Testing out Android apps

Testing out a few art apps on my tablet, prefacing this with a disclaimer that I just poked around informally for a few minutes on each. First up is my overall initial favorite, Art Rage. I love the sketch tools, coming from a charcoal sketch bias it is head and shoulders better than the other two. I didn’t even try painting with it, because the charcoal tools were so nice. I loaded up a toned ‘paper’ to replicate drawing on newsprint. Image is my normal anatomy work out of Patrick Jones’ book, so this app wins for ‘feeling like I’m drawing normally.’ BIG DOWNSIDE is that on my old samsung with only 3GB RAM and a pokey old mobile cpu, it’s super laggy. With informal sketching, the experience was so superior I could put up with it a bit, but for real work it would drive me bonkers. Makes me sad that the best sketch program has a slow 😦


Next up is Corel Painter Mobile. The sketch experience was fairly mediocre. Didn’t feel much like real sketching, though not as digital as Sketchbook. Faster than Art Rage. Since this is a mobile version of Patrick’s favorite painting app, I loaded up the paint tool for a quick test and it felt better. I’ll have more testing on the painting aspect, as I feel that is where this app shines.


Lastly is the preloaded Sketchbook app. I think it might be a gimped version of the full app. Lightning fast, no lag whatsoever; but at the cost of feeling ‘glassy’ and digital, no real drawing feel at all. Painting also feels very digital. Not totally a bad thing, though I’m an art luddite, so it loses points for that. But it does have that lightning speed, so might be the best for quick idea dumps or concepting out stuff for traditional work.


I really wish Art Rage was zippier on the tablet (though this experience pushed me to buy it on the Steam sale!). It’s hands-down a good drawing experience other than the latency issues, and I think the quick tests show that. No fumbling to find tools that replicate the effect of charcoal, just used two charcoal presets and BAM, I think it looks like a real drawing!

Each app has a strength to explore, if only I could have the speed of Sketchbook, the paints of Corel Painter and the drawing of Art Rage!

Sketchbook Digest

How about last week’s sketchbook digest? Okeedoke! Kind of a slim update, since I spent several days on the stuff I worked on last week, rather than banging out a bunch of smaller sketches. Going to focus on fast drawings again this week! First up is the monochrome and colored versions of Magik, based on a drawing by Chris Bachalo.



And the only other sketch was a request 🙂


During the break from school (last week was the last portrait class), I’ll be alternating between studio work and sketchbooks. So not sure how this digest idea will continue as I try to get more active in the studio! It’s a good thing. Next step is to regularly draw in both the sketchbook and have both fast and more finished work coming out of the studio.

Sketchbook Digest

Monday morning, time to open up the sketchbook(s) and see what I did the past week! I’ve found when I’m not really into it for the evening, I draw about 1/3 the page of my normal 9×12 sketchbook, so I bought a smaller 5.5″x8.5″ pad for quick sketching. And I tend to just sketch superheroes, I guess…





And then I capped off the week with a nice Sunday watching Star Wars and doing another anatomy drawing in my toned 9×12 pad. This week I dug out some old Berol Prismacolors and used flesh and sanguine for the colors, in addition to the HB graphite pencil and white conte I’ve been using. Also remembered to take a WIP pic before I went in with color. Eventually I’ll draw things that don’t have wonky proportions, I promise!



Sketchbook Digest

Here’s this week’s sketchbook digest. Still not much output, but I’m getting more comfortable sketching.


Drawing the sculpt for the Kingdom Death King’s Man. HB graphite pencil. I like it and I’m thinking about making it into a small painting. Also scale for last week’s skull sketch.


Further exploration into the King’s Man idea, based on some of the artwork in the rulebook for Kingdom Death: Monster. The armored face tends to be larger in the art than in the sculpt. I initially was playing with the faces being serene as a juxtaposition to their brutal nature carrying out the will of the King. But then I tried some expressions and adding the furrowed brow and a little downturn to the mouth gives him the look of a serene dreamer on the brink of nightmare (the center face). HB graphite pencil.


Scaling up to my usual drawing size, 18×24 using a B and 4B graphite pencil. Scaled too far, forgot I was thinking of making it a SMALL painting! I had initially put in the lantern bardiche, but it was too forced. Maybe if this turns out well, I’ll revisit the idea, since having the light source from that would be cool. This took way longer than I expected, struggled a lot with the basic shapes and proportions. Tipped me over the edge and I signed up for figure drawing next semester. I don’t feel ready, but I need to learn it for the stuff I want to work on, soo….

Bargue sketching

Starting to develop a bit of discipline for home drawing study. Not the 3 hour session I need to be putting in, but enough time here and there that it’s getting me excited to draw, which helps a whole lot!

First up, here’s an example shot of the drafting table setup. Some blown-up print-outs of Bargue plate sections to get them close to proper size. They’re much smaller in the book.


These next two are from my sketchbook, done last night on the sofa while watching tv(ish). These were done in pen because Mori is all about the pen. It was a nice exercise not being able to erase and just go in there with confident strokes. These were also done directly from the book, so the scale is all off, but they’re more for fun and just rote practice. I skipped from plate 2 (muzzle) to 4 (ears) because the profiles on plate 3 are waaay too tiny to replicate on the sofa. I’ve blown them up, they’ll go up on the workbench when I’m more comfortable with plate 2 (which you see here again!) Plate 4 begins to put tonal blocking into the mix.