Archives for the month of: March, 2014

Remember way back to last December when I drew pears with four different apps? Sure you do. Then I painted them. You saw three already – they are burned in your memories – and have been waiting for the last one to FINALLY make its appearance. It’s been finished for months but I got distracted with other drawings. I guess it’s about time.

I don’t really remember what I did but judging by what I see it looks like the drawing was done using Finngr Pro (of course if I wasn’t so lazy right now I could just find the blog post and link it. But…). Then if I remember correctly the painting part was done for $1.49(c) but I decided to go in another direction entirely so I, since it was a drawing of the same set-up done at the same time, but using another app, imported the painting (color) part into this Finngr Pro drawing. Well, of course it didn’t fit. All four drawings are similar but not the same. I liked its off-set silkscreen appearance.

iPad; Finngr Pro, ArtRage apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

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The usual night shift sleepers and a newcomer – the book reader – were already in place when I arrived at work early.

It was so busy that I skipped the coffee break and was resigned to giving up lunch also.

My stomach was hurting. Stress or hunger? Just then Paula asked if I needed help and typed my beta streps for me.

The perfect amount of help at just the right time. I smoothly finished up the rest and made a beeline for the lunchroom. Everybody was busy and a number of my co-workers were also just getting a break and unwittingly letting me practice on them.

iPad; Pen & Ink and ArtRage apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
(Drawing with the pencil #1,2 above and the pen #3,4 above is a pleasure using Pen & Ink. I am trying to train myself to just draw a clean line and not get all back and forth frantic sketchy. Just draw the line and move on to the next one. Try to be simple and quick. It felt like that was what I did. All the tension of the humongous workload simply melted away.)

Moleskine journal with Gelli Plate Printed acrylic background; Sharpe Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, white gel pen.

Moleskine journal with Gelli Plate Printed acrylic background; Sharpe Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, white gel pen.

I was early for my teeth cleaning ordeal and it was super windy and frigid outside the warm car so I decided to draw the view in front of me using my newly controlled and unfrenzified technique. I was surprised at my impulse. Such a boring area. Not a speck of charm or grace at all. I bet the houses are $$$$$ nonetheless.

Later on, with my teeth all shiny and sparkly, I perked up the neighborhood a bit.

iPad; Pen & Ink, Sketch Club, ArtRage and Glaze apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

What happened is: the TV was on as background noise, 3:00 came around and so did Dr. Phil. A bit more nutty than usual (really a LOT more nutty) but the mother and daughter were interesting to look at. Both had nice hair and I suddenly (well, Duh) realized that if I took my time and waited for the camera to inevitably swing back to the same positions I would be able to sketch them “from life”. So that’s what I did, using the Pen & Ink pencil tool and using my Sharpie-pen-in-Moleskine technique which means not sketching in a frenzy but in a controlled manner while observing carefully. Ha Ha. You believed that last bit, right?

Then I went just a tiny bit nutty myself.

iPad; Pen & Ink, Sketch Club and Glaze apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

Everywhere I look I see The List.

iPad; Zen Brush, Glaze, ArtRage apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

I got two new drawing apps but I was too lazy to get up from The Recliner Studio Annex and decided to draw what was, ahem, “handy” while I figured out the tools and settings.

The first one is Zen Brush ($2.99) which I purposely ignored for various reasons. I like it. It is fast which interests me, has limitations but that’s where my go-to apps (Sketch Club and ArtRage) will step in and take over.

The second app is Pen & Ink. I chose the free version. Of course I did. It has a great pencil. On a par with ArtRage’s pencil without the lag. At least I didn’t notice any with it or the pen in my quickie acclimation period. It has lots of colors to choose from. Some limited brushes in the free version but I don’t seem to like using brushes much. Again, I think this will be used in conjunction with my other apps. I really like the pencil. Fast. Dark. Ummm.

But. How come my foot got so fat in just a few minutes?

iPad; Zen Brush, Pen & Ink; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

Sometimes I wish I liked bananas.

iPad; ArtRage app; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

iPad; Inkflow and ArtRage apps; New Trent Arcadia stylus.