My book: Draw Daily 2017 Challenge, comes out in 2018 and will be dedicated to digital drawing.
Much like my 2014 Draw Daily project, the 2017 edition is a journal of my creative growth as an artist, a record of the development my digital skills and proof that with enough practice, my visual talents will shine brighter.
Ever since coming across digital art and the tools artists use, I wanted a drawing tablet to test my drawing skills. The price kept those tools out of reach and I admired them from afar in a web browser. The cost of those tools are not much reachable now than they were before, but with time I have acquired the type of devices that allow me to draw on glass with a plastic pen.
In the early days I came across laptops that had a rotating screen made by Hewlett Packard. It was a great machine and I started my Adobe Illustrator career on that laptop. Apple gave us a glimpse of what could-be with the introduction of the iPad. However it would take many years to finally get a company made, compatible pen that worked flawlessly with the iPad. Instead I played around with a second generation iPad and a third party stylus by Adonit, but that was not really working for me. In the meantime, Samsung was making Windows tablets right before the first Surface by Microsoft. Around that time I was able to own the Samsung Note 10 and it let loose my talent on the screen. Finally a machine that was designed with the artist in mind.
Wacom hardware has always been at the top of the list but they require a large investment. Along the way I picked up a Bamboo tablet to draw with. But its the Cintiq line I was really aiming fore. Eventually I was able to make a deal for the 21 incher, the Cintiq 21ux, it was already past its prime when I got it, but luckily this machine sat in a closet for 10 years without a single scratch and now it was all mine.
By then the Surface Pro line of machines were in their third generation, Wacom and Microsoft had parted ways after building version one and two of the Surface Pro, and in comes N-Trig technology to further the power of drawing on the screen. I had the budget to get a Surface Pro 3 and I did! I really wanted a Surface for their ability to run full windows software in a drawing tablet package. Drawing and Art Biz in one machine.
The pen felt good, the screen worked for me, but the software was still not for the type of drawing artist I was. Photoshop was a heavy load on the processor, there was a lag when drawing and Adobe was still working on making their software compatible with the abilities of the Surface. Plus I was still learning to maneuver drawing digitally with confidence and proper technique. It’s not the same as paper!
Here comes the Surface Pro 4 and optimized software to draw all I could ever want. I discovered Manga Studio, Sketchbook, Mischief and other drawing apps to build my digital skills. I got my Surface Pro 4 and I was still on the hunt for the perfect drawing app to fit my art style, my user preferences and my workflow.
Hello Sketchable! I met the team behind this great app at an art event we organized for Microsoft. It had been mentioned to me before the event but it was until after that meeting that I had a chance to sit down with the and explore the options, the tools, the settings and preferences to draw me into creating with this app.
I have been drawing on paper with pencils for over 40 years. I know at least 40 years because my mother has a drawing dated 1975, that year I was three years old. In all these years through the experience and experimentation of working with paper and pencil, I was able to figure out the best type of paper and my preferred art pencils that fit my style of drawing. It was a journey that is still never ending as I come across various sketchbooks and pencil brands. I enjoy discovering new ink pens, brushes and drawing techniques to build my skills beyond yesterday.
Digital drawing has gone through the same process. I keep trying new tools to find the combination that fits my drawing style and helps me explore my creativity further. The Surface Pro 4 is that tool. The Sketchable App is that tool. That combination feels just right for my drawing style and fit my digital workflow of full powered software like Photoshop and Illustrator, all in one machine.
I want to create for the experience, for the creativity that flows thru my body and soul and to produce works that I can share with others through web and print.
Here it goes. Draw Daily 2017 Challenge.
Client reached out to an illustrator on Facebook and I submitted my info for consideration. I am very familiar with Adobe Illustrator, so familiar in fact, I teach at General Assembly Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator plus I run the Adobe User Group in ATL.
So when I submitted my info, I knew the only discussion would be to establish the style of the illustration.
The client provided the pencil drawing and my job was to help bring it to life!
But in what style would the illustration serve best? The intention was to make t-shirts, but as all illustrators know, once the design is finished, the client will come up with other ideas on how to use the illustration beyond the original intention; that's why we create in vector: scalability.
As I studied the details in the sketch, I realized that any FireFighter who saw the finished product ought to be able to make out details of the mask and recognize the different parts. I imagined a cartoon version: thick lines and lots of color, would not give it justice to the intended use nor the hard work FireFighters put in daily to keep us safe.
The only answer was to make this illustration as realistic as possible while still keeping the fantasy aspect the skull brought into the design. Fighting Fires is not for the weak.
