ART BYTE – DRAWING FROM A SMART PHONE 2

Deanna Williamson, Stray, 6 x 4, colored pencil, 2017, therightpink
Deanna Williamson, Stray, 6 x 4, colored pencil, 2017

The house we used to live in had a kitchen window overlooking a big back yard with shade trees and grass. It was like a mini Peaceable Kingdom with all sorts of birds, squirrels, butterflies, and lizards going about their business. Ducks and rabbits also resided there from time to time. And a few stray cats who were mostly “peaceable” but had to be monitored to make sure they didn’t eat anyone else in the kingdom. Sometimes as we looked out the window, the animals would stare back at us. One day the cat in this drawing decided to hop up on the window sill and have a closer look. I took a picture of her with my Android camera and worked directly from the phone screen image to create this portrait.

As I mentioned in a previous post, smart phone cameras are wonderful resources for artists. You can keep a whole gallery of images to work from. You can crop awkward compositions to balance them and you can use the edit features to get creative effects.  I used a color enhancement setting on the photo for Stray and tried to capture the effect with my colored pencils. I liked the result but think it would have looked better on smoother paper.

Below is a small painting of the same kitty. Or a close relative.

Deanna Williamson, Dinner Buffet, 7" x 5", acrylic on canvas, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Dinner Buffet, 7″ x 5″, acrylic on canvas, 2016

 

 

ART BYTE – DOODLING 2

Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, colored pencil, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, colored pencil, 2017

As I mentioned in a previous post on doodling, you can find patterns all around you and figure out how to draw them by breaking down the patterns into basic components. This yields a step by step drawing process called a doodle algorithm. I developed the algorithm for Interlaced Pattern from the faintly colored background on a paper check. Below are the steps:

Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 1
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 1
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 2
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 2
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 3
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 3
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 4
Deanna Williamson, Interlaced Pattern, Step 4

I used a dot grid to help draw this but it’s doable without one. After creating these steps I drew the finished one at the top of this post. I used that one to practice pencil shading and try out a new set of colored pencils.

ART BYTE 36 – ALTERED PHOTOGRAPHS

Deanna Williamson, Route 1 Ellisville, 11 x 8.5, mixed media, 2017,therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Route 1 Ellisville, 11 x 8.5, mixed media, 2017

Surrealism is an art movement of the early twentieth century that has continued unabated in popularity to this day. Route 1 Ellisville is my nod to Surrealism.

Like Erthling in the previous post, Route 1 Ellisville is a form of altered art in which photos are transformed to create a new work. This one has three photos – the house, the sun disc and the car.  Drawn lines radiate out from the sun to create rays and a road that unify the composition and provide an imaginary setting for the house and car. I filled in the rays and the road, extended the building, and added cast shadows to the ground with colored pencils. I also used colored pencils to alter the colors in the sun and add shadows and highlights to the car and the house. This helped to integrate the objects more fully with the background. Finally, I used white paint to add the stripes on the road and the vanity tag on the car.