TinkerTailor’s “Night Field”

TinkerTailor creates a digital painting titled “Night Field”. What style would you call it? Let’s see…

Night FieldExpressionism? Definitely not Minimalism. Maybe it’s Impressionism (i.e. “visible brush strokes”). TinkerTailorism? Heh. Whatever it is, it’s nice work. Just one suggestion — the digital painting looks rather dark on my screen. Maybe just lighten the contrast a bit.

Art Meme blogs (‘Thursday’ & ‘Friday’)

Here are two art "meme" blogs, i.e. where new themes are posted each week and anyone can submit links (to their blog posts or flickr accounts etc.) to the site. Such "meme" sites are excellent ways to introduce your art and to know other like-minded people.

This one's called "Inspire Me Thursday" by Melanie and Misty (they have a very nice banner):

inspire-me-thursday2A weekly dose of inspiration to be creative, try new techniques and explore new mediums. We challenge all artists to get out their art supplies, experiment and CREATE!

How to Participate:

  • Create a new piece of art (no old work please) inspired by the current week's challenge.
  • Post your interpretation of the current challenge on your blog.
  • Leave a comment on our site with your link to let us know your artwork has been posted.

This one's called Illustration Friday:

Illustration Friday - BannerIllustration Friday is meant to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It’s a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art.

Will we see Art Meme blogs for all seven days? Who knows : ) Anyway, check out those two sites. If you draw or doodle, just go ahead and submit your links. Nevermind if you’re professional or amateur. Join in the online art community and you might learn something. I certainly did.

Down to the Moon (Dot-matrix)

HuntersMoon (Dot Matrix)"Down to the Moon", circa 1987 – 1989. Digital image on Dot-matrix printout.

This was an early attempt at producing a drawing on digital media. I have long forgotten what software I used. I think it was a Windows-based software that came pre-loaded… a pre-cursor of MS Paint? Anyway, it was definitely in the days of Wordstar and IBM Basic! Heck, who prints on dot-matrix printers anymore?

Update 17 June 2006: I used this picture to go with a song I created for SoundClash SC-5.

Max the Dog (Postcard series)

2004 (Sept) Max postcards"Max the Dog" (Watercolour postcard series), 20 Sept 2004 (low resolution scan).

This was a series of four postcard-sized watercolour painting of my dog, Max. One evening, he was at his usual spot on the foot stool. It was one of those moments when you felt like you could draw something. I quickly took out the postcard watercolour paper (those you could actually use as postcards and mail it out) and I managed to complete four pencil sketches in quick succession. Then I painted them that very same evening as well. I guess the finished works was so-so, though my wife says they were OK — the top-left captured his eyes and the bottom-right capture his usual doggone look 🙂 The quality of the scanned image wasn't that good (not that I'm trying to make excuses). The tough part in painting this was the fur. I remember trying to use wetter washes to achieve that soft look, but don't think I quite got it.

Green Plant

Green Plant (15 Apr 2006)
"Green Plant", 15 Apr 2006. Watercolour & Indian Ink on sketch paper (low resolution scan 400 x 335 pixels).

00 Green Plant 150406Saturday morning. My wife and I were waiting for the contractor to install some roller blinds in the living room. We'd moved the furniture away from the installation area, which included some indoor plants. One particular pot caught my eye and I decided to do a sketch-colouring practice. I can't say my finished work was good, but neither was it bad. I got what I wanted, which was a quick practice on inking and minimal colouring).

How it was done:
#1 – Did a quick pencil sketch on sketch paper, and then started inking in Indian Ink (with calligraphy nib & pen).
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#2 – After completing the inking, I started on the watercolour paints. The intent was to keep the painting simple, since I didn't do a detailed "Nature Study". It had been some time since I last used the watercolour paints — a relatively inexpensive Daler-Rowney 'Georgian' water colour palette set. Surprisingly, the paints were still as good as new (last time I used them was maybe two years ago!)
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#3 – The main colours used were Hooker's Green (352), Lemon Yellow (651) and Yellow Ochre (663). For the darker areas, I re-used the dried-up Raw Umber (247) and Cobalt Blue (110) which were already on the palette (easily reused by applying water and letting the paints soak it up).

I applied the darker tone first…
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… then overlaid it with lighter washes before finishing off with mid-tone washes. I was conscious not to overpaint (a bad habit of mine).
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Software: ArtRage

Learnt about this via Tangled Up In Purple (very nice blog banner, I must say):

ArtRage is a fantastic piece of software. It’s a really interesting piece of art software that offers features not seen in other low cost solutions. It has lots of different art tools – brushes, pencils and even palette knives – and the beauty is that they operate like the real thing. Unless you reload your brush you can’t make a stroke on your canvas. It’s really cool.

The software is by a New Zealand based software development company, Ambient Design (check out the bio of Tycho, their “Vicious House Cat”, LOL)

I’ve not tried out the software (free version available) ‘cos I don’t have my own computer to install onto. If you’ve tried it, let me know what you think about it.

Glass-top tables as discussion visualisation aids

Here's a Creative Learning idea from Siva, on recycling old glass-top tables:

I love using whiteboard markers on glass-top tables during meetings. It helps when illustrating points during a discussion, and the museum meeting room has one which I have often left covered in scrawls.

When I moved back into my office, I shanghaied an old glass-topped table so that discussions could continue in my corner even when the other room is occupied. Its another feature of my now Toddycats-friendly office!

The glass top came in useful during a discussion about crab diets last week. The photo was left over in the Canon 300D I borrowed to try out.

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