Tablet jealousy & Sketchbook scribblings

August 4, 2013 at 11:06 (Blog, Drawing) (, , , , , , , )

I’ve always been envious of people having iPads and being able to use then to create stunning art. Ever since the first ipad hit the market I’ve envisioned using one as a sketchbook, being able to whip it out at a moments notice and start scribbling away, never having to worry about running out of paper or ink.

Now that I HAVE a tablet… Well, I’m still envious of all the ipad owners, but for slightly different reasons. You see, while I can draw quite decently on my Denver tablet, it has a few restrictions that is a little frustrating at times.
The first, and most annoying is that the Google Play store is severely lacking in decent drawing apps compared with Apple’s Appstore. I’m also restricted to a 7″ screen at only 800*444 pixels, along with a slowness processor. This can make the more demanding apps leggy and unresponsive at times.

Griping aside, I now CAN draw, paint and sketch whenever and wherever I want!
So, what have I been doing with it?

I’ve been testing out Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for Tablets. It’s a surprisingly versatile and powerful program, but also takes some getting used to due to all the options available. Here you can see the first drawing I made with it:


Not exactly a Rembrandt or a Monet, but it’s a start.

I don’t know how many of you know of Daniel Jones, but she’s a children’s book’s illustrator, and also have a YouTube account that I stalk follow. She’s been showing off some truly stunning ipad art, and has also written a book about drawing on tablets.
Taking both some advice and inspiration from her, I started to really learn how to draw digitally.

Using a picture reference, I drew a bird. In Norwegian this is called a “kjøttmeis” which translates to “meat-sparrow” or something similar. Imagine my childish surprise when I found out that the English name was “great tit”. *snigger*

First i drew a very rough sketch to block in all the shapes. Sorry for not showing it here, but I accidentally deleted it before saving it to the gallery. On a layer above that I used a pencil to refine the linework. Still rough, but not too messy either.


I then made three new layers below the linework, and set the linework layer to “multiply”, thus making sure it could be seen above all the other layers, while hiding all the white.
The lower level I filled with a greenish, cloudlike gunk. The layer above i painted the wooden branch that the bird was standing on. And the third layer, just below the linework, I filled with a neutral brown color.


Once the bird was filled I locked that layer’s transparency, meaning I could easily paint over it without worrying about painting outside the “lines” as it were. Using a medium size brush set to low opacity I started filling in colors.


It took a few hour, but eventually I felt that adding more detail really wouldn’t improve it any more.
I lowered the opacity of the linework a little and added a layer on top that I filled with a texture set to very low opacity (6 or 8 % i think) just to add a little more randomness to the image.


Here you can see the image I used as a reference:


I’ve also started on a new image,  one of our rat named Lara having a nap.
She looks so cute and defenceless like this. :)
Here you can see the photo reference and the initial sketch (with some linework on top) :



Unlike the bird that I drew using a stylus, I worked mostly with my fingers on this one.


Once done I created a layer for the background and filled it with a neutral color. I then made a new layer for the rat. I painted over her with a fat brush, fast and dirty, making sure every part of her was covered. I then went along the edge with an eraser and removed everything that had gotten outside the linework.


And that’s as far as I’ve gotten with this drawing. I’ll show you more later. So long…


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Dark Sun Rising

October 21, 2011 at 09:15 (Blog, Comic) (, , , , , , )

Inspired by my own post a few days back where I told you about my own RPG campaign, I started looking through my old roleplaying books, notes and files, feeling thoroughly nostalgic. During this trip down memory lane I found two files I had completely forgotten about.

You see, last year I was going to start up another RPG campaign set in the Dark Sun setting, a harsh desert world wrecked by magic and greed. Unfortunately it never got started. I hope I’ll find time to remedy that.
Anyway, while preparing for that campaign I also started drawing a comic that was supposed to go alongside the game, the concept being a band of players playing the same game, with stories influenced by what happend in OUR game.

I never got past the second strip, and didn’t even finish coloring that one.
Instead of just forgetting it completely I decided to share it here. Who knows, some of you might even recognize the scene.  ;)

Click the images to view in full size.

By the way, these strips were created exclusively in Photoshop, using my Wacom tablet. Not a single drop of ink spilled here…

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Cintiq 24HD

September 13, 2011 at 23:04 (Blog, Video) (, , , , )

I just had to bring this up when I heard it: The Wacom Cintiq 24HD has been released!

In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what a Cintiq is, here’s the quick description: It’s computer monitor that you can draw on. And now they’ve released another version of it. Here, take a look at this:

Do I want one? Heck yeah!
Is it ever likely to happen? Sadly, no. :(

One of these babies will drain your wallet by $2500. Free shipping, though…
Here you can get a little more information, as well as check out some closeups on this marvelous piece of shiny tech.

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I have an inkling…

August 30, 2011 at 17:32 (Blog, Drawing, Video) (, , , , , )

I had a total geek-gasm today!
I was looking through my twitter-feed when a post by Scott Johnson (podcaster and comicartist) directed me toward this. It seems Wacom is about to launch a new product that they’ve given the name Wacom Inkling.

I’ll probably botch up trying to explain it, so instead I’ll just let you take a look at the trailer yourself.

I’m imagining taking a sketchbook out into the garden, relaxing on the hammock while sketching whatever comes to mind, then hook it up to my computer and have it all accessible as digital files. I’m sure Wacom has scanned my brain while I’ve been sleeping, digging out my weirdest wishlist and then started producing them, ’cause this just MIGHT be higher on my wish-list than a Cintiq 21UX.

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