Learning a New Editor…

For some time Greater Albion (i.e. me) has used a mixture of “Glyphs” and “Fontlab Studio 5” for font creation. Now I’ve taken the plunge and purchased a license for Fontlab VI. I think it’s going to be very powerful – in some ways it seems like a completely new editor, rather than an upgrade of Fontlab Studio – but there are always those ‘little’ things it takes you ages to work out how to do.

Still we’re getting there, meanwhile, here’s progress to date on the first project in this new editor:

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The Three Duchesses

And here is the digital painting finished.

A digital painting which Just finished. Three Duchesses wait alongside each other in steam.. The scene is from imagination and a little artistic licence has been applied to have Green Maroon and Blue liveries all present together. Drawn with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I’m just as pleased with this as any of my traditional paintings.

Digital Art – By Traditional Working Methods

In amongst my front work some of my time is taken up with other projects… Here’s a digital painting which is under way (using Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. The Three Duchesses will show three of Sir William Stanier’s Duchess locos in steam but on shed.

The first step was a ‘pencil’ sketch:

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This was very much like working in traditional pencil… except for the remarkable ability to cut and paste.  Quite a time saving, but not something to be utilised in the finished painting I think…


Here’s progress to date on turning the sketch into a ‘painting’. This is all happening in ‘Sketch Club’, and painting is using a mix of a pencil tool and a ‘watercolour’ brush, you can have all sorts of ‘mixed media’ combinations in these drawing applications.  The effects are shown well in the detail below:

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More updates to follow, as things progress!