A Video – Sketching on my iPad

Sketches on an iPad

I’ve mentioned about placing a video here of me (at least of my finger) drawing and painting on the iPad. Finally, I’ve (ok, my hand) has made it to the big, or rather the small screen.

You may have seen videos of artists, swishing about with their media, with great mood music playing in the background, wonderful camera angles and lighting – well, this isn’t one of them. *The video is a little further along.

There was the sound of tip tapping of dog paws  – our two cute Jack Russels – across the dining room floor; and me telling them to shoosh. As well, a few whisperings between my youngest son – the camera man – and I.

I managed to edit out the sound, and even put some captions on the video. However, by the time I’d figured out how to do this, I’d lost all momentum to figure out how to add music…

Importantly, you can see the iPad screen clearly, and me drawing, “albeit”  (such, a lovely old fashioned expression) just a bit of sketching – certainly not a masterpiece. 😉 It may not be as arty looking as seeing someone flourishing a brush, yet, the process feels surprisingly – given the somewhat oddity of it all – similar, and for me, just as rewarding. I’m using the lovely natural looking media, in the app “Art Set Pro”, which has a particularly visually appealing user panel.

I’ll continue to share on occaisions, the easier video option, where you can see my drawing unfolding – recorded from within an art app. But, I think my finger’s moment of fame is to be short lived.  No time for these shenanigans, there’s: dinner to cook, dogs to walk, family to chat with…

Nevertheless, I hope this little video, is helpful in giving you some further insights into iPad art.

I sometimes mix my iPad art and traditional art together, in the same drawing/painting. You can see some examples of this in a recent post.

Thank you for your time in reading this; and viewing my video.

A Watercolour/Art app Mix, Process Pics, and a Poem

Mother and baby painting
This is the finished artwork, after using my iPad to scan in the drawing, and then painting on it with “Art Set Pro” media.

This began as a quick black watercolour pencil sketch; about 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm) in size. A favourite subject matter of mine – a mother and baby. I whooshed some water over it and then with my iPad, scanned it in, using the “Scanner Pro” app. I like the look of the original, but thought I’d add some colour in an art app. It printed up well. I used (as I usually do) the lovely epson heavy weight paper. The print has a soft, muted look, which I like, though this is partly acheived, by my not so great scan! – getting better at it though. I find a photo isn’t as effective as the scanner.

A little further along is a poem I had fun writing recently, titled “Rough Draft Rumblings”. Yet to be illustrated; so there may be more rumblings. 🙂

*Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all.

I’m trying different ways to present my prints. With this one, after cutting around the printed picture, and leaving a white edge, I tried laying it on an A4 size green/ grey paper – the black paper, looked a bit harsh. Quite, like the look of it. Think, I’ll get some different coloured card, and do more of this. May eventually place it into an A4 frame.

Presentation, has never been my highpoint…like to just get on with the next pic. However, if I want to continue to display some locally, (I’ve exhibited and sold some of my art, occasionally, over the years) I’ll have to look into it more. Of course, an effective frame, can add to a piece…will just experiment with ways which look good, don’t take too much time, and don’t cost too much!

Lately, I’ve enjoyed adding oil pastel, and so on… and acrylic mediums to some of my iPad artworks after printing them. Sometimes, it’s fun to, scan an artwork in, as with this one; and then draw and paint on it (I use my finger, rather than a stylus) within an art app. Sometimes, I just like to print something I’ve drawn or painted on my iPad, and leave as is. Spoilt for choices; and thankful.

Rough Draft Rumblings

There was a tale told,
that our scribblings, our penned,
but unpolished lines,
would be taken out to shine.
Placed upon a new page;
prettied up with pictures;
and presented upon an iPad stage.
Sense and syllables carefully checked –
our sounds, spruced up, tweaked –
our vowels carefully paced.
And the placement of a pause,
in just the right place.
But still we wait.

Those pesky pint sized poems,
haiku I think she calls them – they’ve made it out.
Suppose, they speak lots, even shout,
within a small space.

Well, I’m a poem too, and I’m tired; I’ve waited
and waited – I want to be illustrated.
I may be longer in syllable count,
but I deserve, a wash of line and colour;
to be tizzied and typed up in a pretty font –
that’s what I want!
I still have lines, where a full stop
should restrain me;
where penline arrows point –
in all directions, and make me feel
rather threatened; and where
I pivot precariously in places,
at the end of a parade of ellipses…
I need to be fixed.

But, I hear tell, before our ink fades,
we may have our say.
The rumour is, there’s a flurry of movement
in the filing cabinet;
a ruffling of manilla folders.

We are the older ones,
but it seems she’s not forgotten us.

We may have begun as scribbles,
written quickly between the folding of washing,
and wiping baby dribbles…
But she’s still fond of us.
Though we may not all make it
to the online world…it could be,
the day is coming,
where at the least, our
lines will be made legible.

For those of us, who don’t make the cut –
at least on paper, it’s enough,
we’ve helped her along the writing path;
and we still live on in our maker’s heart.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