Why should the cats have all the fun? Following up on yesterdays drawing. Painted in Procreate app on iPad with Sensu brush.
I was playing with the app ArtRage yesterday and went back to try their watercolor brush. The latest app update has this tool working better.
Work has been pretty intense for the last month but I think I can really get back to painting again. I would like to start a new series of paintings… thus far I am grabbing my iPad and painting whatever, however. So now the search for a new series to do, which leads to this post. Maybe doing portraits that are stripped down to minimal elements and limited color.
Waiting for Sam to finish his lesson and just wrapped up a call. Quick sketch of a dumpster.
A sketch of my son Sam. Done on my iPhone with the SketchTime app and Sensu Brush.
This is really only the beginning of a drawing but I was trying to capture some of the light coming in on Gloria while she slept this morning. She is so beautiful...
A yummy beer from one of our fab local craft brewers, Hops and Grains.
I was hanging out waiting for Sam to finish his violin lesson and started drawing some cars in the parking lot. I used to do this a lot.
This feels into that not sure what I am making but just enjoying making. You know, right?
A quick sketch of a glass with pens and pencils in it. Sketchtime app.
I have been having a hard time getting around to drawing and painting this week. So I dabbed this out while eating lunch. Liked the colors of the balls in the light… used my Sensu Brush with ArtRage for iPhone.
Went to the gym this afternoon. Here is what was on my bed before leaving.
I went back in to the original design and added another layer than played with after importing into the app Repix.
I found this from my trip to Canandaigua, NY. I painted it while sitting in the back of a boat while rain approached. The sky was changing from blue to gray. See the buoy in the lower right?
We been have been having a lot of great tomatoes at our house. They always look so beautiful on our kitchen counter.
The kid needed some game-time before heading back to his CIT duties at Camp Halfblood. So he had some quality time with Civ V. Both boys have told me I need to get my empire building cap back on and try this version.
My friend Byron and I walked over to the Long Center and did some urban sketching. Our skyline in Austin keeps changing… a friendly pigeon kept us company and became a good subject.
I bet you noticed. This is photo that have manipulated with my new fav photo editor app, Repix. This is app is awesome! Mason sent some photos from his trip over in France and so I was playing with them. Can’t wait to see the bugger back here at home.
The big guy barely fits on the little windowsill but that is just how he likes it. And two stories up he gets to look down on the neighbors dogs.
I was playing with a new app, repix, that a customer had recommended. It is a blast to use. I grabbed this recent photo of Sam on his first day of work at the gym, he was throwing up the, “Dad go away” hand.
Here is another painting of tomatoes from our kitchen window sill. Something about veggies in the kitchen. It is comforting.
Sitting in the living room. Not feeling so much like drawing but wanted to non the less, if that makes any sense. The is the stool that the whole family uses when practicing (not all at the same time of course).
I have been trying to get a portrait of my buddy Rick that I am satisfied with, this one is getting somewhere...
A couple of heirloom tomatoes hanging out on thew windowsill waiting for dinner. Drawn while hanging out with my lovely wife in the kitchen. Makes me happy.
Reading a great book called ‘Insectopedia’, hence the praying manis…. it is on the cover.
This is some sort of critter dog that is slobbering. I think it is sad. Maybe a little kitty snack got away. Poor doggie.
I was testing some brushes today and painted a coffee cup while doing so. Coffee. Good.
Missing my buddy Rick. This is a sketch from his wedding… great memories.
Trying out the new app Pen & Ink by sketching in Stacey Park, Austin.
This is a wonderful pale lager by our local craft brewer, Hops and Grains.
I don’t spend enough time using Sketchbook Pro. It is a really powerful app that crosses all the platforms and even is available on all the desktop machines. This is basically sitting down with a beer and making marks to see where they lead.
I wanted to try another version of this sketch using some retro colors. Used the Procreate app.
Waiting for Sam to finish his lesson so thought I would draw what was in front of me. Using Paper by 53 and my Sensu.
I site I see often. Lewis sleeping on Gloria. Yes. His pillow... my wife.
This was drawn from life, after dinner, watching Gloria tipping and tapping on her laptop. I was just trying to capture some volumes of color and not really worrying about anything else. I used Sketch Club and my Sensu Brush.
Long day and falling asleep. So I am just going to explore making marks in the app Sketch Club.
Don’t know if this really counts as a self portrait or not. But here it is.
I was trying out other brushes in the wonderful app Procreate. Such a powerful app.
We have some dear friends who are about to send their oldest child off to college and they asked if I would do a little sketch for a party.
Another drawing of the Arrow. Actually did this on the 13th but am posting it today. My blog. My rules. This was drawn in Sketch Club and the marks feel sort of like pointillism.
The kid is happy that he has a phone that can send text messages. Welcome to this modern day and age kid.
I was sitting in the doctors office and thought, “what if I had some google glasses to use, where would all the other stuff go that is on my head?”. Sunglasses, reading glasses (can the google glass help with that?). I feel pretty goofy as it is contacts, reading glasses and sunglasses! Getting old stinks kids!
Doodling on the plane home from Chicago. Doodle, doodle, doodle.
Kind of slow at the moment so I sketched some flowers in Valerie’s studio while we waited for the crush of people to arrive.
Not feeling at all well today. Flat on my back staring at the windows. I know what to draw….
I was trying out the app Brushes, which was one of the first drawing apps on the iPad and started playing with it again.
This is a combo painting using Aura Marker and Procreate of one of my favorite beers at the moment.
