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Painting using Brushes on the ipad

June 3, 2010

Today I have been getting to know the Brushes app on the ipad. You can see the results of my “play” day here:


fast prep sketching using Brushes HD ipad app

June 3, 2010

I have been playing around with a couple of wonderful ipad apps. One is Brushes for ipad and the other is the excellent Sketchbook Pro. Both allow you to make sketches and paintings on the fly, wherever you are using the ipad. Its turning out to be really useful! Below is a short video of a prep sketch I made this morning for an illustration I am working on called “Tiger By The Tail”. I will post the final piece later.  EAVB_SKVCPUHUCA

I have been working using the ipad sketch done in Brushes as a loose guide and have now gotten around to establishing the basic shoaes in Photoshop for the final illustration. I am very happy with the way that the tiger seems to be shaping up….I always feel that the simpler I can be with the basic shapes, the more powerful and satisfying my final characters tend to be. I don’t do well trying to be too complex!

Well,  I have come to the stage where I can chuck the sketch layer away and start building up the image based on the shapes I have put together in Photoshop. This is a fun part as the illustration begins to take on a life of its own as the shading and deeper colours start to mix together on the canvas….

The tiger is now really starting to take shape. I am really pleased that he is developing his own character from something as simple as a quick Brushes doodle.

Here’s the completed image. I am really happy with it. I played around with adding some type but that just diluted the visual impact and sense of the moment. The flat blue sky and the picket fence add to the humour of the piece and I think this would make a great greeting card. Perhaps with the message inside of “good luck with your new project”, or  “here’s to your new business”……..!

I used a photograph of some grass I took while away on a short break. I thought it would make a great texture here.

Overall, I am chuffed because this image started out as a quick doodle in Brushes for ipad (see above), which for me means that the ipad can have a functional, useful role in my work as well as play!

sketch for “ipad is here” illustration

May 28, 2010

Working this morning on a tech illustration on a geeky subject close to lots of geeks’ hearts this morning…..the release of Apple’s Ipad. Have to say, I am the geekiest of geeks and my delivery of gorgeous sleek techness arrived yesterday via a shining UPS lorry. So far I have downloaded a few apps and cruised the net – the user interface is SUPERB. I don’t know about the term “game changer”, but in terms of changing what technology  consumers may buy in the next couple of years, its definitely up there. If I have time I may plonk a few thoughts and recommendations down regarding apps and accessories (I did buy a Pogo Sketch Stylus to use on the pad when doodling). Anyhow, I will post the final illustration later this morning hopefully. Watch this spaaaaaaaaaaace……….