Saturday, 29 September 2012

Urban Sketchers Singapore - Chinatown 29 Sep 2012

The last drawing is the first.  The first drawing is the second one.  It was that time of the month again (for Sketchwalk, of course :P), but this month it's in the evening because in Chinatown there was a Mid-Autumn festival parade.  Lots of lanterns, colours, decorations and lights!  There was music and dances and other stuff too.  It was a very busy day.  I think I'm getting better at sketching more loosely and not get too bogged down with details and stuff, and learning to be a bit more expressionistic with my brushstrokes.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Arts Fiesta @Pioneer

I was sooo forgetful yesterday. My sister and I volunteered to be portrait artists at a local art festival and we received instructions to arrive there "at the latest by 5.30 pm". Around 5-10 minutes after we left home I realized that I forgot my set of watercolours, which is a real bummer because I typically work using ink and watercolours for my portrait day work, so how on earth am I going to paint now!? We were still near enough for me to dash back home to get the watercolours, but I decided against it because I really did not want to be late, and good thing my sister brought my tin of Faber Castell Polychromos colour pencils and some of my markers and coloured pens so I thought that perhaps I could work with those.  I was still anxious however, because I am not used to working with coloured pencils and was afraid that it might not turn out to be as good as my watercolour works.

It happened that it turned out fantastically in the end. I attracted quite a lot of attention and a lot of people were watching me work.  One lady even filmed me working on her phone (she was standing a little too close though o_O).  Here are some of the pictures I drew.  Others were sold and the volunteers who were running the event took them away so fast that I didn't have the time to take pictures of them.

I guess it was a perfect opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and try a 'new' medium! the end of the night, when I got back home I realized I left the tin of coloured pencils there. UGHHHHHHHHhh *facepalms*

so much fail. I hate days like these.

The surface I used is Strathmore Bristol vellum board.

 when I came back, I did this experiment of using coloured pencils on cold pressed watercolour paper.  If you have read any colour pencils instructions book, they probably advise that should you choose to use watercolour paper for your work, it should be hot pressed because any paper with rougher grain will consume too much pencil unnecessarily.  While I agree I guess I had to try it out for myself. soooo yes, I can confirm that.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Portraits from OIC Portrait Days

I've been going to OIC's Portrait After Dark events regularly  for quite some months now, but I've only started to keep a documentation of what I painted there only this month because I just got my iPad over a month ago, and that enabled me to take photographs of my paintings.  Before this, I've been scanning them and I've been really inconsistent with it.

So these are the ones that I've kept documentation of or lifted from the OIC facebook page (the ones from OIC are photographed a lot better, lol).  Art from June, July and September 2012 events.

and some random stuff i sketched in the meanwhile.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Traditional Art: USK & other sketches while I was out and about

You know, I should be more diligent at updating this page, but I am not.  I think at first I want this blog to be a repository for my more refined sketches and finished works and my tumblr to be of...well, just any old thing I draw, but at some point the line got blurred.  I've been drawing traditionally on a pretty regular and consistent basis since I set out to do so earlier this year (yay! One thing I manage to still be consistent about!), but the problem is scanning, resizing, editing and posting them! Yeech! Anyway, I'm a regular attendee of Urban Sketchers Singapore, so that gives me plenty of opportunity to do that, and of course to get to know and learn from other artists!

My first ever USK drawings.  June 2012 at Toa Payoh


some tree roots drawn when I was out cycling one day in Jul 2012

from an unofficial USK event. Aug 2012 at Garden by the Bay

Friday, 7 September 2012

Hero and Martyrs

Majid Tavakkoli

Neda Agha-Soltan

Taraneh Mousavi

I’m a few years late into Iranian politics, but these are a few of the prominent figures from the 2009 protest.  I read their stories and were moved to draw them.  I drew with Faber Castell PITT pen without any pencil underdrawing (hence the features looking a bit off) and black watercolour.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

iPad art - the beginning of a hopefully long journey

Sorry for the short disappearance.  I've been busy.

I've been making art on my iPad.  At first it felt rather clumsy and I felt so apprehensive with it, because using a stylus is nothing like using a wacom pen.  Also, there is no pressure sensitivity (I know that styluses with rudimentary pressure sensitivity exists but they're sooo expensive..), which throws a massive curveball to the already formidable learning curve.  So, making art on iPad isn't a continuation of making digital art on the computer but it feels like using a whole new different medium.

The reward for the perseverance is worth it, though, in my opinion.  I can see visible improvement with each drawing I crank out.

In chronological order:

Khalil Gibran  (using ArtRage app)

Orange Jellyfish Sky (using Sketchbook Pro)

Reading (using Procreate)

my favourite so far as you can see is Procreate.  It's very fast and the interface is very simple and intuitive.  I also like the way their blending mode works.

That's not including the scribblings and really early sketches which I think are too crappy to show :P.  I'll definitely finish the last two in Photoshop when I have time.

I'm getting the hang of it though and I'm definitely growing to love it.  I can create digital sketches when I'm not on my computer and there's a lot less gap between these pictures and what I want for the final images than if I work from a scan...and not to mention the fuss of having to scan the pic at all!

I'd also like to say that no matter how advanced or intuitive the apps are or how convenient it is to make digital art & sketches on the go with iPad, it will definitely never replace the physical sketchbook and whatever medium you choose to use with it :).