We got some artichokes in our box of veggies this week. Pretty. Here is one sitting on the blanket next to me. Procreate and Sensu Brush. Actually this was done on the 13th but I am sneaking it in here.
I think I missed a couple of days of sketches… busy weekend and the heat is starting to arrive here in Texas. It is going to 90 today. Ouch. SketchTime and Sensu brush.
Mason and I went to a college fair at the convention center. Wow. Lots of schools and lots of people. This college stuff is big business.
I keep going back this photo reference of Mason and trying to make something good out it. Missed again. Oh well.
Lewis was mad at me because our other cat Izze was on my lap and I refused to let him knock her off of there. So he sat and ‘loafed’ about four feet away. Now I know how to get him to pose for me :)
Izze asleep on Gloria’s leg while she kicks back with her laptop. Drawn in Sketcthtime with my Sensu Brush.
It really is a sort of therapy to just sit and look around. Maybe do a sketch or two. Or twenty.
This doesn’t really look like Mason, but it was fun getting him in a cowboy hat.
I am getting the opportunity to try out a Nexus 7 for an extended period of time and am pretty excited about it. It feels really nice. This sketch is done with the app Zen Brush (mac and android).
A sketch of Izze assisting Gloria with her daily crossword puzzle.
I was finishing my coffee this morning an had an idea that I thought I could do in the app Procreate. Turns out I was wrong but this is what the result was.
This is one of those random drawings that starts with just making lines and see if anything takes shape. Rabbit Head Guy? I don’t really know. Did this one in ArtRage and with my Sensu Brush. ArtRage has a lot of great tools in it. I was using the palette knife quite a bit here. Love that tool!
Everything is budding out here in Austin and soon the bugs will be back. Todays sketch was a little buggy dude… I was using the SketchTime app and my Sensu Brush.
Izze was loafing on the mantel looking out into the front yard. I painted this one in Procreate with the Sensu Brush.
A quick sketch of Mason after finishing his first regatta (which he loved). He is now about 3 inches taller than me, yikes!
This is a really delicious beer. Had it for the first time while sketching with my friend Byron at the Whip-In.
Quick sketch of Gloria while we sit and talk about our day with each other. Ok, it’s sort of a scary portrait but she is pretty tired.
We were contacted a by developer in China who has released a neat new app focused at kids called Aura Marker. It has some really nice qualities about it. And yes, that is a beach ball.
I was enjoying a quiet night at home with a fire and a beer and decided to try and draw our courtyard path at night. There was some moonlight and a couple of landscape lights to light the scene. Frankly this won’t be recognizable to anyone but me but I did find it challenging and enjoyable.
Sitting in the courtyard doodling, sipping a beer, feeling the cold air blowing in...
Izze was sitting on the table (which is a no-no) in a the ‘loafing’ position.
Another one of Izze loafing. This one was actually much better and I accidentally cropped it and saved it before I could undo it.
This really should be called, “Self Portrait: Recovering from the Flu.”
It’s a little Valentine’s Kitty getting it’s smile on for next week. This was inspired by the beautiful quilt that my sister-in-law made for me. Which is awesome!
Another from the Creative World floor while showing the Sensu Brush to thousands of visitors to the show in Frankfurt, Germany.
Another from the Creative World floor while showing the Sensu Brush to thousands of visitors to the show in Frankfurt, Germany. I like this one.
Another from the Creative World floor while showing the Sensu Brush to thousands of visitors to the show in Frankfurt, Germany.
Doing a quick sketch with SketchTime and my Sensu Brush on my iPad before settling to read. A cup of lemon chamomile tea will taste great on this chilly night in Austin.
A different version of Izze with some glasses on. She looks sort of studious doesn’t she.
The wonderful app, ArtRage, has released a version for the iPhone. This is a first quick sketch with it. Looking forward to trying it for an extended period.
Trying another version of this one. Gloria looks cute and happier, Izze looks kind of odd. But, she is wearing glasses after all.
I was playing around tonight in Sketchbook Ink, using a photo of Izze (cat) and Gloria (wife) as reference. So there were some fun things I liked about it and on another version that is more simplified.
This is just doodles in the app Sketchbook Ink. Really nothing to much to look at here.
I started this while waiting for my sons recital to start. Didn’t get a chance to finish. And Sam sounded great.
It has been pretty crazy round here. And Christmas is right around the corner. Yikes! This was drawn with Sketchbook Ink which recently got an update. It is a nice sketching app.
I was up in Chicago to meet with the rest of our crew. Rick had Zen brush installed so I got to play with that a bit and liked. It is another app that has minimal features and a very nice brush.
We are getting some fabulous veggies from Hairston Creek Farm.
Our cat Lewis has a favorite sleeping spot. On Gloria :)
Yikes it has been busy and I have not been keeping up with the daily painting. Is it the end? Hmmmm.
Gloria commented to me the other day that if one were to assess her life through my blog they would summize that she slept a lot and usually with a cat on her.
I was looking at an old sketchbook and saw a nice kitty sketch. I used it to try out the new version of Sketchbook Pro. Very nice app.
This was done on my iPhone using the Eastern Painting apps. It was one of the first apps I bought for my phone a couple of years ago. Very is very fluid and inky.
A fine beer all the way from Alaska. I think I can taste the fir trees and the grizzly….
I used the painting from the previous day and redid it in ArtRage with their fab oil brush. I like the looseness and limited colors.
Gloria had torn out a page from somewhere of an James Audubon painting. I used that as reference for todays painting.
I was walking around while Sam was at this violin lesson and saw this flag at rest.
This was drawn with an app called ASketch. Kind of cool texture filling in effect.
