Sunday, August 5, 2018


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This week is Doodling and Start Your Characters! Here is a link to the workbook if you don't have it yet:

Doodling is pretty self explanatory. Some are going to draw shapes and turn them into people, and others are going to draw people and turn them into shapes. Squiggle, scrub, blend whatever makes you happy! 

A Few Suggestions: 

  • Draw from your research or draw whatever you like.
  • Try not erasing, or cover the paper in graphite and do nothing but erase. 
  • Fill the whole page if possible. 
  • Use whatever drawing tool you like using or try something new
This is just to loosen you up but also it will help you to focus on drawing. If you are having fun, then get some more paper and keep on doodling. 

I had several photos of my kids and I sketched a few of those. 

Taking Photos

I didn't think of mentioning this earlier, but when you take photos of kids you often want to be at the same level as the children you are photographing. You might not notice until you get home that the photo you took doesn't look quite right. If you photograph from standing the child will have a larger head and smaller arms and legs (which can be useful)!

Illustration Programs

I got an email yesterday about this program that I've not heard of before (which is weird because I subscribe to the companies emails). Anyway the program is Rebelle and it's neat because it helps you to create images that are like watercolor. 

I don't know about you, but I can't afford Photoshop right now. Neither a subscription nor an older version of the program. I've been looking for something that can simulate painting, and this one is pretty good. 

Here's a rundown of some Illustration programs in case you want something different for digital illustration. I'm mentioning these now in case you want to try something new. These work best with a drawing tablet. There are others but these are the ones I feel are of note.

Photoshop: Likely still one of the best photo manipulation/Illustration programs out there. Cons: Very expensive. Subscription only (unless you buy an old program). $21 a month for the rest of your life. $21 a month (annual plan) for the rest of your life or $240 a year prepaid.

Painter: Lovely for creating paintings and mixing colors. Cons: Crashes a lot, expensive (less than photoshop). $429.

Procreate: Digital program with excellent results. Some illustrators have given up their Cintique for this or use it when they are travelling. $10 for current iPad owners who don't have it pre installed, but works best with the Apple Pencil (only works for new iPads). Cons: May cost you the price of an iPad Pro + Apple Pencil.  

Rebelle: First look the program is easy to set up and the paint results are beautiful without a ton of effort. $90. Cons: Unknown

Clip Studio Paint: Excellent for inked line work. Software made for comics, but has other uses. Often they have sales! Pro version is good for illustrators (EX is for people making multiple pages in one file) About $50 for pro. Cons: Coloring in this program isn't great (but still useful).

Gimp: It tries to be Photoshop but does not quite hit the mark. Very clunky, but still a decent program. Free.  Cons; Clunky and difficult to use at times.

Krita: I can not get this to work on my computer. This looks like a very good program if you can get it to work. Crashes constantly for me. Free. Cons: may not work on your computer.

If you prefer vector software I know of two:

Illustrator: Excellent for design work. Some people also love it for illustration. Cons: Extremely expensive. $21 a month (annual plan) for the rest of your life or $240 a year prepaid.

Inkscape: It's sort of like Gimp version of vector software. I haven't used it enough. Free. Cons: Not as extensive as Illustrator.


  1. Thanks for this post. I didn't know many of these programs, but I have an old CS6 Photoshop and CS6 Illustrator, but I mostly use regular paper and pencil to sketch, then transfer to real watercolor paper, do the illustration, color in with watercolor, then take a picture of it to bring into my computer, then into photoshop for retouch a bit.

  2. This is me too. I have taken a lot of Photoshop classes and know what I'm doing in Photoshop, but I generally stick to traditional methods of art. Partly because I use computers all the time anyway and it's nice to do something physical.