I spent a few extra hours than intended on this illustration but the client is happy and I am satisfied.
Below you can see the resulting anchors, handles, paths, layers and vectors.
Find the project online and social medias, follow, share and repost.
click thumbnails to see larger version. All Rights Copyright of Andrew Burke ©2016
Dan, you do a lot of stuff!!!
Not really. Everything involves art and creativity. That's my world.
Besides, my work is really all fun, who wouldn't want to get paid to draw all day?
Now that I look at the list below, it does appear like a lot. Hmmm. Here's my CV in case I miss something:
I draw with traditional media, on paper, on wood and any surface that will hold a mark. I draw with pencils, inks, markers, paints and acrylics.
I draw to create concept sketches for meetings, ideation sessions, live scribe during presentations (most recently at TEDx Peachtree at the Rialto Center) and visualize people's concepts and ideas.
I draw on walls with chalk. Several of my designs are in Downtown Atlanta at Microsoft Innovation Center, the Hurt Building, Ponce City Market and General Assembly.
I create illustrations, logos, visual designs for web, print and mobile, characters, concept art, game assets, icons and caricatures.
I teach Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Currently I teach classes at General Assembly at Ponce City Market and Sam Flax in Midtown.
I teach digital drawing on tablets to kids, adults, teens, illustrators, designers, concept artists and anyone who wants to explore their creativity in the digital space. We use PC, Macs, Wacom Tablets, Surface Pro, iPad Pro and any tablet you can draw on.
Events, Art Installations and Art Exhibits.
I create Art Installations and Murals to include in larger events like Art Beats + Lyrics art exhibit at The Compound Club, Choose ATL at General Assembly and Supply.com (company owned by Hypepotamus Founders).
I curate Immersive Art Experiences, most recently I partnered up with Microsoft for an Art Battle that involved 8 artists and 8 Surface Pro 4 plus a referee, an announcer and a live feed and voting online.
I organize Art Events and Exhibits where emerging artists get an opportunity to learn the business of art while showing off their talents in a live event. In the past we have partnered with Atlanta Tech Village and Tech Square Labs.
My clients include: Coca-Cola Headquarters, General Assembly, Newell Rubbermaid, Microsoft Headquarters in Alpharetta, Microsoft Innovation Center, Microsoft Store at Lenxo, Georgia Tech, SuperNova South, The Green Collective, Art Beats + Lyrics, Tech Square Labs and ATDC.
dang! Well. yup. I do a lot of Fun Art Stuff!
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DRAW DAILY 2017 Challenge
Is it going to feel like work? a little bit. This is what organized Artists do. Challenges are not easy affairs.
OPEN TO ALL ARTISTS, ALL MEDIUMS, ALL THEMES, ALL COUNTRIES, ALL LANGUAGES, EVERYBODY.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/drawdaily2017/
Draw everyday in the year 2017.
Draw, Sketch, Illustrate, Design, Paint, choose one, change it up and pick another one, do what you want, but do it everyday.
sketches, inks, unfinished, complete, full color, black and white, monochromatic, bold, thin, tall, short, wide, multimedia, EVERYTHING!
Sand, Paper, Chalk, Digital, Traditional, Pencils, Inks, Spray Paint, Acrylics, Canvas, Walls, ANY Medium you like. Even if you change it daily.
Anything! comic pages, comic art, sequential art, fan art, character concepts, paintings, murals, UI, UX, visual design, illustrations, logos, concept art, backgrounds, gaming art, film, tv, literature, EVERY THING GOES!
Sharpen your skills and see your creative skills grow. You will then see your style of art develop and you will recognize what you like about art, what you want to change about your art and get a grip on your artistic talent.
Have 365 creations and a sense of accomplishment.
DATE YOUR ART!!! example: Day1, Day 2, etc.
Save a High Resolution Scan or High Resolution photo of your piece. At the very least, use a smartphone to capture the image in the clearest way possible.
its ok if you miss a day or two, take your time to catch up but please catch up!
I will post some ideas once a week, my source will be two sketch books I own: Drawing Prompts.
The Vision for early 2018:
“1000+ Drawings: The Draw Daily 2017 Anthology”
9”x12”, 1,000 pages, 2017 Volume of art featuring a Dozen Artists from the Draw Daily 2017 Challenge.
“1000+ Drawings: The Draw Daily 2017 Art Exhibit”
Featuring the Sketchbooks of Draw Daily 2017 Challenge artists and the work they produced in the 265 days of 2017.
Can We Do It? I know WE Can. I drew everyday in 2014, check it http://www.deltatangomike.com/drawdaily2014.html
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