A Shiner Cheer sitting on the table, half way gone… one of my fav holiday beers. Why does it always feel like the holidays sneak up on me?
I kicked backed by the fire last night and listened to election results come in while enjoying some lovely beers. Also, had my iPad handy to paint a bit but I used it mostly for watching the amazing election map that the New York Times had on their homepage.
Using SketchTime on my iPhone again. Doodling and started thinking about the F1 race coming in two weeks to Austin. So this dude wound up getting a steering wheel… not a very good drawing I might add.
more doodles of cats. Izze is the two on the left, Lewis on the right.
Doing a little doodle while waiting on my coffee (which is steeping). And, I am growing a beard because it is ‘no shave november’, but I won’t look like this.
This is some sort of igloo house kind of thing. It has one skylight…. hmmm, maybe it is more of a man cave.
My son Mason mentioned that it is ‘No Shave November’. I wonder if this applies to men and women? Anyway, a quick sketch announcing this event.
The Two Headed Sammy Creature is always smiling because it is always thinking about potatoes.
Sam and I went out shopping for a vest or waistcoat (which Sam found at New Bohemia). Found a tie, now he is ready to bust some moves at the homecoming dance.
I attended the homecoming football game of my boys high school last night and did some sketches on my iPhone. Here is one of the coach. I kind of get a kick out of the headsets that all coaches wear now-a-days. In the old days (where I come from) they used to wear stylish hats. LBJ lost 26-17.
Our son Sam met up with the scissor wizardry of our friend Rory the other day and came home as a clone of Joseph Gorden-Levitt!
Just drawing away trying to make something happen. It turned into a battle scene!
I was out with a friend drawing on South Congress while the ACL crowd was buzzing around.
It has been a while since I used Brushes, an iPad app of some note (New Yorker covers have been drawn by Joe Colombo using it). Newly updated I was giving it a spin yesterday. ACL has commenced here in Austin. Lots of little birds singing…
Playing around with a different version of the image for Mason from October seventh. Decided to make myself use two colors only.
I am not sure that this qualifies as a daily painting but here it is anyway (because it is photo that I smudged). Our cat Lewis perched above Gloria while she sleeps. Ruler of the world, his world.
When our cats get all tucked up we call it ‘loafing’. It was kind of cool yesterday and Izze was in loaf position.
Here is another portrait using the import feature that I used yesterday. This time using a photo that Masons buddy Abe took.
I was having fun with a feature in the app Procreate that allows you to import a photo and then smudge those pixels around. It resulted in turning our neighbor and friend Brian Beattie into a a multi-armed Demon.
In doing some research on an up coming blog post over at sensubrush I realized that you can import an image into Procreate and have it be converted into live pixels (not sure if that is the correct term for this). Basically, you can start working the colors not as reference but as paint. So I thought I would try one attempt with Ed since the portrait was fresh in my mind. I brought the photo into Procreate and ‘smudged’ it around creating a loose pastel like image. I then imported that into ArtRage where yesterdays painting was and layered it in. Adjusted opacity and worked over the top of both images a bit. And while the end result it is less painting and more photograph, I like how it turned out and the process has a lot of potential.
My friends (rightly so) commented that they just weren’t feeling ‘Ed’ in the yesterdays portrait. So they sent me another photo to work from and it sounds like his spirit is showing through in this one. I have to admit making a portrait that is meant to be part of a memorial adds a bit of pressure.
My buddy Brett asked if I would do a painting of a friend who passed away last year.
Cats are constantly around us at our house. Well, at least when they want to be around us. Fading light in the courtyard, Lewis on the stump stool.
A few years back I gave a graphic novel to Mason called, Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa. The drawings are wonderful… above is a lame sketch (by comparison) of the main character. You may have noticed I updated my website as well. Let me know what you think. I see a few things to adjust still, but the motivation was to make it ‘responsive’ so that it detects and adjusts to the myriad mobile devices out there in the world.
The boys enjoy the card game Magic the Gathering (MoG). Mason asked if we could customize some of the cards because it is pretty cool to play with custom cards and could be a fun father & son activity. Sweet, here are the first couple cards. Using oil but may need to switch to acrylic.
Just kicking back drawing in our courtyard before dinner.
Using my Sensu and Artrage, working over a photo of Lewis, and just blocking in color.
I downloaded the Sketchbook Pro app and was playing around in it in preparation to do a video of it with my Sensu. It is a very powerful app, though the user interface takes some get used too (and I have not).
I stopped by a happy hour that 37 signals had for customers in Austin. Popped off a couple sketches while enjoying a nice beer.
It is sort of my zen thing to sit in the courtyard with a beer and just draw something.
Sitting in the courtyard on a lovely night in Texas. Watching a little tea candle flicker away while drawing the newly updated Paper app.
Gloria has hurt her leg. Poor thing. She seems to be on a bit of tear here racking up injuries.
At dinner my son Sam joked that we should be cooking with crude oil.
This was in a great store down the street from us, Uncommon Objects, which is like walking into museum. This was a little taxidermy guy hanging out by the door.
Sitting on the couch in the courtyard waiting for a cold front to blow in and drop the temps into the 90s. I know that sounds off but it really will feel cool.
Not sure what I think of this app. As you draw it starts fill in (shading) in relation to other marks made. Kind of cool, the interface is not quite clear to me.
Sitting and talking with Gloria late in the evening and thought I could get a sketch of her. She dozed off and kept moving around. Oh well.
Here are a couple of portraits from what turned out to be a fun afternoon and evening of hanging out, talking about sketching, building and drinking beer.
