Monthly Archives: January 2019

Dragon Doodle – WIP

dragon wip

This is a little doodle I started working on, trying not to use any traditional lines.  Still has some work to go.

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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Stained Glass Class – Week 3

setting lead

This week in class I spent most of my time at the grinder, which ended up with all my pieces slightly smaller than the last time you saw them.  At the very end of the night I was able to start laying out the lead came that will frame and hold together all the individual panes of glass in the window.  I should take lots more pictures next week when I start putting it all together.

horseshoe nails

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Stained Glass Class – Week 2

template cut

The second week of class I showed up with all the different types of glass I was going to use in large sheets, and the design all traced out onto the oak tag template.  The first step I did this week was to cut out the template pieces using these crazy double bladed scissors that actually cut a slim strip of paper out between the two sides to make room for your lead came.  I believe I have devised a way to do this without those scissors with an exacto knife or probably my silhouette cameo machine, but I will try that out on a future project.

Once we had the template pieces cut out it was time to trace them onto the panes of glass and start cutting.  Paying attention to the direction the “swirl” of the glass (or I think grain as a woodworker) is important if you want it to be uniform across the piece.  Originally I had numbered the design as having a longer height than width, but I envision it hanging on it’s side.  So I started drawing arrows that meant “up” or “North” on the final piece to me before the instructor had addressed the subject.  She is used to drawing the arrow in the direction on the swirl, so we had several short conversations where I had to reassess and affirm that they makes sense to me and are correct.  The student next to me did a completely different reasoning for her arrows, much to the instructors consternation.  We would have made it much easier for her to keep us on track if we had done them all the same way.

stained glass cut

I was actually able to get all my glass cut this week, but did not have enough time to move on to the next step (See the arrows all worked!).  Week 3 will be  small amount of grinding and then laying out the panes with lead came on the board I made.  I’m super excited!

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Stained Glass Class – Week 1

stained glass cartoon

Our local art center was offering a class on stained glass window making, so my wife signed me up as an early birthday present.  It’s one night a week for 8 weeks, so I thought I would document some of the process on my blog.  The first week we learned about all the steps in the process, the tools involved and tried our hands at making different styles and shapes of cuts on scrap pieces of glass.  Towards the end of the class we got to pick out a “cartoon” of a design we liked, and duplicate it with carbon paper onto a sheet of oak tag like paper.  I originally considered trying to do a custom design, but thought I’d stick to one of the designs the teacher brought for my first attempt.  This was the design I liked the most.

stained glass board

One of the things on the extensive list of supplies we needed to get in the first week was a board which we would be doing all the layout and assembly on.  We could purchase one, but I took this as homework and just made one.  It’s 1/2″ plywood with about a 3/4″ high right angle border.  The lines I just added to hopefully reveal if my angles start going wonky.

inkscape cartoon

The other thing I did was digitally recreate the design from the cartoon in Inkscape so I could quickly try out lots of combinations of colors to fill the panels.  Eventually I settled on this design.  Now I need to head to the local art glass studio to buy some glass ahead of the next class.  Then I get to start cutting.

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Colored Inktober – Solo Mudtrooper


This is the last Inktober doodle from this year I wanted to color, my mudtrooper from the movie Solo.

Colored in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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My Portable Digital Art Studio

These are all the things I lug around in this compact sling case that makes up my portable digital art tools.

  1. Surface Pro 3 tablet.  It’s my poor man’s Wacom MobileStudio.  The Pro 3 was the first Surface version I felt comfortable buying that seemed to be mature and functional enough for the cost.
  2. SR mini USB keyboard.  This was the largest keyboard I could find that would fit in the bag and still had the function key row (Inkscape).  It’s PgUp and PgDwn and nearless useless though.  I am also way to cheap to purchase one of the fancy typepad covers, though they seem pretty awesome.
  3. Surface power cord.  This and the keyboard sit next to each other in the front half of the big pocket.
  4. “AAAA” batteries for the pen.  Who knew that was a size?  I got these from Amazon in a four pack.
  5. Surface Pen 4.  Even though I purchased  3 tablet, the 4 was already out and I had heard the Pen was markedly better, so I purchased one.  This is the most expensive thing in the bag, next to the tablet itself.
  6. Staedler 0.5mm mechanical pencil.
  7. Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen.
  8. Hobo glove.  I had been using a simple dimestore knit glove with some fingers cut off for awhile on my desktop Wacom Intuos tablet.  When I got the Surface Pro 3, I thought I’d buy a glove actually made for this purpose but didn’t like it as much.  So I went back to the hobo glove, which I can throw away and replace when needed for next to nothing.  The glove and all the pens go in the large front pocket.
  9. Edimax bluetooth/wireless adapter.  Microsoft was nice enough to break the internal bluetooth and wireless radio with an update once, so I purchased a little adapter to get everything working again.  They have since fixed the issue, but I keep this guy around just in case.
  10. Surface Pen nibs.  I honestly have never even tried any of these and am still using the default one that came in the pen.
  11. USB Thumbdrive (32Gb).
  12. Altoids tin.  I use this tin to hold the last three listed small items and various other things in one place.  It shares the top front pocket with the next two adapters.  The tin is a little noisy, someday I’ll find something in a similar size that’s quieter.
  13. iVanky Display Port to HDMI adapter.  This is a great little adapter to connect the Surface Pro 3 to an external display whenever I need to.
  14. Amazon basic USB hub.  I got this little hub since the tablet only has a single USB port that I often need to have a few things plugged into. (keyboard and mouse/keyboard and thumbdrive)
  15. Solo Tablet Slingbag.  Originally I had a simple neoprene slip case for the tablet that I could fit a few other flat things in, but definitely not the power cord.  I looked at many different bags/cases and settled on this one, and I have been very happy with that decision.
  16. Not pictured, I also carry a clear plastic ruler, which in some cases is the easiest way to draw straight lines on the tablet.

The Surface Pro 3 is still running the native Windows OS (too scared of breaking this hardware with a Linux distro), but all the open source software I use has Windows distros.

  • Krita
  • Inkscape
  • The GIMP

The one thing I would still like to find is a USB mouse that is really flat/low profile that would fit in the bag.  Working in Inkscape in particular is very tedious without a mouse.  I normally steal one from my laptop bag when needed, but it would be nice to find one that fit in here.

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Coloring Momo – Krita Process

    coloring momo

I thought I would post all the steps and layers I normally use in Krita to do digital inking and coloring.  I built all these images after the drawing was complete so it would show the stacking of all the layers on the right.

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Colored Inktober – Next Gen Momo

next gen momo

One of the last few inktober doodles I wanted to color was my version of Momo from the Netflix movie Next Gen.  I realized once I tried to capture his funny eyeballs that I drew them a crossed, when most of the movie they where wandering off.  I made sure to fix that in this version.

Colored in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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Miles Morales – Spiderverse

Miles Morales

I finally got around to seeing “Spider-man: ITSV” a few days ago, one of the many movies that have recently come out I wanted to see.  It was amazing on pretty much every level, and I will certainly own it if not go see it a few more times in the theater.

This was just a quick doodle in Krita on my Surface Pro 3 i did while watching TV.

Still to try catching:

  • 2nd Fantastic Beasts (might have already missed it)
  • Mortal Engines (wasn’t in theaters long)
  • Bumblebee (matinée was sold out when we tried to catch it)
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