Category Archives: Process

The Tools I Use

Well, at least what I use for my digital work. I’ll break out the paint occasionally, but I must admit, I spend a lot of hours staring at my monitor. I’ve had questions from readers asking what computer I have, if I use a tablet, which one should I buy, etc. So, to help you out, I updated my About page to include information about the system I am currently working with.

If you’re reading all these tutorials and wondering what I’m using, this is it. You don’t need the exact stuff to draw on your computer, but I hope this gives you an idea of what you might need. And if you have a different system, please note any differences in my tutorial instructions that are system specific (such as MAC vs. Windows).

Video Notes: More About “The Witch”

This post expands upon the video posted here.

This video was previously posted on my other blog. One day, I sat down to do this painting, and decided to record the whole process. It was a fun experiment, and I thought it turned out really well. Hopefully, I can use this new website to feature more of them in the future, in addition to other articles and tutorials. Here’s some additional information behind this video…

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Real Paint!

I have been working digitally a lot lately. One exception is this piece. I decided to paint it because it needed to be BIG, and my computer just couldn’t handle it as nicely as I wanted. It was a nice excuse to break out the paint, anyway.

Here is some detail shots that highlight my traditional process.

The original drawing…

A block-in, done in gouache…

Finished with oil and colored pencil on top…

Making of the Witch

I’ve decided to try something new. I used some cool software to record my screen while I was painting. I liked how it turned out and thought I would share it. Let me know what you think.

Video: Painting the Witch (Quicktime, 3:07, 3 MB)

Update: Some answers to frequently asked questions…

What software did you use to make the video?
SnapZ Pro X (Mac OS X), with edits made in Quicktime Pro

What brushes did you use?
– Most of the brushes I use are from Photoshop’s “Natural Brushes” set. I don’t modify them very much, but I usually apply my own texture to them.

How did you create the drawing?
– It was created by drawing over a scanned sketch in Photoshop. It sits on a separate layer above the rest of the painting.

Hermione in Progress

This is a close up of a painting that I am currently working on for fun. When I get sick of the job I’m working on, I go and work on this a little. :) I’ll post more when it’s finished.