Tag: Art

My Desk

Reflections on the Creation Process by Anthony Stevens

My friend, the Sassy Brit, has a weekly challenge.

What’s On Your Desk, Wednesday?

I accepted her challenge, sent her a photo and a brief description, but then it occurred to me that some folks might be interested in a more detailed description of how I do what I do.

  1. Workspace

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Cesar A. Cruz

Any discussion on the creative process should start with the physical environment and tools to be used. With that in mind, here’s a little background.

My wife and I have retired to a small apartment wing of the old family homestead. With this in mind, I downsized my office to include only that which I found critically useful.

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Krita Drawing

Lately, I’ve been jonesing to do some drawing and have been experimenting with the Free and Open Source program Krita.

Here are some great art tutorials using Krita and a Wacom tablet.

Krita meets Bob Ross #1

Bob Ross – Mystic Mountain

I’m planning on getting a Wacom tablet later this year. I’ve some projects that I think will be a lot of fun.

If you’ve any experience with this sort of setup, how about sharing some of your images?

Behind the Creation Part 4

  • Software Tools

Other than the physical hardware of my desktop computer system, I have no financial investment. All of my software is Free and Open Source. The following is a list of what I used to create the Multiplarity trilogy.

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Behind the Creation Part 3

  • Spacecraft

The Multiplarity trilogy mentions several different spacecraft. It might be interesting to see the real-world examples that inspired these craft.

The first is, of course, the US Space Shuttle. While there are many good reasons why it never fully achieved its potential, the fundamental shape was the result of more than twenty-five years of airframe development. The Shuttle was such a good basic shape that the USSR copied it with their Buran Shuttle. A great deal has been written on both designs.

https://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/the_shuttle/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_(spacecraft)

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Pigma Brush Pen

Every once in a while, I trip over a new tool that I just cannot do without. Such is the case for the Pigma Brush series from Sakura Color Products of Japan.

I was sorting through some felt-tip markers in the fine art section of a local A.C. Moore store when I found a small display of these pens.

What caught my attention was the fact that although the tip is similar to an ultra-fine point indelible marker, it is very flexible. The darn thing really does handle like a very fine brush!

So far, my usage has been to fill in extremely thin cracks and seams on folded cardstock. It is very easy to handle and got in places my previous markers didn’t. I’m sure that with a bit of experimentation, I’ll find more uses for this handy tool. Hhmm… Industrial age graphiti anyone?

Both the store display and Sakura’s website show these features:

• Archival quality ink – chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant
• No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers
• Thorough ink delivery to the sides and tip of the flexible brush
• Individual pens available, and in a 6 – color set, and 8 – color set

You can read more at: http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/pen-brush

Be sure to check out the short video clip on their entire line.

Happy modeling!