A glass of Alteration from the Hops & Grain Brewery in Austin. Quite a delicious glass of beer.
I cut up and sautéed a bunch of peppers to go with dinner. I had no idea what kind they were. I can say now that they were of the ‘hot’ variety. I made the mistake of putting a finger in my nose… burning…
It is so cute when cats are hanging with you and the their tongue is sort of stuck out. Lewis was like that for quite a while last night. This wound up being sort of a menacing portrait but maybe that its a good counterpoint with the tongue out.
I was working in the app Adobe Ideas today trying to get a better feel for it. It is a really nice vector drawing app that I will do a video of next week. Kitty head ballon. It would be funny to see a giant one of these coming down the street at you.
I thought the other day that if I opened a pub in Austin it should be called the Duck and Cover… The idea is ok but I might to try refine the drawing and type more, it could be more fun. The date is not correct on the top one, should of been today.
Studies show that teenagers needs a lot of sleep. Sam is trying desperately to get as much as he can. Here he is shown on my bed, seemingly incapable of getting up and moving.
While I like the quality of the sketch here, Gloria looks a bit like Jabba the Hut using an iPhone in this drawing (I mentioned this to Gloria and, well, wished I hadn’t :). Of course, in reality she looks nothing like the Hut….
Our fine boy Mason would like to do everything clad only in his boxers. Here, he is shown practicing on his cello.
Staring at the different fields of color in our room as the light fades.
Just laying down resting the dogs. And the sore finger. And the brain (not shown).
Gloria has been a bit distracted lately. She has had a couple of ‘whoops’ with a knife in the kitchen. We enjoyed the Olympic closing ceremony while sitting in the ER.
Just messing around in the procreate app and wound up doing a self-portrait with my iPad, Sensu and beer.
Gloria is back from her trip and I found her sound asleep in the darkness of our bedroom. I thought I would try doing a painting in the dark of her.
Yuck. Almost did not post this one it is so bad. But, you have to take the bad with the good right?
A portrait of a friends kids, it is a surprise for their dad so, shhhhhh….
Sitting in a chair in the bedroom sketching while Sunday slips past...
This is based off of a card I made for Gloria that I stumbled upon. But this time when repainting it turned into a zombie cat.
Actually, this should be titled, ‘Mason at the Doctor’s office thinking about the Dark Knight Rises, non-stop…’ His rash is now under control.
This is actually based on a little space ship clock that my sister-in-law gave a long time ago. It sets near my workbench along with an assortment of matchbox and hot wheels, space ships and home made things.
My phone drawn in Procreate with my Sensu. I really don’t think I need the case, and the phone is so beautiful with out it, but I got the black one and gave the white phone to Gloria. And it is so much easier to find an orange phone than a black one. So it has remained on.
Hanging out with my buddy Dan at the Whip In (which has Pecan Porter back on tap.)
Another drawing from an old sketchbook (same one as yesterdays.) Seemed an appropriate subject given it is summertime.
I cracked open a sketchbook from many years ago and found a sketch of this here longhorn. So I worked from that sketch and drew this using my Sensu brush and Procreate. I kinda like it.
When the kids were younger we used to draw together quite a bit. Making robots, monsters and of course cats. There was a sketch of a warrior cat that Sam and I did on the fridge and it was todays subject (continuing to have fun using the app Procreate with my Sensu brush).
Another ‘whats laying around in front of me’ drawings. Added a little landscape for a change of pace.
Happy 4th. This drawing is based on a painting from a few years ago that was our son Sam portrayed as a cat. We are excited to pick him up today from his overseas adventure.
My old fountain pen. Companion for many a drawing and note over the years.
Flipping through an old sketchbook I found a page of doodles with this guy on it. Worked it up in color using Procreate.
We were cleaning out some old albums and I was inspired to try drawing this retro drummer in honor of the upcoming holiday.
Still having fun with Procreate using it’s layers and blending.
Another drawing of what is in front of me. These are a pair of scissors that my beloved brother in law used use (created with my Sensu brush with Procreate for this one.)
Playing around with the new app, Sketchbook Ink. Another app that is focused on sketching and foregoes the additional stuff like layers, effects, etc. I’m sure they will keep improving it, autodesk makes great stuff.
Gloria and I started doing a bit of summer clearing out. It usually leaves us feeling a bit overwhelmed and amazed at how much can accumulate. She was feeling a bit stunned...
Still messing with Procreate. My son was talking about another case of some guy in Florida going crazy and trying to eat some other dude. Under the influence of a substance that, you know, makes them go zombie. Geez. I don’t think the guy in this image is quite ready to chow down yet… he might just be looking for stray pets...
I have been using the app Procreate quite a bit. Experimenting with the brush options and layers.
Dan hard at work in the studio learning some new fangled thing.
A couple of more images playing around with procreate (using trying different brushes, layers and blending modes.)
Having fun with Procreate and my Sensu brush. I kept adding layer on top of layer and playing with the filters and brushes.
I did a quick painting of my neighbor Alton while visiting at the Whip-In.
Hanging outside at the pool where Sam’s violin lessons are held. I would have drawn the two people in the pool but they were *cough* very interested in each other and I thought it polite to be looking in different direction.
This sort of describes summer. Laying on your parents bed, listening to your iPod and did I mention laying on your parents bed in the middle of the afternoon?
Another doodle in Procreate with my Sensu brush. Not really sure what this is, I did it was a doodle right!?
This guy kind of has that Magnum P.I. stash. I was using Procreate and kept layering up line art. Changing some of the filter effect. This is a great app.
Using Paper, making faces. Did a version with color but liked the line art better.
