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02 February 2009, 08:47 AM
Hi there,

I'm starting a new sketchbook for comments and critique. These days there's hardly a day without sketching but I mostly sketch on paper. So when I have the time I scan here some pictures about my progress and my thoughts about drawing and painting.

I start with a portrait of my dog Vilma watching outside. It's drawn in Painter IX with Artist Oils. I'm very happy about the values and composition since I tried to be very careful and thoughtful - so very unlike me ;-) . At the same time I tried to get very loose with my brush and not worry about making every detail count. It's done in about 5 mins. She won't stay still for long.

02 February 2009, 07:54 AM
I'm working on a portrait of my niece, Maria. This is a smaller oilpaint study of her face.
I'm following the workroutines of old masters so I'm pretty excited. This is the first phase of the work (underpainting in gray) and it took me about 3 hours. I will add more details before moving on to next layer: Glazing. After that I'm doing the opaque layer to make fixes and add more life to the skin.

It's amazing how similar the oilpainting routines are compared to digital. I'm learning a lot.

02 February 2009, 08:10 AM
Here are some sketches of eyes I've drawn lately.

02 February 2009, 12:03 AM
Great start to your thread Cati i'm loving that portrait so far. You seem to know the process of oil painting well, maybe i can learn from you? I'm interested to see how traditional and digital painting processes can share techniques? Looking foward to more.

02 February 2009, 04:55 AM
Thanks for your comment Rabid1. :)

I'm no expert in oilpaint but I find that painting in traditional media seems to improve my skills in digital form. The layer system is very similar to that of the digital media. But since oilpaint is very strict about what you add in the first layers you'll have to think a lot before you even start on a painting.
You have to know about mixing colours.. it's a tremendous help when you move to a program like Painter (which I use a lot). The most difficult thing is to understand the amount of white you can use because it's something that can make all the difference in the end. In oilpainting - you very rarely use white as 'white'.

04 April 2009, 06:26 AM
I'll add here few drawings while I'm waiting for the gesso to dry (sizing some papers).

Charcoal drawing to test out techniques I've learnt lately.

Few croquis drawings with ink and strawpen

Here's a portrait drawing. I've managed to get the likeness in there but the composition sucks big time. I used graphite.

04 April 2009, 02:51 PM
Nice work Cati, you have great stroke control with this last update...with charcoal, graphite and ink all very confident lines. That sphere has wonderful lighting too....looking foward to should post your painting once it dries a bit =)

04 April 2009, 06:53 AM
Thanks for your kind comments again, Rabid1. :)

I hope to post something more finished here soon.

04 April 2009, 08:04 PM
I started doodling with Painter and here's the results..

07 July 2009, 05:02 PM
Here's few that I've finished on my two week vacation...

First -- some Finnish landscape..

tried to achieve cartoonish looking scenery..

then some beach in 50's style.. dunno if I succeeded

and a spacestation... I made no effort to try to make it look real..

Oh.. and all these were made 100% in Artrage 2.5

09 September 2009, 08:25 PM
Here are some doodles I've made lately with ArtRage

09 September 2009, 07:37 AM
Hey, that's a wonderfull art collection you have here :)
Especially those drawings I like much. Keep posting :)

09 September 2009, 05:31 PM
Thanks for your kind comments! I try .. :)

09 September 2009, 12:05 AM
hey catie!
i really like those last artrage doodles, that yellow head really got me! :P
keep them coming, that rough look of the head and the two women is just awesome!

09 September 2009, 06:57 PM
I found a great little software and I've been doodling around with it all day. Haven't come up with anything great yet but here's my first drawing..

edit: And the software was Paint Tool SAI

09 September 2009, 08:47 PM
I've been doodling alot lately with Paint Tool Sai and my workflow is getting better. It's really an awesome software - I recommend warmly.
Sketched with a pen, scanned and colour added in Paint Tool SAI. Just a quick doodle that might turn into something more.

09 September 2009, 08:44 AM
Detail of the previous picture that I'm working on..

09 September 2009, 11:40 PM
Hey Cati, nice update that robe looks wonderful! Looking foward to more on that piece! Is there a story behind this guy?

09 September 2009, 03:51 AM
Hey Rabid1 :-) Nice to see you here again.

Actually.. it's finished now. I've posted it in my portfolio gallery but here's a better resolution version. I thought about adding some detail in the surroundings of the man but I found them too distracting so I left it like this.

This is the Man of Light. He's the protector of the truth and all things good.

Thanks fo watching.

09 September 2009, 06:35 AM
Simply gorgeous!

10 October 2009, 05:31 PM
Hey, siiilon! Thanks ! :-)

10 October 2009, 05:48 PM
Hello, Really a nice work for your portfolio, love it!

10 October 2009, 11:24 AM
Hi again,

here's a very quick sketch I made. Monotone drawing with a simple texture (my own photo) on top. I haven't used much textures in my work so I'm trying them out. I like it though. ;-)

12 December 2009, 09:56 PM
Just went through my previous sketches here. Either I'm terribly versatile or terribly inconsistent. Well.. I just like to try everything.

ArtRage 3 was released a few days ago. Here's some sketches made with pencil and watercolour - yes digital.

02 February 2010, 03:56 PM
Here's some latest sketches and drawings in my occasional sketchbook. I really update it too rarely. ;)

02 February 2010, 05:43 PM
Awesome work. Please post more :)

02 February 2010, 05:35 PM
Nice sb!
Love the man of light image. Really well done on that one!

05 May 2010, 11:42 AM
Thanks GaryBedell and NR43 for your kind comments.

I've been working lately vey hard and although I'd love to keep this thread updated on regular basis it just doesn't come to mind for weeks and weeks. Hre's some pictures I've been working on lately. I've been doing a lot of comic style lately.

05 May 2010, 11:44 AM
Here's some more work. So that they won't all appear on one post ;)

05 May 2010, 02:41 PM
Great update Cati! Love the characters and cool subject matter as well.

05 May 2010, 07:52 PM
Hey, Rabid1! :) Thanks.

Made a visit to your gallery and I love the 'Sea Forge' :O. How come you don't have more piccies in your gallery?

05 May 2010, 07:49 AM
I did a small workthrough to test out Paint Tool SAI's watercolour brushes. To my amazement the result is really nice. The watercolour tools are definately worth a deeper look.

Here's the finished picture

05 May 2010, 07:10 AM
Just one painting that will never be finished.. it'spretty though. Trying my hand at the watercolour technique in SAI. It looks just like watercolurs in my eyes.

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