Flower Friends

Woman with FlowersWatercolour, gouache, Inktense pencil, and graphite pencil, on Art Spectrum, textured A4 “Draw and Wash” paper.

Day 30 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

Began with an idea, and a quick trip around the paper with a black Inktense paper. Then brushed on washes of watercolour, and a little white gouache – mostly on the face. Added touches of graphite pencil here and there.

Knowing I can bring in some white gouache to tame my lines helps me relax with the initial sketch.

Ah, lots of line work; back to comfortable territory! This technique is probably how I like to mostly work; with visits to other ways in between.

Back tomorrow with the last watercolour of the challenge!

Cheerio, till then.

A Sunflower – Sort Of

Sunflower paintingWatercolour, Inktense pencil, and gouache on canvas: size approx. 10cm x 10cm – 4” x 4”.

Day 29 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

This is not yet a finished painting, and it’s not one I’m particularly pleased with. However, as is often the case, there’s aspects I like, and I learn something. 

The focus is unfortunately neither the petals or the leaves, and there is a visual fight there I find disconcerting. 

It’s a long way from a fresh washy look, and doesn’t quite hit the mark as a painterly piece. However, it almost succeeds as a stylised art work – a look I quite like. 

I hope to fix it up a bit…and an “isolation” coat and varnish will help to bring out the colours and contrasts, as well as protect it. These protective coatings can be quite effective over watercolours and gouache.

On with the challenge…two more days to go!

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Water Soluble Pencils, Art App Media – on Acrylic Paper

Drawing of a woman’s face

I began this watercolour pencil drawing/painting above, with a blue Inktense pencil, then used Caran D’Ache Supra Soft watersoluble colour pencils, on Canson A4 245gsm acrylic paper. Again, as in this previous post, in the gallery of pics, I managed to chop of the top of the head! After I scanned it into the iPad, I fixed it up a little in the Procreate app, and in general, worked on it further.

I also smudged her face a tiny bit using the tool shaped like a finger pointing, (first setting it to 4B charcoal) as you can see in the middle pic below. *For the past week and a half, I’ve been using my new iPad Pro 10.5, excellent! Though the mini, and iPad Air 2 I’ve had are also very good. I hardly ever use a (clunky) computer for anything – and use an iPad instead. 

I printed it onto A5 paper, using the same acrylic paper I used for the original work. Really love the texture of this paper. I plan to work further on the print. Some more details below – to enlarge them all, please tap on a pic.

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Flowers 1.V – Inktense Pencil and Art App Media – and a Video

Yellow flower painting

I drew this late last year with a black Inktense pencil, and used the Scanner Pro app to bring it into the iPad. From that app I took it into the iPad’s photo section, and from there into the Procreate app. That’s where I tidied up around the edges of the scanned image, and then dabbed in some colour (freehand) using the artist crayon, coloured charcoal, and the ink bleed pen.

Recently I looked at it again and decided to print it. I thought the yellow areas were a little dull, and so I painted in some more colour with the Gesinski ink (and I think a little of the turpentine media) in Procreate. You can see this in the video further along. There’s a pic of these flowers before I added in more colour, in a gallery of images in a previous post.

If I print onto a watercolour or drawing paper (inkjet paper is made to better receive the printing inks) I usually have to saturate the colour (and sometimes adjust the contrast…) a little in the editing part of the iPad’s photo section. This also helps keeps the print in line with how I see the colours and contrasts on the iPad screen. I may not bother to do this if I intend to add more art media to to the printed image. I’m learning as I go along, through lots of trial and error (and most importantly) through play. 🙂 *Please tap on a pic, to enlarge them both.

It’s so interesting to see how each type of paper: watercolour, drawing, or the various inkjet papers I use, give their own unique character to the print.

I first purchased an iPad about 5yrs ago, and still marvel at the all the creative opportunities it has made possible. Not only for my adventures in iPad art, but also for printing it, and making “reproductive” prints of my traditional artworks; as well as for building this website, blogging…and so on – rarely use a computer. I began with a iPad mini, and now use an iPad Air 2; very soon will be using an iPad 10.5 Pro – exciting!  Tried the apple pencil – excellent, but I’m happy enough to draw on the screen with my finger. 🙂 *Only four more flowers to go in this series…then I think I’ll start another one.

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Beach Holiday – iPad Paintings, and Sketches on Canvas

*I draw and paint on the iPad screen, with my finger, rather than use a stylus.

Just back from a holiday, up the coast of N.S.W – a lovely time with family and friends. Here’s a few of the sea scenes I painted on my my iPad and some sketches.

Seascape with bird painting
I used paint, smudge tools and a touch of white conte crayon on the waves and on the grass, in the “Art Set Pro” app.
Seascape painting
A little bit of abstraction. Liked the loose wash look of this one.
Seacape painting
Paint and oil pastel in the “Art Set Pro” app.
Seascape painting.
Another wash of thinned paint in “Art Set Pro” app. Like the simple design.
Seascape painting
Used paint and oil pastel in the “Art Set Pro” app.

The “Scanner Pro app” is great for bringing in my works on paper or canvas into my iPad.

It picks up detail far better than a photo and you can adjust the light and darks of the image, before saving it to the iPhoto section of the iPad. You can see a comparison, in the two pics below; and following is the final drawing, after adding more media in the “Art Set Pro” app.

Drawing of a fern
Used a black “Inktense” pencil on a canvas sketch pad. This is scanned in with the “Pro Scanner app”.
Photo of fern drawing
A photo of the drawing in my canvas sketch pad.
Fern drawing
Painted this scanned in drawing in the “Art Set Pro” app.
Pear drawing
This is a scanned in oil pastel drawing from my canvas sketch book.
Pear drawing
Enjoyed using the smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app, on this scanned in drawing.

I do like the smudgy look of this drawing, but not that pleased with the overall composition.

All the best for your own art adventures.

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