I started this drawing of a phoenix some time ago, but I´ve had some trouble finishing it. I feel like there is some more work to be done on it, especially on the background. But I´m not sure how to do it. I guess you just get stuck sometimes.
This seems to be a frequent problem for me when working digitally. Sketching is fine, and I can see some advantages over doing it traditionally. But when it comes to doing fully developed artwork I just find it very awkward and time-consuming. I guess I need some more experience to figure out how I´m supposed to be doing things. What do you think about working digitally?
When I got my new and shiny telezoom that I wrote about here, I also got a renewed interest in bird photography. Since this lens is lighter and more flexible than the 400mm beast I´ve used previously i end up bringing it along a lot more frequently.
The birds that live in this park have the advantage of being easy to find and quite comfortable around humans, since people feed them a lot. So it´s a great place for practice.
I ended up with a lot more noise in the pictures then I would have liked, wich is something to improve on next time. It was also a very sunny day with a clear bluer sky. So the light was a bit to harsh for my taste. There were lots of black shadows and bright white highlights. But at least I learned something.
I processed these in a few different ways, with some receiving noise reduction. But for the most part it´s just some colour correction and level adjustments. The bird with the red beak had some major problems with areas being either under or overexposed, so I experimented a lot with that one. It looks a lot better now than it did before, but i feel like there´s a limit to how much time I´m willing to spend on it. It´s a pretty bird though.
Early this summer I bought a new lens for my camera. It´s my first completely new and modern lens, and I´ve been enjoying it quite a bit. When i bought it, I had the intention of bringing it with me during my yearly visit to the zoo. unfortunately, I have yet to visit any zoos. I´ve been very busing, moving to a beautiful new apartment in a new city. But we will talk some more about that later. Now, back to the lens.
I choose the DA 55-300 because it seemed like a good performer for a good price. I was not disappointed in that regard. It also has quick shift, wich means you can adjust focus manually even though you’re using autofocus. It´s really useful. A lens hood is also include, as well as a soft bag to keep the lens in. I think the build quality is good, but it does extend out quite a bit when zooming, wich leads to it feeling a bit unbalanced at times when I use it on my k-r. It would probably fit well on a bigger camera.
Since i only have two autofocus lenses from before, one of them rarely used, I was very excited about trying it out. It was a pretty pleasant experience. For the most part, the autofocus is rather accurate. I got some nice and sharp photos i normally would have missed. I also value this because it means the lens can be used by my family members with ease. There are some problems in this area however. The major one being that the autofocus uses a screw operated mechanism that tends to sound like a chainsaw. Wich is a problem, since most animals apparently dislike the sound of chainsaws. This is most noticeable when it has a hard time finding anything to focus on. So for shy animals, manual is the way to go.
The manual focus works pretty well. It´s not like my old and fully manual lenses, but I found it to be a lot better than my kit lens. The zoom ring is very wide, and there is no zoom creep that I know of.
The zoom range is very useful, and I was really lacking good lenses in the 55-300 range. It´s a good lens to match up with the 18-55 kit lens for a lightweight travel kit. All the pictures in this post were taken on my first day with the lens and are converted from raw format with no processing so you can get an idea of how this lens performs. I tried to include a variety of subjects.
What´s your favorite lens?
This is one of the few drawings I have finished lately. I wanted to experiment with making a more abstract version of something that would still be recognizable.
I made this using a variety of different markers, mostly promarkers and copic sketch. It´s on bristol board, wich I bought a while back because it was smooth and heavyweight. It was also recommended by a lot of people. Can´t say I`m a fan though, unfortunately. The copics looked speckled on it, and the ink kept bleeding over the edges. That´s something i have a hard time with. So I don´t think I will buy any more of it.
This time I did a sketch on a separate paper before transferring it over to the bristol board. I prefer working that way, since my sketches tend to be messy.
Picking out the colours was something I found to be difficult. It was easier for the sky, but I´m less than pleased with the ground.
I feel like I learned a lot while working with this. Both about my markers, about colour and about abstraction. There will likely be at least a few more drawings made in this style. Do you have any ides for subjects?
I have not posted or otherwise been active around here for some time, and I’m sorry about that. School has been taking most of my time and energy. The only drawing I’ve done is for my projects in class.
I bought a couple of secondhand lenses recently, and have lots of ideas for art. So hopefully I will be back to posting here soon!
I have been a bit busy with school lately, but I finally managed to finish some art. I´ve always had a love for fantasy creatures, especially dragons.
This is a drawing made using Photoshop and a tablet. I don´t tend to finish my digital drawings, so I have a ton that´s stuck at the sketching stage. But I tried out a different technique with this one, and it went a lot easier.
There are a lot of advantages to working digitally, especially since I really don´t have any decent working space at the moment. But I always found it to be a bit awkward, and my work would end up looking lifeless and stiff. Maybe it still does. I tried to be less exact this time though. Instead of doing what I usually do and work on lots of different layers on a complicated sketch where every piece is carefully painted with base colours before I move on. Here, the sketch was very rough and the shapes and details were developed along the way.
I´ve had some trouble with the contrast here, as well as deciding how light to go with the colours. Since what I see on my screen might not be what it looks like to others. I do think my screen does a decent job, but maybe it´s in need of some adjustment. What do you think?
I´ve been drawing lots of landscapes lately. So when I felt like doing some watercolor painting, there where plenty of finished sketches to choose from.
I´m one of those people who almost always do at least one preliminary sketch.
This painting is made using three primary colors and two earth tones, mixed in various ways. Just like my previous landscape. I tried painting the sky wet in wet this time however, which I think turned out pretty well. Normally, i´m to scared of ruining things to work with a lot of water. But there will be further experiments with this technique in the future.I also tried using a fan brush, that I bought at a local art supply store for next to nothing. Might have gotten a bit carried away and used it too much. Oh well, at least I learned something.
There where the usual problems with getting the photo to somewhat match the original painting. It´s not quite there yet, a lot of the more subtle shades have been lost. Overall, it seems very of. But this was the best I could do.
Maybe next time, I will make a landscape where there´s spring. I would need a different green though. What´s your favorite type of green?