Some Recent Sketches – Drawn on My iPad, in the “Art Set Pro” app

Yellow vase of flowers
On a lovely tan coloured surface, I used: charcoal, coloured pencil, conte and smudge tools.

Drawing from observation is certainly very important in the early stages of learning to draw – also an ongoing journey. However, after many years of doing this and possibly by now, thousands of drawings later, I find myself sometimes using, what I like to call, “poetic licence”; and draw from memory and imagination. This has been the case in many works I’ve shared on my blog.

It can be quite difficult at times to get reference material to work from. I say this as an observation – no pun intended 🙂 – rather than an excuse.

It is of course, a common practice to draw and paint from notions and ideas, rather than from what you “see”. But I do think, nevertheless, that an underlying skill base in observational drawing, can only add to such artworks.

Here is a smattering of works from recent weeks, tumbled out from my daydreaming, (usually in a hurry, due to time constraints) unless otherwise stated.

*I use my finger, rather than a stylus, to draw and paint on my iPad.

Clothes on a clotheshorse
A drawing I did of the washing on the clotheshorse that I had in front of our wood fire. Washing is a common theme in my art, writing and life! Oil pastel and smudge tools.
Washing on the clotheshorse2
This is a part of the above drawing. I took the drawing into “Photos” and enlarged a section and then cropped it. Not sure about parts of it. I really enjoy using the smudge tools in this app; can get some interesting effects.
A wispy landscape
I used the wax crayons, some charcoal and a touch of paint in the sky; had fun running my finger around it, with the smudge tools. I like the warm beige surface.
Mother and baby 4
Love the charcoal in this app. I’ve also added some white marker pen and used some smudge tools. Mother and baby; one of my favourite themes.
A lemon on purple surface
Used: paint, oil pastel, wax crayon and smudge tools. I had a lemon in a bowl to look at; played about, blurring some edges.
Flowers in a purple vase
Had a lovely splash about with paint in “Art Set Pro” and then used the smudge tools.

Have a great weekend!

25 thoughts on “Some Recent Sketches – Drawn on My iPad, in the “Art Set Pro” app

    1. Thank you. Fun to mix it up; but do like to draw and redraw certain subject matter. I suppose we all have our favourite themes and subject matter. I just saw your portrait drawing; looks great, nice to see you revisiting portraiture.

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  1. Hey Janette – Wow. The Art Set app is rather amazing in the effects you achieve from the various materials. The composition of your Mother and Baby charcoal is powerful. Love your color work as well. A few other artists I follow use Art Set app on occasion; Carmel Behan comes to mind. Might have to breakdown and buy an iPad. I work from life, and just starting to introduce some of my imagination into a couple pieces as settings for the model. It is a challenge.

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    1. Thank you! Don. This app is my favourite (there’s only a few I like and use) because it so wonderfully replicates media I have used for years! Also, works from “Art Set Pro” ( and a few others) print up really well. I know I have influenced Carmel in doing iPad art, at least in the use of this app; and she’s doing some lovely work with it’s media. 🙂
      I think it’s a way of doing art, that is just going to get more and more popular and accepted in the art world. Either way, I’ll just keep on using this very handy art tool/media. 🙂 Hope you get to give it a go sometime.
      With all your great skills and talent, I’m sure you would handle very well, putting together pieces that stem more from your imagination. I reckon an art journey is often challenging. Love your saying,”Progress not perfection”. Have a lovely day. ~ Janette.

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  2. You’re definitely having some fun with that app…and it shows! Love it all, but most particularly the lemon in bowl and the bottom pic of the vibrant blue vase and colourful flowers. 😀

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    1. Thank you. Yes, good fun! I think mainly because drawing and painting in the “Art Set Pro” app, is amazingly similar, to working on paper or canvas; with the bonus of no mess or clean up time – very handy. 🙂

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      1. I loved finger painting too. 🙂 Sometimes, while I’m running my finger around the screen (I don’t use a stylus) and become absorbed in the drawing or painting, I get a similar “feel” to finger painting. Hard to describe really, but quite enjoyable. I really like your photo experiments. All the best, Janette. 🙂

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  3. Hi Janette,
    Your creativity on your I Pad is improving all the time. You enthusiasm and skills are inspiring. IT is always interesting to see each new blog and image you create..
    Thanks as well for linking my work.

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