Since we’re nearing Christmas, I thought I’d post a video I did a few years back, about how to use black light chalk to create a lighted Christmas tree effect. To make the tree light up, you’ll need to use fluorescent pencils or pastels for the lights. And you’ll need a black light. You can purchase these at the See the Light Art store. You can find links to these supplies below the video.
Draw through the Bible with black light chalk artist, Jim Pence. This video series is designed for homeschoolers who want to have fun learning art and the Bible. And, in keeping with Jim’s black light chalk artistry, each of these projects incorporate black light chalk or paint.
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My Top 3 Digital Art Apps
There are tons of digital art apps out there, but I mostly work with 3: Procreate, ArtRage, and Sketchbook. If you’re wanting to get started in digital art, any one of these three will do. However, each app has its own unique strengths and weaknesses.
I’ll give you a feel for those in this video. To learn more about each app, you can check them out at the following URLS: (Note: these are not affiliate links and I receive no compensation for recommending these apps.)
Tired of buying a bunch of art supplies for your homeschool art class? Why not try digital art? The up-front investment is a little larger (but not as much as you might guess), but once you have a tablet, stylus, and software, you’re good to go. In this video, See the Light Artist Jim Pence introduces our new series, Adventures in Digital Art.
Over the next 9 weeks, we’ll give you an introduction to digital art, tools, apps, and fun things you can do as you explore this new medium.
Let’s ask the basic question first. Why go digital?
About the Project
This week we’ll build on the skills learned in the Marigold Mandala lesson by drawing a stylized rose. In addition to working with the symmetry tool, we’ll learn how to use layers, lock transparency, and the airbrush tool to give our drawing some depth and dimension.
Learn how to —
—add control to your coloring ability by using multiple layers,
–lock transparency on individual layers to enable you to color different parts of your drawing independently,
–use the airbrush tool to add depth and dimension to your drawing,
–and tone your background to add “pop” to your drawing.
- Intro & Project Setup – 0:00
- Draw the Rose – 3:55
- Add Layers & Color – 5:46
- Add Depth & Dimension with the Airbrush Tool – 14:48
- Change the Line Art & Background Color – 20:46
I just happened to do this project on Mothers Day weekend, and I guess that’s appropriate, since I drew a rose. I gave my wife roses for Mothers Day, and I imagine that quite a few other moms got roses or other varieties of flowers for their special day.
Have you ever wondered why we give flowers on special occasions, particularly when we want to express our love for someone? I’m sure there are many possible explanations, but I believe that we show love by giving the gift of beauty.
To behold beauty fills the heart with joy. That’s why I give my wife flowers. Because seeing those flowers fill her heart with joy. I believe this is also one way God shows his love to us.
In his great high-priestly prayer, Jesus said, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:24 NIV).
In another place, the psalmist prays that he might dwell in the temple all the days of his life, that he might, “gaze on the beauty of the Lord,” (Psalm 27:24 NIV).
What a gift God has given those who love him–the gift of seeing his beauty and glory.
Digital Art Projects 1: Marigold Mandala
About the Project:
Here’s a very basic digital art project. No bells or whistles on this one. Just one layer, using a symmetry tool and flood fill.
This is a good, and relatively easy, starter project for a beginner in digital art.
I titled this, marigold mandala, but didn’t think of that name until after I did the video. As I was drawing, the design kept reminding me of a particular type of flower, but I didn’t remember the name “marigold” until later.
To gain a basic familiarity with the tools and software we’ll be using for future digital art projects, specifically the symmetry tool and autofill (bucket) tool. Also, how to set up a digital canvas.
To create this project, I used Autodesk Sketchbook (sketchbook.com) with a Wacom Intuos Pro graphics tablet.
You can download Sketchbook free at: www.sketchbook.com
You can get a graphics tablet and pressure-sensitive stylus as low as $27 HERE
Intro & Software/Hardware – 0:00
Navigating Sketchbook – 4:06
Set Up Your Canvas – 8:00
Select Your Brush – 10:15
Set Up the Symmetry Tool – 11:00
Draw the Mandala – 12:42
Color the Mandala – 18:12
Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these (Luke 12:27 NIV).
All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall (I Peter 1:24 NIV).
It’s interesting to note that when scripture refers to flowers, it is almost always with an eye towards either God’s provision or peoples’ temporality. The two verses above are representative of the divergent thought lines. In one, Jesus instructs his hearers to consider the wildflowers, how God clothes them even more majestically than Solomon in his splendor. In the second verse, Peter is quoting from Isaiah 40 and emphasizing that human splendor and glory passes away with the speed and finality of a flower dying.
They are dramatically different thoughts, and yet there is a powerful connection. I am to trust in the God who created the heavens and the earth, knowing that He will provide for me–whatever I need. The wildflowers are to be my example.
On the other hand, I should never seek my own glory and power, because I–and my presence and glory on this earth–will pass away quickly and with barely a trace left behind. The wildflowers are to be my example.
As you draw this digital “flower,” remember the wildflowers. They will remind you to trust God and seek his kingdom and glory–not your own. — Jim Pence
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What you’ll learn…
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…The basics of what makes a drawing
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