely will now).

So... that all being said... and since I really don't have any good ART to post today... I thought I would put up a post about my tools and methods.

I'd like to introduce you all to my pencils...

Starting from the left:

That’s "Betty” - a Pentel 5mm (PS535) Mechanical Pencil (As you can see from the label on top, I have this loaded with 6H lead (almost the hardest that they make). This is what I use for sketching. The 6H lead leaves a very light line – Ideal (for me anyway) of ‘roughing’ out my sketches.

Veronica” – That’s my finishing pencil. Another Pentel 5mm (PS535) Mechanical pencil, this one loaded with 4H lead. A little softer, this produces a darker line, I use this to go in and ‘finish up’ my drawings…

Next, “Ginger” -  a PaperMate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick. Basically just an eraser, but with a smaller tip than most of the other erasers I’ve seen around. Ideal for erasing in those tight, hard to reach spaces.

And, “Mary Ann” – Just another Clic Eraser, standard size, good for general erasing.

And finally, “Big Bertha” – When you absolutely, positively need to erase every single line on a page… accept no substitutes.

Once I’m finished with a sketch, I scan it in at 300dpi, and move over to my laptop.

A Lenovo X61 Tablet PC. I upgraded this as soon as I got it to Windows 7. And this has been my go-to machine for digital inking and coloring for about a year now.0811100800



As you can probably see from any of my ‘inking videos’, I just put the scanned pencils into Adobe Illustrator, and create a new layer on top. I created a brush that I use for Inking, nothing fancy, just a basic brush that takes advantage of the pressure sensitivity of my tablet. Once I finish with the inking, I save my file, and export it as a PSD (Photoshop file).

Then… on to coloring…

But more on that next time. (I need to post some coloring videos soon – I think I’ll do that next time I color an image.)

Again… Sorry for no ART this time. I’m gonna try and kick this bug as quick as possible, and get back to it.

Hope you all have a good weekend!




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