Pastel Variants

The abstract compositions in today’s post all have similar elements, a shared pastel palette of colors, textured background, geometric objects and straight and jagged lines. They are all variations on an angular theme created in Procreate app for iPad using various “brushes” (drawing tools) on multiple transparent layers. Later in the post I’ll explain one of the techniques used to create them.

An interesting technique

One of my favorite techniques working in Procreate is to use tools in an eraser mode. There are many drawing tools available in this app and they can all be used in an opaque (normal) mode or as an eraser. I sometimes make an object in the opaque mode and alter it by using the same or other tools in the “eraser” mode. In all three of the abstracts above, the blue “balloon” circles were created this way.

This example shows the use of a “stipple” brush both opaquely and in an “eraser” mode. From the left; a line created opaquely with the stipple brush; circle created with stipple brush; circle with eraser mode used to make the center lighter. To the far right is a circle created in an opaque mode with lines through it made in the eraser mode.
This example shows how a solid brush can be used opaquely and in the “eraser” mode. From the left; a line created with solid brush; solid circle with lines made in “eraser” mode; solid circle with shading done in eraser mode with stipple brush. At far right is a solid circle with lines made by stipple brush in eraser mode.

Here’s a triptych of all three above abstractions

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

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