BACK TO STREAMING // FIRST THOUGHTS ON TWITCHING DOODLES

After watching so many people streaming with Twitch I decided to give it a try today. It wasn’t planned, more of a test while I did some warmup doodles. A while ago I was streaming some #Doodle_Saturdays using LiveStream  through their native software LiveStream Producer. However, it seems people had to register if they wished to watch any of it. Besides that inconvenience, overall it was an ok experience… pretty straight forward for what I wanted.

With Twitch things got more interesting. First, and the most important, anyone can watch it! From what I understood, visitors only need to register in case they want to use the website’s chat. Then, the software used for streaming is different – Open Broadcaster Software. OBS was a big surprise with the degree of customization making things so much easier, specially for someone who works with only one laptop monitor. Slowly I’m getting the hang of it and count on improving things as I go along.

So the streaming went well, managed to do some little warmup’s that you can see below. Now just one thing concerns me: which time is the best to do future streams? The best part of streaming while I work is to have people’s participation, not only with feedback but also with ideas on what to draw. That’s what makes things interesting and fun and that’s why I would love to know which time is more convenient for most of you, who are interested in watching it. Please let me know by Facebook, Twitter, E-mail or by commenting here on the blog… it will be a pleasure to stream some doodles for you more frequently!

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HELLO TUMBLR! WE MEET AGAIN…

Since WordPress supports Tumblr syncing, I’ve created a Tumblr page to sync with it and also easily follow other people’s work.

“but Gus, didn’t you have a Tumblr before? Why did you delete it?”

Yes, yes I did… but now I recognize that Tumblr is an important tool for sharing artwork and interacting with other artists. However, WordPress is my main hub, I’ll be introducing all the main content through here and then it (hopefully) gets shared into Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. So, fingers crossed and let’s see if that works!

Meanwhile, if you have a Tumblr page, please share in the comments, would love to follow your work! 🙂

BACK TO THE BASICS // HOW MISCHIEF HELPED ME UNDERSTAND BETTER MY CURRENT TECHNICAL FLAWS

Recently, most of my colored work is pixel art. It’s been a while since I did a full colored non-pixelart illustration and I started to feel an overall rustiness whenever I tried to do it. That was the main reason I forced myself to do a piece for this month’s Mischief challenge – Robolovin.

What I enjoy in Mischief is how it strips you from shortcuts like layer modes, filters, textured brushes or blending tools. It’s direct approach to drawing and painting forces you to consider everything and not rely on aiding tools to correct your mistakes. That’s exactly what I was looking for: a direct test with no turn arounds.

Doing this piece made me realize how much I need to go back to the basics and practice lights/shadows, color shading and color values. I spend double the time testing things and correcting mistakes to still not be at all satisfied with the final result. The “later I can quickly fix this” personal bad habit that I gained from Photoshop or Gimp caused my initial rush to paint without clear thinking of the result I wanted to achieve. With this, only later I understood the lack of harmony caused by some mistakes and how much work was needed to repaint everything.

Although people seem to enjoy this illustration, on it I just see the lack of depth of field, where background smashes the foreground causing a weird flatness, or how the sunlight’s source isn’t evident, where besides one or two hard shadows, everything else has soft shading as if there was a cloud covered sky, filtering all the light.

Clearly it’s time to revisit Matt Kohr‘s CTRL+Paint’s tutorial library and Sinix’s youtube channel and get back to practice. Expect in the near future a lot of digital painting exercises being posted here. Meanwhile, I hope you still enjoy the illustration for it’s idea. That little girl sure loves her new tree-house.