Gloria’s water glass and iPhone sitting on the dining room table. This was done in ArtRage with my Sensu brush.
With all the neat sketching apps out there now, I wanted to jump back and use SketchTime again to compare. I love this app! Fast and fluid. You can zoom in and a nice selection of colors.
I downloaded Sketchbook Ink yesterday. It is a new app by Autodesk (who make a lot great applications.) It still feels a little hiccuppy but overall I liked it and would compare it to Paper (by 53) and SketchTime. I will try to do an overview of it soon and post it to www.sensubrush.com.
Dan and I had some quality hanging out time in the courtyard after work today.
I have been trying to get to know Procreate better. It is a really rich app and I have been blown away by some of the drawings/paintings I have seen other do in it. So, I drew what was near me last night as I watched a M•A•S•H with Sam. I am far from feeling comfortable in it but I really like it.
I read the Procreate manual on my flight home from Chicago and really enjoyed it. The Savage team did a great job on it. Procreate is a very rich environment to work in. I definitely need to spend more time using this app.
While I was showing the Sensu to a visitor to our show this past weekend she asked what apps I would recommend. So I showed her Paper, Sketchtime, Artrage and when she said that she was a UI designer I opened up Procreate for her to try. As she was playing around I noticed that she was painting with the Sensu in one hand and sliding the line width control with the other. Duh! Awesome! Thank you Shannon!
I got to spend a lot of time with our wonderful neighbors Valerie and Brian during the West Studio Tour this weekend.
At the show this weekend there was lots of scribbling going on with my iPad as I showed people the Sensu brush.
Not much time to draw after a crazy day at work and going to see Sam in a play. He was awesome!
Thats me. Bald, wearing reading glasses. Waiting for Mason to get off from work. He has a drivers license (wasn’t I just changing his diaper last week?)
We have been working towards this day for quite a while and I am happy to report that our website is updated and the web store is LIVE! Go buy your very own Sensu brush at www.sensubrush.com. We are currently only taking US orders.
It has been hectic. And this is how I’m feeling. Though I don’t smoke. Yet.
Some times you just sit and draw and it really doesn’t have to make any sense. But I do think there are a couple faces with big chins in here...
I took our friend Jane (who is visiting from England) to my favorite pub, the Whip In, last night. Good food, some Milk Stout and fabulous music by Vana Mazi.
This is a little bird ornament that Gloria found somewhere (she is always finding wonderful little things.)
I’m not really sure what this is but I like it. Part lizard, part toad, part calligraphy.
My wife makes delicious dressing. Here are two jars on the dining room table.
I was having fun with the app Paper and my Sensu brush. Changing the speed with which you move the brush changes the line width.
Sam made a really cool re-curve bow out of pvc the other day. He went and bought himself some good arrows and practiced out in the courtyard. No passer-bys or small animal were injured ;-)
This sort looks like Thomas Jefferson as a zombie. Sorry about that TJ.
Our black cat Izze laying on the sidewalk, probably collecting fleas. Using the app Paper for this drawing.
Here is a seven minute video of me using the app, Paper by 53. A very nice app that has a nifty user interface, and a simplified, but satisfying set of tools. I love the parameters that the developers set for this drawing and sketching tool.
Just another beer glass. This was a New Belgium Belgo IPA. Not so crazy about the beer but like the drawing. Using the app Paper.
I snapped a photo on route to Curra’s for breakfast taco’s on Saturday. Yesterday I used that image for my daily painting. I liked just breaking the painting into color fields.
I’m sure it is not an original idea for an illustration, but it is todays daily painting. Using the Sensu brush with app Paper.
This is what happens when you are really sleepy and about to close your eyes on the day, and remember that your daily painting was not done. Grab a photo from earlier in the day and paint over it. Yuck. Well at least you can see the lizard eye, right? They really do camouflage themselves well.
Sam and I toured the UPenn campus last weekend. We ate lunch at the White Dog Cafe, quite tasty.
We spent a long weekend at my Aunt Joan’s home outside Philly this past weekend. Near her driveway is this cool (and messy, as Joan points out) black walnut tree. I love the branch that looks like an arm and elbow.
I was using the app Paper (by 53) for this funny looking guy.
Another botanical using Sensu and Procreate. This was an old rose that has sat in the dining room for a LONG time.
Yesterdays painting was of a Cross Vine growing in our garden. I used some old drawings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) as inspiration. Painting with the Sensu with ArtRage again. Though this time I used the watercolor brush option for the colors (and it is very slow).
Sam is soooo close to passing Gloria in height!
My nephew Ben is a willing subject for portraits. I have these funny jumbo paper ears that fit on your head and he put them on (I used the Sensu and ArtRage for this).
Below is a quick sketch of Gloria (using the Sensu brush and SketchTime app).
My sister-in-law and nephew are visiting. It is great to see them, and did a quick portrait of Ben on the front porch (using Sensu and ArtRage).
Here are a couple more sketches with the Paper app. It has a nice quality line to it.
A couple drawings from some sketchy (in a good way) apps. The cactus was done in SketchTime and the portrait below was done in Paper. Both are very nice apps with nice thought (and restraint) in regards to the user experience. And variable line width, which is fantastic in my opinion.
