Sometimes, things are not what they seem, and on my recent road trip, I ran into a couple of good examples of this that I wanted to record in my trip journal. By the time I got done with the page, I had used some interesting techniques that I thought would be worth sharing with you.
The first thing was a tree. We saw it while getting gas before we ever left Santa Fe. . .
If this tree looks a little strange to you, there is a good reason. It is not a tree at all. It is a cell tower dressed up like a tree. Not bad, but a real tree would look like this . . .
However, you gotta hand it to them – the pretend tree certainly looks better than a big pole with lots of metal boxes on it.
The second strange thing came up when we were just about to Albuquerque, and I saw this . . .
That doesn’t look so unusual for the Southwest, right? Just a lone pueblo building on a barren plain.
However, that really was the Sandia Casino and Resort, which looks more like this . . .
It’s vast and huge, and not at all isolated. It’s all a matter of where you are looking from. Driving southbound on I-25, for a brief moment, you get the simplified version.
So, I wanted to put these two subjects in my journal, and usually, I would sketch and paint them.
But I was feeling very lazy, and I didn’t want to draw everything to scale etc.
So, first I turned to my iPad where I had imported the photos (actually shot with my iPhone from the car).
There is an iPad app called Artist’s Sketch that does a very good job of turning photos into sketches. There are lots of iPad apps that do this, and you can do it with filters in Photoshop and Elements as well, but I like this app the best,
So I turned the two photos into sketches that looked like this . . .
I then flipped them and printed them onto Sheer Heaven . . .
Once they were transferred into my Stilman & Birn Beta journal, all I had left to do was paint . . .
So, the message here is that if you are too lazy to draw something like I was, or if you aren’t all that happy with your drawing skills, but like to add color, this is a perfect way to get anything from a photo into your art journal – as an illustration.
Try this – it’s fun!