Variations

Today’s post contains examples of abstract images completed in Procreate app for the iPad along with enhanced variations of them done in iColorama (a photo editing app).

The first image is a digital collage of layered objects and various “painterly” brush strokes. The zebra-like design was created with a pattern brush and applied to several of the geometric objects. The original image is composed of mostly warm colors; reds, oranges, yellows and some greens. When finished, I applied several changes in iColorama. The first variation changes it to a diffused “watercolor” look which simplifies the design while retaining the same basic colors. The second variation completely transforms the colors to a cooler palette with blues and purples along with the original greens and reds. The third variation takes the cooler version and adds surface texture and other subtle changes.

Original completed abstract done in Procreate app
1st Variation – modified in iColorama to look like a watercolor retaining the same warm palette
2nd Variation – colors modified to cooler palette
3rd Variation – surface texture added to variation 2 in iColorama

The slideshow below may help in comparing the changes from the original version to the altered ones in sequence. You can run the slideshow manually by clicking on the pause icon in the upper right and then clicking on any of the four buttons at the bottom.


The next abstraction was done in layers in Procreate. I used a thin line brush to create a squiggly random pattern covering all of one of the layers. Over that I put a couple of layers of rectangular objects and lines to complete the design. A variation was made in iColorama by adding a surface texture that appears pitted to add interest to the original image.

original design with squiggles on one layer and several layers of round and rectangular objects along with lines
the same image with the addition of surface texture from iColorama app

The final abstract was also done in multiple layers in Procreate app. I used more of a “painterly” brush stroke in the lower layers adding objects and lines above in contrasting colors. The central small orange and black objects were textured by scribbling lines through them with the eraser tool allowing the layers underneath to show through. The variation, done in iColorama app suggests a raised or “relief” effect which gives depth to the composition.

original Procreate image
“relief” effect adding depth to the original design
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Life Drawing / September 18

This week’s drawings were done in pastels (Chunky Charcoals by Cretacolor and NuPastels by Prismacolor). The timings are indicated in the captions below each image.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty minute pose

Île d’Orléans, Quebec

Ellen and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on beautiful Île d’Orléans situated in the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City. On the island there are six farming communities. They produce everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to wonderful preserves, wines and hand crafted items. We spent six days on the island with one day in Quebec City and explored all of the individual farming communities, visiting wineries, craft shops and art galleries. Delicious meals at the island’s excellent restaurants were also very much enjoyed.

Farming and food production along with tourism are the main occupations on the island.

The last “urban sketches” I posted were done back in June of this year. I had hoped to do more in the intervening time but have been preoccupied with my iPad and Procreate app as well as life drawing. I finally had a good opportunity and the motivation to do some sketching while we were on Île d’Orléans.

pen & ink and watercolor sketch of farm fields on Île d’Orléans
pen & ink with watercolor sketch of an interesting shed on the island

Life Drawings / September 4

For this week’s life drawing I’ve continued to use NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals on 18″ x 24″ paper. I used the same setup (on table top) as last week and it seems to work well for now even without an easel. The timings are listed in the captions of each drawing.

five minute pose drawing with NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals
five minute pose drawing with NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals
five minute pose drawing with NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals
five minute pose drawing with NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals
twenty minute pose drawing with NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals
twenty-five minute pose drawing with NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals
twenty-five minute pose drawing with NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals

Digital Delights

For many years I have toyed with the idea of making abstract art. I have enjoyed seeing non-objective work by many artists in various mediums but have been reluctant to create such artworks until last December when I purchased an iPad and Apple Pencil along with Procreate app. There is an exhilarating sense of possibilities, a creative potential when dipping into the multitude of Procreate tools and effects. Using this inexhaustible resource has been both freeing and creatively stimulating. During the last eight months I have been able to delve into abstraction using digital tools rather than traditional art mediums. Attached to this posting are four new abstracts which explore many of the possibilities in Procreate app. I have enjoyed combining color, shape and texture in many configurations. These abstract ideas keep evolving in different directions. Some start with very deliberate ideas of color or composition but along the way serendipity may take me someplace new and exciting allowing me to construct these endless creative experiments.

I have been using iColorama app in conjunction with Procreate. IColorama has many tools for manipulating visual images whether photos or art. All four of these new compositions were created in Procreate and then altered in iColorama, some substantially.

Life Drawings / August 28

Since the beginning of June I have been using various media for life drawing. These include ballpoint pen, mechanical pencil and iPad with Procreate app. The one medium that has been missing is pastels, my favorite for figure drawing. I normally use a rather substantial wooden easel with a drawing board and 18″ x 24″ paper for doing pastels. I can no longer store my easel at the drawing venue so I set up with a small cardboard box on one of the available tables and leaned my drawing board at a slight angle. This allowed me to see the model and draw with some downward pressure on the drawing board. I was standing the whole time as I would do with an easel. This arrangement worked though it was a bit more of a strain on my back having to lean over the drawing board. In any case, I was able to get back to using the pastels! Here are the results with timings of the poses in the captions.

five minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
five minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
five minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
five minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
twenty minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
twenty-five minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
twenty minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels

Life Drawings / August 21

This week I used ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil for life drawing. I’ll indicate the medium used and the timings in the captions of each drawing.

five minute drawing with ballpoint pen

five minute drawing with ballpoint pen
five minute drawing with mechanical pencil
five minute drawing with mechanical pencil
ten minute drawing with ballpoint pen
ten minute drawing with ballpoint pen
twenty minute drawing with ballpoint pen