I started out one evening, about three nights ago, just doodling with my new Rapidosketch drawing pen. I bought a #1 (.50) one a few weeks ago. Then decided I needed a smaller line, a #0 (.35). And well, then this happened....
I tried to blend out the "gutter" of the sketchbook in Photoshop but there were too many lines. I guess I'm just going to have to re-draw it on a full sheet of paper.
Valerie, the love of my life, is the greatest. She always, every year, makes me feel very special on my birthday (I turned 52 on February 11th, just so you know). Like me, though, it's hard for her to keep a secret. So about a week before my birthday she gives me this for a present.
In case you don't know what this is, well, it's a very important part of being an urban (or outdoor) sketcher. It is a Walkstool brand camp stool. The legs telescope and the whole thing folds down small enough to fit in my back pack. And it's very, very sturdy. I looked at similar stools at places like REI and the weight limit was ridiculous low (180-200 pounds). Not Walkstool, no. This particular model is the Walkstool Comfort XL. Weight limit? 495 lbs. Seriously. If you want to, go to their website.
And well, I thought that was my birthday present and that was completely awesome. But no...
On the day of my birthday, Valerie says, "Come here, I want to show you something on my computer." So I look. She starts showing me Wacom graphics tablets. I thought, okay, she wants one of these for editing photos.
Then she says, "I bought you one of these as another birthday present. It just won't get here until after your birthday."
I was floored.
Two days later it arrives.
And I think, I'm never going to learn how to use one of these. I'm old school drawing, I'm too old to learn new tricks, blah, blah, blah.
But I gave it a try. I went through the tutorials for the drawing software (Art Rage Studio) that came bundled with the tablet. Still, those voices, this is too hard...
Two days later I uploaded a simple line drawing self-portrait:
And turned it into this:
I have to say, I'm pretty happy with the final result. I'm still learning but hey, I figure I can only get better!
And as a sidenote, Valerie did end up buying herself a Wacom. It came with Anime Studio, which she said she had no need of. So, we installed it onto the main computer for my use. I'm currently trying to learn basic animation.
I spent the afternoon rearranging the studio. My basic goal was to more or less change it from a print studio to a drawing studio. Or at least I wanted to make it to where I could do either. I think I have reached that goal.
The shelf on the table helps. I can have my drawing board on the work table and still get at all my pens and brushes. The Kindle Fire is perched at the top of the drawing board for access to photos for reference. It also supplies music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
It is Sunday morning and it is snowing like crazy outside. I slept late this morning because I kept waking up every couple hours. I am on my third cup of coffee and, well, I'm sure I will have some more. It is a laid back morning. Because it is our usual Sunday morning ritual (and because the weather is what it is) we ate breakfast at home. Now I am back in my studio listening to Henri Texier and Valerie is editing photos she took yesterday and this morning.
At 3 o'clock this morning, unable to sleep, I started this sketchbook spread. I just picked random objects and drew them. I used a fountain pen with Noodler's Heart of Darkness. It is because of this the drawings will remain without the benefit of color at least for a few days. It takes that long for the ink to dry enough to use any washes.
Maybe I will post this again once I have added color.