I began this with graphite pencil and watercolour on paper, then with the “Scanner Pro” app brought it into the iPad. I had not left enough white on the flowers, so in the “Procreate” app I lifted some whites out (freehand) with the eraser. Also added a little more colour here and there before printing it. Unfortunately the original watercolour on paper didn’t finish up as well as this one. Though I’m not altogether happy with this either. I need to loosen up with watercolour washes; and learn to leave more white paper showing! Always something to learn.
Below are a smattering of works I’ve been doing lately – more info on the captions. Then there’s a quick drawing video of the face I did, shown here in the prints, in the fifth image along. *Please tap on an image, to enlarge them all.
I used a walnut brown watersoluble pencil for this drawing. And did a little more work on it in the “Procreate” app.
Added colour (freehand) to this pencil drawing in the Procreate app. On the print I put a touch of colour pencil on it. I’ll probably put more colour on it in the app too.
I love how the scan picked up the texture of the watercolour paper. Have printed it back onto watercolour paper to try some different watercolour finishes. Hopefully I won’t overdo it!
I drew these pears in “Procreate”. Used the “Nicko Rull” paint again. Love the shape of the line this paintbrush makes, reminds me of linocut lines. Printed them on a card template in the “Pages” app, with info printed on the back. Added some watercolour to the prints.
I drew this face with the “Nicko Rull” paint in “Procreate. Adding watercolour to the prints. I left it with an unfinished look in the app, Wanted to finish it on paper. See process video below.
A quick pencil sketch I did in one of my sketch books. I scanned it in to work on further as per the next pic.
After scanning it in added a bit more pencil in”Procreate. This is it printed with colour pencil and mat varnish on the print.
When I scanned this watercolour in, I lightened it overall in iPhotos…still too muddy looking. Hmm, may be able to rescue it on a print.
As always, thankful to God† for all my art opportunities.
I drew this with an “Artline” pen, (a type of pen I’ve enjoyed using for years) from a photo I took of rocks by a running stream, at a local swimming spot. I brushed over the lines with water – part of the fun is not knowing how the ink will spread. After scanning it in with the “Scanner Pro” app, I painted in some more black tones with my finger, using paint in the “Procreate” app. A grey tone came in with the scan. Instead of rescanning it, I thought it suited the drawing so I kept it there.
Unfortunately, the ink in these pens does fade over time, however, printing it with my Epson pigment ink printer gives it a fade resistant, and smudge proof home. I can then paint on it further in traditional media – as in the image below.
I’ve collected together a few of my recent works (play) 🙂 below. As usual there are faces, and pears – another favourite subject matter… I enjoyed doing landscapes again, and I plan to do some more. Thank you for stopping by! *Please tap on a pic to enlarge them all.
Some of these artworks I began on my iPad, and when I had printed them, I finished them with traditional media. Some I began on paper, and then finished them in an art app. As well, there are those I began, and completed either within an art app, or on paper …and two works in progress on canvas. *The gallery of artworks is a little further along.
The process of mixing traditional media with art app media, opens up a wide range of creative options, and possibilities; and I’m able to create some “one off” works, as well as open edition prints. Once I see how I finish a print with my traditional media, I often work back within the art app (preferring to use my finger, rather than a stylus) and finish the artwork there as well.
On my art app prints, I use oil based artist quality Polochromos coloured pencils. All of the colours, bar two, which I don’t use, have excellent lightfast ratings. Occaisionally, I add a touch of Sennelier, or Windsor and Newton watercolour, and a bit of Art Spectrum gouache…sometimes graphite pencil…
There’s more from my flowers series in the mix. *Please touch on one pic, to enlarge them all.
The media I use works well over my inkjet prints, but not so well over a laser print, as the toner mostly repels it. However, if want to add further media to the laser print, I work around this a bit, by careful planning (which I often do anyway – making decisions about: composition, tone, colour…) and leave some areas white, or of a lighter colour, in the art app drawing. This means the media adheres better to the print surface. A laser print (from my local officechoice store) comes in particularly handy for “A3” prints, as my inkjet printer, only prints to A4 size. This suits me as I generally like to work A4 size and under; and I’m not planning to buy an A3 printer – as yet.
*I draw and paint, with my finger on the iPad, rather than use a stylus.
There was a frost outside this morning, and I lay cosy, warm in bed; sloshing about with paint on my iPad, in an app called “UBrush Pro”. It has a lovely “feel” to the paint – a wonderful watery effect – with an edge of unpredictability.
Qualities I enjoy with watercolour on paper – and which can, understandably, be difficult to find on an iPad!
However, this simple, little app with it’s uncluttered, easy to use panel, manages to deliver quite a satisfying watercolour experience. I’d say, a step beyond what I’ve discovered so far, in the better known art apps I use. I also really like the app’s coloured pencils – they seem so soft… Difficult to explain, the “feel” which accompanies the experience, of drawing and painting on an iPad. I gather it must be due to the power of visual perception. I don’t think I’d find iPad art so rewarding without this sensory experience.
A friend of mine, has “UBrush Pro”, and showed me it the other day. I didn’t realise I had it already; found it hidden away, on my busy looking iPad screen. She had the updated version, with the oil pastels, which work wonderfully well; and some other media. It’ll be worth the $5.99 (Aus) to update mine.
This landscape was a product of play, memory and imagination – good fun.
I’ll share some more of my works from this app soon. Have a great day!