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stone cold ninja
08 August 2008, 06:46 PM
Hi all,

I've long enjoyed other's postings and work on this site, and decided to take the plunge and post some of my own digital sketches. First of all, big shout-out to ValenoSangue who mentioned in his sketchbook thread using the Nintendo DS and the homebrew app Colors as a tablet and painting program. I'd never heard of this, but one week later, and I feel like my life is changed. It is the most intuitive program I've ever used--of course, it is very stripped down, only a hard round and soft round brush, adjustments for brush size and opacity, and the color wheel...but I find that I can move really fast.

I'm starting with copies of existing works to get the feel for the program. All of these are done with the Nintendo DS and colors, between 30 and 60 minutes on each.

This first is a copy of a painting I clipped out of a catalog, but I don't know the artist name or tilte of the piece:

This started off as a Klimt copy, but I made some departures:

Stone cold original:

This one is a Rembrandt copy:

08 August 2008, 10:11 PM
Actually, your original is the only one with any life in it; the others look like they were made by someone else :-) Granted there are some anatomy issues in your original, but I'd say that is where you should spend your time. The first post and first reply is always the hardest, and now you've done both. Onwards !


stone cold ninja
08 August 2008, 06:33 PM
Onwards and upwards hopefully. More Nintendo DS sketching:

At my parent's house, 90 minutes over a pot coffee.

Little planters, 15 minutes.

My dad at the nursing home, over an hour.

stone cold ninja
08 August 2008, 02:28 PM
More Nintendo DS sketches:

This is a quick painting based on a pen and paper sketch I did a couple of months ago of my sister. Our dad was in the hospital and things were not looking up. Maybe 15 minutes.

Girl in green shirt napping on a red couch with a red blanket. About an hour while watching the American female gymnastics team choke at the Olympics. The girl in the green shirt woke up about half way through and went to bed, so I had to fill in some gaps.

stone cold ninja
08 August 2008, 02:01 PM
More stone cold DS sketchin'.

Sketching on a plane:

Saturday morning looking at my backyard with a cup of coffee:

Based on a pencil sketch I did in Siena, Italy:

Rembrandt's self-portrait--though it looks a little more like Jack Nicholson to me than the original:

Concept sketch:

stone cold ninja
08 August 2008, 02:13 PM
DS quickie:

Pen, paper, and water colors about a little girl and a tornado:

08 August 2008, 11:13 PM
Nice sketches Ninja, that DS sketching looks too fun! Can you zoom in and out a bit also? Might have to look into one of those....hmmmm?

stone cold ninja
08 August 2008, 06:32 PM
Thanks for the words, Rabid. Yeah, the DS and Colors is great. I love working with it because it's the closest thing I've ever used digitally to real life painting. No layers, no history, no image adjustments, just the color wheel and open canvas. There actually is a color picker tool, but I didn't even notice it was there for at least two weeks. The zoom tool will let you go in up to 4x--with the dual screen you can keep the top screen so you see the image as a whole, while you work in detail on the lower touch-sensitive screen.

What I like best about it though is the portability. I can take it with me anywhere without it being a pain in the ass. Also, I have a two-year-old daughter who loves to destroy electronic devices. So, if I want to use my tablet, I have to wait for her to go to sleep, drag it out, hook it up, and then make sure it's put up before I go to bed.

Anyway, here's some life-drawing sketches, just pen/pencil on paper:

stone cold ninja
09 September 2008, 02:05 PM
Cloudy sunset in Texas, DS and Colors:

Pecan tree in my backyard:

09 September 2008, 02:45 PM
hey I really like your realllife drawing you did. They have good shaps and depth.

stone cold ninja
09 September 2008, 06:54 PM
Thanks, TedNindo. I like drawing and painting from life better, but sometimes I'm tired, and I just want to practice without thinking.

