I painted these flowers in the inky Zen Brush 2 app. This is the latest version; even more lovely than the first release, which also has beautiful media. Along with the black and greys, there is now red and pinks, and it’s even more whooshy than the first one. Love it!
Since I began blogging here about 7 months ago – I’ve presented in my posts, the creative potential of drawing and painting using various art apps.
I thought a downloadable information sheet, may also be helpful. I enjoyed doing the “infographic” as I think they are called; look similiar to what I know as “Mind Maps”. Recently when I shared about my iPad art at the local community house it spurred me on to write one. *My info graphic” and a link to it are at the bottom of this post.
Some general background points
For nearly two years, I’ve explored drawing and painting on my iPad, using extraordinary art app media – not something I really planned. *Some art apps I use are also available on android tablets.
Never thought I’d draw with my finger on a glass screen, or use any of this type of modern technology!
All my studies and training are in the traditional, fine arts. I’ve rarely used a computer and have no skills in using digital art programs.
What began as an initial search for an art app to do simple line drawings, to illustrate my poems; became an exciting adventure, as I discovered apps which offered amazing media – much better than I ever imagined was possible! As in any art materials, there’s both poor and excellent quality. The art apps and their media I eventually found, and now use, are in the excellent category!
With the easy to use art apps, I list on the “infographic” below, you can work in much the same style: colours, line work, tonal range…. as you do on paper or canvas. This was important to me. I like to experiment in my artworks, but I also want to continue to use the skills I have spent years developing. So I was glad to find art apps which need little techno expertise, and I could just get on with drawing and painting!
Though many people use a stylus, I prefer to draw on the screen with my finger. I push around, oil pastels, splash around paint, or crosshatch with a pencil and so on… Quickly, I focus on my art, and the “feel” of the media, and the screen becomes my paper or canvas. Mostly I print up an image at home. Initially I’d send a pdf of an artwork to a local office store, for a laser print; or off to the Printers. Many, stay unseen – much like my paper sketchbooks.
My iPad (with an attached keyboard) is a self-contained, all purpose, art and writing studio. I use it to blog (I built this website on it) write, paint, draw, read, make ebooks, easily put together “infographics”, scan in my works on paper or canvas, work on them further in an art app, reprint them…and more. Also saves: time, money and space.
To download this information pdf, please press on the title link below. Fits onto an A4 sheet of paper. For personal use only, not commercial. Thank you.