Empty Men + Sketchbook Pro First Steps

I’ve had this painting software with me for some time now, but never got around to actually finding a way to make it work for me. See, the art I like making has clean lines. I really think of myself as more of an inker than a penciller or painter or colorist. So the lines i like to see from a painting software have to be sharp clean black lines basically, everything else is icing on the cake.

So I took this program out for a test drive and tried to figure out why I couldn’t get it to work for my type of art, and here it is: it can mimic paint. Its strength lies in color and paint type effects. Its black lines don’t have the sharpness I want in them, but that may be due to a setting i haven’t stumbled upon yet. In a nutshell, the beauty of AUTODESK SKETCHBOOK PRO is its size, speed, and interesting GUI.

It reminds me very much of Corel Painter, which is the mother of all painting programs in size and capability. Compared to that, Sketchbook Pro is a sleek little guerrlila warrior. But it gets the job done.

Here’s a sample of something I was doing the other afternoon, based on an idea sparked by Dadaist painter George Grosz. This one’s entitled “Empty Men.”



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