Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Watercolor Digital Painting Mini Demo

During my journey down the rabbit hole known as the internet, I stumbled across a video from a fellow illustrator who demonstrates how she uses Photoshop to digitally paint using a watercolor effect (can I say fellow even if I'm not published?).  Granted, it's a quick video but it's pretty cool to see how quickly and efficiently she digitally created a something pretty great in mere minutes.   Take a peek:

TracyBishop-WatercolorDigitalPainting from Tracy Bishop on Vimeo.

Neat, right?  I'll keep my eyes peeled for any other photoshop tutorial videos and post them here if I find them.  If you have any cool videos to share, feel free to add them in the comments section!  And if you have a few minutes, check out the other videos Tracy has listed on her Vimeo channel: , they're pretty nifty too.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Art Inspiration ala Pinterest

I'm working hard at creating a portfolio and thought I'd look for some inspiration on Pinterest on both traditional watercoloring as well as digital watercolor.  There are literally hundreds if not more illustrations that are amazing, but I tried to pick out mostly those that remind me of children's books since that's the genre I'd like to eventually publish my own books as well as work with Art Directors, Publishers, Writers, etc on their stories.  I thought I'd share a few gems that I found that were particularly inspiring ...

Do you utilize Pinterest for your own daily inspiration?  To see more of my pins, visit my Pinterest board and if you fancy, follow my boards as well.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

To Cintiq Or Not To Cintiq

I'm itching to update my Bamboo tablet to one of the newer beauties that have hit the market and I've been leaning towards to the new Cintiq Companion.  Not only is a much better take on what I currently have but it is a stand alone device which means you can work virtually anywhere.  I don't know about you but that sounds awesome to me, especially with my family's schedule.

Microsoft also has a great device - the Surface Pro - which has been getting rave reviews as well.  Luckily, super talented artist Noah Bradley was nice enough to do a quick video on his take of the two machines and which he prefers, including why.  Take a look:

You know what this means ... I'm officially adding the Cintiq Companion to my Wish List for the near future.  Who knows, maybe Santa will be nice and bring it to me in a few months.  A girl can dream, right?

What about you - are you in the market for a new tablet and would you get either the Cintiq Companion, the Surface Pro or something else?