Tag Archives: Sketchbook

Stormy Sea

Stormy Sea by Karen Gadient, 2015

Marker and ink drawing from my sketchbook, scanned to add digital elements.

I’ve discovered that sketchbooks are a great place to keep your art; you can always scan to share and it’s easier to store stacks of mixed media and watercolor sketchbooks rather than racks of canvas and boards.

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Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire by Karen Gadient, 2015

Friendly Fire. Scanned sketches combined with color painted digitally. Sketchbook piece, but a fun art experiment worth sharing.

Try it out yourself. Test your idea with an experimental project. See what works and what doesn’t. Then move forward or move on. ― Richie Norton

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Dynamite Speedway

Dynamite Speedway by Karen Gadient, 2015

Dynamite Speedway. Scanned markers, acrylic, and digital work.

Art therapy piece, just for my own restless mind. This one started as a digital doodle and eventually got more layers of scanned traditional media added to it. I’ve been doing a lot of experiments in mixing media; it’s a lot of fun.

Psycho-therapy is rather amazing—something like stirring up the bottom of an aquarium—chunks of the past coming up at unfamiliar angles, distinct and then indistinct. ― Robert Lowell

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Experimental Grooves

Experimental Grooves by Karen Gadient, 2015

This morning, I discovered Krita―a free digital painting/illustration app that has some great features. After downloading and playing with it, I have to say it’s pretty cool and worth trying if you want to experiment with digital art.

While testing out the brushes, I built the image you see with this post. Maybe not the best example, due to the chaos of it being a brush test… but at least I didn’t also fiddle with variants (lots of fun stuff to work with there).

Mac version (my OS) is beta but more stable than they claim on their site; I had no problems with it. Krita is also available for Windows and Linux.

For note, Krita appears to be more like Corel Painter, whereas GIMP (also free) is similar to Adobe Photoshop, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Sonic Soda

Sonic Soda by Karen Gadient, 2015

Sonic Soda. Mostly-digital art therapy using cutouts from old artwork layers plus lots of ink. I created this one for myself, but wanted to share with you too.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Brainstorm

Brainstorm by Karen Gadient, 2015

Just a colorful abstract I made while playing with discarded layers from years-old artwork and random doodles.

Much like keeping writing journal of scenes and dialogue, I like to play with various art tools and see what happens.

There’s a lot of pressure on artists and writers to produce, publish, and sell―but I think it’s also important to create things for enjoyment, to experiment and explore, with no pressure or judgment, and keep your passions fun. :)

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Wild Blue Yonder

Wild Blue Yonder by Karen Gadient, 2015

Started this one on a whim, so the original is pretty small, but that’s what happens when you’re art-experimenting for own amusement. I’ve got an obsession with shades of blue lately! I usually consider orange my favorite color, but it really might be a tie with blue.

So―what’s your favorite color?

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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