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28 January 2015 @ 03:13 pm
Still Life With Hippopotamus  
still-life-mippo4

I realized I never posted my drawing of our noble friend the mippo to lj.buddhistmippo is an excellent model; stays still and his smile never looks forced. He's the first drawing from life I've done in over a decade, how did that happen?

Pixel art, done in the GIMP with wacom tablet/stylus
 
 
 
karen meisner_stranger_here on January 28th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
This picture makes me happy. Such softness and light. Also, discovering the mippo's lj makes me happy.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
Makes me happy too :) It's my "Shweta spent a lot of time in the Rijksmuseum staring at Dutch Master work as a kid" painting :) All about the light n texture.

He hasn't posted for a while, I'm afraid. He's even worse at it than I am.

Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
That is terrific! I wish I could take a class in brush work from you.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thankyouu :) but... you know I don't actually know what I'm doing when I do it, right? beyond "high opacity small brush = sharp lines, low opacity big brush = fuzz". I just... sort of scribble till it looks right, and have intuitions on it based on years of doing this.

My approach to art is to look at everything as an effect, rather than a correct/wrong thing. if it's not the effect I wanted, I draw over it, but try to remember somewhat because it may be the effect I want some other time :)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
I understand that approach . . . which gives me muddy watercolors, alas.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
oh yeah this approach only wrks with opaque media. Oils/acrylics or computerdrawing. Watercolors really need better planning, and mine turn to mud as often as not too.

This drawing was closest to soft pastel work, except that with soft pastels if you attempt too many layers it flakes or tears the paper.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
also with soft pastels I end up sneezywheezy, sadly, though I love 'em
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
Bingo! That's me. I wonder if there's a drawing program for mac that doesn't cost a fortune.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
GIMP is free & open source & there are Mac versions! It's like a photoshop clone but without some of the very fancy stuff. I like it.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Thanks! I'll give that a try.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
not promising I'll have answers, but do feel free to ping me if you have questions! I've been using this to draw for a while now (and did the Jahanara pic in it too)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
I just looked but as soon as it said I have to build source code, I resigned in defeat. I have no idea what that even means. Poo!
Nathanielelsmi on January 28th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
You do not need to build source code! Here's the latest version for os x: http://download.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/osx/gimp-2.8.14.dmg

(Found by going to http://www.gimp.org/downloads/)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
That's where I went, but the language was so unclear!

Is there some kind of stylus one has to get? Or some kind of flat board? Fumbling around with my wireless mouse while watching the terminal display is like drawing drunk.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
people *do* draw with the mouse, or with trackpads. I don't know how they manage it.

I use a wacom intuos 3 tablet & pen - I actually have a spare tablet I could send you. (I'm afraid even just the pen is expensive, but pretty sure it's less than half the total price).
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going to see if the spouse can find them cheap over at his university store, as they have art and graphics design departments. I don't want to create one more hassle for you, when you have to be already maxed out with a continental shift imminent!

But thanks!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 29th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
okie! Let me know if that doesn't work out? Apparently we do have a spare pen also, though we won't have access to either for a few months because shipping.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 29th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Nathanielelsmi on January 28th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
(And in case you are curious: "source code" is, like, the .rtf manuscript version of a program, as compared to the finished formatted book that anyone can just pick up and read. "Building" source code means converting it from the program-writer-friendly easy-to-edit format into the finished format.)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yeah--and when one doesn't even begin to know the language . . .
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He spreads the fuzzy an the joy :)
Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passionsovay on January 28th, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
I realized I never posted my drawing of our noble friend the mippo to lj.

Yay, Mippo!

Nice drawing.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) he's an excellent model, didn't even scratch his nose!
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on January 28th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Awww. He looks so contented. Perhaps he, too, is happy to be going back to Berkeley. (At which I go EEEE, though visits to California are now few and far between.)

P.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 29th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
More common than Scotland visits though? :)

I'm sure he is happy to be going back to Berkeley! There are important people to sit on there after all.
keyan_boweskeyan_bowes on January 29th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
Totally awwww! Love the way you captured his expression.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 29th, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
thankya dear :) I am pretty proud of that, since it's harder to get head-on than in 3/4 view.