My “Don’t Tread on Me” moment. I was hiking near the San Pedro River the other day - I was distracted by a hummingbird and stopped to watch him for a few moments. Its a good thing I did, because if I hadn’t stopped, I’d have tread on this handsome rattlesnake - I found myself standing just a few feet from him. He was lethargic and seemed not to notice me at all. Didn’t coil, or rattle or act menacing - so I took a few quick shots before giving him a wide berth and moving on.
Here are the various states of my new Sketch Club drawing - I used the basic idea of the Misch Technique to paint this - Sketch Club is rapidly becoming my go-to app for drawing and painting. It is a nice bridge between Paper 53 (which I still love) and Photoshop - there are a few features which just blow me away. One is the screen orientation: I can rotate my iPad to draw in portrait or landscape and the tools will reset appropriately. Onscreen, I can rotate my image any way I like while I work on it, without changing my device orientation, which is absolutely fantastic for line drawing! It also has a very efficient zoom. There are both swatch and color wheel options for color. Every brush, pen, eraser or other tool offers adjustable size, transparency, taper and velocity settings. There is a terrific and easy to use vector tool, support for multiple layers, layer modes, layer effects (including a nice gaussian blur and global color/contrast controls. The curser is delightfully responsive - no lag at all. The best word to describe it is just “Wow.” iPad art may be coming of age!