Here is a leftover from Halloween. This was done on toned Strathmore in charcoal. This started months ago in my sketchbook and I had fun scultping this character. Not someone I would want to meet in the dark.
In this video I display a portfolio that I use to store my loose sheets in. I use it as a sketch book more than it's original design. These portfolio books come in various sizes and can be found on Amazon or in any major arts and crafts stores.
This is a free open-source image editor that I have used for a long time. It works on all the major platforms (Windows, Linux and Mac) and is very light weight consuming very little resources. XnView will not replace Painter or Photoshop but can be used for quick editing, batch editing and converting along with many other features.
XnView can be download from http://www.xnview.com/en/
In this short tutorial I cover how I use XnView, which is mainly to browse and organize my images and copy / cut thumbnails from full page scans allowing me to keep what I like.
Another one from my travel sketchbook. he started out as a doodle and
morphed into a rough design sketch. As my normal workflow lately; I
started this with my Pentel Mechanical pencil and then added value with
Charcoal at a later date.
I thought it would be beneficial to show how I clean up sketches before posting to my Blog. Here I used my Caveman sketch [from my 5x7 sketchbook] as an example in Corel Painter. One can also use Photoshop or a free painting suites such as Krita to accomplish the same.
Just my thoughts on sketchbooks and which ones I like and use for travel / ideas, design and finials. I believe sketching is fundamental to art. It is a good practice to sketch everyday even if it is just doodles. I design better and my imagination flows easier when I draw regularly. With practice one becomes better.
James Gurney the author of "Dinotopia" covered Eugene Burnand's portraits that he did of World War 1 Legionnaires. His original post can be found HERE. The portraits were drawn in carbon and then colored in pastel and that combination and the realism that Eugene captured is brilliant.