Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nude a week - extra: An ipad painted nude - and an experiment to see if this connects to Facebook

Reclining nude painted on the ipad with simulated chalk and pastel - drawn using the Artrage app.

This nude is called "extra" because it is an experiment to see if it will link up to Facebook.  And Nick is writing the blurb not Jeanie.

Jeanie finds her ipad a wonderful thing for drawing.  You can take it out with you and you have a whole art-store full of supplies.  You can choose pastel, charcoal, oil, or whatever and any colour that the eye can see. The downside is the reflective screen which makes it really impossible to work in strong sunlight.  In time, no doubt, ipads will have an e-ink screen like the Kindle and that problem will go.  Another plus for the ipad, if you are drawing people or scenery, is that you can photograph the subject with the ipad and compare the painting with the photo.

There are half a dozen or more good apps for drawing on the ipad.  This drawing was done with Artrage which like most of the computer-originated art programs (particularly Painter) emulates physical media.  Brushes, the most famous drawing app, gives you a choice of different drawing options and does not equate them with physical art media.  Brushes was used by  Hockney for his ipad paintings. It was developed originally for the iphone and moved on to the ipad. Brushes and Artrage are both great apps and it will be interesting to see which approach proves most popular - simulating old media or just using digital marks.

Jeanie has produced a video tutorial on how she believes Hockney drew his ipad pics that were exhibited a few years ago.  See Youtube.

Jeanie uses both Brushes and Artrage on her ipad.  Text by Nick not Jeanie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Nude a week 9: Male nude in green chalk

A quick sketch in green chalk of a man reaching down and away
With very quick sketches the proportion sometimes falls by the wayside as I try to get the swing of the body.  In this case the swing of the pose was my primary concern and the proportions were secondary. As a result the legs look smaller than the torso.  When you draw with chalk there is no second chance.  Erasing isn't possible.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Nude a week 8: A very quick sketch

Back view of a girl.  Conte crayon

Drawn in California. Back view of a girl standing with her weight on her right hip and swinging the spine in a curve.  Here you can see the construction lines across the sine.  Drawn extremely fast in a very brief pose.

Nude a week 7: Contortions

Conte sketches done in California
I like the shapes and rhythms formed by the limbs in these two extreme poses.  These were painted in California using Conte crayon.