Thursday, January 8, 2009

Construction South Street

Like any boy who has played with an Erector set as a child, I am fascinated by construction sites. This building is going up on South Street and North Hughey Avenue. I used this location as my second test of the Motion Computing Tablet PC in the field. I have not been using the Tablet since it has always died within an hour using the standard battery. That means I have always had my sketch interrupted before it is complete. I just got a second battery and I could have up to 5 yours of sketching time now. I managed to crash the program Sketchbook Pro since I raised the resolution on this sketch from 100 dpi to 300 dpi. The program became sluggish and crashed when I tried to paint the sky. Rather than try a second time, I decided to paint the sky in when I got back home using Photoshop. I am pleased with the rich colors I get painting using the Tablet as opposed to the subtle effects of watercolor on paper.
I am toying with the notion of doing a sort of time lapse series of sketches all done from the same site to show the buildings progress. I noticed a parking garage near another construction site and I may go to the roof of that garage to start the series.

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Unknown said...

Very nice colors. Does the stylus let you vary the thickness of lines, or respond to the amount of pressure you put on it the way, say, my colored pencils do? Forgive my ignorance; I've never used a tablet PC or drawing program.

p.s. Great idea for timelapse!

Thor said...

The stylus does indeed respond to pressure. Just imagine using the colored pencils on a sheet of glass and you have the feel of using a tablet. I am new to this whole tablet thing as well, but I think it will be fun.