Tag Archives: Light/shade

USING PAINT: Layers and Transparency

Most iPad Painting Apps provide layers and transparency as part of the process of digital painting. It takes a little while to get your head around it but you can be sure it is much quicker than in traditional oil … Continue reading

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Chiaroscuro In Western art, chiaroscuro is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition (see right).  It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of … Continue reading

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PAINTING: Combining two Apps for painting……..

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There is a really good reason why you should combine two Apps together rather than stick with one for drawing and then start another when you paint. This is because the information you have gained, the form, the tone (shading) … Continue reading

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DRAWING WITH YOUR BRUSH…. with colour and tone…….this is painting!

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Somehow we seem to separate drawing from painting…… Drawing exhibitions are expected to exhibit pictures showing lines or edges…pen or pencil, engraving, a lithograph perhaps…. it is supposed to be different from “painting”.  Drawing is defined in the dictionary as … Continue reading

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Drawing and Learning

When I first started drawing on the iPad using ASKetch I simply drew all the shapes around that interested me…… some very simple, some carefully observed like the vacuum(right). The dome and fluting on the vacuum was difficult. I drew … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Depth: 3D objects on a 2D surface

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When we look around us in the real world we already have a built-in spatial understanding, we “know” that our world or the objects in our room exist spatially.  Some things are close to us and other things are further … Continue reading

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Observing Still Life closely…. to draw what you see…

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Set up a simple still life….you only have a small iPad screen. As a learner you are going to draw that particular group of objects in front of you as they are. In my case it was that pear in … Continue reading

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Drawing Still Life

Still Life Painting has a long history… from the detailed complexity of the Dutch painters in the 16th Century to artists like Chardin in the !8th and Cezanne in the 19th/20th Century. Every still life painting has a drawing behind … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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