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3 Things I Learned

Posted 8 days ago

This time I tried to make a Caricature in my Studio as though I was at a Gig. So I would be ready to handle any Remote Gigs that I'm hoping to get. I was forcing myself to make a Portrait-Styled Caricature because that's what I've been working on lately.

As always, good thing I try stuff on my own before I take a job with it. At least 3 major things I learned from doing this.

  1. Stick to Fake Portrait if that's the Style you've decided to do.
  2. Just follow the plan if you want to handle things Party Style.
  3. an ummmm...... I forgot the 3rd thing while I was writing the first two.
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Eye Glasses

Posted 9 days ago

After the thick blotchy blob I made for the Sunglasses on last night's Caricature, I decided to focus on painting Eye-Glasses tonight. Going back to Basics. No Exaggeration. No Artist's interpretation. Just what do I see in the Reference Photo that I was using. More like Portrait Painting.

Lol ~ as usual, I'm being me. I spent most of my time painting everything But the glasses.

And that's okay. Glasses don't stand on their own. They're Part of everything that's around them.

In this case, the most important thing I learned is: If I want the top of the glasses to be tipped forward, that is Not indicated so much by the lenses as by the Frame. The top of the frame stands Away from the face. But the bottom of the frame sits right on the cheeks.

I might have wanted to also try something with a transparent overlay and highlights to show the 'glass', but I got tired. If I kept continuing my Artistic explorations, I'd probably Never be able to stop.

You can click on this link to see a Time-Lapse Video of tonight's Painting. It only take a minute or so:

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Scribble Artist

Posted 11 days ago

Oh my ~ Ever spend years pushing something aside, saying, oh, i could do that. If i wanted to. Well, tonight I checked it out. And yes, I could do it. But the experience wasn't what I expected.

Tonight I decided to draw completely differently than I usually do. The experience wasn't what I expected. I Enjoy going for the Exaggeration, and I feel constrained to make 'Face' aka Skin on Skull which always has nose between the eyes and mouth under that. I don't usually respect that. I figure you could just use a Camera if that's what you want. But there are Some Artists who can do it well. So there are times when I wish I could just swing into it if I'm drawing at an Event with another Artist who actually does the more realistic thing well enough that I actually do respect it.

Today I decided to tone down the exaggeration and stick to the real Face. And use a Scribbly style ~ more like the stuff from Yesteryear. Perhaps even channeling Daumier.

And that Face idea. I corraled myself to do that.

I thought the pencil at the Fresco app would be what i was looking for. But no. Didn't like it. Took a few more tries, and I settled on the Classic Comics Nib in Fresco. Jumped in. Scribbled around ~ oh. At first, I really wanted to trash the 'Face shape'. But I stuck with it, and I found that I could get into the Exaggerations while keeping within the constraints of Face.

And the experience, which started out feeling stifling, ended up feeling freeing. Because I DIDN'T HAVE TO HAVE THE ANSWERS AHEAD OF TIME. Scribbling around, I could just let them come out. And of course, using the IPad, I could try anything, and then just get rid of it if it wasn't a good idea.

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It's not like driving a Ford one day,and a Chevy the next day

Posted Feb 2020

This Artist is having a rough time of it today. I could barely get a glance in to see this Baby that I had drawn at a recent Baptism. Difficult for the Artist, but a Professional Party Artist already expects that. It's certainly Not unusual that a new Baby's Caretaker fusses around with the Baby a lot. But then, preparing it to post it here ~ that was Really difficult.

I needed to get a New program for handling my pictures. I got Gimp, and I had recently spent Hours on Just One picture ~ to figure out how to use the new program. I didn't want to go through all that again, so I figured it would be easier to just handle this Picture Presentation through Procreate.

So I took the Photos off my Phone to get them onto my Computer. Then I chose the few that represented This One Caricature. I emailed them to myself so I could find them on my IPad to get them in to Procreate. But that didn't work correctly either. I could see them in the email on my Computer, but the pictures did not arrive on my IPad. So I went back to the Computer and emailed them to myself again ~ this time as attachments. That came through in the email on my IPad fine. But the 'Send to Procreate' wasn't working right. Until my mind rebooted. But it still involves both Procreate And Photos in order to bring two pictures together in Procreate. Worked my magic with that, then emailed the combined picture back to myself so I could open it on my Computer to get it here onto my website. But it was looking so dull ~ I had originally drawn it on bright white paper, but the Photograph of it, perhaps because of lighting in the room?, the photograph of it came out dull. So I was able to open it in a program on my computer called Preview where I was able to change the Lighting, but I wasn't able to Select only the part that I wanted to brighten up ~ Preview doesn't do that ~ so I ended up brightening up the Whole 'collage' the same I guess that's alright. And I was able to change the Size in Preview yay so the file wouldn't be so big and here it is Good Night all the different ways of using all the different apps are jumbling up in my head it's not as easy as switching from one type of Car to a different type of Car. Even though they all do similar things, the 4 Large Image Editing Programs that I use all have different places to find their tools and each tool has to be customized and studied differently for each different program.

Wasn't I just supposed to be a Caricature Artist?

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