Drawing traditionally and for fun

Drawing is perhaps the basis of all visual art: we can draw with many types of media, pencils, pens, charcoal, your finger etc. You can also draw and block in shapes with a brush, a roller, or a palette knife but essentially if  you are constructing shapes of any kind (flat or 3D) on a canvas or paper  you are looking for or creating edges. Fortunately our visual system is geared towards identifying edges in some detail.

Monstera leaf using “Flowpaper”

These two drawings use very different Apps on the iPad and achieve very different outcomes. The image on the right (Monstera Leaf using”Flowpaper“) is restricted dramatically by the software.  This App is intended as a “fun” app and does not adapt easily to traditional drawing. I have to engage its specific properties to the form I am observing. The image takes on its own characteristics while still evoking the leaf shape. Double tap the image to see a close-up.

The drawing  below (Monstera using “ASKetch“) is determined more by the movement of the hand and my perception. It is similar to drawing with a piece of charcoal and the resulting image is closer to the “feel’ of the object I am observing. My intention is not to replicate the leaf (that’s what the “Photo Realist” painters do) but to describe something of its form and physical structure. Double click the image to see the texture.

Leaf structure Monstera

If you are going to learn to draw–to observe–the most important thing is to develop a particular “mind-set”. This will be discussed in a later post.


We can learn by looking closely at the works of other artists. Double click on Leonardo’s drawing (below) and just look ! Go to HERE to see the Royal Collection of Leonardo’s drawings at Windsor Castle UK.

Hands by Leonardo da Vinci
Female Hands by Leonardo da Vinci (1490)
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