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The Google browser Web Store, "https://chrome.google.com/webstore?hl=en-US" is featuring some of the most fun, easy-to-use, and inspiring artist's software programs I've ever seen. They reside in your browser, but you're able to use them when you're working offline. I've spent several weeks creating and editing many images and photos with them, and I have added some as permanent additions to my software list.
One of my favorites is called, "Harmony". It allows artists to create black and white, or colored drawings, in a new way. The sketches appear to finish their own shadows, and details, as you pull your pen along. You can do it simply, or you can add a "hair" brush, or try the interesting "ribbon" brush. The few combinations of brushes and textures are enough to keep you happily experimenting for a while. The possibilities for line art are amazing.
Draw a line of automatically appearing squares, or draw a line bending around a curve of a face, or an eye, and watch it fill in shadow as it goes. They have thoughtfully posted an introductory video that's quite helpful. I've found the program to be intuitive and easy to feel at home with. Be sure to test this browser add-on out. It's entertaining, free, and gives a whole new slant to what you may create with your graphic pen and a few lines.
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FLASH! THIS EQUINE IMAGE FEATURED: ArabHorseCouture.com 6/2015
I always enjoy studying the faces of beautiful horses. Can you see the three-horse faces here? This is probably my favorite way of drawing them, with my graphic pen and tablet. Three mares at the evening watering trough, talking about the day. Following the planes of their faces in a gesture drawing, enhanced by the soft additions to each curve. I hope you enjoy them.
Three horses whispering at the gate; one turns back to see who's coming. What are they talking about? A freehand gesture drawing was the genesis of this painting of three horses.
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In between checking my Facebook pages, or by email, I'm usually drawing or painting something. Lately, that means I'm playing around with the "Harmony" art and drawing tool in my chrome browser. It's proven to be my sketching tool of choice, as it's easily able to capture my fastest sketches and add marvelous effects that would otherwise take me hours to add.
I'm not sure if I like the shadow or the web brush better. I think all of the tool options are amazing. I even used the "square" tool to add a Bedouin tassel or two to one of my Arabian horse sketches. It turned out wonderfully! This small, Chrome add-on is a blast to play with.
After attending the Picasso exhibit in Seattle, I was hoping to be able to create new, and less "tight" artworks. The Harmony tool has certainly enabled me to work on loose and flowing lines in ways I'd not thought of before. I hope you try it out and post your experiences.
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