I often like to draw or paint a “Mother and Baby” image. Being a mum brings me so much joy, and also: hard work, tiredness, and sometimes heart ache. And though we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, here in Australia; I think mothers are worth special attention everyday!
I began this artwork above with a quick pencil sketch, then took it into Procreate – a particularly suitable app title 🙂 – where I dabbed in (freehand) some colour, printed it, added some watercolour on the print, then scanned it in again, and added more work in the app…this is the one you see here. I’ll print it as cards, as an A4 print, and also finish it as a (very!) mixed media artwork.
It can become quite wordy trying to share all the processes, and may sound complicated, but really it’s not. It just involves a lot of play, so it’s certainly good fun!
My website/blog continues to be a helpful online journal for myself, and hopefully for you also.
In the works below, I’ve included some media info on the captions. *To enlarge them all, please tap on an image.
I really enjoyed using all these bright colours in the “Procreate” app. It inspires me to try more of this colour boldness in my watercolours…as per the next pic.
This is painted with watercolour, though I first drew the white lines in oil pastel…initially difficult to see! However, enjoyed putting washes of colour over it and seeing the white appear. Added a bit of art app media.
I began this with pencil and watercolour….this has a bit more colour added in Procreate.
Had fun using my new set of water soluble pencils. A quick sketch, though not enough room at the top of the head…added it in with art app media. As seen in the next pic.
I put the top of the head in, in Procreate. I left enough room for this when I scanned it in.
A tiny watercolour, added a bit more white to it with the charcoal in Procreate. Looked pretty printed up.
Watercolour on a beautiful cold pressed Stratmore paper. You can see the texture here in the scan of this tiny watercolour.
Since returning to using more of my traditional art media, I’m really enjoying the interplay between working both onscreen, and offscreen (reminds me of Star trek terminology ) 🙂 Such as: catching a pencil sketch with the “Scanner Pro” app, playing about with it in an art app… printing it… then perhaps applying some watercolour. Or enlarging and cropping a part of a scanned in watercolour, printing it, then applying more traditional media to it…and so on..and on.. *There’s info on the captions under each pic, describing it’s travels.
I’m slowly gathering together a collection of finished works in traditional media on paper; as well as their digital/traditional offspring. Some closely resemble the parent, some less so…each a work in it’s own right.
On my post,“About Drawing Faces”, there’s some more general info about the “faces” I love to draw, and an example of a fine pencil technique I used to draw one of my sons as a baby.
I’m also working on some flowers and still life watercolours, and trying out a little oil-pastel – will share some soonish.
A print from a work I began on canvas a little while back. I scanned it into the iPad, and added to it (freehand) using a little art app media in “Procreate”. Then put a little watercolour and gouache onto the print.
I knew I wanted to do further work on the print, so I printed it onto watercolour paper (300gsm), asinkjet papers have a finish which inhibits the flow of watercolour media. I’m learning what paper suits what purpose… There’s a recycled 300gsm card I print on with a really smooth surface, which takes colour pencil work beautifully. If I’m not adding any work to the final print, I have some lovely inkjet papers to choose from.
In the video below you can see the work I did in the “Procreate” app with: paint, pencil and the artist crayon. Unfortunately, I overworked it and lost the intial washy look of the paint. However, I’m pleased with the effect of the canvas texture showing through. I could finish it on the canvas, but not sure where it’s got to! Anyway, as I sort of like how it ended up, thought I’d share it here.
You can read more about the “faces” I like to draw and paint, on this appropriately named blog post, “About Drawing Faces”. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
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’ve 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.
Occasionally, I try out some art apps on my phone. I began this in Autodesk Sketchbook on my Motorola phone. It has a 5 inch screen, just enough room to do a bit of sketching. I draw with my finger, rather than use a stylus. As on the iPad, I can expand the picture area to help with some detail work. However, with this one I decided to email it to my iPad before doing much detail. I then saved it into iPhotos.
NextI worked on it again in the Autodesk Sketchbook app, and then did a little more on it in Procreate. The very small screen creates certain limitations in how I use line, tone and colour. This can be a challenge; and like many challenges one I rather enjoy!
It also leads to some distortion (though I think I can improve on this) in the shapes I make… which I kinda like..
I try to draw daily, whether on paper, canvas or the iPad…or android phone! Practice – as in most skill learning – is so important in furthering skills in drawing.
Thanks for visiting; have a great day!
*Just thought I’d mention to fellow bloggers who I’ve met up with over in Instagram land; I’ve now deleted my site there. I found it way too busy a place… at least for the moment, may try it again one day..