iPad Drawing Series #1: Butterflies

My typical iPad drawing set-up

I spent the last couple of months working on what ended up becoming this butterfly series. This accidental butterfly series started as an exploration of different brushes and techniques resulted in this journey of nature, colour and texture. All the images were drawn on the 2018 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 using the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) and the Procreate app. Some images took 30 mins and others over 2 hours. As with most drawings of this kind, it is not the animal but the environmental details that take the most time.

All the drawings are based on photos I have taken. When drawing these kinds of images I tend to have the iPad in split screen mode which helps in proportion, colour and detail.

Thanks to everyone who followed along. I am looking forward the next series which may end up being graphite 🙂 read more

Quick draw eagle

So, here is a quick timelapse of the eagle. I started thinking I would go abstract with the Nikko Rull brush but then decided a sketch with the HB brush and then soft and medium airbrush with a bit of the long fur brush. Total was 6 layers with sketch on the bottom and the eye highlights on the top. I always separate the highlight and shadows as layers from the main content. 🎨 www.youtube.com/watch

Source: Micro.blog

Tree Frog Complete

It took just over 12 hours, but my tree frog is complete. I decided to explore the branch a bit further and incorporated some other textures and colours. I also added a bit of whimsy into the left of the picture. I really enjoyed drawing this one. Of course, I look at it and think I would do things differently if I did it again. But sometimes, you need to stop and share.

Draw in Procreate on the 10.5 iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Initial drawing done using the HB pencil in Procreate then the remainder done using a series of airbrushes.

Tree frog update

Hi everyone, another couple of updates. I plan to finish this piece in the next week. I haven’t decided on what to do with the branch. Part of what you see in the 2 images is some of the playing/exploration I do.

Also, I am attending my first art class/workshop in 2 weeks. It is a three-day workshop dedicated to graphite drawing. Hoping to hone my skills in doing hyper-realism drawings. This should help my digital work in addition to graphite and colored pencil.

As always, thanks for visiting my page. Feel free to share!

Toad digital drawing complete (w/video)

I spent the last week or so working on this toad. It was drawn on an 2017 iPad Pro 10.5 using the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. I used mostly airbrushes in the app but did dabble with a couple of others. The reference photo was one I had taken of the frog sitting in a bird bath.

Here is a link to a time lapse of the drawing. The Procreate app does a great job of storing the video of the work. It may be helpful to some to see how the drawing is done.