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!

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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Flowers 1.Q – Gouache on Paper, with a Bit of White Art App Paint

Flower painting

Scanned in my gouache painting with the iPad, using “Scanner Pro”. I then took it into the “Procreate” app, where I finger painted in some white watercolour media over the red flowers. I had hoped to freshen up the overworked look of the flowers, however, it didn’t quite work.

In the gouache (Caran D’Ache Gouache Studio tablets) on paper I scrubbed back some of the red paint… didn’t help much..  May be able to rescue it with a little white paint – though this may just muddy it up more! Oh well, on with the next one..

As I continue to experiment in various ways, with mixing my traditional and art app media together, the “Scanner Pro” app has become increasingly useful. Slowly, I’m getting better at using it…

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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