I spent a lot of time drawing over the weekend. You can keep up with the beastly
fruits of my sketchbook labour on my tumblr feed. I’ve also been moving ahead on some sketch card commissions. I decided to record this one of Nigel from Starcrossed for fun.
I’m still working on finalizing my camera setup. So, I apologize for the bit of camera shake and the changing light settings. The zoom feature also didn’t quite work the way I wanted it to. I thought I had this stuff sorted out but technology it would seem had other plans. I’m using a Logitech HD Pro C910 webcam with the Webcam Settings app. I recorded the video with QuickTime and used iMovie ’09 – long story there – to speed things up and drop in a few edits.
Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I plan to do more video content this year.
How do you have that webcam positioned? Is it on a tripod? I’ve never been able to get any of my cameras to get a great overhead shot of me working – I always had to resort to an off angle shot and tried to get as close up as possible to my working area.
Also, here’s a little trick you may be interested in trying…
Instead of erasing with a kneaded or regular eraser, get a package of wall putty for posters. Break a bunch of those strips up and roll them together until the get very soft. Then, roll them along your inked drawing. The putty will pick up all the lead without dulling the black ink.
I learned that from Tim Dzon who used to ink for Marvel comics. I’m not sure how it will work with your red lead though but just thought I’d throw that out to you. :-)
Hey Chris! – The webcam is actually positioned inside a cheap arm lamp from Walmart ($10). I’ll try to post a pic of my setup once I have it all finalized. Right now the lamp is attached to the drawing table – hence the camera shake – but I am having a new shelf built for the wall just behind my drawing table which will be the new home for the lamp/camera arm.
The camera isn’t quite square with the drawing surface either. It still points a bit down rather than being perpendicular to the surface. I haven’t fiddled much because of the non-perminent attachment right now. The other trick is that I am using a little $8 app called Webcam Settings with my MacBook that allows me to access the Logitech camera features like zoom. I’m zoomed in here, but use a wider shot for streaming comics and larger pieces.
That’s a great tip for erasing with wall putty / sticky tack. I’ll have to give it a shot.