Sketching from Reference Photos

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“Reference Photo” Cedar Park, 2019

So, Inktober is happening and I have been keeping up with my digital version or the project. I did double-up on Saturday because I was too busy on Friday to draw, but other than that it’s been a successful first week.

One thing I started doing is working with reference photos, in which I basically look at the photo either in a split window on the iPad or on another monitor while I draw it. These sketches are really fun and I am learning a lot about proportion and seeing things as lines and shapes rather than people. I was actually a little worried that I’d have a lot of trouble drawing from reference photos because I got a bit frustrated when I tried that before with faces, and ended up resorting to tracing directly over the images (which looked awful anyways). So these drawings, while super-simple, are really encouraging me to do more.

Please take a look at my reference photo drawings and the time-lapse videos below, or check out my sketching Instagram account if you are interested. And there are more videos at my YouTube channel too!

“October 7, 2019 Sketch”

“October 6, 2019 Sketch”

Inktober for Me? Well, Not Quite

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“iPad Drawings for Inktober” Cedar Park, 3029

Hi all! I’ve been doing quick sketches and doodles on my iPad almost every day (even if it is for just a few minutes) for a while now, but now that October has started, I thought I would give Inktober a try. I’m not going to use ink, nor follow the official prompts, but I’ll just try to do a more “complete” sketch every day. So, without further ado, here are my first two sketches:

iPad Update

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“iPad Update” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How are you doing?

I updated my iPad Air 3 to the iPad OS 13.1 today, and I have to say it’s a bit nicer! I like the Today View thingie on the home screen, the smaller icons, and the automatic dark mode. Pretty cool!

I watched a video on YouTube about the update, and there were so many ways to move between screens and Safari windows that it boggled my mind. Maybe I am just old, but it was total information overload – I’m actually grateful that I will never need to remember all these shortcuts(which don’t seem all that intuitive).

I’m pretty simple. Just let me listen to Spotify, draw in Procreate, or take notes in GoodNotes and I’m happy.

またね~

New iPad Case

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“Peekaboo” Cedar Park, 2019

I bought a new iPad case by Poetic for my iPad Air. This one has a “smart cover” which has magnets in it that automatically wake the iPad from sleep mode when you lift the cover, and also puts the iPad to sleep when you close the cover. I’ve been using a similar case that didn’t have the cover, but I honestly should have just gotten this one to begin with. At least they aren’t expensive!

The cover also acts as a stand which is nice for sketching at a comfortable angle. I like it!

またね~

Google Calendar Art

I love the artwork in the Google Calendar app on my iPad. It always brings a smile to my face. 😊