Category Archives: A Sketch a Day

Making friends with Zen Brush app

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: eye ~ digital art ~ eye

eye ~ digital art

Zen Brush is a beautiful little app with only one step of undo and no way to save anything in its original format. No layers, the eraser is very primitive and does not help much, so best to leave it alone and pretend it’s not there at all. One black brush, two translucent gray brushes and an option to change the brush size. All brushes are round and look more and more like painting wet on wet as their sizes grow. That’s it. The app would be almost like a Zen board where your creating is gone forever unless you were quick enough to take a photo. Similarly, Zen Brush has an option to export the drawing as a PNG file.

Lovely thing for quick sketches.

A sketch a day: snow landscape

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: snow landscape ~ digital art ~ winter, snow, bushes, twigs

snow landscape ~ digital art

My first semi-serious attempt to do a more than a rudimentary sketch in ArtFlow app. You know what’s the best part of working in it? It saves all changes automatically and seemingly in real time, at least I haven’t lost anything yet. And I think if I ever hit the limit on the number of layers in the file it will be my phone’s fault, not the app’s.

A sketch a day: Frozen ~ pen and ink, graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: Frozen ~ pen and ink, graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 6" x 4"

pen and ink, graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

It started with a reference photo of majestic icicles which I managed to lose shortly after mapping some details in pencil. Not willing to dig through my huge and badly documented collections of shots taken over 15+ years, I decided to continue on my own and see where it ends. Somehow it ended in an abstract that has little to do with icicles or anything else of that kind, but it was fun to work through it without much commitment to the end result.

A sketch a day: horse head

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: horse head ~ graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4" x 6"

graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Miscalculated where the horse should go on the piece of paper, but otherwise happy with the sketch. The subject was a beautiful chestnut, most likely a resident of the horse boarding facility across the street from our home in Cupertino, CA.

Forgotten flowers

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Forgotten Flowers ~ colored pencil, 3" x 5"

Forgotten Flowers ~ colored pencil, 3″ x 5″

It seems that the impending move to Oregon only leaves me time for quick sketches. My poor horse stays practically untouched since I defined main features of his face, several other serious drawings are also stuck at whatever stages they were when the decision was made.

Sorting out and getting rid of stuff (and now packing) is the exact opposite of fun, but sometimes nice discoveries happen. As I go through shelves of books I find all sorts of things in them: bookmarks made by kids, old postcards, images from copiers, and as of recently, dried flowers.

I am not even sure what kinds of flowers those are. They were very discolored, and as soon as I tied to remove them from a book promptly fell apart…

A sketch a day: at the beach

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: at the beach ~ digital art

digital art

A joint effort of Corel Painter Mobile and Art Flow (both Android apps), with Painter carrying out most of it because it is so good at faking oil paints. I don’t like how real oils smell and how messy the entire process is, so digital looks like a nice alternative.