Boonka: Hot Weekends and Rock Sketches

This weekend was fun. Fun but extremely hot.
I got to hang out with A, whom I see very very rarely as she’s living abroad, and we did our best to catch up on stuff. Towards the end of our stay there Eli even agreed to hold A’s hand while going to look at two small dogs eating treats on a bench nearby. It was very hot though.
The main point of the trip was to gather enough video material for a pilot for a project A is working on, and hopefully the stuff we shot so far will be enough. Between crawling out into the scorching outside world with a camera, chatting non-stop about all the things and my mom mostly being too busy playing with the baby, I didn’t have enough time to pester her about helping me with Boonka’s coat pattern, so it’s something I’ll now have to figure out on my own. Somehow.
In the meantime I wanted to work a little bit on the backgrounds. These are the few rock/cliff examples I’ve sketched down. I’ve been trying to figure out what brush I’m most comfortable using, I still find the whole brush business a little annoying. I’m trying to organize my brushes so that I can easily distinguish one from another, which isn’t always easy looking at the mini-thumbnails.

Another option I’m considering is drawing the backgrounds by hand, which I suspect will look best. I’m not happy with anything here, so will keep on searching. Still gathering pictures of rocks and desert plants, cowardly avoiding water in the meantime.

In other news, June’s Rubber Onion’s Battle entries are up, go check them out
My favourite is #6, by Waymond Singleton, I kind of wish I thought of that!

2 thoughts on “Boonka: Hot Weekends and Rock Sketches

  • I totally know what you mean.
    I recently simplified my entire brush presets so that I only have seven in there when I click on my brushes. I have four painterly type brushes (a dry brush, a watercolor style brush, a brush with loads of texture, and another that simulates a variation of two of those combined) and then I have three standard brushes ( square brush, circle brush, and a vertical/calligraphy style brush).

    Then I have my collection of GrutBrushes that I open in it’s extension tab, so they’re separated from the other brushes and they don’t boggle down my very loose (read: needs to be more structured) workflow. I like having them separated, because I’ll go to them when I want to add texture on top of a base of color or a surface or just want to experiment with something. Some of them are super powerful and I need to turn the opacity/flow down others I use at 100%. I still haven’t quite got a grip on them yet, but that’s probably because there’s so many of them.

    I started just using one or two on a single work to get more familiar with them.

    Don’t be discouraged.
    Just remember it’s all part of the process.

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    • In a video I watched last night the artist said that it’s best if you don’t use custom made brushes until you can make your own. I have mixed feelings about that notion 😛 On the one hand, I understand the logic behind it, on the other I’ve grown rather attached to some of my brushes… Unlike real life, where I like to use different tools for different effects, I can’t really achieve the effects I want with the default brushes. Maybe his advice was more along the lines of “learn to draw first, before worrying about fancy tools”, it wasn’t very clear.. And I too need to structure my workflow better, it’s very hard not to be distracted by various shinies.


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