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31 December 2016

iPad Pro and iPencil

I splurged recently and acquired an iPad Pro and the iPencil. WOW! They are fantastic to draw with. I have tried drawing on the iPad in the past with a rubber tipped stylus and found it frustrating and awkward. The iPencil is well worth the money. It is like drawing with an actual pencil, has a nice weight and a point.

I have started playing with a couple of different art apps but still feeling my way and experimenting. It is so much fun.

Here are a batch of Sktchy portraits I did over the last couple of weeks using the iPad Pro and iPencil. They were all drawn freehand, no tracing.

This first group were my initial tries using Pen&Ink and Procreate. Was very hesitant at this stage.

Getting more confident and pushing the drawings further...

I love drawing on prepainted pages in my sketchbook so tried the same effect here. I created the background in one app and then imported it into Procreate for the sketching.

Here are some more adventurous drawings and playing with adding some colour.

I can see me using the iPad and iPencil a lot in the future. And so handy for just sketching in the lounge or anywhere...

10 December 2016

100 posts in Sktchy

I have fallen in love with Sktchy. It is such a great resource. Yes I know I have said all this before. :) I am very pleased to announce that I posted my 100th drawing there. I am receiving lots of positive feedback and more and more followers as well. I must be doing something right.

Here are some of my recent Sktchy portraits.

04 December 2016

Digital play

I recently acquired an iPad Pro and pencil so I can try my hand at some of the great drawing apps available. It is so much fun! I love using it. The pencil has a good weight and feel to it and I love that it has a fine tip so you can draw much more accurately than with a rubber tipped stylus.

I have been experimenting with a few app - Pen@Ink, Procreate and Auryn Ink as well as moving images from one to the other and adding to them. I like them all at this stage for different reasons. They each have specific tools that I like for different types of images. I need to play more with the painting tools.

Here are my first few experiments.

The rest of November

I didn't quite finish all the prompts for Every Day in November but here are the ones I did finish. They are all quick sketches but are fun to do and keep me in the habit of drawing.







20 November 2016

Daily challenges

There are a number of groups on Facebook and the internet which offer daily challenges for drawing and painting. There is an ongoing group which do an Every Day in for each month. It is a lovely group of people who are supportive and encouraging. It has been great to reconnect with those people and daily drawing. I tend to just do quick sketches but it keeps the brain and fingers active.

I have been participating in Every Day in November. Here are my sketches so far...

Skyline - Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne  

Lighthouse - Cape Schank, Victoria 

Cabin - High Country Victoria

Rose garden - with and without colour


Fountain - I'd love a fountain like this... but it just lives in my imagination.

Tudor house - I loved looking at these when I visited York

Welcoming - nothing beats a big hello and hug from Mr Bunny

Going Country - Mr Bunny getting into the swing of things

Traffic - I'd rather a mob of sheep than a traffic jam of cars

Dessert - nothing beats chocolate icecream

Teatime - I saw this set at the shops and thought it was so cute

Knitting - Grandma Cat sitting on the porch knitting

Yarn - this is where the yarn comes from for all that knitting

Basket - our fruit basket

Comfy - no matter the position cats always look so comfy

Mountains - from imagination

Mocha - going back to the beans

Harbour - Being an aussie I had to go with iconic Sydney Harbour with bridge and Opera House