I finally got around to digitizing our wedding video from 1996. The old VHS tape probably isn’t going to last much longer. Time to get with the program. Progress, I suppose. I prefer Vimeo not just because it’s a more private archive for video, but with a Pro account you can store videos of any length and also maintain true HD quality.
This is the first of my quick sketches I’ve recorded this summer on a recently purchased iPad Pro, which has made recording these kinds of things a snap. As I follow the path towards becoming an artist, I’ll be capturing on video my efforts. Where this all leads, who knows. I chose the bottom right of the page to make room for other students.
I’ve been playing around with the Brushes App for iPhone and have been pleased with the results. It seems to me that this app offers artists a brand-new medium to work in. But using it on an iPhone, especially with my eyes, is uncomfortable and clumsy. But I’ve fallen so in love with this app that I’ve ordered an iPad Pro, mostly just to use this app.
All my work on the Shakespeare Project has finally come to its fruition with the publication of Volume One of four volumes in the adult coloring book series. Funny, a year ago I’d never heard of coloring books for adults, and now I’m publishing my own. Pretty amazing. You can order the book here.
I’m painting a portrait of the Bard on watercolor paper stapled to a square maple board. Initially I drew an outline, using a proportional divider to guarantee the correct basic proportions, such as the distance between the eyes, the position of the hairline and the chin, the ruffles of the collar, etc. It’s an old engineer’s trick which I have no qualms utilizing.
I’m a total amateur so I haven’t a clue if I’m approaching a painting the “right” way. I’m just having fun figuring things out on my own. I don’t have a deft hand, but as I’ve indicated I rely on engineering tricks to get things right — my only strength as an “artist” — a term I’m still not comfortable with and do not use to define myself.