I often like to draw or paint a “Mother and Baby” image. Being a mum brings me so much joy, and also: hard work, tiredness, and sometimes heart ache. And though we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, here in Australia; I think mothers are worth special attention everyday!
I began this artwork above with a quick pencil sketch, then took it into Procreate – a particularly suitable app title 🙂 – where I dabbed in (freehand) some colour, printed it, added some watercolour on the print, then scanned it in again, and added more work in the app…this is the one you see here. I’ll print it as cards, as an A4 print, and also finish it as a (very!) mixed media artwork.
It can become quite wordy trying to share all the processes, and may sound complicated, but really it’s not. It just involves a lot of play, so it’s certainly good fun!
My website/blog continues to be a helpful online journal for myself, and hopefully for you also.
In the works below, I’ve included some media info on the captions. *To enlarge them all, please tap on an image.
I really enjoyed using all these bright colours in the “Procreate” app. It inspires me to try more of this colour boldness in my watercolours…as per the next pic.
This is painted with watercolour, though I first drew the white lines in oil pastel…initially difficult to see! However, enjoyed putting washes of colour over it and seeing the white appear. Added a bit of art app media.
I began this with pencil and watercolour….this has a bit more colour added in Procreate.
Had fun using my new set of water soluble pencils. A quick sketch, though not enough room at the top of the head…added it in with art app media. As seen in the next pic.
I put the top of the head in, in Procreate. I left enough room for this when I scanned it in.
A tiny watercolour, added a bit more white to it with the charcoal in Procreate. Looked pretty printed up.
Watercolour on a beautiful cold pressed Stratmore paper. You can see the texture here in the scan of this tiny watercolour.
Since returning to using more of my traditional art media, I’m really enjoying the interplay between working both onscreen, and offscreen (reminds me of Star trek terminology ) 🙂 Such as: catching a pencil sketch with the “Scanner Pro” app, playing about with it in an art app… printing it… then perhaps applying some watercolour. Or enlarging and cropping a part of a scanned in watercolour, printing it, then applying more traditional media to it…and so on..and on.. *There’s info on the captions under each pic, describing it’s travels.
I’m slowly gathering together a collection of finished works in traditional media on paper; as well as their digital/traditional offspring. Some closely resemble the parent, some less so…each a work in it’s own right.
On my post,“About Drawing Faces”, there’s some more general info about the “faces” I love to draw, and an example of a fine pencil technique I used to draw one of my sons as a baby.
I’m also working on some flowers and still life watercolours, and trying out a little oil-pastel – will share some soonish.
I began with watercolour on paper, then whisked away some areas with the eraser set on Gesinski ink, in the Procreate app. Ideally more white paper should be left showing in the first place! I also dabbed on a bit more colour here and there, while in the app. I think my tinkering with it successfully conquered the muddiness – though the flowing look is interruped a bit by the eraser, hmmm… Nevertheless, happy enough with it to have printed it onto Canson 220 drawing paper – came up quite well.
A Watercolour on Fabriano 300gsm %100 cold pressed, cotton paper. It’s about 2 .5 inches by 3.5 inches (6cm x 9cm) in size… I often enjoy working within a small format.
I scanned it into the iPad with the “Scanner Pro” app. Then printed it onto an A4 sheet of Canson 220 drawing paper. This is not an inkjet paper, so I had to saturate the colour a little in the Photo app. In this way I could get quite a close equivalent to the colours of the original work. I liked how the blue was a bit more vivid on the print, and have since gone back to the watercolour and splashed on a bit more blue paint. As is usual one informs the other.
The original watercolour and coloured pencil work in the middle above is a little over 2” x 4” (5.2cm x 10.2cm) in size. I drew both my little artworks from memory and imagination – though I do like to, and highly recommend drawing most often from observation! 🙂 Below are some more of the images of it, as I worked on it further on the iPad, in “Procreate”. There’s some info on the captions.
As I’m used to working small, I think this is one of the reasons I find drawing – with my finger – on an iPad (iPad Air 2 screen, began with a mini) quite a comfortably sized working space. And handy you can expand the screen, to get closer for detailed work. *To enlarge them all, please tap on a pic.
Thank you for stopping by; enjoy the Easter break. 🙂
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV
I painted this with Sennelier watercolour, on Strathmore hot pressed %100 cotton paper. It’s approx. 7cm (3”) x 10.5 cm (4”) in size. I began with a scratching of blue coloured pencil; and then put a little coloured pencil over the watercolour as well.
I love miniatures in art, and words – a lot can be said in a small space!