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Watercolour Illustrations

So in the last 2 weeks I’ve been practicing with watercolours since I’ve never been that great with traditional media.  A couple of weeks back I asked a friend of mine (who is rather good at watercolours) to teach me how she does it.  After a  lesson of showing me techniques and what materials to use I haven’t stopped banging out these illustrations since.  Hopefully I’ll make these into a series and sell some prints once I get enough illustrations finished *crosses fingers*, here’s hoping :).  Just a short post this week on some illustration stuff which I haven’t posted about for a while, hope you enjoyed it and will see you next time (not literally) :).

Sketch Dump

Hi guys, so it’s been a while since I have uploaded any of my illustrations, it seems most of my posts consist of photo shoots or food hahaha.  These last 2 weeks I’ve been fervently banging out sketches and illustrations so without further adieu here they are.  Also if you’d like to see more sketches, photos and other what nots check out my tumblr site here.  Enjoy!




Review: Sketchbook Express for Android

A college of mine told me about this app and being relatively new to the world of apps and smart phones (only got one this year) I was extremely excited to test it out.

Sketchbook Express for Android (also available for apple) is an app created by Autodesk which enables users to doodle illustrations on their tablet or smart phone.  For those avid users of Photoshop and wacom tablets I’ll just say this first, don’t expect the same results.  However if you’re looking at sketching out some roughs or you just feel like banging out a sketch or two without having the hassle of carrying around a thick and heavy sketch pad then this is an app you definitely need to consider.

User face with tool options

User face with shortcut options

The free version of this app offers a number a features such as your basic colour selection, layers (YES layers!  But only up to 3 on the free version), several different brush sets which consist of pencil strokes, one artistic brush, and some pen strokes with a fill tool and eraser function as well.  There are also text options, shape creation (square, circle and line) and a nifty tool which simulates a mirror image or your illustration, so no more asymmetrical faces here!

Colouring is quite basic, but if you have the patience it can be mastered.  User interface wise it is a little cumbersome especially if you’re used to using Sai or Photoshop as processes that take minutes in these programs can take a while on the  app.  But hey, what do you expect it’s for a tablet and not a computer and performs pretty darn well for what it is.  Pressure sensitivity is present, but only to a point but works well enough for what you need.  Brush sizes and opacity are adjustable and the app also allows you to undo and redo mistakes as well.

Black and white sketch illustrated with stylus and Sketchbook Express app

Overall I found this app incredibly awesome, I use a samsung tablet 10.1 and so far it has worked wonders for me.  I would recommend this app for tablet use only as I think illustrating on the phone is not really ideal, so if you have a tablet why not give this nifty app a go and get your creative juices flowing.  Also I tried illustrating with just my finger alone but found it wasn’t precise, that or my digits are too big, so I would recommend purchasing a stylus off ebay as they are quite cheap.  I’ll leave you with the final sketch done with the app, hope this review has been helpful to you so good luck and good night 🙂

Sketches, Tumblr and Headaches

Hi guys, so I’m a day late on my post (sorry about that) because I had a horrendous migrane yesterday and could barely function let alone write a blog post, so instead of trying to string together a whole bunch of words to mildly sound coherent I decided to spare you the pain.   I’ve recently  gotten back into Illustrating again because for the longest time I went through a dry spell and just didn’t bother picking up a pen in the last few months, but about 2 weeks ago lo and behold inspiration has come flooding back and if you don’t follow me on tumblr (btw I’m on tumblr) you would have seen the most recent illustrations I had done.  I should give you a heads up these aren’t finished illustrations merely concepts practising with colour lighting and speed.  So with out further ado here are some of my recent sketches. If you’d like to see more you can follow my tumblr page here at where you can see me post illustrations, photo shoots and other random bits and bobs.  Enjoy!!

Winter sketches

So this weeks update is illustrations.  It’s been pretty busy the last few weeks but I managed to get some quick sketches done of some of the people in their lovely winter clothes.  I love winter clothes and the lovely people who wear them.  I’m still keen to take some street shots of people but I have still yet to aquire a sniper lense (long range lense), that or the actual courage to ask people if I can take their picture :S.  For now it’ll have to be admiration from afar, or just some slight stalking and some quick sketching.

The Legend of Korra speed painting

“The Legend of Korra”, the soon to be released animated series by Nickelodeon has been one of my most anticipated animated series of the year.  The Legend of Korra (TLOK) takes place after the original series Avatar: The Last Airbender (ATLA) and focuses on the protagonist “Korra” who is now the current Avatar.

(For more information about Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra be sure to check out these links ATLA, TLOK)

I won’t go into alot of detail but Avatar: The Last Airbender was an amazing series with a good plot, character development and brilliant animation, I highly recommend you take the time to check out this great series, the animated series and definitely not the movie >:(.  It’s still too early to tell but I’m highly looking forward to seeing what the creators do with The Legend of Korra as I was such a big fan of their previous series.  In anticipation to the official release I did a quick sketch of Korra which you’ll be able to see on my youtube channel here, or in the link below.

Sorry Guys!!

Hey guys, sorry for the late postings.  Been really flat out lately and haven’t caught up with all my blogging.  I will update soon again some time this week, in the mean time I’ll leave this little tit bit here for you 🙂 (for those who know why I’m drawing Zuko again, hell’s to the yeah RIGHT?!).  I promise this week I’ll update 3 times, OMG 3 times!!! to make up for my lateness.  Be sure to stay tuned guys!

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