Monday, December 9, 2013
Gods - Not Officers, Cash, nor Tom
Due to the winter storm that turned North Texas into an skating rink, I had some time to work on a piece for Gorgonmilk's Petty Gods project. Everybody - this is Galishma. Galishma - this is everybody. Galishma is the goddess of the darkness under bridges and the disposing of murdered bodies, so I hear. And maybe ice cream.
I've been drawing a lot for the last few months - but nothing for public consumption. Lots of work on structure. A lot less fun than churning out goddesses, but really, really needed. A site called Pencil Kings has a great month long (free) figure drawing course by an artist called Sycra, and I recommend it highly.
Since I've been working in pencil and paper exclusively, I was a bit nervous to jump back into digital - but I needed to since I don't ink in the real universe yet. I think the dread was more about Photoshop than anything else, so on a whim, I tried out Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. I like it a lot.
Sketchbook makes it very clear why Photoshop is named Photoshop - it's for photos first, not for drawing. Sketchbook is for sketching (duh) and drawing. Painting too. The image above is the first picture I've drawn with the program - and I'm pretty impressed. The brushes are all easy to use and flow smoothly. I can draw straight lines and shapes without a lot of clicking and button holding. Everything related to drawing is just a heck of a lot easier.
I still prefer Photoshop's canvas rotating - it's much more smooth than Sketchbook's. And Sketchbook seems to chew up a lot more memory than I think it should - but still nothing compared to Photoshop. And, of course, all your fancy filters are not available. But you can save files in *.PSD format to do Photoshop fiddling with your layers intact.
So maybe over Christmas break I can finish Galishma, and that will be drawing #6 for the book. Yay!