Procreate Brush Review: Space Noise by J. Logan Carey

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If there’s one simple way to give your illustrations some depth and character, it’s a noise brush. They can take a flat and boring image and turn into into something really unique. Now, there’s one solitary noise brush in the Procreate default brushes called Noise Brush (it’s in the Touchups menu). It’s not bad, but it is nice to have some options.

Enter the Space Noise Procreate Brush Set…dun dun DUNNNNNN, available on Gumroad.

Can I say just how much I love Gumroad? I LOVE GUMROAD.

These are five excellent noise brushes made by Justas Galaburda of Iconuptopia, a site where he teaches icon design. For a sample of Justas’ work, check out his Instagram where his icon designs have a HUGE following. I’d sell a finger for numbers like this. Okay maybe not a finger, a toe perhaps, don’t need all of those anyway.

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The Space Noise brush set is made up of five excellent noise brushes, the different styles of which you can see above.

Can I just say how much I appreciate a simple brush set with well titled brushes? These names stick in my brain a lot better than other brush sets where they might be titled ThisBrushPro and ThatBrushPro V.2 and ThemsBrushPro SUPER V.2. I’m probably going need to start naming other brushes myself based on what I use them for so I can remember them.

Anyway…

Here’s a quick piece I did below with the Space Noise set. I’ve been looking at a lot of Eyvind Earle concept art for Sleeping Beauty lately so it probably shows in what I ended up with.

The Space Noise brush set is currently available for $9.99 for early purchasers until March 4th where they’ll go up to $14.99. All buyers get any future updates absolutely FREE. Such is the magic of Gumroad.

Check them out and show me what you’ve come up with using them by sending me a Tweet!

Book Review: Marc Davis, Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man by J. Logan Carey

Time for another art book review!

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I’ll be totally honest, after we got back from our Disney World honeymoon, I went a little nuts. I bought a whole slew of Disney art books because I was so inspired by the whole world of entertainment created and built on art. I never even really thought I was much of a Disney guy, but there’s a lot of really fun concepts amidst all the fluff and shiny colors.

For the first book in my Disney library, let’s talk about Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man (amazon link).

The book itself is a nice oversized hardcover book with lots of illustrations to look at. The late Davis was an artist at Disney that had a very flexible aptitude in being able to work on animation, concept art, character design, story, and helped design many of the most recognizable attractions in Disneyland as well. This was a rarity as most of the artists focused their talents on one particular area.

The book tells of Davis’ life and how much art played a central role. He was painting early in his life, always sketching, taught art, learned animation, created concept art, kept visual journals of his and his wife’s travels around the world, and also left his mark on fine art with a focus on painting later in life. His story was incredibly inspiring for me. The man just loved to make art, loved to draw, and never quit. There are pages of sketches from football games he watched on television, everything was a worthy subject for his drawing. Something I’ve tried to keep in the forefront of my mind as I always seem to be asking myself, “what should I draw?”.

Some of his work I loved the most were his concept pieces for attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion as you can see below. To think that some of these scenes that are interwoven with the American psyche were born from the imagination of one man is incredible. As the book is pretty cheap (currently $12.99) I can definitely recommend picking it up for your own library if you want to see more of the concept work behind the famous rides of Disney parks around the world.

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The Dreaded Still Life by J. Logan Carey

I’ve been sketching quite a few still lifes (lives? lifes?) over the past few weeks for practice and I can say that for some simple shapes you’d think shouldn’t be an issue to draw they can be frustrating as hell. It’s hard to stay engaged with a still life and it’s hard to find any energy or meaning in them, at least for me. I think that’s why most art students tend to hate doing them. I personally wasn’t looking forward to doing them, but I’m going through an art instructional book and I don’t want to skip anything.

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This was an assignment from a book. I wasn’t into the idea of it. Too plain. I think that’s why it’s fairly obvious I didn’t put much effort into it. It helps to choose the objects or composition of what you’re drawing for a still life that engages you on some level or your piece is truly uninteresting and lacking.

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This is a small cross-stitched pillow my wife made and wooden bird. I liked the end result here a lot more than many other still lifes I think in part because I like this little pillow and am always impressed by my wife’s stitching talent.

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A great resource for potential subjects for still lifes is Pinterest. This was an “artist’s desk”. I think it was really just some pieces staged, but it worked. Done in Procreate.

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This was a still life I drew on my lunch break at work at what was on my desk. Still life subjects are everywhere and anywhere you look, I think that’s part of why they make good subjects and help you build your skill, you start to see potential subjects anywhere. Anything can be a still life and a pleasing arrangement can make ordinary objects engaging to look at. Objects that look as though they were just put down and not posed are inherently more interesting to the viewer.

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This was from a photograph. Again, since the objects were photographed just as they were and not posed, the resulting composition was very engaging to me and I, in turn, took my time with the sketch. Yes, I know the perspective is totally wrecked.

This is a YouTube video that’s a great introduction to how to draw still lifes and why they may be important to developing your drawing skill. Plus there’s a Pusheen coffee cup.