Pencil lines, juicy paint – in art apps

*Drew this with my finger, in the Art Set Pro app. Available as a print, and on various items in my Red Bubble shop, here.

During  this past year or so, (2014/2015) of iPad painting and drawing, I haven’t missed doing my art in my usual way, holding onto a: brush, pastel, pen or pencil. Which seems kind of strange, as I’ve created my art this way since a young child. *Since posting this, I’m back working with my traditional art media, and also with art app media; sometimes combining the two – and often printing it.

Vase of orange flowers
Lovely paint to splash about,  in”Art Set Pro” app.

I think it’s due to the remarkable visual richness of some the apps I use: the soft pencil lines, the dense oil pastel colour, the globs of juicy paint, or translucent washes of watercolour. It seems within moments, as I glide around with my finger (rarely use a stylus) and splash, dab, sketch…on the screen, the glass becomes paper or canvas and my finger turns into a brush or a silky wax crayon or a chunk of charcoal, or a bright marker pen or…; maybe that’s why I haven’t missed them..yet..

I ponder the process of image making and reckon just getting it down and visible by any means possible is often quite sufficient and satisfying for me…for many others..over eons of time…

Of course, with just a pencil and paper, lot’s of drawing (and writing) can stil be accomplished – and that’s a good thing! 🙂

A pile of washing
I drew this in the “Bamboo Paper” app. The pencil has a very rich ‘feel’ and this app has lovely muted watercolours.

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