Sunday, January 31, 2016


Let's try a gray background, with light and dark on top.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Play reading

A Cavalcade of Awesome! Untitled Detective Story
at Action/Adventure Theatre

Again, the theater was dark.  But I decided to sketch anyway, doing light on dark to do away with the tell-tale glow.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Play reading

Deception, at PSU Lincoln Hall

Another reading, not a fully staged play.  But in a darkened hall, so I only did the props while waiting for the play to begin.

Play reading

Crackin’ the Code: A Comedy of Questionable Morals, at Artist's Rep

Thursday, January 28, 2016


The Adventures of Dex Dixon: Paranormal Dick

This was a fully staged musical, instead of a reading.  So I just did the jazz band playing before the performance, and a bit of the set during intermission.

Play reading

Stone Poop at Artists Rep

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Play reading

Apple Season at Artist's Rep

It was unexpectedly sunny, with the actors placed in front of a window.  This one was a bit off to the side, and the only one who was more than just a silhouette to me.

 I looked up and copied a poster off the wall.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sketching party at Spin Laundry Lounge

The kitchen area.  I'd intended on adding at least one of the workers, but screwed up the layers, and couldn't squeeze anyone in.

Two of the other sketchers, hard at work.

A woman lost in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, while waiting for her laundry to finish.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Union Station Sketchcrawl

The first place I sat didn't work, because the sun came out a few minutes later, and I found that I was staring straight into it.  So I shifted, and did a couple of guys in the parklet, smoking.
And, it turns out, waiting for the bus to Eugene.  Because they got up and left when that bus was announced.  I'd gotten one figure in but hadn't started on the second.  So I simply stitched in another man from a different section of the park.

Next I tried one of the palm trees.  But it was so bad that I deleted it.  Then a couple of women, chatting.  And just then their hotel bus arrived and they left with it.

That lady, staring pensively into space?  OK.  But first, let's snap a picture.  And when she got up and left I slid the picture into the corner of my screen and used it as a reference photo.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Corel Mobile Painter

I installed this, just to try out their watercolor brushes.  And was sorely disappointed.  In short, the paint will bleed, but it won't blend.  You can do a flat wash, as big as you like, by snaking your finger across the screen.  But you can't do a graded wash, since every time you lift your finger, to change the hue or the opacity, when you make the next stroke the new color bleeds into the previous stroke, but rather than blending into it, it comes to a halt with a splotchy watermark.

I tried all of the brushes, but couldn't get it to work.  I even googled it, and found a video tutorial from Corel, where the guy simply splotched wash upon wash, ending up with a watermarked mess.  And then, to fix that, used the blend tool to even everything out.  So, what was the point of even using watercolors then?

An additional problem is that you can't turn off or restrict the bleed.  I tried putting each wash on a separate layer, but found that the paint bled between the layers.

For comparison, here's the same exercise, done with synthetic brushes in Autodesk Sketchbook.  The blending is much better. But, on the other hand, there's no bleed at all.

The Corel app seemed very similar to Infinite Painter.  So much so that I wondered if they shared the same code base.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Infinite Painter

I'd looked at this one before, but didn't use it, because of an awkward interface.

This one was a major update, and yes, the interface is much better, putting what you need the most close to your fingers, but without getting in your way.  I think they updated the brushes as well.  At least, I don't remember seeing watercolor brushes on the older app.

But.  The max size of the brushes is pretty paltry, even on my little phone.  And the painting can be really laggy.  And I don't mean that it takes a while for the watercolor to bleed - the color doesn't even appear until a ways after you've lifted your finger from the screen.  And in the end, after less than thirty minutes of doodling, the app simply crashed and burned.

I tried the app on my tablet, but it was even worse.  I got only ten minutes before it shut down, claiming that my trial period had ended.