For my first blog post of 2018, I decided to review the iskn slate 2+.
I was very lucky to receive one as a Christmas gift.
I would like to begin by saying Happy New Year and wish you good health and happiness for 2018.
Now, the reason I wanted to try the Slate, was that I thought it looked a good way to have your sketches saved directly from your paper to the computer. Normally when I want to put a sketch on social media or print it etc. I spend considerable time waiting for good light for photographing my work and then setting the white balance etc. The slate skips all that need for photographing your sketch and has the added benefit of creating a video of your sketch.
Of course you can do this by drawing on a touch screen. However, I have never felt at ease drawing on a screen and the slate lets you have that natural feel of sketching with your own pen or pencil.
The slate is the right size for an A5 sketchbook. I do sketch in A5 and it is fine. However an A4 version would be great…
In my next YouTube video out on Thursday, I talk through why I don't use black paint and the alternatives I mix. I thought it would be useful for you if I wrote those mixes down here.
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I find that black paint on its own can appear very flat and boring. My first tip if you have black you want to use, would be to add a touch of blue to it.
My favourite alternative mixes are French Ultramarine with Burnt Sienna or French Ultramarine with Burnt Umber.
You can also use Paynes Grey in many cases where you need a dark colour.
Dark Greys can be made from all three primary colours, using different combinations of your available reds, blues and yellows. The colours with this are infinite, if you mix one you really like, don't forget to write it down.
Finally, a tip for beginners in painting. Don't be too tentative to use very dark mixes. You need to go dark in places to make your highlights "pop".
A few days ago a user in a Facebook group I follow asked other members if they had reference photographs that she could use in her artworks. Many members kindly uploaded their own photos for her to use, therefore giving their permission to reproduce them. However, one member surprisingly advised her to "just look through Google images", which I would strongly recommend you not to do.
Whenever a photographer, either amateur or professional takes a photograph, the copyright is theirs. The copyright remains theirs, unless they specifically and clearly state otherwise. Whether or not the photographer uploads their photo to a public site such as Instagram or Facebook etc. is irrelevant, the copyright belongs to them. Incidentally, this is the same for your artworks, the Artist automatically maintains copyright even if a painting is sold, unless otherwise stated.
You may think that it is "not such a big deal", if you are "only using them to practice" (quotes I …