You can crop an artwork to change it’s composition: slideshow

When you begin a drawing or painting, you often have a particular focus point; a place where you want the viewer’s eye to be primarily drawn.

In this slide show, you can see three artworks I drew in “Art Set Pro” which I had completed, but thought I’d try out a few cropping ideas. This can strengthen and/or completely change the focal point in a picture.

I try and keep the focal point in mind during the drawing process and use: the shapes, lines and colour (if I’m using it) to direct the eye around the picture space – then back to the focus area.

I often have to chop and change my artworks, perhaps just a little; perhaps a lot! However, if I lightly map out the overall composition at the beginning; this helps keep me on track so that any changes can be made sooner rather than later.

It’s easier to crop the artworks I do on my iPad, than works I do on paper.

To crop the drawings in the slideshow I used the “iPhotos” app on my iPad.

I used “Phonto” to put the copyright symbol and name on them.  I use this app a lot; I find it one of the easiest apps, for putting text on pictures. There’s more about apps I use on my page, “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.

Although I  do make slideshows in WordPress itself; which work very well. Sometimes I use the “SlideshowPro” app; quite enjoy trying out the various types of transitions you can do between each slide.

One pear
A cropped version from the slideshow.

I have a picture of an uncropped version of the pears on my “About” page.

As for the oranges, I prefer the cropped rectangular picture. However, before I’ll be happy with it, I will need to work on some of the colours.

Always lots of decisions to make during the process of creating an artwork and then it still may not work out! Good fun though.


Some quick sketches: a slideshow

I drew these during my youngest son’s school holidays. My routine was more relaxed; no tight schedules. I think it shows in these drawings. I love that I can just flip open my iPad and dip quickly into lots of different media. No mess or set up time.

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I think I’ll make a handmade book again soon. I could use some of these, and other drawings, print them at home on my air printer and/or email them to a store in town, and get them laser printed.

I am still working on turning other handmade books of mine into ebooks, using the app “Book Creator”. There’s a photo of some of them at the top of my page  “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.

A landscape
Just a play around in the lovely “Art Set Pro” app

Of course, it all takes time; lots of it – especially as I keep having new ideas for my art and words. This is all fine and good fun; with perserverance and prayer things will get done.

The “Art Set Pro” app, has lovely charcoal…

The charcoal in “Art Set Pro” is lovely to use. I’ve tried charcoal in other art apps, but they just haven’t quite got that chalky rich quality I want.  The drawings in this slideshow, I drew in the “Art Set Pro” app.

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 I think the smudge tools in this app are a part of what makes “Art Set Pro’ so amazing.

By the time I smudge and rub and draw around the charcoal, I sometimes feel like I have to go wash my hands!

Working in black and white, has long been my favourite way to create an artwork. I love the graphite pencil in this app; it also has a rich quality to it.

About Tonal Work

As a child I was quite fascinated by the black and white reproductions of artworks in our family encyclopedia set (that’s way back in the 60’s!) and would diligently copy – mostly faces – from them. It’s probably when my love of black and white tonal work began, also encouraged when I found that, with grey lead pencils – as they were called – I could capture the many grey variations in the photos I drew from.

For years a trusty graphite (greylead) pencil and a “big jotter” –  a drawing pad my mum would often buy me – were hardly ever out of my hands.  Of course at art school I was thrown right into colour work. I loved it, and found my confidence grew. I soon realized the years of focus on graphite pencil drawing, were a big help in being able to “see” the underlying tonal values in my colour paintings.

Learning to see and render the tonal values in your drawing or painting can play a crucial part in it’s success.

Face 13b
I drew this using the graphite pencils in “Art Set Pro” .  Though I don’t usually smudge my pencil work on paper, I thought I’d give it a try here using one of the very handy smudge tools in this app.

The white paper in this app looks distinctly grey, (love the grain in this one) which isn’t so obvious when you use it in the app. I don’t mind it; you can lighten parts up with some white paint as I did here or with white conte, marker pen, oil pastel and so on…Also there is the option to bring in whiter paper from another art app.*Discovered you can make a whiter white than the one preset there. You bring in blank white page from another app (Ubrush Pro seems to suit best) then using the dropper, place it on the page and save the white colour made into the pallete – a very useful white to have.

I highly recommend when learning to draw to look carefully at what you are drawing – a classical skill taught for centuries – and use a simple graphite pencil or one from an app and just practice, practice and then practice some more. And use your pencil lightly and build on it from there and oh, remember to have fun!