Playing with Digital Art
Here I am again! Ive had quite a pause from anything really creative (apart from cooking) partly due to a broken right arm but mainly due to being out and about.
I've recently, however, been experimenting with digital art software. I want to create illustrations that might work in a planned bird book showcasing Nicky's wonderful bird photographs. I've also got some ideas about creating an illustrated children's book after taking part in a free online university course on 'Pictures of Youth' with Future Learn.
Nicky bought me a new iPad for Christmas and an Apple Pencil. I downloaded the app 'Procreate' and a text-addition app 'Over'.
Using some free online tutorials I learned some basic ways in which to create illustrations. In a nutshell, I use layers to trace the basic outlines of a photograph and I then use colour references from that photograph to built an appropriate palette. My aim was to create stylised bird pictures.
Here's my first attempt from Nicky's picture of a bullfinch.
This was followed by a robin - customised for a Valentine"s Day card.
Then by a puffin from a photograph Nicky took at Flamborough.
Here's a film showing the creative process I went through.
You can just start to see here - on the puffin's legs - the temptation I felt to add more painterly detail.
I succumbed more to this temptation in my next drawing of a Merlin (from an online picture). I think this fell a little between two stools (not pigeons!) in that it's not impressive as a painting but not stylised enough to be a 'cartoon' type representation.
Ive got even more painterly with my latest bird picture (still in draft form) of a blue tit.
Time to pause and refine my skills!