Holiday Sketches using: Ink Pen, Pencil, Paint… in iPad Art Apps.

Whenever we are going to be away on a family holiday (a rare thing, as I so much love to be at home), I usually take: sketchbooks, pens, pencils…watercolours; a jar of water. This time I just tucked my iPad – my handy little art studio – into a bag and off we went, well, that is after squeezing numerous other things into the car!

It’s autumn here (in Australia). It’s cooling down a bit; however, where we went, up the coast (near Queensland, to see one of our sons), the weather is a lot warmer – almost tropical.

Unfortunately, I came down with a cold on the first day of our long drive there; and by the time we got there the next day, I didn’t feel good at all. Nevertheless, over the course of the week, I managed to have a great time; even though all the yummy food I ate tasted like cardboard and I couldn’t smell the sea air!

In the first few days, I lay down on the bed a fair bit, feeling quite unwell. However, apart from a cough and sneeze occaisonally, it really was quite lovely: I had a great view of the sea; the sound of the lapping waves was very relaxing; and with my iPad, I had paints at my fingertips! So, between cups of tea, a snooze or two, and a bit of reading; I did a few paintings of the sea – one I shared (a haiku and haiga) in my previous post. Hmm, that’s what I call a holiday.

Stormy seas
I used paint and smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app.
Seaside view
I used paint and smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app. There are some aspects I like about this picture, however I don’t think it’s a very interesting composition.

Drawings of Some Interior Scenes

I like drawing crumpled up clothing, or clothes draped over something – I see a lot of that at home. Similar scenes caught my eye in the apartment bedroom. I had a bit of a sketch with ink pens and wash and oil pastels… with no worries of water or paint spilling onto the bed.

Hat, bag and clothes on a hook
Used ink pen, pencil, washes of thin black paint and smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app. I like the texture of this paper.
Draped clothing
I drew this in the “Bamboo Paper” app, using pencil and watercolour wash.
Clothes over chair
I used oil pastel, graphite pencil, paint and smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app.

Face Drawings

There was of course the inevitable faces that I draw. Don’t know why they look so serious and glum, certainly was not how I felt. Well, maybe a little off at times because of my cold!

Face 17
I sketched this, using a thin brush and paint in the “Art Set Pro” app. Also a bit of pencil and I smudged it a little.
Face 16
A quick sketch in the “Bamboo Paper” app, using the ink pen and watercolour.

And to Finish; Some Flowers.

Since returning home (still with an inkling of a cold), I painted these flowers from a holiday snap I took on my phone. I may print the photo, and try to do a painting from it again. I’m not that pleased with the odd leaf shapes happening in the background, but I do love the blue paper and bright colours.

Holiday flowers
I used a lovely blue paper it the “Art Set Pro” app. It helped bring out my paint colours and I allowed it to show through as an added unifying effect.

It was a much needed holiday, but it’s always good to be back home. I did eventually get to walk on the beach and do some things with the family. I’m thankful to God for whatever comes my way; in both good and not so good times – this was a particularly good time!

I enjoyed painting the seascapes, yet always find: some sizzling colours, gorgeous lines, bold shapes to draw and paint at home; even if it’s just when I’m hanging out the washing. 🙂

Have a lovely day.

13 thoughts on “Holiday Sketches using: Ink Pen, Pencil, Paint… in iPad Art Apps.

    1. I just got Art Set Pro. I would not have discovered yet if I weren’t for you. I’m very impressed so far. I like to do animation on the iPad too. I have some at I haven’t put much on this blog yet but one of these days. There all done completely on the IPad.

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    2. That’s great! One of the aims of my blog is to share the creative possibilities of using these amazing art apps and I hope to be an encouragement to others to give them a try. Yes, “Art Set Pro” is a really impressive art app; just about my favourite one. I really love your animations, on your blog anIMPROVimation. Look forward to seeing more posts from there and your other lovely blog Daily WIP. 🙂


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