Saturday, January 19, 2008

Figuring It All Out

Over Christmas I received a drawing tablet for my laptop!

It's a wonderful little thing that allows me to draw on my laptop using their "pen" they provided. Using it is not difficult at all, it's the program I'm using Corel Painter X.
That's the most difficult part, figuring out what all the little buttons do and how to get the effect I'm looking for.
I have only started using digital art, I have been drawing for years. It's always been a hobby of mine.
It seems to be a surprising hobby for a woman with no fingers I'll admit *laugh* but it never stopped me.
Apparently the Lord gave me a gift and the personality (some would say sheer stubbornness) to not give up, no matter how steep the climb.
At one point I had my work up for sale at a local art gallery, but I had to reclaim it when the gallery went under construction and the owner wanted to charge too much (in my opinion) for my illustrations.

I use ink and dip pens, as well as pencils. Colours have always been an issue with me - but I was able use watercolour pencils to do a faint wash.
A lot of my illustrations were inspired by the artwork in Brian Jacques "Redwall" series. The ink illustrations and the wonderfully cute "critters" (as my mother calls them) were a great reference to help me learn shading and cross-hatching.

Another one of my techniques I use is "blocking". In which I block areas of shadow to make the image more whole. The drawing below is a Tiger Lily, my reference was a photograph of one. The trick is to squint at the reference image, and you'll see where the blocks of shadows are!
My digital art is much less...ah..perfected. I'm not a perfectionist, but I am a detail freak, so once I create something I'm not embarrassed of, I might just post it on here!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

~ Jenny


Niki RuralWritings said...

I love your art!

Vanessa said...

Me too - I have some things I was wondering if you'd draw for little bump's room??? :):)

Love you,

Bren said...

WOW! I am so impressed with yur talent. The digital art sounds interesting, but I have a feeling you will always prefer a real pen and ink. It reminds me of quilting...hand quilting is a dying art form with the longarm machines taking over. I wonder if real paint and ink will become like hand quilting and be put in an area of the galleries under "vintage/antique" art, like hand quilting...I went to a quilt show and there were HUNDREDS of quilts, not counting the "vintage/antique" quilts there were only THREE hand quilted quilts. Technology can be a good thing but don't let the "real" thing die out.

LadiesoftheHouse said...

How talented you are! I especially liked the block prints. Please keep posting as you finish them; I love seeing artist's work.

Jeremie said...

Looks pretty sweet Hunny... You know how I'm a big fan of yours.
Keep up the great work and never give up! Digital art is a good thing, But I think drawing with your hands with no technological help is even greater talent. So in summary, you are quite talented!
Love ya so much,

Annabelle Echo said...

Hi Jen,
I was looking for some ideas for ways of using color with pen & ink and I came across to your blog. I especially like the drawing of the hedgehog. They seem to have so much personality.
I'll keep checking your posts so keep blogging!