*I draw and paint with my finger on the iPad screen, rather than use a stylus.
Drawing can be a great place to escape to – a quiet, solitary place – where all seems right with the world.
I had a happy childhood, yet sometimes I found many things overwhelming, and drawing (or escaping into a book) helped me cope.
When I turned to other less healthy ways to cope with life, I still drew; and when I nearly didn’t have a life at all, I continued to draw. When God, saved me in my twenties – I drew and I drew and I drew….
Quite a few years back, I wrote a poem, called “Creativity”; following, is a line from it.
“We can’t escape our Maker’s mark; from Whom comes our creative spark”.
Whatever field or form that may take…
So thankful to Jesus Christ, for my wonderful life.
As I continue to draw, and explore various media; and share some of my journey here – I hope you find my posts encouraging for your own drawing adventures.
Below are some links to some interesting sites, about drawing.
On the above site, in the menu there is a link to the another site called The Big Draw. Here is a link to one of it’s pages; on which is a great video called “The Importance of Drawing” well worth watching.
“Learning by Drawing”. An article on a site called Australiasian Science.
Whether on iPad, android tablet…or paper – have fun drawing! 🙂
I used: oil pastels, crayon, thin paint washes and smudge tools; on a green toned paper. This app has quite a few different coloured and textured surfaces to choose from. *I use my finger, rather than a stylus.
Like most artists, I find the best way to learn about the properties of different media, is to do lots of experimental sketches and drawings – whether it’s in an art app, on paper or on canvas. 🙂
In a previous post I mention, the wonderful colours and shapes, fruit and vegetables offer, as subject matter for a painting or drawing. One of the most popular, I think, is the humble pear. Such a simple form, yet it often takes centre stage in an art work.
I’ve certainly drawn many pears over the years. I wonder why they are so appealing. Maybe their form suggests aspects of femininity or perhaps fertility. Maybe that’s why they’re so popular! Somewhere, I have a linocut print I did of me, very pregnant; I called it “Ripe”. I think round ripe fruit; pears in particular can be reminiscent of that lovely state..Well enough of all that – I reckon I just like drawing pears 🙂
I hesitate to call this following collection, haiku or haiga except for this first one, above. Really they are just word play, ideas..intended to weave together with the image to make a completed artwork. Not happy with all of them. However, I thought you may find it interesting to see some of the arty processes possible with these apps and also hope you find a few of the word plays, a little amusing. *After I’d put together the two lots of collected drawings, below, using the “Pic Collage” app, I realized they may be a bit small to read. Sorry about that. However, for my blog, I use a responsive WordPress theme, so you can enlarge the pictures easily on small touch screens.
There’s more about the various language devices I use further along, but firstly a “Pear Parade”. Hmm, sounds like a good title for a book.
I share a bit more about the apps I’ve mentioned, on my page, “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.
The poetic device, “personification” is the dominant feature, in this collection: a fun way to play around with words and ideas, by giving human thoughts and feelings to an inanimate object; in this case a piece of fruit! I see it as cartooning with words. I use this technique quite often in my haiku and other poems I write. However, I usually do the accompanying illustrations in a realistic manner, rather than as a cartoon drawing.
When you personify something whether in words or pictures, it can allow you to touch on more serious human conditions and concerns, and give them voice – in a playful way. This can give the writer or the reader a chance to smile about it, even if it’s just momentarily – which surely is a good thing!.
Other poetic devices I’ve used in these word plays are assonance: the repetition of middle word sounds and alliteration: the repetition of beginning word sounds. Also a bit of rhyme.
Poetry can be a great way to encourage kids and adults to write; and to learn about homonyms: (or to spell it out, excuse the pun) words that have different meanings, but the same or similar spelling and sounds. When I wrote the pear sounding words, I was tempted to spell them incorrectly, for fun, but I couldn’t pear, I mean bare it.
If you think of any other word plays about pears..or some other fruit or inanimate object, feel free to share them in the comments… I won’t pinch them to put with a picture; pe(a)rish the thought!
Have a great day.