Sketchbook Pro Self Portraits: Hatching and Color

Self Portrait Ideas 

So what’s it like to be an artist with a face? Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know what I look like, I have trouble recognizing other people’s faces; but when I’m drawing, and it’s not about a likeness until it’s finished; it’s about the shapes of their face and the light and the angles of where the planes come together, and the result is a portrait of a person that looks like that person.

It doesn’t make me any more likely to recognize people I’ve seen before. I think I have mild Prosopagnosia (Greek: “prosopon” = “face”, “agnosia” = “not knowing”) … it’s only recently I’ve noticed that the bridge of my nose doesn’t really dent inwards like it does on more Caucasian faces. (Check your profile out and see if you know what I’m talking about.) Drawing and coloring a self-portrait from an angle which I don’t see my face on a regular basis is interesting – a new perspective on my self-portrait. These were drawn using Sketchbook Pro.

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Here it is colored in; I used the color picker to select the real colors of my skin from a photo, which I think was helpful. I tend to view my own hair as more brown than black but these warm charcoal greys are perfect.
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This is my self-portrait that I drew in Sketchbook Pro. This style of outlining the shadows and filling them in with diagonal hatching I’ve been doing for ages.

San Diego Wave Acrylic Painting

My new painting, completed in studio after plain air sessions San Diego wave acrylic
San Diego Wave 18×24, completed in studio after plein air sessions

I love the lacy leading edge of the wave as it washes over the wet sand… I love the lighter, drier swash of sand in the bottom right hand corner. I think its so cool how a little scudding of light blue paint over pyrrole red and the brown of the dark wet sand looks like clear water reflecting the blue sky. I love the forward-roll of the spray on the crest of the wave, the little drops thrown forward. I love the way the depth of the wave creates a dark shadow like the thick edge of a pane of glass – have you noticed, the seagreen of glass is the same emerald as a translucent wave at its darkest? I like the way the teal paint on the horizon is nothing more than a mix of blues and greens scraped across, and the way the clouds are blurred in the distance, rising over a blurred horizon. This is SO how I see the ocean.

All my watercolor paintings I did at the beach, plein air san diego luckiness, hot sun and surf at my doorstep, made this possible, because then I was able to compose a wave from the watercolor notes I took. And here it is.

Plein Air San Diego Watercolor & Waves

Painting outside is the single mandatory activity for any serious artist. Luckily, in San Diego, it’s pure joy. Especially when the dolphins show up; they are the only reason for me to drop my painting supplies and run down the beach to get a better view. We’ve seen them three times this month already; they run up and down the coastline twice a day so a little observation goes a long way. They are like joy arriving in an adrenaline rush; I love watching them jump over the waves and clear out of the water!

A light wash, layered with a darker color to indicate the shape of the water.
A light wash, layered with a darker color to indicate the shape of the water.

 

This is one of my favorites - the skim of water on the sand as the next wave rolls in.
This is one of my favorites – the skim of water on the sand as the next wave rolls in.
Love that emerald green that is the wave with the light shining through it like cut glass.
Love that emerald green that is the wave with the light shining through it like cut glass.
My first sketch - just getting the colors and shape of the wave. The yellow topographical lines is pastel.
My first sketch – just getting the colors and shape of the wave. The yellow topographical lines is pastel.
Using a silver paint pen to indicate the reflections on top of the water.
Using a silver paint pen to indicate the reflections on top of the water.
San Diego plein air painting.
I love San Diego; plein air painting here is just FUN. Look at the little sailboat in the distance.
A color study of ocean waves at the beach.
A color study getting the gesture of the waves.
Amazing plein air watercolors all done in one day!
All of my plein air watercolors all done in one day!

Discover Your Night Sky & Painting the Constellation Leo

I am currently wrapping up this painting, featuring a black cat named Leo, who’s watching the pendulum of the phases of the moon. It’s a beautiful and mysterious painting that captures the microcosm and macrocosm in one image — the small panther-like black cat and the vast spaces of the constellation, the wax and wane o the moon and the swing of a diviner’s pendulum.

 

 

Constellation Leo

Illustrating A Goddess Meditation on Artemis

Guided Meditations are a relaxation technique that can take you out of your rushing thoughts quickly, and transporting you into a more positive state of mind. Walks Within is a reliable source for a variety of guided meditations, and Prosperity Preistess, Mary Malinski has the powerful, peaceful, and trustworthy voice necessary for a successful immersion into the experience.

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I have illustrated a number of her guided meditations, including “Protection Shield Meditation” (free!) “Creating Sacred Space” (free!) “Spiritual Grounding” (free!) and more. Since these three mediations are all free, you can easily benefit from these simple meditation techniques by downloading those immediately.

The Illustration Process!

View the process I used when creating an illustration for the Artemis Greek Goddesses Guided Meditation. It depicts the Goddess Artemis with the crescent moon at her brow, her bow drawn, and the hind. The landscape is lit up from the moon, making the night as bright as day.

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Greek Goddess Artemis Illustration by Katana Leigh Dufour for Walks Within.
After sketching and establishing poses, I settled on these two line drawings for the final image. Here they are as a composite image.
After sketching and establishing poses, I settled on these two line drawings for the final image. Here they are as a composite image.
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Here is the original Hind drawing; I added a watercolor wash to both the hind and to Artemis once I had decided which drawings to use.
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At this stage, it begins to look like the finished artwork. The background is a plein air watercolor piece I did outside our mountain home. The stars and brilliance of Artemis are added. Later, I removed the navy wash over the scene because I wanted the night to look fully lit by the moon.
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This is a second version of the final image; this one will be used for the CD label, so the composition has been changed to allow for the hole in the center of a CD.

Read about Artemis at Walks Within.

You may notice some of the changes in the illustrations that I didn’t explain – since I worked with Photoshop and Pixlr, I used layered files, and could move and manipulate the aspects of the illustration, add layer styles, and change hues and values easily.

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A Walk with Artemis Guided Meditation

Purchase the Goddess Artemis Guided Meditation at Walks Within.

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