This series of from 1 to 20 minute-poses, of Julie at JCU Tuesday night, was done on a 9.7″ iPad using Autodesk Sketchbook and an Apple Pencil. It’s a very different experience to drawing on A3 or half-imperial on an easel. Everything shrinks down. Mind you, I doodle sometimes in an A5 pad – and that is smaller than the iPad screen. But the feel is very, very different.
It took me some time to decide which app was best suited from Autodesk, Procreate and Artrage. The unenhanced Autodesk’s simple brush set seemed most appropriate. The next decision was to use only Autodesk and get its feel without being distracted by any use of the other Apps.
I used the pencil, pen, charcoal and watercolour brushes, the blender and eraser. One huge plus is of course the ability to undo and to erase. I have not yet attempted to use layers.
I soon found out that it suited me best to zoom out to 150 or 200% – that gave room for expansion if needed.
Anyway, first doodles:
With Cresside Collette at her intermediate workshop at the Australian Tapestry Workshop on 13 and 14 June:
I bit off a bit more than I could chew on this one – in my haste to get a full 20×15 cm done in two days I made a number of errors. There are several instances of jumped warps and I probably spent too much effort on the blue and green soumak ‘whip-lashes’. But overall I am pleased to have got some decent colour gradation going on, which was the focus of the workshop. Thanks, Cresside!
With Julie Mcenerny at her Watercolour Pencil Botanic Drawing workshop at the Cairns Botanic Gardens on 1 July:
Not quite A3 size, this drawing of jackfruit again a bit too large to let me get it to an adequate state in the five hours available – I had to skimp on the smaller fruit and the buds. Next time I’ve got to remember to keep the scale small.
Untutored life-drawing group meeting at James Cook University, 27 June:
Not really competition for Henry Moore!
Life-drawing group, 4 July:
Ok for a quickie.
A folded bean-stuffed heat bag – capturing the texture:
… with one eye on the TV!
Sometimes I just fluke it….
Both on A2 paper, original figures about 42 cm high. Right hand one is ink over soft pencil underlay – a 100 minute study; left hand one a twenty minute quicky in charcoal pencil.
It’s a bit of a load, this second year in the Tapestry Diploma. Four subjects – More weaving of course, and also history, understanding colour, and drawing. Plus the funny little literacy add 0n that one does on line, and the dyeing that is a left over from last year. Hmm. Almost panicking. I need drawing practice, and found a local art group that meets just down the hill – a twenty minute walk.
And today I put my toe back in the water after several years away from drawing: