#365D2DM – 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 4 – Bologna Sandwich

#365D2DM – 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 4 – Bologna Sandwich

Today I drew a sandwich suggested from 642 Things to Draw from Chronicle Books. I’m really excited about the way this image went. I adjusted the default round brush in Procreate to reduce the large variation in opacity, which made the process feel a lot smoother and more natural. I like the style as well, though on a smaller image quite a few of the small details are lost. However, I see a lot of potential, and I may be using the same techniques to create more images like this.

#365D2DM 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 3 – Chinese Takeout Container 

#365D2DM 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 3 – Chinese Takeout Container

I’m still getting a feel for the tools and experimenting with techniques in Procreate. Clearly there’s a lot to learn here, but I did realize that multiple layers would have been a good idea; this image was done on a single layer, minus the grey background and signature. The original drawing was done with the HB pencil brush, and then I went in to try to smooth the strokes with the default round brush, which I am considering adjusting because it seems too transparent. In some places that process worked, but overall it looks choppy. My happiness level with this one is fairly low, but since I learned a few things, I feel ok with today’s progress.

Welcome!

Welcome to Alisha Ober’s blog! I’ve set my very own blog up with the intention of sharing with the world my project, 365 Days to Digital Mastery! I’ve been wanting to start something big to help improve my art skills for a while, but have never been able to find something that might actually keep me engaged. Noah Scalin has skulls for a full year. Others just pick 30 day projects that generally focus on a particular subject. I considered all the angles – for several months – and never really got excited.

What changed (one might ask)? Well, I received an Apple Pencil for a gift and bought the iPad Pro to go with it with the determination to use the device to finally make the transition to digital art. I went to art school many years ago, abandoned my passion for the most part (with the exception of a few sketches or small paintings here or there) for about 15 years, and now I’m moving back in that direction with the newest technology. I’m excited to try it out and see if it fulfills the promise of being a full art kit on the go.

As a disclaimer, I have created some art in the past two years with Adobe Illustrator, but I haven’t really gotten into Photoshop for artwork. I’ve also bumped up my sketching frequency, so while I’m quite rusty, I feel like I’ve improved in that arena as well. Hopefully that will be a bonus for this project.

With my new tools in hand, I decided to focus on the medium of digital art, and give myself no other boundaries. I may focus on a subject for a while, but I make no commitments. I also am not sure I can finish an entire work of art in a single sitting, so I may be posting works in progress (WIP), sketches, or completed pieces.

So now you know what you’re getting into. I invite you to come along, and tell me what you think. Hopefully you like what I have to offer, and together we can see what 365 days can do to improve my skill.