Saturday, January 11, 2014
Digital sketching and collage
Hi. Terry Grant here. I got an iPad awhile back and wondered if I could really create art using some of the drawing apps that are available. I have to confess that I downloaded several and tried them out without much success, grew frustrated and kind of set them aside. Then I heard about Artrage and saw some work that was being done so I tried it and found it really user friendly, with a lot of features—almost too many. While I was captivated with all it can do, I was a little overwhelmed. Then a couple weeks ago I was in Starbucks and picked up their card with the free download of the week—an app called Sketch Club. It was just what I needed to start really working at this digital art thing! It is user friendly and has enough features to work with until I really get the hang of working with it.
One of the things I love about the program is that you really can work in layers in a combination of drawing, painting and photo collage. Just to demonstrate, I decided to put together a quick collage-y piece using just what was at hand—the iPad, the newspaper and my red coffee mug. I started by taking a photo of the newspaper laying on the table and loaded it into Sketch Club as the first layer. Then I added another layer and started using the painting tools to paint my mug. By the way, I am using a New Trent Arcadia stylus to draw with. You can see it above, next to my iPad.
I added some highlights and blended them in too. Now it is beginning to look a little more painterly. I could see that I was not going to want that mug smack dab in the center of the piece, so I moved it to a better location and I added another layer for a line drawing, and another layer behind the mug for a shadow.
I do not feel at all expert with this, but I am learning something new with every piece! I can see my iPad becoming my new sketchbook.