I have drawn and painted quite a few “faces” in recent weeks. I used a range of media provided, in these amazing art apps. They look much like works I do on paper and canvas.
I don’t have a studio, (my home is my studio) 🙂 so it’s great to be able to draw and paint in this way. No set up of materials; I just flip open the iPad lid, and off I go. I get a lot more; sketching, experimenting and artworks completed, in a shorter space of time. So helpful, when time, for many good reasons, is still difficult to find for my art and writing.
And the more you do, the better, to see where you are going!
Much of the fun, when writing and drawing, is in the process, even when the end result is not always successful..
From iPad to Print.
I’ve exhibited my artwork (on paper and canvas) only a handful of times over the years. As well, as sharing some of it in the form of handmade books of illustrated poems.
I plan to venture again into exhibiting my art. I also hope to get moving with making my illustrated poems into ebooks (and into print), using a wonderful app called “Book Creator”.
Late last year I had an exhibition of my iPad art prints in our local cafe. I’m pleased how it turned out. There’s more information about it on my page, “About Some Art Apps, Other Apps and My Books”.
The prints are excellent and reasonably priced. I’m glad to have found this printing company, as “giclee” prints seem to be the requirement for exhibiting in a gallery and are a more acceptable print in terms of archival qualities. *Update: now I’m able to print great quality prints at home; and these will serve well for any future exhibitions.
Before uploading my art to the Printers I mentioned above, via the photo section of the iPad, I place a border on them. To do this I had to put the border on the artwork before putting it into “iPhotos”.
- I did this in an app, “Pic Collage” and it worked well.
- I may try this also in the “Pages” app: take a screen shot (which from this app is the only way to save it into “iPhotos”) crop it, leaving a white border all around it, before uploading the artwork to the printers.
- I use the “Pages” app to put borders on my art, before I email them as pdfs to my local “officechoice” store, for laser printing and for printing at home. They are printed on archival gloss paper and look great!
I ordered one of my prints from my site at RedBubble an online print on demand store. Excellent quality, however, difficult to fit it into a standard size frame.
RedBubble is a great company; its easy to upload my work to my site and manage it. It’s fun to see my work on: cushions, mugs, scarfs, cards, journals…I’ve bought a few things through them! You have the choice of what to print your artwork on. Haven’t sold much – yet 🙂 but still nice to know people can view my work there. You can also print work privately for yourself, …may do that for some tourist type cards and posters to sell locally.
To enlarge all, please touch on one of the pics below.
Blogging (among many other great things) has also helped me: sort out my art, try out ideas, organize and develop and plan some of my arty adventures. And I plan to keep posting here fornightly; more often when time permits! I also pray and try to follow God’s lead in all I do. A comfort and a blessing.
So God willing, I’ll get time to do all that I want to do…whatever happens, I’m thankful.
Hope you have a happy, creative and blessed weekend.