Category Archives: Sketchbook Stuff

Old and young holding hands illustration

old hand holding young illustrationI made this for an essay I wrote about the passing  of my grandmother Mrs Rose Ort A’H this past year. It will be published soon on Chabad.org

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BangTheSpoon.Com

man banging spoon on headWhen I was a little boy in summer camp my brother would bang on the table with his spoon. The head counselor would yell “Bang on your head Judowitz!”

It is only with age that I realize the full genius of his advice. Just another example of how adults do know best. Indeed most of life’s problems could easily be solved this way.

Spread the word and help save the world – one spoon banged head at a time.

spoonbang color

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Best Photoshop Pencil Imitation Brush

I just found a really awesome Photoshop brush that imitates pencil very well.

It’s much more complex than standard “pencil” brushes and uses dual brush and other good stuff. Download it at this site for free: http://stumpypencil.blogspot.com/2009/11/return-of-stumpy-pencil.html Some really amazing brushes there. Load it into your tool presets window.

Here is a quick sketch I did with the brush. I used it at a large size (30pt) so it’s hard to see the texture but it has a great natural feel:

Scary beard face sketchHere are some links to some of the best photoshop brushes on the net for digital painting all by top professionals ( this is worth years of research):

My main brushes consist of these:

http://adonihs.deviantart.com/art/My-Brush-Pack-118954791 (amazing basic , plus cloud, glow, hair, very good foundation)

with various extras from these:

http://mar-ka.deviantart.com/art/brushes-186829534  (bristels and texture)

http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=+brushes#/d1xs95k (light rays)

http://imaliea.deviantart.com/gallery/4673404#/d1gxeo3 (lush grass brush)

extras worth exploring:

http://www.pandemoniumart.net/brushes/ (link to several top notch collections)

http://chrisoatley.com/newsletter/ ( sign up for his newsletter to get these. some nice texture brushes)

• Check this post for an in-depth exploration of my digital painting brushes.

• Check this post for great texture and color resources.

Like these brushes? Comment and tell me about some good one’s that you use.

 

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Weird Swirly Head and Weird Swirly Beard Character Cartoon

weird swirly head character cartoon

weird swirly beard character cartoon

I like weird swirly stuff.

I am entering these paintings in a weekly art contest called Illustration Friday. This week’s topic is… “Fluid.”

Can you figure out the connection?

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