Mother and Baby 1.A and Quick Video

Mother and Baby painting

I often draw and paint images of a mother and baby; as a mum of four boys (young men now) it’s probably not surprising. I do so many of them I’ve decided to begin giving each a number and letter as a title; which I also do now with my flower artworks. A bit of a melancholy look on her face; think it could well be tiredness!

I painted this with gouache, on acrylic painting paper. After I scanned it in with the Scanner Pro app, I softened some of the outer edges with the artist crayon in Procreate (hmm, a suitable name in this instance); and added a touch more media in places. You can see this in the video below.

It printed up well on the Epson Archival Matte paper. I love how it shows the texture of the paper. Sort of like the edge around the pic, but may try it with out it. I’ll remove it with the eraser set on the soft airbrush in the Procreate app. Hmm, may soften the line under the right eye…difficult to know when to finish sometimes!

Mother and Baby
I took a photo of the print (centred on A4 size paper) with the iPad camera, rather than with the Scanner Pro app. This gives a softer look and closer to how the print appears – though it is a tiny bit richer in colour than this.

Sometimes a scan is brighter in colour than the work on paper or canvas, which often I quite like; and informs me of changes I may like to make to the original.

My skills with scanning are improving. This enables me to quite easily make “reproductive” prints of some of my traditional media artworks. I also continue to experiment with beginning a work on paper/canvas, completing a large part of it in an art app; and sometimes adding more traditional art media on the print…and so on… And there’s some lovely inkjet papers that I’m trying out.

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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.

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*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.. 

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.

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Notes for a Workshop