Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains 1

Here’s a drawing I made on an old iPad mini that I was recently given and a stylus pen I mail ordered. It’s how I remember a scene that I saw on a train ride through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado earlier this week.

The last several weeks have been very busy, etc, and although I have made some art it hasn’t been anything finished enough to post.

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11 thoughts on “Rocky Mountains

    1. Some people do that, and I’ve tried it before, but I find myself following the photo too strictly. For this I sketched with a pencil tool on one layer (think of it like transparent sheets on an old classroom projector), added shading on a layer below that, and snowy white highlights on a layer above it plus one more top layer for a little extra shading. πŸ™‚

  1. Which pen did you mail order….? I recently bought a Paper 53 pen….and haven’t found it (the medium) very easy to get anything going…..you seem to be very good with this medium.

    1. I used an Adonit Jot Pro for most of it because I was in a rush to get one ordered, searched for the best stylus pens for iPad, and found a couple of comparison reviews that recommended that one. Actually, I just ordered some replacement discs for the nib because I dropped it part way through, the disc popped off, and somehow vanished into thin air. I finished with a cheap amPen Capacitive Stylus I got for $5. It wasn’t nearly as nice, but worked better than my finger. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks πŸ™‚
      I’m using multiple “layers” to make the image, where each layer starts fully transparent and stacked on top of each other. Whatever I draw on one layer will overlap anything on a lower layer, and also be overlapped by anything on a layer above it. So basically I have three or four layers here. The middle one has the lines, the bottom one has most of the shading, the upper one has the white snowy highlights, and there was a top layer above that with a little more shading.

  2. Hi, this looks awesome! How much time did you use in order to create this artwork digitally? Is it more tedious than using traditional medium? πŸ™‚

    1. It’s a little hard to estimate the total since I did it across multiple days in short break periods while helping take care of my 2 year old niece and a couple of dogs, and also the first attempt I accidentally deleted somehow 1/3 of the way through, but I don’t think this took very long. Comparing digital with real paint, there’s aspects of both that either save time or take longer. With digital I don’t have to get more paint on the brush, wash the old paint out, colors are mixed fast, nothing has to wait to dry, and I can just draw continuously as fast as the processor can keep up. With real paint the paint itself behaves in certain ways on its own, like having brushstrokes in oil and the way some watercolors granulate or how they flow into each other while wet. That same look can be gotten digitally, but it can be extremely time consuming to convincingly mimic the look of a real brushstroke digitally if the program doesn’t do it automatically. So, basically I’d say that the speed depends on what program you’re using, how you use it, and what kind of look you’re going for. The biggest advantage of digital is the editability of it. πŸ™‚

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