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), asinkjet 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!
To get on with some watercolour practice, I’ve pre-sliced quite a lot of various types of watercolour paper into A5 size and smaller. Generally I like to work fairly small on paper and canvas; usually no bigger than an A3 size. It enables me to begin and finish something in a shorter space of time. May do some larger works eventually.
My art often has to be squeezed in between the important job – vocation…of running an orderly household, which suits me fine. However, waves of a delightful arty disorder occur frequently at my dining room table. And now our boys are young men, there is a little more time and space for my art. Below are a few of my recent watercolour dabblings. *To enlarge them all and read the captions, please tap on an image.
Our dining table is often a favourite place to work. A couple of quick flower illustrations. Enjoy doing this kind of style. Used Watersoluble (Albrecht Dürer) Faber-Castell coloured pencils and Inktense pencils, along with my watercolours.
Unfinished practice pieces….though there is hope that the pear (as seen above) and the water scene in the middle may polish up as finished works. Really shouldn’t leave brushes in the water when not in use!
This is a close up of the one in the middle in previous pic. Scan is a bit blurry – need to practice my scanning more.
Watercolour with some Neocolour watersoluble pastels.
These are some cards I’ve printed on Epson Archival matt paper…
As with my iPad art, I’m also making prints (on my own printer) of some of my art in traditional media; in A4 and A5 sizes, and as A6 cards (example above) – for sale in my local area. There’s more info about art that I sell on my “Shop” page.
The scans of my works on paper and canvas aren’t always spot on in colour and tone, though they are as close as I can get them to the originals – I’m still practicing my scanning skills. Usually, before printing the scanned artworks, I also need to make some minor adjustments, drawing freehand on them (with my finger) using a little art app media. Often this informs my original work, and I make changes to it, and visa versa. In some ways, the originals and scanned images become slighty different works… Nevertheless, it’s still all my own work.. and the processes are good fun!
I began this with graphite pencil and watercolour on paper, then with the “Scanner Pro” app brought it into the iPad. I had not left enough white on the flowers, so in the “Procreate” app I lifted some whites out (freehand) with the eraser. Also added a little more colour here and there before printing it. Unfortunately the original watercolour on paper didn’t finish up as well as this one. Though I’m not altogether happy with this either. I need to loosen up with watercolour washes; and learn to leave more white paper showing! Always something to learn.
Below are a smattering of works I’ve been doing lately – more info on the captions. Then there’s a quick drawing video of the face I did, shown here in the prints, in the fifth image along. *Please tap on an image, to enlarge them all.
I used a walnut brown watersoluble pencil for this drawing. And did a little more work on it in the “Procreate” app.
Added colour (freehand) to this pencil drawing in the Procreate app. On the print I put a touch of colour pencil on it. I’ll probably put more colour on it in the app too.
I love how the scan picked up the texture of the watercolour paper. Have printed it back onto watercolour paper to try some different watercolour finishes. Hopefully I won’t overdo it!
I drew these pears in “Procreate”. Used the “Nicko Rull” paint again. Love the shape of the line this paintbrush makes, reminds me of linocut lines. Printed them on a card template in the “Pages” app, with info printed on the back. Added some watercolour to the prints.
I drew this face with the “Nicko Rull” paint in “Procreate. Adding watercolour to the prints. I left it with an unfinished look in the app, Wanted to finish it on paper. See process video below.
A quick pencil sketch I did in one of my sketch books. I scanned it in to work on further as per the next pic.
After scanning it in added a bit more pencil in”Procreate. This is it printed with colour pencil and mat varnish on the print.
When I scanned this watercolour in, I lightened it overall in iPhotos…still too muddy looking. Hmm, may be able to rescue it on a print.
As always, thankful to God† for all my art opportunities.
I drew this with an “Artline” pen, (a type of pen I’ve enjoyed using for years) from a photo I took of rocks by a running stream, at a local swimming spot. I brushed over the lines with water – part of the fun is not knowing how the ink will spread. After scanning it in with the “Scanner Pro” app, I painted in some more black tones with my finger, using paint in the “Procreate” app. A grey tone came in with the scan. Instead of rescanning it, I thought it suited the drawing so I kept it there.
Unfortunately, the ink in these pens does fade over time, however, printing it with my Epson pigment ink printer gives it a fade resistant, and smudge proof home. I can then paint on it further in traditional media – as in the image below.
I’ve collected together a few of my recent works (play) 🙂 below. As usual there are faces, and pears – another favourite subject matter… I’ve enjoyed doing landscapes again, and I plan to do some more. Thank you for stopping by! *Please tap on a pic to enlarge them all.
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!
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.