In this session I introduced users to the basic possibilities of the Procreate app for iPad and Brushes Redux. Procreate is the superior app providing the artist with abundant opportunities to deploy layers in a number of ways. For this session the focus for the drawing was representing tone, shape and placement accurately. Many questions were asked and in conjunction with our drawing issues we looked at using layers, brushes and brush qualities, erasing and saving. Time flew and the results were immediately impressive.
I'm starting two iPad drawing courses. The first is at PhoenixBrighton from Tuesday 26 September. It runs over seven weeks, 6.30-8.30pm each week.
The second is at Evolution Arts in Brighton. This runs over two Sundays 22 and 29 October.
See more, draw and paint it with one of the most convenient versatile apps we have now, Procreate on the iPad. In these practical sessions, I'll be covering basic drawing skills with demonstrations on how to get to grips with Procreate, the best drawing app I know. All levels welcome. Other apps accepted.
The iPad will challenge you but it will repay with an infinite range of possibilities that can and will provoke new ideas possibly to be developed with more traditional media at a later stage. Your complete studio is now in your hands at your fingertips.
Your working surface is convenient and discreet. You can work where you want to work, more or less. It is a mobile device. Take your studio with you to places you would not normally go, at different times of the day. You can respond there and then and be spontaneous. No need to try to remember anything or look for basic materials and perhaps miss the moment as a result.
It is also a visual diary stored conveniently in one place, easily organised and accessible which allows you the freedom to print, send and share your images. The iPad is your portable portfolio. Reveal your work and yourself with ease. Share your work and receive feedback to a wide audience, anytime, anywhere. You are connected globally.
Oil Painting at Evolution Arts, Brighton
I have just begun a nine session oil painting course for Evolution Arts in Brighton. There are 12 students of varying abilities and so far we have been focusing on building skills in mixing and handling oil paint. The content will include colour mixing, blending, glazing and the many different applications of actually getting oil paint onto the paper or canvas and hopefully getting it to do what you want or what you think you want.
The other day I was trying to explore transparency of colour and visual colour mixing with watercolour. The plan was to create some simple colour studies that illustrated the idea in a simple way. However, once the paint starts playing with you I'm easily seduced into straying off track to start exploring the beautiful blends and provoked accidents. The unpredictability of watercolour is one of its most compelling attributes I think. It is mesmerising.
Thanks to everybody who came by my studio last weekend.
Phoenix Brighton are having their annual Open Studios soon. The private view is on Friday 6th. May 6-9pm with the open studios on the 7th. and 8th. May 11-5pm. Come along anytime over the weekend and meet up to 120 artists working in this incredible building with its new swish slidy doors. My studio is at the top on the 4th. floor so come up, say hello and check out the view of Brighton.
1992! I was asked to paint the ceiling of Aidel's Cafe at 244 Haverstock Hill in London NW3. Little did I know what was in store for me, not just regarding the ceiling but the fun shenanigans embarked upon, usually involving alcohol. It was a pleasure painting that. I'm not sure if it's still there.
Some difficult tonal and textural challenges this week at Cafe Rust.
My January-March session is full. Let me know if you'd like to sign up for the post-Easter series of sessions. Space is limited.
It's week 5 next where we will be focusing on portraiture. I'll be giving a tour of the head using our model and describing general rules for sizing and proportion basic to all heads. Then we'll get on with our own version of our portrait model observing our ideas and seeing if they fit in this particular case. I have a great model lined up just for this purpose.
So far in this tutored series we have been making drawings about the perception of space and the placement of the figure in differing contexts whilst still being conscious of tone and proportion.