Art Daily, Gouache, Sketches

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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!

Inspiration, Sketches

Sketching for Bootcamp

This month the theme for the MATS Bootcamp is all nautical. A theme which fits me so well. So out came my sketchbook and started filling pages with whales, orca’s (or something that looks like it), shells and boats and ships related things.



Exploring apps for drawing on the iPad

The advantage of having an iPad is that there are loads of apps available in which you can draw. Even vector based drawings that can be opened up in Illustrator to make final adjustments. At the moment I am working with the Adobe Ideas app. This is a free app available in the app store.
It is like drawing with the Blobbrush in Adobe Illustrator. You draw with one of the tools and use the eraser to shape the brush strokes. Luckily there are layers available, just like in Illustrator. For the moment I am experimenting with using a seperate layer for each colour.

Drawing with a stylus is not easy. I am using a small stylus, but it has a pretty large ‘point’. It is a simple, cheap stylus from a discount store, but it feels better than using my fingers for drawing.
I am looking forward to send this sketch to the pc (have to figure out iCloud and downloading yet) and make further edits in Illustrator.