SketchPort, a ‘modern environment for digital drawing.’
SketchPort is a free, fun, online drawing site. There is nothing to download and no installation required, you draw right from your PC browser, or mobile device. Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS operating systems are supported.
SketchPort is a social network for artists.
A huge part of SketchPort is the community. Users from all over the world come to encourage others and give feedback.
In fact, you don’t have to be an artist. Drawing is a medium for communication where producing and consuming are equally important.
You can make vectors at SketchPort.
SketchPort Vector is a new type of vector based drawing application. The canvas is infinite, there is no pixelation, but you still get to draw freehand.
There is a SketchPort draw and guess game. A Broadcast mode allows you to watch and broadcast drawings in real time. There are additional Games, Challenges and more…
The drawing interface is simple to use and has keyboard shortcuts:
It’s easy to add videos of your work on YouTube
SketchPort is a cool drawing site. And there is still more…
From the Odosketch page:
Friends & Supporters,
After an amazing eight years and over 600,000 sketches we are sad to say that we are retiring Odosketch.
Odosketch was the love child of a handful of amazing people at Odopod. Over the years, our focus has changed and we have come to the difficult realization that Odosketch no longer has a significant role to play in our future.
We want to thank you for all of your support and, more importantly, your drawings. They’ve been a source of inspiration and countless laughs.
For those of you that would like to save your drawings there are two options detailed below. Be sure to collect your images before August 30, 2013. They will no longer be available after that date.
The Odosketch Crew
So long Odosketch, It was fun while it lasted!
My daughter and I decided it might be fun to make puppets. We had ideas of what we’d like them to look like, however we hadn’t made puppets out of these materials before. We figured it out as we went and picked up some tips for next time. The following film highlights our experience puppet making. –It was fun.
How we made dino puppets:
Digital art cat-bunny made with MyPaint
Doodling around with MyPaint and came up with this guy. Not sure if he’s bowling or breaking out of prison.
Have you ever been disturbed by a style of animation?
I remember thinking there was something a bit unsettling about the characters in the Polar Express. At the time I didn’t know it was such a universal phenomena and even had a name. Apparently, Tom Hanks was the conductor of the creepy train headed straight into the pit of the Uncanny Valley. [the place this omen baby lives] A hellish slope dotted with humanoid robots, all the way down to the creepiest of zombies.
“Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori stated in 1970 that the more human a robot acted or looked, the more endearing it would be to a human being. For example, most lovable Robot Buddies look humanoid, but keep quirky and artistically mechanical affectations. However, at some point, the likeness would seem too strong, and it would just come across as a very strange human being. At this point, the acceptance drops suddenly, changing to a powerful negative reaction.” Television Tropes and Idioms
What is the uncanny valley?
“The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” refers to the dip in a graph of the comfort level of humans as a function of a robot’s human likeness.” Wikipedia
Film and game makers & the uncanny valley
Some people don’t place much value on digital art.
I’ve read articles by art critics who don’t consider digital art legitimate. I’ve met ‘brush & canvas’ purists who felt they were more talented because they used real paint. I’ve also met people who had no idea about the process of making digital art. They think all digital art is created equally, and it’s just as simple as clicking the mouse a few times. Appreciating digital art can be understandably confusing since there are so many ways to create digital art.
Any art created using a computer is digital art.
Digital Art is an umbrella term that covers a range of methods, and techniques used to produce various types of artwork such as: 2-D paintings, vector illustrations, fractal art, 3-D rendered creations, ect.
There are many programs available for creating digital art.
Each may require different skill sets. Some programs used in creating digital art may call for drawing and painting skills, while others need less, and some may require none at all. There is a variety of ways to use each program.
Digital art techniques vary.
Some digital artists start on a blank ‘page’ and draw or paint very much like you would on paper or canvas. Another technique would be using photo-manipulation with filters, or even using programs that trace images. Regardless of skills, programs or different styles, methods and techniques used, I believe it all calls for creativity on the part of the artist, and what they produce is art.
Art is subjective.
I have my own personal criteria and taste about what appeals to me. What catches my eye in a piece is not what everyone else will like. Each person likes what is aesthetically pleasing to them, or what evokes a certain emotion in them, or what they feel requires a great deal of artistic skills or talent, or because of a message it communicates to them….or any number of other reasons. Despite my personal taste, I am very inclusive of what I consider art.
For the record, I like to create both digital and analog art. I like ART! ☺
Sea creature digital art made with Sketchbook
Ok, this is not a merman. More like a mer-snake. Whatever it is, I painted it yesterday with Sketchbook Express.
NASA’s Curiosity rover cartoon
Sunday NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars. Here’s a quick cartoon I did for the occasion.
no actual cats were harmed making this cartoon
Each year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized because not enough people are adopting them through local rescue groups and shelters. Many people buy dogs from pet stores instead, not aware that most come from puppy mills.
Learn more about puppy mills at the ASPCA click here
Along with all the wonderful benefits of owning an animal companion, much time and dedication is required in being a responsible pet owner. Some people can’t keep their pet for various reasons and are forced to leave them at a shelter, others simply abandon them. This cute little guy was brought to our local shelter after someone had found him wandering on the side of the road.
Can I come home with you?
- Local dog rescue organizations consist of volunteers who help by fostering dogs in their own homes while they search for permanent placement, taking dogs to adoption events, fundraising to cover medical and boarding costs to name a few. Most rescue groups do not have the luxury of employees or people dedicated to promoting their efforts on a large-scale.
- As their own resources permit, these groups work with local animal shelters in an effort to place adoptable dogs that are scheduled for euthanization. The sad fact is that many dogs die every day before they find a “forever home”. The commercials you see on television about neglect and abuse are very real. Consumers can literally save a dog’s life simply by choosing adoption over a pet store or breeder purchase.
Many cats are also waiting for a loving home.
These are a few we visited yesterday…
I’d like to encourage you to make a difference by:
- Adopting a companion: http://theshelterpetproject.org/
- Donating to a local animal rescue organization
- Fostering a dog or cat
- Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
- Sharing this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!
“Nationwide, only about 20 percent of dogs in homes come from shelters—the rest come from other sources. It would only take a relatively small increase in the adoption rate along with a modest reduction in the birth rate to go a long way toward solving the problem of euthanizing healthy and treatable dogs in many communities.” ~Humane Society of the United States
Life of a Puppy Mill Dog.
See the list of other blogs participating here: http://www.dogrescuesuccess.com/2012/07/please-help-bloggers-unite-for-dog-rescue/
I painted this kitty yesterday using a free version of Sketchbook, a program that came with my long-awaited, new graphics tablet.
Creating art is often challenging, but it’s what I love to do. Finding ways to market my artwork online is the hard part. I’ve been testing and comparing a few of the POD sites lately to see how they operate and if I like them. I’m considering alternative routes to the POD sites as well, like Etsy. Etsy is not a print-on-demand site but a place to: “Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies… Etsy, the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace.”
The high-resolution version of this kitty (and a few other pieces I’m working on) might make nice greeting cards or posters, so I was thinking about having some printed out to sell on Etsy.
I’ll keep researching. I think eventually I’ll find the best place for me and a method of selling my art that buyers are happy with. Then I can focus on creating and improving my artwork. (the fun part)