Foliage Drawings, and About a Recent Workshop

Drawing of plant

I began this work on paper, using a black fineliner “Artline” pen (brushed over it with water) – which has long been a favourite drawing tool. I scanned it into the iPad using the Scanner Pro app. Then hand drew some colour in Procreate, using the  turpentine paint, and also used a little of the ink bleed pen. You can see the beginnings in the first pic below.

*Please tap on a pic, to enlarge them all. 

 

The (Tayasui) Sketches app has more features since I used it a couple of years back. The watercolour and ink pen are quite impressive!

Recently I gave a Workshop in our local Community House. It went really well. It was something I hoped to do, after the really good response I had to my iPad art display in the Community House last year. Once again, forgot to take some pics! Sorry about that. 🙂 But there’ll be a next time.

Hopefully all going well I’ll have another workshop in September. In this one, I’ll have on the materials list two art apps that are also available on Android tablets, the “Tayasui Sketches” app, and “Autodesk SketchBook”. The Workshop is titled,” Traditional Drawing, on Paper and iPad, or Android Tablet”.

Unfortunately, there are a few brilliant art apps that are as yet not available on Android tablets – and not sure if they will be there in the future. Nevertheless, these two mentioned above are really quite good. It’s great to see people excited to learn about drawing, as well as drawing and painting on a touch screen. Over at portfoliolongo.com  you can read about Paul J. Longo’s venture into helping others learn about drawing and painting in art app media. There’s also plenty of his wonderful iPad art to look at, and his clever and witty words to read!

Below is the advert I had for my recent Workshop.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Notes for a Workshop

 

Flowers 1.P – Fineliner Pen on Paper, with Hand Painted Colour in an Art App.

Vase of flowers

This drawing was inspired by a sprig of geranium I’d placed into some water on the windowsill in the kitchen. I admired it’s pretty shapes, colour and hardiness; as it continued to bud and flower all week long.

I raced around a small sheet of watercolour paper (not aiming for an exact likeness) with my fineliner (artline) pen. Then followed with a whoosh of a wet brush across the watersoluble line work. Not quite knowing where the ink will flow is part of the fun; though I did try and direct it to some extent. Then I scanned it in with the “Scanner Pro” app, and took it into “Procreate”, where I hand painted in some colour. *A little more info on captions on the pics below.

I’ve often illustrated my poems with a fineliner pen; usually finishing with washes of watercolour. *Please tap on an image to enlarge and read the caption.

When I add further media, whether on paper or on the iPad, I try to not “overdo” it, so as not to detract from the fresh, spontaneous look that I aim for.

It printed up well on my pigment ink printer. I love that printing it gives my fineliner (artline) pen drawing – which is apt to fade – a fade resistant, archival home. And also handy that from a small work, I can print it up to an A3 size or larger.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break. Thanks for visiting!

“He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.”
Matthew 28:6 WEB

An Illustrated Haiku… From My “Poems from Home” Collection

Flowers in a vase

*Watercolour and black fineliner pen on paper.

This is from my handmade book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”. I’ve shared quite a few here already, with still more to come. I wrote and drew them about 15 years or so ago, during the very busy days of bringing up four lively and lovely boys – young men now.

I had a sort of a map of them on the wall in the kitchen; shaping and fine tuning the words and pics, in between cooking, doing dishes, and so many other things – and these everyday scenes mostly feature in them.

The kitchen still sometimes serves as a studio for my art and words. (Ahh… a sliver of alliteration in this last line, and a little lick of it in this line, as well)

As each poem and illustration were designed to be presented together, I think they could also be called a “haiga”. I want to get back to writing more poems…with illustrations…given time.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Some Recent iPad, and Traditional Media Artworks

Mother and baby drawing
Begun with a black watercolour on textured paper, then painted in a little colour in “Procreate”. On the print, I added more colour with my coloured pencils.

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. Below is a video, from my Instagram site, of the monoprint above, as I add media to it in “Procreate”.

There’s more info on my page “Printing iPad Art”. Thanks for stopping by!