:: Ring your own bell ::

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No reaction at all — extinction — wears away on the individual until the behaviour grinds to a halt. This is a danger for artists who struggle in a vacuum. Joining clubs, exhibiting online, sending work away to distant galleries, inviting trusted friends to come over and critique goes part of the way, but it doesn’t always ring the bell. Art is a rare pursuit where participants have to learn to ring their own bells.

In my Creative Workflow class, students need to draw a complex line art drawing, then convert it into a digital format using Adobe Illustrator then bring it into Photoshop to actually paint it in watercolour with the help of a Wacom Intuos Pro digital tablet. The end result is usually quite amazing! The students also seem to love it, as they seem to go into a very zen mood.

I use my watercolour painting palette, scan it in, bring it into Photoshop, and then use the eyedropper tool to extract the actual colours and then proceed to paint with the Mixer Brush… which actually does what the tool says that it does. It mixes the colours together. I have been playing with this tool and I have actually managed to use a limited palette for this flower. So I have screened-shot my Photoshop screen so that you can see how I work and see the result.

Medium: Adobe CC Photoshop

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:: Digital drawing of an Old Truck ::

What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. — Winslow Homer

Even though I have not been posting much, this does not mean that I have not been busy doing artistic works & readings. I am happily, but busily, preparing a new course that has to do with digital drawing with a tablet this semester. It is taking up much of my time as in order to teach something well, you need to know it well! The tablet that I am using is an Intuos 4 Wacom Tablet with a grip pen… fabulous tool, and it takes a long time to master. So I have been busily mastering digital drawing techniques and here is one of the results.

I was also given a book by one of my friends that is amazing! It is a book that follows me throughout my daily chores and this has not happened in a while. It is called How to Read a Modern Painting: Lessons from the Modern Masters by Jon Thompson. I absolutely love it & I read one page per day as it shifts my mood into amazement and perplexity and how to really “look” at a painting. Thank you Linda -)

Software: Photoshop CS6
Tools: Pencil & Mixer Brush
Computer digital drawing

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