Playing with the Procreate app

Lately I have been drawing op the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil, trying to learn some apps and see which ones would be good enough to keep on working with.

There is a lot of work involved when I just draw and paint on paper. And now since my scanner has given up on me, it is even harder to do more than just drawing and painting. Creating sketches and hopefully turning them into something useful on the iPad only, would save a lot of time and hassle.

Anyway, here is what I played with when doing the Summer of Creativity from the Textile Design Lab. It was meant to be to look like a Japanese artform which involves stencils. But I had to let go of the complete stencil look because the flowers definitely needed more details.

Procreate records all the strokes that you make, so here is a quick time lapse video of that drawing.

It certainly was fun to see the video back again!

Art Daily, Gouache, Sketches

Creating art daily

ColourBookStudio Making Art Daily
Trying to make a composition

The last few months I have been trying to draw for at least 30 minutes a day. Trying to create a habit and it is beginning to work.
Just a quick sketch of some simple flowers in pencil and then adding gouache paint. It kind of becomes a different way of medition: the soft strokes of the brush, the mixing of the paints and just making simple, sweet little flowers. It helps me to unwind, despite what has to be done on that day, cause at least I have a flower at the end of the day.

This sketch in paint was an experiment in trying to make a composition directly on paper. Normally I scan the single flowers into the computer and trace them over in Adobe Illustrator and then make a composition. This means I can worry about composition later on.
In this case the composition started out very well with just the center flowers and the branch with flowery shapes at the right. Guess something went wrong when I added the orange and blue flowers. But this is all about experimentation, so I do not really care about a bad looking composition.
I know from myself that I have to make a lot of mistakes first before getting things right!


Wall Art for Bootcamp

Two weeks after the initial sketches, the purpose of the design was announced: create a piece to hang on the wall: Wall Art.
Since I already started to draw some of the sketches in Adobe Illustrator, I took the whale and started working on it. Adding styles to make it look like it had been drawn on a chalkboard.
That did not work out as well as I woul have wanted. So I brought the pieces into Photoshop and started to draw with chalk brushes to get the real hand drawn look.
And this is how it turned out:

Wall Art by ColourBookStudio
Wall Art for Bootcamp

Here is a close up from the chalk brushes that I used:

Close up Chalkboard Design
Close up