Posts Tagged ‘ipad’

screenshot of iPad zombie painting.

June 3, 2010

Thought I would post the final screenshot of the zombie since the video doesn’t do the colours justice. This was a fun thing to play with today. By the way, if you have an iPad you can take screenshots by pressing the power and the home buttons down together. The display is really second to none.


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!

first mess around with sketchbook pro on my new iPad!

May 31, 2010

This is the first proper experimenting I have done since buying sketchbook pro for my new black slate of joy. Have to say that the program is quite versatile in terms of an on-the-go sketch and paint program. It doesn’t begin to touch Corel Painter or Photoshop for ease of use, but for the way that it turns my iPad into a budget cintiq pad, I am well pleased. I am looking forward to being able to think and draw and paint on the move, then email the results as layered Photoshop files (nice option there) to my studio and use the images later to work up possible images from.

I am using a stylus to do the painting. I bought it from eBay. It is called a Pogo Sketch. It’s a simple aluminium tube with a spongey blob on the end. It works quite well, although a little unresponsive. It makes up for this by providing me with more accuracy and with the “feel” of drawing.

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……….

on-the-move cloud computing comes ever nearer with the ipad

March 19, 2010

I am really really excited about the ipad. But then I love gadgets and here is one slick gadget! I recently bought an iphone and am finding for the first time, that it really is possible to be “online all the time”. Connected, it seems, to everything……then I got to thinking about the term “cloud computing” and how this idea is so ethereal, so abstract….having all of your “stuff” just hanging up on some invisible server somewhere, some cloud… I played around with  an idea and thought the image of being tied to your little cloud by a piece of basic white string from your hi tech gadget. The little cloud follows you round everywhere as you dash along, feet on the ground, brain in the online zone, tugging its string…..

Enjoy the image and let me know what you think about the ipad and the advent of “cloud” computing, the “ideal” of being online all the time or having all your memories and data in a cloud…….does it make you feel good? Or not?