The title of the post is more exciting than the actual post :) I did go to an interesting presentation today by Dr. Donald Shoup (the prophet of parking). He was brought to town by Council member Chris Riley who has been very active in trying to resolve Austin’s parking woes. Shoup has written a book, The Real Cost of Free Parking, in it he suggests that all this parking that is required of developers and merchants should be removed and instead use metered parking (priced as to what the market will bear-and in such a way that you always have a few empty spots) is a better model for solving the issues in problem areas. Revenue collected by the meters is then given back to the areas that support (less maintenance costs). Those dollars can then be used for improvements (sidewalks, trees, law enforcement etc.). People who don’t want to pay will find alternative methods of getting to and fro (bike, bus, walk)… I am oversimplifying this, but is interesting.
Izze is constantly on the prowl. We do feed, plenty, but none the less her little kitty brain only wants to hunt.
The pizza this weekend was really good. The crust was crispy, an ongoing issue for me as our oven tops out at 500 degrees.
My wonderful and lovely wife Gloria celebrates her birthday tomorrow (which explains the dazed look on her face in this painting). Happy Birthday! (she looks like she is 30 ;)
Another glass of beer… some may find it boring, not I…. a glass of beer is bliss.
Some carrots, beets, garlic, and asparagus (in a glass container) on the kitchen counter. Daylight fading fast.
While at our friend Gail’s birthday party yesterday we met Haven, who proudly showed Gloria and I a photo of her cat Marshmellow. Photo forwarded and used it for todays painting.
Bare feet, blue jeans, the dappled light of a Sunday morning… it is so nice to hang out and visit, and look at your sweet heart’s feet :)
I worked on this painting at the Whip-In, my favorite pub in Austin. Using the iPad and Sensu brush in public is a sure way to meet new friends. I had a great time talking to Melissa and Jackie about the joys of making images on the iPad. And the Bonnevill County Pine Box had a raucous couple of sets! Did a sketch of Dan (banjo), Harvey (mando) and Jimmy (guito).
This still life is a bit complicated. I do like the blast of blue on the right though.
I was waiting for the kettle to boil and sketched the toaster. Oh trusted toaster, where would be without thy...
Above are a couple drawings using sketchtime and my sensu brush. The subject is the superb Brackenridge Vanilla Porter.
Lewis (our cat) moved while I was doing a little video test of me painting with the Sensu brush. The result is, well, not so good, or is a really good portrait of a a RatCat.
A couple of doodles while sitting on the front porch. I was using the procreate app… thinking about ordering a the new improved iPad.
I just finished a great book, Rats by Robert Sullivan. A history of rats in NYC. Not really crazy about rats myself but the book was great.
Don’t know that this really captures the lovely Mia, in fact the painting makes her look like she might be beginning to scowl, which I know she never does :)
Gloria had a stack of fixings for dinner tonight. Some sort of thai yummy thingy. Birthday dinner for Sam!
I got to hang out for a while yesterday over at our neighbors, the St. Cecilia Hotel. The Soul sign by the pool was made by another neighbor and friend, Evan Voyles. It is a lovely spot … and painting on an iPad is quite an ice-breaker, I met some really nice folks.
Back from my business trip to Chicago. Hanging outside while Mason takes his cello lesson. We had lots of rain here in Texas so the spring should be very springy.
Just playing with drawing a glass using sketchtime. I’m up in Chicago on business and having a really good trip.
Here is what they look like in the morning before whisking and pouring them into the skillet with some scallions. Can you say breakfast tacos?
The oranges in Texas are really good right now, as is the grapefruit (which frankly is the best anywhere). Some leftover peels on the table were the subject for todays painting.
Another of Sam, our handsome young man. Ready to perform with the Austin Youth Orchestra.
Still getting used to SketchTime. Like the loose line quality a lot and it is fast.
Well, this was meant be a cat with a mask on its face, but Gloria pointed out-while laughing-it looked like a plug receptacle. Oh, well.
My luxo lamp. Years of service, never fails. This was drawn with SketchTime, a really nice app.
Caught a photo of Sam standing in the kitchen and used it as the subject for todays daily painting. They grow up fast, he is almost fourteen.
The bread keeps on going. This dough turned into a very large loaf of sourdough.
I did two paintings while Mason was at his piano lesson. The sun was setting and I was working to capture a bit of that. The second painting (below) was cut short as I was called him to Mason play. He sounded great. The painting is a bit blobby.
Sitting in the parking lot of Eastside Memorial High School waiting for Mason to be dropped off from his job.
The french press sits on the our kitchen counter, washed and ready for business. Really, it is our favorite way to brew coffee.
Having a brew at my favorite pub with my buddy Dan.
Just continuing to play with the ability to lock down an alpha channel in Procreate and paint inside it. Quite fun. Limiting myself to three colors and seeing what happens. Simpler seems better to me, so the top one is kind nice. But, overall I like the energy I can get with a certain brush (it does not have a name so I don’t know how to refer to it).
Playing with some of the different brushes in Procreate and my Sensu brush.
Our boxes of veggies from Hairston Creek Farm have been plentiful lately. Lots of roasted veggies in our future :-)
I dipped some strawberries for a little tasty V-day treat. The family loved them.
Izze sitting on the table watching whatever it is that a cat likes to watch.
Two versions of the same image. The top was painted with art rage and the lower with procreate.
A cute little figure sitting in the kitchen window. It looks like I am just about to hit the year mark on Feb 13th of doing the daily paintings.
I downloaded a new painting app yesterday called, procreate. It is very nice and I am excited to use it. This painting was done using the stylus end of the Sensu brush. The app is very responsive and fast, the apple was pretty tasty as well.
Another view of the highway near the intersection of Casear Chavez Street and 183 in Austin. I like this views where the manmade and natural world cut into each other and divide space (wow, that was almost… deep).
I have driven by this spot countless times and always think, “I need to paint this”. So, this morning I did.
