I chose the theme "Food" for this week's digital drawing. I had plans to do something interesting and complex, like a sandwich or a piece of pizza—something really challenging, but when I got down to a looming deadline I went for the fridge and pulled out the carton of eggs I just purchased. June's still life is a little more diverse, but I think she went for the simple solution too! Oh well, simple can sometimes be the most difficult to lift above the realm of the trite. Did we do it? I will leave that to you to decide...
Peppery Still Life:
Android tablet, Photo for scale and proportions, ArtFlow and New Trent
stylus, transferred to Photoshop, then Art Rage on PC, mouse as stylus.
For the eggs in the bowl I found it incredibly difficult to draw
nice, smooth oval eggs. I really should have drawn each egg on a
different layer and then merged them, as I kept messing up the edges of
one as I worked on another. Mental note taken for future. After I
finished the group of eggs I tried just a single egg to see if I could
get a smoother oval shape. Both of these reminded me of the importance
of shadows. The eggs looked like floating balloons until the shadows
were added under them. My favorite way of adding shadows is on a layer
inserted between the foreground and the background. Then I use the
airbrush tool to put in a soft shadow, then adjust the opacity of the
shadow layer until it looks right.
iPad, Sketch Club app, New Trent Arcadia stylus
Vicki Miller, in Australia, is following along with our challenge and sent me her still life.
her blog for her comments about working on this.
note: I swear June and Vicki were looking at the exact same banana!
Next week's theme: Your favorite tool, kitchen or otherwise