The final product!

I had created several astronaut paintings, (for more information about how I create illustrations, you can read here or here!) that are hanging in my office, and for the longest time, I kept thinking about how cool it would be if little elements on the painting could light up! In each of the paintings, I add a variety of little buttons and levers that aren’t accurate in any way, but I like how they look on the image. I finally had a free day over the weekend and decided to pull out all the circuit boards and IoT “stuff” that…

Step by step process of an analog drawing in my sketchbook

Here’s the finished page / product! Let’s review the steps I took to get here…

I try to draw in my sketchbook everyday, even if it’s just a simple sketch. I prefer to use a 10" x 10" hardcover book (you can use whatever you feel comfortable with!)

I always start with a rough sketch — this should take about a minute to make. The idea here is not to make perfect details, I’m just trying to correct the proportions of my subject. I want to make sure the arms and legs look correct in relation to the helmet, and so on.

I like…

I’ve started the Udacity Nanodegree “Intro to Programming” which has been a great experience. However, early in the course I realized there was A LOT of vocabulary and new concepts to learn. These were crucial to understanding how programming works.

In an effort to help myself memorize these concepts, I started illustrating them:

(This is clearly not a comprehensive list, and I will be adding to it as I continue studying! All of these images were created on the Pixelbook.)

I’ve had a lot of fun making these simple gifs and it’s easy to create!

I’ve been (slowly) learning bits of animation, because I love seeing movement in my illustrations. Gifs are a great way to create subtle, eye catching animations. They can be as simple or complicated as you’d like to make them, and I’ve been making simple gifs, using the Pixelbook and Photoshop. I wanted to share the process I use for making these:

The first step is creating an illustration. I’ve been working digitally on the Pixelbook, and using an app called “Infinite Painter”. Here’s what the original image looks like:

(Please note: You can use just about any method to create…

Drawn on Pixelbook with Google Pen using Infinite Painter App

I’ve been using the Pixelbook for a few months now, and wanted to share some of my thoughts — From the drawing Apps I use the most to overall thoughts about the device.

My first impression on opening the box was that the Pixelbook (and pen) are both thoughtfully designed, as evidenced by the small but important details, like both having a brushed aluminum section and a soft white section.

The details on the packaging match the devices, and because of the Google ecosystem, the prompts and animations feel instantly recognizable, friendly and helpful.

It was easy to setup and…

Virginia Poltrack

Likes to draw. She / her.

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