This is our friends Ron and Leslie’s dog, Louis. He is a really cute dog. This painting is from a photo that Leslie snapped as Louis was waking up. I was working in this during Sam’s orchestra rehearsal and wound up meeting another parent, Dan, who was utterly blown away by the Sensu brush I was using.
Our winter shares of veggies are pretty amazing. We unload our box and the counter is filled with veggie goodness.
Navel oranges are on sale at HEB. Five for a dollar.
I spent the last week doing iPad paintings with new capacitive Sensu brush at the Messe Frankfurt show, in Germany. It was very exciting to show people from all over the world this exciting brush and how I use it. So below are some of the paintings I that I did (actually there are probably a dozen or more that I never saved).
Rick visiting at the Princeton booth at the Messa Frankfurt fair.
Love me some Darth.
I kind of got into painting peoples feet in the booth. Astroturf carpet. I think I have seen enough of that for a while.
I had taken a photo of some of Princeton’s brushes. They made an excellent subject to demo with.
Trinedy gave up on wearing heels and made the smart decision to wear sneakers.
Sampled some German brew. This is a glass of Binding beer.
Putting up a trade show can be exhausting. Just ask Rick. Tired Rick.
Can you tell that I was tired painting this. Crazy day with a sick kid. I won’t be posting for a week (but will be painting) as I am going to Frankfurt to demo the sensu brush using my ipad. Should be fun.
I didn’t have my sensu brush with me as I did this one. Missed it. I’m off tomorrow for Frankfurt, Germany to demo the sensu brush at a big trade show. Fun.
Some peeled radishes in a lovely fire king mixing bowl.
Go Giants. Those were great games this weekend.
What a lovely night out it was. Clear skies, had a nice fire going, and I almost forgot to do my daily painting. So after crawling into bed I started scribbling with my eyes closed, when I opened them the shape of a puppy was there.
Got in late from playing tennis and was tired. The wind was crazy as the cold front blew in. Fun tennis though. A quick painting of this evenings loaf of bread. My bread keeps improving as my wild yeast ages. Not a great painting though. Some days they are good, others, not so much :)
Gloria snapped a photo of Izze on Masons shoulders. Bonded they are...
Our good friend Abe, the lad who loves wheels, with his blue helmet on in our kitchen.
A friend sent us a card that had a cute cat on it standing on its hind legs so I painted the cat (via my finger today because I forgot my sensu brush) while waiting at Sam’s lesson.
Large Marge. We met her while making tamales and brewing beer over the holiday. She’s sweet and large :)
The other day I snapped a photo of this dog, sitting in the drivers seat at HEB. It seemed so at home in the seat that it made me wonder if its partner dog was in the store getting some Alpo.
Winter break. Sweet. Sam crawled into our bed and slept late.
I have been somewhat determined to get this image to work. Using layers on the ipad, I wound up turning off a couple of layers and it left me with this mosaic like portrait. Like it. Done.
I didn’t like the previous attempts at this painting of my buddy Dan. This is better but still not there. I did an oil painting yesterday but forgot to photograph it, will update tomorrow.
I gave Gloria some pillows that are big scrabble tiles, you can see what they spell... she has been napping quite a bit since receiving them. They are very powerful, even for low scoring tiles.
The kid has grown into a young man, filling the hallway door into the living room.
We went for some family portraits at Bill studio the other day. My father-in-law snapped a photo of Gloria and I on his iphone, hence this daily painting.
The love power of the Mason overwhelms the Zombie Kitty.
On our dining room table with have a water jar that we call the perfect object because it the simplest of forms and so very functional. Our cats cannot get into or tip over the perfect object. But they can, and will tip over our water glasses. Todays painting illustrates.
Gloria sitting and knitting in the bedroom, by the heater, listening to Planet Money. She’s so sweet...
Gloria reading, Lewis sleeping, and Sam looking off in the distance envisioning worlds unknown. Nothing beats being snuggled up with loved ones.
I had a nice time hanging at the Whip-in with friends. Enjoyed a 512 Pecan Porter. Yum.
He actually has a collar on in this. Which he lost the next day, again. We must be pushing one hundred dollars in collars on this guy... does he go some hidden spot and pry his collar off and laugh all the way home?
Lewis pretty much has his way at our house. He gets attention when he demands it, gets a new resting spot even if his sister is already there. You know the drill. His favorite spot is probably Gloria, when she is reading or just dozing off. The additional weight he has put on can be somewhat surprising when he gets into position (as in knock the wind out of you).
I tried to pick up a tree today when I was at Home Depot, but they were out of Nobel Furs, and frankly all the trees looked pretty sad. So after dropping Sam off at archery, I ran to Costco for some quick food purchases (if there is such a thing) and figured I would get the tree there (they had a truckload of them last time I was in). No luck. Truck gone. Crud. Off to another Home Depot (on Brodie) where the past few years Sam and I have had a great time picking out a tree. But alas, I was Han Soloing this time, it was dark, and wet, and lonely. After fumbling around trying to size up trees from arms length I decided to roll the dice. I found a 5-6 foot Nobel, all bound up. I put it on the cart, sight unseen, paid for it, had them fresh cut it, brought it home, lined it up, screwed in place and let Sam unclip the cord. We rolled the die and won. It is a beautiful tree. This painting is just before Sam unclipped the cord holding all the branches up.
I was working from a pretty crudy photo, but I really wanted to do my daily painting of our boys. They are pretty awesome young men. Not that this painting reveals any of that :)
A really large fuji apple just before I sliced it up to eat. In the background is a lovely old blue heaven sugar bowl.