Apple on my desk over lunch:

stone cold ninja
09 September 2008, 02:12 PM
Set up a mini-still-life while watching the Office Season 4 disk 2:

Desklamp hyper quickie over lunchbreak server outage:

Random decorative pot on endtable:

stone cold ninja
09 September 2008, 06:52 PM
Mini still-life while watching The Office Season 4:

I think The Office lost something this season. It's like they worried too much about character development and not enough about snappy, funny humor.

stone cold ninja
03 March 2009, 07:30 PM
I haven't posted in a while. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with things when life gets in the way. Here's some various sketches, thanks for looking.

Marker sketch of the Bund in Shanghai

Bund at night

Drinking a beer in Xin Tian Di

Aeroflot is so not awesome

Watercolor of the Oklahoma winter sunset

Shenzhen airport


More doodles

03 March 2009, 07:36 PM
Cool stuff man, i'm digging your latest ink designs. Those earlier life drawings were great too... it is nice drawing from life... don't have to think as much as you say lol. Welcome back.

stone cold ninja
03 March 2009, 06:43 PM
Hey, thanks. I'm glad you like it. The ink "designs" are me doodling during meetings, computer processing times, or whenever my mind work, mostly. My notebooks are filled with this stuff.

Watercolor from reference photo:

DS sketch on a plane:


stone cold ninja
03 March 2009, 11:06 PM
Watercolors and a pot of coffee:

stone cold ninja
03 March 2009, 02:17 PM
A couple of watercolor sketches

stone cold ninja
03 March 2009, 02:19 PM
More watercolors, all using photo references:

03 March 2009, 03:05 PM
Nice watercolors, i'm digging the stroke technique and your color choices are wonderful...using a proper ref seems to working quite well for you. Looking foward to more.

stone cold ninja
03 March 2009, 02:04 PM
Hey thanks, Rabid1. I'm finding that watercolors are a nice way to relax. They are temperamental and unforgiving; once you mess up, there is no history to go back and you are committed to what's on the paper.

04 April 2009, 12:58 AM
Digging the watercolors :beer:

stone cold ninja
04 April 2009, 02:26 PM
Thanks for the comment, Soundwave. From the way you draw, I think you must be an architect. Me, too.


And I bought a tablet over a year ago hoping to get into digital painiting...but I never spent enough time with it and never broke the barrier of figuring out a reasonable workflow. So, I dragged it out again a couple of weeks ago for the hell of it....and I'm getting a little closer.

On a completely unrelated note, the absence of Conan O'Brien from late night television has driven me to turn on Craig Ferguson. I swear, it's like he has no written material, he just sticks his big head in front of the camera and prances around for an hour. It's actually pretty entertaining.

stone cold ninja
04 April 2009, 02:28 PM
Some watercolors:

Thanks for looking.

04 April 2009, 02:38 PM
Nice updates Stone, i like your digital piece with the river/ has a traditional feel to it. I think your watercolor style has influenced your digital style...which is cool. You get a nice contrast with your watercolors too, do you touch them up on the computer?

stone cold ninja
04 April 2009, 06:21 PM
Rabid, thanks for the comments. Those images are straight from the scanner to your screen. The only alteration is cropping, which I have sometimes done instead of showing the messy edge. Regarding color contrast, I tend to work the paper in layers, building color and value until the end, when I paint the last bit with undilluted (or nearly undilluted) color straight from the tube. This is never a pre-meditated plan--in fact, I'd never really thought about it until writing it out just now.

stone cold ninja
04 April 2009, 07:03 PM
Life and work have been demanding lately, and I'm not spending as much time doing this as I would like. Some simple sketches of Venice using photo references:

And one from life; little girls just don't sit still:

stone cold ninja
06 June 2009, 06:34 PM
Hello, dear viewers. A couple of new things. I try to keep up with some kind of daily exercise, but we have a new baby in the house, and that comes first.

Monument Valley, Utah from reference:

Big rock and big wave, from reference:

Sitting in an empty hotel lounge, bored:

Chinese theme park on free admission day:

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