It could be Readmill. On the ebook reader app’s most overlooked feature.
Wrote a bit of design fiction on a tiny feature in my favourite eBook reader.
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Today’s doodles, based on this portrait by professional cartoonist Pranas Naujokaitis.
I’m trying to pick up a certain cartoony style that some of my favourite illustrators have, but I’m struggling with translating real life into a stylized, illustrated form. While I work on that, I’m going to look at how the masters do it.
What I learned today:
- A single line carries a lot of information: the angle of a stroke can make all the difference between “mildly irritated” and “ecstatic”
- The trick is in simplifying some features and exaggerating certain others: like with a caricature, look for the most distinctive feature and double down on that
- Drawing is hard: duh.
p.s. follow Pranas’ daily comic journal project! He’s showing a slice of his life for every day in 2014.
Found the correct driver for my Wacom!
This means that my tablet now recognizes pressure sensitivity, so lines become thicker or thinner depending on how hard I press down, much like an analog brush or pencil.
I still need to do a ton more blending exercises, but I’m happy with how the top of this loaf of bread turned out. It’s amazing how highlights add a sense of mass. I’m learning that it’s all about layering on colours, and making strong contrasts of light against dark.
A friend gave me his super old Wacom tablet a few years ago, but I never got around to actually learning how to use the thing properly. Hopefully, this is the year I wrap my head around it.
It feels good to be drawing/painting again, but being a complete novice at something is not fun. It’s maddening when you can’t get your hand and your tools to do what your mind sees.
It’s also slow-going because the tablet is so old that it appears Wacom doesn’t have a driver that is compatible with Windows 8. This means that I don’t have things like pressure sensitivity, which makes it a challenge to blend colours.
All that said, it’s nice to be learning something new, and I promise not to whine too much. :)
Anyone have favourite digital painting tutorials?
A Brief Illustrated History of Walter Camp, the Father of American Football
Few people know that American favorite sport was largely defined by Walter Camp, Yale Class of 1880.
I made these illustrations for the Yale University Office of Public Affairs and Communications to increase awareness about Camp’s accomplishments. The graphics were published to Yale’s social channels around the time of the 2012 Super Bowl.