Monday, March 19, 2012

Brinkley BW and Color Illustrations

Here's a couple illustrations I made with my new Graphics Tablet. These are a caricature of our little Yorkie Puppy, Brinkley. I did a BW one and a color one.

Artist Notes - I used a Wacom Bamboo Create Graphics Tablet and drew on my PC in Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro. Then I exported them as PNG files.

New Bamboo Graphic Tablet

Last week, my new Wacom Bamboo Graphic Tablet arrived. This is a tablet that connects to my PC via USB. It comes with a pressure sensitive pen (cordless and with no battery). The end of the pen there is a nib (that can be replaced) and in various software I can draw/paint directly onto my PC. The other end of the pen is a simulated eraser. With that I can flip the pen over and it automatically switches to an eraser and it feels like an eraser as I remove strokes from the screen. There are tons of possibilities and I've already done a couple illustrations for a Bible Study I'm working on for Peru. Here are those images:

Here's a link to the original sketches I did for these horses:

Artist Notes - I used a Wacom Bamboo Create and CorelDraw X5, then exported the images as PNG's.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Horse Sketches for Bible Study Project Illustration

These are some quick sketches for a Bible Study Project I am working on for Peru.

Monday, March 12, 2012

My Favorite Apps/Programs

I thought I would do a post highlighting some of my favorite apps/programs that I use to create art on various devices. Some I have been using for years. Others are brand new, but I already have found great use in them. Check them out below...

On my PC - 
CorelDraw X5 - this is the program that I use the most and one in which I am very well versed. I have been using CorelDraw since 1993 or 1994 with version 3. The latest version, X5, is actually version 15 and there have been leaps and bounds in the capabilities.

Sumopaint - This a a great painting app that is available for download on the Chrome Webstore within the Chrome browser, or just go to You can also download an offline version for twenty bucks.

Camstasia Studio - This is a brand new app that I used to do a screen video capture while I created a Lion in CorelDraw. I then took the video that was captured and tweaked it, as well as speeding it up from 30 minutes to 6 minutes. I have been thinking of various new things I can make with this cool software tool.

Sketchbook Pro for PC - It's made for a touchscreen surface, but it has great uses and reminds me of my favorite Android Tablet app!

Adobe Dreamweaver CS 5.5 - This is what I use when I need to get detailed in website creation. I can also just notepad to edit some html code or even CorelDraw for very artistically produced website designs.

On my Xoom Android Tablet - 
Sketchbook Mobile Pro - Has to be my all time favorite app ever created for any mobile device! I can use it to create quick sketches or full shaded, colorized pieces of artwork that can be used in final project versions.

Pixlr-o-matic - This is a very packed photo editing app that can change all sorts of color options, borders, special effects, etc...

On my Windows Phone 7 - 

Fantasia Painter Free - Very versatile little app for the Windows Phone 7.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Drawing in CorelDraw X5 (Video)

Here's a six minute video of me drawing in CorelDraw X5. The drawing actually took me about thirty minutes to make, but I sped it up to six minutes. See how quickly you can guess what it is!!

Artist Notes - Done in CorelDraw X5 on my Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop with Windows 7 OS.