Orange Stitch via ARTRAGE app

Woke up not feeling well this morning. Instead of my usual Morning Pages I decided to do a morning painting of Stitch from memory instead. I still cast a few referencial glances at him while he snored nearby.

Now I am hungry and craving for French toast. Yup I have all the ingredients.

French toast and cappuccino for brunch sounds divine.


How to draw an ELEPHANT, simplified

This will come in handy when you need to make a quick drawing of an elephant during a game of Pictionary with your friends.

How to Draw an Elephant by J. Torres Badelles

First you draw a number 6 or 9 that is lying down. Do not close the loop.

Notice that the loop is not closed. Make the loop as fat as possible
Instead of closing the loop, you make it go to the end of the "tail" of the number 6 or 9. Notice the funny looking end.
Add the big ear that looks like a big letter C.

Then the eyes, tusk, and the legs.

The huge nails and tail.

Clean up! Erase the marks you no longer need.

Add color and other details if you like.

Try other poses to make the elephant come alive!

Have fun with your elephants! Make them play with the rats!  You already know how to draw a rat, don’t you?

Okay, I only intended to dabble with this and ended up with a serious study for a sake bottle perched on my blue window sill.

I already have Brushes and Sketchbook Pro for the iPad. But my most recent app, ARTRAGE, brings digital painting closer to the actual experience of painting.

Surfaces include paper for sketching, watercolors, and several grades of canvas! Painting tools include oils, watercolors, inking pens, airbrush, palette knife, brush roller, etc. etc.

The software knows how much paint is on your canvas so you can smear thick oils straight from the tube and then flatten and spread with a painting knife until they won’t spread anymore.

This is my first “oil” work on regular canvas. Very rough, but I just wanted to try it out for a few minutes which became an entire hour.

The only thing I miss is the sweet smell of turpentine and linseed oil.

What is Art?

‎”What is Art? What makes it good or bad and who decides?”

It is not official yet but I might just be in a similar classroom come November teaching Art History, focussing mostly on Western Art History beginning with the Hellenic Period.

If there is one thing we have learned from mankind’s history of its creativity is that Art always evolves and redefines its objectives to keep itself relevant to the community.

The religious art in Baroque churches were relevant as long as most of the Christian faithful could not read nor write and relied on the frescoes, reliefs, stained glass and statuary so they can be acquainted with Biblical figures and Salvation.

Now they are relics of that period in History. Still awesome to behold yet redundant in their content.

Artists who painted life-like portraiture were at a dilemma as to what to do once photography was invented.

Yet Art remained albeit in another form.

So how do artists now remain relevant? How do we go beyond the cliché decorative pieces to hang in someone’s living room or banyo and yet earn a living besides?

How now, brown cow?