Saturday, May 28, 2011

Plein air - De Vlist



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I had a nice day today painting plein air with my friends Rene PleinAir and Corry Kooy.
We were allowed to paint on a beautiful farm and it was hard to pick a scene from all those possible painting spots.

Original available here or contact me by mail.

"Blue dinky", oil on panel



"The owls hideout" oil on panel, 24x30cm





Friday, May 27, 2011

Life drawing class



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Yesterday we had the last class of the season, it's going to be hard waiting for September for classes to start again..




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sketchbook pro 2.0 on iPad



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I've always been a fan of the "Art of .."-books from the Pixar and Disney movies and especially of the Pastel work of  Ralph Eggleston. And because I had the Art of Finding Nemo book lying on my desk and wanted to try out my Wacom stylus with the recently updated Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for iPad it seemed like a nice thing to try to emulate that pastel feeling by copying one of the images in the book:


I must day that I was pleasantly surprised by the custom brushes in SB pro..



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bamboo stylus for iPad review



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Yesterday my new Bamboo stylus for iPad arrived and I thought it would be nice to share some of my observations. The Bamboo stylus is not pressure sensitive so hopefully in the future we will see a Bluetooth version that reports pressure to the iPad.



Bamboo stylus for iPad review
Bamboo stylus for iPad

I already have a Griffin stylus and a Nomad brush for painting and drawing on the iPad so I was curious how the Bamboo stylus would compare.

Size and Weight 
As you can see in the picture below the Bamboo is a little longer than the Griffin but feels a lot heavier.  Also note that the tip of the Wacom is smaller than the Griffin.
The Nomad brush is a lot longer but very light.

bamboo vs griffin vs nomad brush
bamboo vs griffin vs nomad brush


Drawing and painting with the Bamboo
Here I was a little bit disappointed with the Wacom. I felt that the pressure needed to produce a line was higher compared the Griffin. Yes, the accuracy is a bit better because of the smaller tip but maybe because of the smaller diameter you have to press harder. (The Nomad brush requires no pressure at all and produces a line even if you let it drag across the iPad without applying pressure. Ofcourse, because of the shape of the brush hairs, accurate linework is a little more challenging but not impossible)

Also, the Bamboo tip is really thin and distorts quite heavily when you paint with it. The rest of the Bamboo stylus feels well made but the tip feels like it could tear pretty easily. About the weight, the balance is really nice when you hold the stylus like you're drawing with it. But, if you're like me (I like to hold the stylus more loosely towards the back) the weight becomes a little annoying after a while.


Bamboo tip

Conclusion

Pros
+The Wacom is a little more accurate than the Griffin
+Weight balance is good for writing or drawing if you hold the stylus close to the tip.

Cons
-Tip feels flimsy
-Requires more pressure than Griffin
-Weight balance not so good if you tend to hold a stylus more towards the back.

So for me, I think I'll mainly use the Griffin for sketching and the Nomad brush for painting with the iPad.




Saturday, May 7, 2011

Molenviergang Aarlanderveen plein air



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I had a lovely day today painting with painting buddy Cas at the molenviergang Aarlanderveen today.
The sun was out, some wind to keep the black flies away and a great subject to paint, what more can you ask for :)
Finally I was able to test a custom made alkyd panel given to me by Rene Pleinair and it worked out great, nice semi-absorbant surface where the underpainting sets up pretty quickly and the thicker paint gets pulled from the brush nicely. Thanks Rene!

molenviergang-Erik-van-Elven
"2 out of four", oil on panel, 30x24cm


Friday, May 6, 2011

A few iPad paintings



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Recently I bought an Ipad2 and I'm amazed how much fun it is to paint on this device. Both these paintings were doodles created in the Procreate app from Savage Interactive. I'm planning to do a review of a few painting apps in the future but have fun with these paintings for now!










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