Water Tower Down There Again

Several times a day I see that Water Tower Down There Again and again. It’s the same water tower I’ve rendered over and over, please click here to see the other renderings. I usually see it while I’m walking Cowboy, and since it’s located between us and the sunrise to the east, the views are generally more dramatic on our morning walks. I cherish that water tower in ways that encapsulate and set me free.

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iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, iColorama, and Procreate

The CHAA Sketch

CHAA stands for the Contemporary Humanitarian Artists Association. It was formed in 1985 “in an effort to build creativity and community for artists living and working in the region around Merced, CA. While the members have changed over the years, the goals of the collective remain constant. We come together with a shared philosophy – that creativity, contemplation, and exploration are key to the human spirit.” I’ve only been associated with these fine people for the past 6 months, but I can already feel the philosophy in my bones. Visit CHAA’s FB page to keep up with the forthcoming shows.

So what does this have to do with illustroblogging at portfoliolongo.com? Here’s the story of this group caricature of CHAA:

Several months ago CHAA met at its regular monthly time on a Tuesday evening, and we posed for a group photo:

I thought it would be fun to do a cartoon-like caricature of the group. So I cranked this out in Sketch Club, an iPad drawing app:

Sketch Club provides a variety of backgrounds and frames, and I thought it would be fun to use the Etchasketch frame, since it’s digital art and all that; plus, there may even be a few people still alive who remember what an Etchasketch is.

On the night of the group photo, of course, we realized three people were missing. So I worked with Cheryl Barnett, who administers CHAA’s Facebook page to find photos of the three missing CHAA members and to add them to the group caricature. It was an iterative process to say the least, but a fun one. I could easily show a dozen iterations. If you look closely, you’ll see some changes here and there in addition to the three additional artists. I’ll skip to one of the final drafts before I dropped it into the Etchasketch frame:

This kept me out of trouble for a while, and as you can imagine, the effort allowed me to ponder and appreciate each and every person and the group as a whole.

Technically speaking, as I mentioned, I mainly used Sketch Club on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil on this free-hand drawing. I did some occasional tweaking in iColorama and a desktop application called ON1 Photo. Sketch Club, by the way, is a lot of fun, and it was a pleasure learning about and working in it rather than Procreate, my “go to” iPad drawing app.

As usual, let me know what you think.

“Beginnings,” A Commissioned Digital Drawing of a Sculpture on the Campus of UC Merced

Several months ago I was commissioned to render a digital drawing of the “Beginnings” sculpture situated prominently on the UC Merced campus. The image was printed on fine paper, matted, framed, and presented as a gift. “Beginnings,” was conceived by noted American sculptor Aris Demetrios, and according to the official website “consists of two gently curving, vertical stainless steel arms, each about 40 feet high, rising from a large circular base.” (Click here for further details)

Digital image in Procreate on an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil:

Video display (effects in iColorama):

Guardate la bella luna

The other night, after we went to see Dunkirk, now that’s patriotism, and had a beer at the 17th St. Pub, we strolled over to Bella Luna for another beer and some great grub. On the way out Ann snapped a shot of the Bella Luna food truck out front. She’s got such a good eye! She’s always on the look out for cool things that I might draw on my iPad.

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Done mostly in Paper 53.

Side by side, free-hand, digital painting in Paper 53

When I think of Bella Luna, besides good food, drink, and atmosphere, I think of this scene from from Moonstruck. Please enjoy.

Merced Art Hop Flyer Artwork – July 15, 2017

It’s a few days after the fact, but I thought I’d post a story about how one of my digital paintings became the poster/flyer for the Merced Art Hop, July 15, 2017. It all started back in May of this year (2107), when Kevin Hammon, one of the two founders of Art Hop, click here for details, contacted me and asked if I’d put together a drawing for the flyer for the upcoming July Art Hop. Kevin and Kimberly Zamora hadn’t ever asked an Art Hop artist to do the artwork for the Art Hop flyers; they wondered if I’d be interested in the opportunity to do something to convey “…the July Art Hop theme:’Environment & Renewable Energy’….” Indeed, I was interested and excited; but, it took me a few days to get back to Kevin. In a subsequent phone conversation Kevin elaborated on the renewable-energy theme and listed a few of the energy sponsors, and right away an image came to mind. Within minutes I cranked out the following in Tayasui Sketches (the actual Art Hop Flyer flyer can be found below the original,artwork):

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What a treat, especially since I was a Merced Art Hop artist, stationed at Cue Spot Billiards, at this quarterly event on July 15, 2017.

Under Construction

Somg 35 odd years ago in Pittsburgh, PA I learned an expression that came to mind the other day while I was stopped dead in my tracks heading west on Olive Avenue in Merced, CA. “The shortest distance between two points is under construction.” The expression has come up before on this illustroblog, click here for further details.

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I used an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil in Procreate on this.

 

My 3rd Merced Art Hop 

October 15, 2016, Brightdart Print & Design, 528 W. Main St., Merced, CA

This time I dragged along an easel to hold my iPad and positioned myself out front on the sidewalk, which coaxed a few people into the shop, where I had paper, canvas, and metal prints for sale. As night fell, I drew this portion of Main St.. A colleague of mine at the Enrichment Center, Ashlee, was tabling right next door; so, I had a familiar subject in a familiar setting. Next time I’d like to add a larger monitor or even project the unfolding image onto a wall or screen.

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iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Paper by Fifty Three