Category Archives: Sketches, Paint & Photoshop

Art and design from the pen, pencils and keyboard of Craig Lotter.

Girl in the Air Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 03 MAR 2013

Friday night saw me very restless, unwilling to do much other than just lie around. Jessica was fast asleep in bed and Chantelle was hard at work (as per usual) in the kitchen. Seeing as I wasn’t in the mood to game, work on the computer or watch television, I finally gave in and grabbed a pencil and eraser.

I was trying for a cartoony style character, which unfortunately as you can see for yourself, didn’t quite pan out.

Oh well, this is the result of only messing with a pencil and eraser pretty much once a year! :)


And a couple of in progress shots just because technology makes this so easy to do these days (i.e. hide layers):



Royal Black Guard Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 15 AUG 2012

Back in January 2011 (well actually it was more like the evening of the 31st December, 2010) I whipped up a quick ballpoint sketch based on one of the McFarlane figurines that I own.

Well over a year and a half later, and finally making the time to install and test drive Adobe Photoshop CS6 this evening, I now present the fully coloured version of “Royal Black Guard”.

(And yes, it did feel good to take a break from the usual evening activities for a change…)

Gordon’s Beach Lodge Winter Special Brochure Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 19 JUL 2011

Just to prove that I’ve still got it if needed, I quickly whipped up this delightful green and white wordy little brochure for Chantelle for use in a post box drop in order to promote Gordon Beach Lodge’s (GBL) Winter Special that is currently on the go.

I thought it came out pretty nice, and fits the current Winter Wonderland that Gordon’s Bay’s tourist committee are currently chasing (hint, their strategy involves putting fairy lights on the milkwood beach walk).

Royal Black Guard Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 02 JAN 2011

Seeing as our little Jessica had finally joined us after her nearly two month long stay at the hospital neonatal intensive care unit, New Year’s Eve 2011 promised nothing more than a night in with Chantelle and my baby girl, meaning of course as the manly provider I needed to organise supper. So out came the wood, charcoal and meat and on went the last braai of 2010.

However, seeing as Chantelle was preoccupied with Jessica, I needed to entertain myself, and for no reason other than I can, I whipped up the following black ballpoint pen sketch based on one of my McFarlane figurines.

I think I’ll name him as being part of the Royal Black Guard. Sounds fitting enough!

Free Action Hand Icon Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 03 JUL 2010

I needed to come up with a small 16×16 web icon to denote adding or taking an action to/against an audit and so came up with the idea that a hand being stuck up in the air might just work pretty well in this particular instance.

So out came the Genius tablet and before you knew it, there was a nice 48×48 waving hand in a simplified (but rough) black outline with a minor flesh tone shading on a transparent background.

Resized down to its intended 16×16 dimensions and voila – the perfect little take action hand icon, which I’ve slipped up here as a .png image file together with its Photoshop .psd source in case it is of any use to you.

Enjoy! :)

Sketches: The Enabler Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 04 MAY 2010

So another quick black pen on normal printer paper, hastily scribbled down in front of my work keyboard while my mind happily drifted into problem solving mode to deal with some issues raised on one of our important projects.

As you can see from the subject matter, no doubt my brain was craving some good wholesome coffee, but considering that one now has to walk all the way downstairs just to make a cup, it might not exactly be getting all that much in the near future.

Certainly nowhere near the levels it has grown used to! :P

The small black and white drawing has been scanned in and blown up using my nifty little Canon LiDE 100 Scanner and then moved over into Photoshop where my Genius tablet and I happily coloured it in, before uploading it here.


The Enabler – 3 May 2010. Black Pen on Paper. Digital Colouring.

Sketches: Despair Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 22 APR 2010

Okay. So now I have my scanner. Which means I can put a black pen on paper and make a quick scribble in say ten to fifteen minutes. Then I take that sketch home with me, pop it into the scanner and bring the black and white digital copy into Photoshop, where I get to play brush master and bring the black and white to life.

The result?

Not bad for my first effort back behind the pen if I say so myself. Juices of creativity, flow damn it flow! ;)

Despair — 21 April 2010. Black Pen on Paper. Digital Colouring.