It’s actually cold enough here in Austin that we needed to pull the plants in. Some of the freshly repotted succulents have made onto the studio windows and they look right at home. And for all you kickstarters visiting this was painted with the sensu brush :) I am smitten!
Izzy was up to no good yesterday patrolling around looking for something to knock down. And if you found me via the sensu brush on kickstarter, “Hi!” You are going to love the brush! I wish I could have you all over for a beer and ipad painting session.
The view from my chair of our SRCC neighborhood meeting last night. Lots of talk about STRs, RPPs closing some on-ramps and fixing windows. Whew.
Ok, I have been hooked with painting on the ipad. This is my third painting using the new Sensu brush, which is awesome. I am going to be making a video of it in use later today so Artist Hardware can it show at work.
The kid keeps on growing, it must be all those breakfast taco’s I make him in the morning.
Our rose bush out front has some lovely blooms on it right now, with more to come as we are finally getting some rain here in Texas.
Our dear friends the Strickers asked me if I would paint them a Christmas card. Everybody wants a bacon hoodie for Christmas!
Some fancy salt by the stove. Put it on potatoes, put it veggies, put it in your soup, put it in your belly.
A view we often see of Austin walking back from our neighbors house. The old Terrace parking lot fell into shadow and it looks much better that way. Oh to have a park instead of a parking lot.
Another painting of Lewis sleeping. Those cats do that a lot. Something like 18 hours daily. Here he is in a box.
I think I like this one best. Kind of moody, kind of like a cat.
I snapped a photo of the phone lines out front of the house the other day. The birds were working hard.
Lewis curled up by my feet last night and I worked quickly to try and capture it because i was sure he would move, those cats always do.
My buddy Brett in Seattle sent a photo the family dog. Penni. One cute pup!
View down the stairs at the studio with the door open, letting in some lovely Texas air.
I forgot to send over yesterdays painting. I will do that later, but here is a better version of it for todays painting.
Another stab at the self portrait with magnifier. Better than the last one, I like the hot colors.
This VW bus was parked next door at the Hotel St. Cecilia the other day. It was mint. I am approaching 250 paintings!
We enjoyed a really nice meal and visiting with friends the other night. Discussion about some particular food items tasting as good out a can as compared to homemade came up several times. So I made a little thank you painting for them.
Our friend Patches has a very nice dog, Stanley, was is todays subject.
Another fine brew with an equally lovely bottle. Maredsous Bruin, they make a Triple as well but my buddy Scott and I prefer the Bruin.
I used to do watercolor paintings like this frequently. I would make a loose sketch in my sketchbook then after work make a bigger version with ink and watercolor/gouache.
Our friend Josh dressed up as President Taft and went to school exuding executive power and wisdom. And no doubt, thoughtful prose regarding bacon.
My favorite coffee cup. My buddy Rick gave this to us years and years ago. It is one of those heavy ceramic mugs that the great old stainless diners use.
Sitting in the van sketching and painting while Sam and Ginger are at rehearsal.
I liked the sketchy quality of this one. So I stopped. And admired a lovely Sunday morning.
I found my old giant ears (just in time for halloween) and showed them off to Gloria and Ellen.
I’m not really sure what this is. But I am calling it Critter #2. Actually, I was surprised that there was a Critter already...
Mason and I rushed out to his lesson today and that meant an ipad painting. I took another shot at Dan (using the photo we took when he was over last). Kind of creepy.
It was a beautiful evening to hang in the courtyard and visit with Dan.
He has some good form that Sam. He shoot a personal best today.
Visiting on the phone with my buddy Rick, painting on my ipad while Mason has his lesson with the fabulous Patches King. A nice Thursday evening.
I painted this before, from a photo, and now on the ipad. Speaking of which, I am really enjoying painting and drawing on the ipad but Gloria feels like I am cheating. I don’t know myself, there are many things in common with these two mediums (and the clean up is really easy with the ipad). I think I need to try some oil paintings using the ipads paintings as a sketch/guide. Yeah. This weekend look for that. Anyway, back to this painting, I really like the quality of light in it. It’s beer-thirty!
Above: I had to try this in red. Also, gave Izze some eyes this time.
Below: is the view off our front porch. I just kept building up blocks of color on this, going from larger to smaller blocks.
Sam’s Austin Youth Orchestra during rehearsal, I was sitting behind the cello section.
I was trying to catch some of the light morning light into our bedroom. Mason had appropriated our bed to catch up on our Lost watching (we are into the fourth season now).
I have been meaning to paint this for some time. I love how the foliage gets all blown out and the interior is completely silhouetted, and then there is just a little blast of orange from the shampoo bottle.
Painting and drawing on this here ipad is fun! Primary colors, sing it with me!
I am trying to learn more about this painting app, artrage, so here is another version of Gloria Cooking. I used yesterdays ipad painting as a tracing template. This was really fun because it was grabbing colors from the template image automatically. I need to do more of these! If you scroll down to yesterdays painting you can compare, not really much of a difference.
Another painting from the ipad. This was fun to do, snapped a photo, put a layer on top and selectively picked colors to paint. There is another neat thing about working directly on the ipad (having found some apps that really work when sketching), I don’t have to scan the sketch.
Another sketch/painting done on the ipad. This one using the watercolor brushes. The effect is really similar to actual watercolor. Kind of amazing.
Instead of oil paintings today I did several paintings on the ipad using an app called artrage. It has an extensive tool set including oil paints. I did the same process as if I was doing an physical painting: underpainting, block out a mass in umber, than add the colors. It was really fun, and while different, both processes had a lot in common.