I continued to use Art Set app for iPad as my medium for life drawing this week. I’m finding that even though it mimics real drawing materials very well, I’m having to “translate” through the digital medium rather than just hand drawing the figure as I would with traditional materials like pastels. That is, I have to work through the interface of the app to get the image down. It slows me up and I sometimes have to search for the right tool or adjustment. Part of that is that I’m still learning how to use the app. I’m finding that a bit frustrating and will probably go back to using real pastels next week. It has been enjoyable and refreshing to use the iPad/Art Set/Apple Pencil combination but I feel a little held back in spontaneity while drawing. As usual, the timing of the poses are in captions below each drawing.
It was back to digital drawing this week. My Apple Pencil was working again and I was able to use the iPad and Art Set app for life drawing. The timings of the drawings are in captions below each.
I continued to use Art Set app for iPad this week for my life drawing session. One of the options in this app is to customize the workspace. On any of the four sides of the screen, a palette can be placed and customized with various colors or a combination of tools or “brushes”. I’ve been experimenting with a variety of configurations and used this one for this week’s drawings.
The problem with this configuration is that I’m right-handed and as I’m drawing I inadvertently might select an unwanted color from the right palette just by touching it. This makes for a clumsy delay while drawing, especially in the short poses.
I’ve reconfigured the arrangement of tools and colors so that there is no palette on the right at all. I’ll use this next week and see if it helps.
This week’s drawings are below with timings of the poses in the captions.
I continued with digital drawing this week using the Art Set app for iPad. I’m still struggling a bit getting used to selecting and using tools in the app. Although I was able to customize the workspace to show only the colors and tools needed for life drawing, it still takes time to learn the “geography” of where things are and how they work. This becomes an issue while working with the time constraints of short five minute poses. There just isn’t enough time to feel comfortable with the interface and the immediacy of drawing. It’s easier on the longer poses because I can take more time to concentrate on the drawing itself. I do like the way Art Set simulates real drawing materials and hope to achieve more control as I continue to use it. The timings of the poses are in the captions below each drawing.
Looking for something to keep my life drawing fresh and engrossing, I searched for and stumbled on a new iPad app. Actually, I had purchased this app a long time ago and had never gotten into it. After many months of non-use I opened it up to find that it had been expanded and updated. With a little experimentation, I discovered that it might work well for life drawing.
The app is called Art Set and it is quite amazing. The concept behind it is to provide tools (brushes) that mimic real art materials. There are tools that perform like pencils, markers, pens, chalks, watercolors, oil paints and more. Oil paints look like 3D oil textures, watercolor has transparency and flow, and chalks look and handle like the real thing. In addition to the drawing/painting tools, Art Set provides a multitude of virtual surfaces to work on; multi-colored papers and canvas. Since my favorite technique for life drawing is using pastels, I tried Art Set’s tools for that medium and was able to apply my usual method of working but doing it in the digital realm. I hope to do more with this very capable app.
This “slide show” illustrates my normal method of life drawing but, in this case, with the iPad instead of using real chalks.
Our drawing session included the usual series of 5 minute poses followed by longer poses. The model and all of the artists were wearing masks due to the pandemic. The drawings below were done in Art Set 4 for iPad. Timings of the drawings are listed below each in the captions.