Thursday, January 22, 2015

Combination Watercolour and Digital Effect

It has been raining and the sky is so grey and I've been trying to work but there are some days when nothing seems to work out.

I thought I'd post something tonight because my last post, that owl with nowhere to go has been bothering me. I think I might even take him down.

But for now here is a little experiment I did with a salted watercolour, my scanner and the software application Corel Painter. One could do this with other software applications such as Photoshop Elements brushes or Art Rage or Adobe Sketchbook Pro and perhaps even an iPad. I am assuming you have a Wacom tablet connected to your computer with the Wacom tablet stylus pen that comes with it. If you are using an iPad you could use your finger, but better to have a stylus for your iPad for better drawing control. ( To avoid confusion about stylus pens remember An iPad stylus is completely different from a Wacom Tablet stylus.)
Each one of the three images are from the saved scanned and painted file image on the top left. Just remember always to save the base so you can use it over and over again.

Here are the steps.

1. Paint a sheet with two colour washes, let them flow into each other and before it dries shake salt over all of the painting and set it somewhere where it will dry. The salt creates delicate sparkly starry effects. I prefer to use two colours because it is so easy to get mud if you mix three together and I hate mud and I think most artists do as well. 

2. When it is dry, scan your painting into your computer and name it and save it as a jpeg and remember where you saved your file.

3. Open your PAINTER or Photoshop or Sketchbook or whatever your painting/drawing program and then go to FILE and then open your saved jpeg file.

3. Give it a new name and save a few copies of your watercolour in order not to lose that base painting image.

4. Now use the eraser tool brush with a fairly small line and draw shapes into the colours with what is now a white line image.

5. Next remove areas with a larger eraser brush point. You can adjust the eraser point to any size that you want. A large brush is great for removing larger areas.

6. You can create a woodcut effect using this drawing method.

7. REMEMBER TO SAVE your work under a new name and keep the base jpeg painting in case you ever want to use your watercolour image again in a digital manner.

I hope this is helpful to someone out there one day. If anyone has a question I would be glad to answer below.
And for now, the rain pours down into the night. But I can rest knowing I posted something more interesting than that darned owl.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Procrastinator Owl?


I am not sure why this owl appeared today. But I thought I would post this little fellow. I am trying hard to get back to my project which has nothing to do with owls!

I need to focus. I know I am procrastinating.
I thought about getting out the paints but instead I used an old scan of some watercolour paper and I made a digital vector shapes collage using Corel Paint X5.

I cut out shapes, copied and then pasted into CorelDraw bit by bit until I had the owl down.

The original watercolour is rather bleak. The green leaves are from another watercolour and the colour isn't working.
This is my procrastinator owl I think. He is telling me to get back into my other much more important project. Do you ever procrastinate?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

More iPad Art

This is another demonstration of making art on an iPad with two APPS. Sketch Pad and Percolator.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Making Art With Two Apps

Two of my favorite iPad APPS are Sketch Pad and Percolator.

Here is an example of how easy it is to create a beautiful image from simple image of hearts.
I use an iPad stylus with a fat rubber tip which takes a bit of getting used to.

1. When drawing something like hearts or circles or boxes or whatever tickles your fancy, you will quickly realize how you can control the thickness and color of your lines by adjusting the control boxes on the screen.

2. Once you have a drawing you like, save it to photos.

3.Open Percolator and call it in from your photos files.

4. With percolator you have a variety of controls and many choices about what you want to do with your image.

5. You can save many different versions of your image to your iPad photo files.

Click the image above for a more accurate view.
If this is helpful to you I'd love to know.