On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May I’ll be running an iPad drawing masterclass for the Royal Drawing School. We’ll be working from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. So, obviously some amazing artifacts to be inspired by and to respond to. The aim of the two days is to develop our skills in looking and recording whilst exploring and exploiting the potential of the iPad as a painting and drawing tool. I will be focusing in particular on the Procreate app which is incredible to use but we can use Brushes Redux and Adobe Sketch. If you ‘d like more details follow the link to the Royal Drawing School where you can also book a place. I hope to see you there and to share some of the incredible things I have seen recently as part of my research for the weekend. https://royaldrawingschool.org/courses/public-courses/ipad-drawing-masterclass-discovery-through-transcr/
Finally, it's here, my book about painting and drawing, on the iPad. 50,000 words, 169 illustrations and 15 months of work, on and off. Published by Crowood Press it's a blow by blow account of how to see tone, line, colour, proportion in the figure in conjunction with all the essential approaches using the incredible app Procreate. I do discuss other apps like Adobe Draw and Brushes Redux but I have to say Procreate is the standard to beat. It's optimised for the iPad iOS 11 and with an iPencil it's just superbly sensitive and natural. It offers up so many exciting possibilities, all in your hand. Grab your studio (the iPad) and take it wherever you are, the life room, the landscape, the park or your local. It's discreet and mobile meaning you can do what you couldn't previously from just sheer practicality, immediacy and convenience.
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After my last successful iPad drawing session for Evolution Arts in Brighton they’ve asked me to run another. This will be based around the figure so there’s plenty to learn. We’ll cover the drawing app basics of some of the most popular apps as well as focus on how we can see and depict the figure. Follow the link to the Evolution site for more details. See you there.
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.