I’m continuing to work with the new iPad and Procreate app. In preparation for using these for actual life drawing, I’ve been using photos rather than live models to learn the basics of Procreate. This app has a tremendous variety of tools to mimic traditional drawing and painting media. There are “brushes” for doing pencil drawing, pastel drawing, painting in oil, watercolor etc., etc. It does an amazing job of capturing the essence of the various traditional tools for creating art.
Since most of my recent work in life drawing has consisted of pastel and pencil drawing, I’ve concentrated on learning those tools in Procreate. I’ll try to get into the painting tools at a later time (there’s just so much to learn and it will take a lot of practice). I’m posting here some of my latest efforts of what might be called “faux pastels”.
Some of these drawings start with a broad amorphous quick mass of color that roughly suggests the overall shape of the pose. Then I gradually use more fine tools (like pencil) to outline and define limbs, torso and head. More color is added and a combination of variably sized tools eventually begin to define both final color and values (light and dark areas).
Other drawings start with a rough pencil sketch to capture the “gesture” of the pose and then adding color over that, refining the drawing along the way until it is finished.