Painting of the week 7/27/16

This illustration is of the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA.  I had traveled to Richmond last week and stumbled across this curious walkway alongside the museum.  It is a really interesting little urban dwelling, simple architecture, and beautiful landscaping.  The light was creating long shadows along the face of the building, I knew that I wanted to give it a shot.  Enjoy the video and image, more to come from Richmond...

Illustration of the week 7/14/16

This weeks ipad Procreate drawing takes place in the Strip Distict of Pittsburgh.  

I need to make a conscious effort to stay away from the churches in Pittsburgh, this is two weeks in a row, but the problem exists that there are so many architecturally fantastic churches in the city.  Who am I kidding, there are a ton of great examples of parks, urbanism, architecture, culture, blah blah blah to go on about.  

The church terminates a view down Smallman street and is flanked by a long old terminal building that has hopes to redevelop in the near future.  The strip is one of my favorite places in the city.  Besides the architecture and great streetscapes, the people are what make the strip special.

I set out to experiment with new ipad brushes and techniques.  This week I stuck with the standard "soft wet brush."  I try to stick with the same brush throughout the whole piece in an attempt to learn it.  It is pretty amazing how the app blends the colors as if the paint were still wet.  In my little experience of oil painting, I can draw some similarities with actual paint and what the program is trying to replicate.  It was a nice break from last drawing that was quite detailed.

I hope you enjoy the painting, don't forget to watch the video!

Drawing of the week 6/28/16

This is a sketch of St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in Allentown, Pittsburgh, PA using an Ipad Pro in the Procreate app.  Used the "2b" pencil straight out of the box, no modifications.  Sky was rendered using the "water brush."  I was able to achieve some nice rendering effects using the side of the apple pencil and the smudge tool. I had never noticed the church before, but while driving along East Warrington it popped out at me.  The urbanism and architecture made it a must sketch.  This was a nice exploratory exercise using some of the different tools in Procreate.  The video is interesting because you can see the composition of the image evolving, trying to create the strong foreground and pulling some contrast into the towers against the sky.


Ipad drawing 6/20/16

Architectural Illustration of a Victorian home on Grandview Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA. The illustration was done on an Ipad Pro using Procreate. I used a photo taken with the Ipad as an underlay and just applied some tone. Getting used to the pencil and the different brush options available in Procreate.  Rendered with the 6b pencil in the app, no modifications to note.