A Mix of Art Media – Some Recent Works

Mother and Baby paintingI 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.

Thankful †

Watercolour, Gouache, Art App Media – Some Works in Progress

Painting of a woman’s face
I began this with a very quick pencil sketch on Art Spectrum Draw & Wash 210gsm paper – also great paper to print on. Then added watercolour and gouache. I took it into the “Procreate” app, where I’ve added (and subtracted) a little to it. You can see the original below (after the next pic) – I’ve not quite finished it yet.

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. 

Paintings of a woman’s face
Applying some more media in the “Procreate” app.
A mix of artworks and media
A collection of paper and media… really love the rich colours of the set of Caran d’Ache gouache. More about these two pics below.
Drawing of a woman’s face
A splash of watercolour in the “UBrush Pro” app, and also used a grey pencil in this app for the drawing, I then printed it onto Canson 220 drawing paper. You can see above, the watercolour and gouache I added to the print… and below is the same pic taken into “Procreate” where I’ve dabbed down some more colour work.
Painting of a woman
I’ve put more white to it, as is usual I get too heavy handed with my watercolour washes – which I suppose can suit in places, but not all over! A little more of a smile added as well – a good thing! 🙂

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.

So thankful† for my art opportunities. 

Thanks for visiting – enjoy your weekend. 

Canvas, iPad, then Work on the Print – and a Quick Video

Painting of a woman’s face

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), as inkjet 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!

Some Art in Various Media – and Art Prints

Drawing of rocks

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.

Drawing of a woman
I printed this artline inkpen drawing onto brown kraft paper; then added some coloured pencil work, and a little white (water soluble) neo colour pastel.

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. 

 

A Drawing Begun on My Android Phone; and Finished on the iPad.

Drawing of a woman's face

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.

Next I 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..