|As seen on Stargate Atlantis...Which is not why I bought it|
About 80% of the prep work I do for a digital or traditional painting starts digitally on a fully loaded tablet PC. This is used to handle my concept work as well as all my client presentations. I use the Toshiba 14” satellite R25-S3503.
When it comes to drawing something that I will paint, I don’t bother with tonal rendering. Instead I try to block out the planes of the faces, establish my light and dark then move on. Working out my values and light/dark contrast can be done in the color study.
At this stage I’ve basically worked out what I want the image to look like. If it had remained a digital painting this color study would have represented my first layer/ first wash of color. The whole image could’ve been done in less than a week. No concerns of drying time or clean up. This color sketch took about 2 hours. I drop the saturation to 0% to check my values as I go.
The high resolution drawing is then taken to my local art store. The original drawing file was 13”x21.7” @ 300 dpi. I had the printer nearly double that to 24”x40”on acid free vellum. Since this was a personal piece I wanted something that hopefully would have presence from across the room instead of working at a smaller scale to save time.
Before transferring the drawing, my panel was primed and sanded 3-4 times to make sure I had a strong smooth surface to work on. The edges of the board were also sealed with gesso to make sure no moisture damaged the bond of the MDF (medium density fiberboard). MDF doesn’t like water. The drawing is transferred, primed and ready to go.