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  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.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Workshop blurb

Drew it on my iPad; I drew it – not the app!

Since I began drawing and painting on my iPad, many people have misunderstood, what I’m doing.

Firstly, to put my small murmuring in context: I know it’s a blessing and a privilege to have access to these new technologies. For which I’m thankful.

A Hand
I used oil pastel and charcoal in the “Art Set Pro” app.

For me, (and a growing number of artists) it’s simply, more great media and tools to do what I love to do: draw and paint (and write). Famous artist, David Hockney does amazing work on his iPad, and Andy Maitland is an artist who works exclusively on his iPad – love his work.

Woman with baby on her knee.
A page from my handmade “Mother as Writer” book. After scanning in my line drawings I added some watercolour wash in an app called “Tayasui Sketches”.

I’ve been surprised by some peoples’ reactions. 

1/ The assumption that I use some kind of techno tricks to create the image..and yes, running my finger around a glass screen is a different, techno way to do art; however, it still requires my usual art skills and years of training and at least a little of that illusive thing called talent – which still means lots of practice..and so on.

2/ Someone once once remarked..“the work on my iPad and my iPad art prints look just like my “real” work”?!..or something to that effect!

3/ Just generally an “Oh!” expression of surprise and approval – when I explain the “what” and “hows” of my iPad art, (especially if they give it a quick try themselves): where beforehand they were rather dismissive and negative.

I’ve seen great artworks created using various photoshop techniques; but I don’t use them. If I ever try some, I’ll certainly make that clear. I’m also impressed with a lot of digital art, created by artists who cleverly incorporate computer skills with their drawing and painting ability. But that’s quite unlike anything I do on my iPad, and certainly beyond my technological skills.

I love the: paper, canvas,  pencils, brushes, pens, paint…, these easy to use art apps supply – and continuously supply very cheaply: most art apps are well under ten dollars. Wonderful!

Love how vivid the colours and tones are on the screen, and my drawings and paintings print up really well.

One of my aims for my blog, and my Facebook page site, is to help unfold a picture (no pun intended) of the broad potental of their mark making properties.

On my page “About Some Art Apps, Other Apps and My Books”, I give an overview of art apps I most enjoy to sketch and splash about in.

That feels better..hope to be informative and ok, just a little bit of a whinge.

Welcome your views, thanks for stopping by.

Pink flowers in a pot
I used watercolour and coloured pencil in the “Bamboo Paper “app.