You know, if you've been reading this blog, that I have been playing around with drawing/painting apps for my iPad. My friend, June Underwood, is also interested in digital art and has been experimenting on her PC and her Android tablet. Last week we went to San Francisco to see the David Hockney exhibit at the deYoung Museum and we were both pretty fascinated with Hockney's digital paintings. We decided we would challenge one another to do at least one digital painting each week and we would exchange them on Sunday. Today was the first exchange. I suggested that the first one be something simple—a coffee mug. June will suggest some common factor for our next drawings. With June's permission, I will post the results here on my blog. Ready? Here are our first digital drawings!
This is an image of a cup. I thought I'd identify it, just in case. The writing says "La Grenouille" meaning "The Frog." The cup has a frog on it. It is not my favorite cup, because I have often painted my favorite cup and thought I'd challenge myself. I did so. This is an image of a cup.
All done on the desktop PC. Art Rage and Photoshop, the latter because at least I know the menu possibilities. Sigh.
I could have used the same red mug I painted last week, but I, too, wanted to challenge myself, so I used a mug handmade by Susan Gallacher Turner, one of the artists in the Open Studios group. The shape was challenging, as well as depicting all the decorative elements on it. My background consists of the things already laying on my diningroom table—some yellow fabrics sent to me by my friend Del and the San Francisco guidebook I took with me last week.
Done on iPad, using Sketch Club app.
Are you experimenting with digital drawing apps? Play along with us if you like! Post your drawings on your blog and send me a link, or send me your drawing and I will post it here.
Next week's challenge from June: two household items of any size or mode that "talk" to one another. Anything from tchotchkes (knicknacks) to pianos; "talk" in the visual sense.
Thanks for the comments on the last digital drawings I posted. I am really enjoying this process of trying out all the possibilities of these apps to see what I like. A couple people said I was being "hard on myself" in my dislike of the first drawing. Actually I was being hard on the tool and expressing my dissatisfaction with the results it yielded. I really focus on line in all of my artwork and the quality of the line is what I am looking at. A weak, tentative line is not a beautiful line, in my opinion.
I wish I knew who the other Terry was who commented, "They do look like "tablet" digital art work but that's a good thing. It's a new media!" Oh, how I loved that comment. My sentiments exactly. And I can always count on Kristin to get what I am talking about. The "character" in the line is what I found lacking as well.
I found a simple solution to the problem of not being able to rest my hand on the tablet as I draw.
Yes, that is a sock. It slides around under my hand and keeps it from contacting the screen and creating odd marks on the drawing. I might see if I have a small piece of fleece, which would be a little more elegant, but the sock works great for now!