The Joy of Sketching: An Homage to Bob Ross
What do Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Bob Ross—beloved painter, educator, and host of the TV series The Joy of Painting—have in common? As a recent educational homage demonstrates, quite a lot!
With his soothing delivery and the obvious joy he took in his creative process, Bob Ross made painting look easy and, perhaps even more important, fun. In the 11 years that his PBS show The Joy of Painting aired in the United States (as well as in Europe, Canada, Japan, and Latin America), he inspired countless painters at every level and became a true American icon.
That’s just one reason Ross came to mind when we were thinking of ways to show people the almost limitless possibilities of Adobe Photoshop Sketch, a free mobile app whose natural-feeling drawing tools allow artists of all kinds to create expressive works of art. (You can watch all four Bob Ross–inspired Photoshop Sketch tutorial videos at the bottom of this page. And as a special treat, we are sharing some of the custom brushes and color palettes used in the tutorial. Download them from this CC Library.)
AN ARTIST LOVED BY ALL
Like many of us, Kerensa Hogan, the Adobe Creative Cloud product marketing manager who dreamed up this mashup (after a conversation with her boss, director of product marketing Jane Brady), grew up with Bob Ross. “I thought Bob Ross’s style and what he represented made him a wonderful fit with Sketch,” she says. “I spent many of my childhood mornings with him at my grandmother’s house in the summer. She started my day out with a piece of sliced buttered toast, a glass of orange juice, and Bob Ross on PBS.”
Joan Kowalski, the media director for Bob Ross Inc., says she hears these types of stories all the time: “When people ask me where I work, here’s how it always goes: I say, ‘You’ve seen him before. He’s that quiet guy on TV painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees in half an hour….’ And then, whomever I’m talking to, they finish the real story of Bob Ross for me.”
So when Adobe approached Kowalski with the idea of combining a Bob Ross tribute with a Photoshop Sketch how-to, she was thrilled. “Bob’s wish was to inspire as many as people as possible to be creative and to share their creativity with others—Adobe’s Joy of Sketching series clearly has the same goal.”