This was freehand drawn on my new iPad Air (5th generation) using the app, Procreate. This is just the beginning of my experimentation with this image and digital tools. It was great to pull up the reference photo of my adoptive grandmother. I am also playing with the tracing function to figure out how to trace a photo and then play with effects and brushes to create a piece of art that departs from the original reference. I am hoping that playing around with digital tools after taking college art classes would be interesting. I do not think I would have rendered this portrait like this without taking those classes.
I also assigned myself to assign colors to a sepia reference, which I often do to challenge myself.
My goal is to be able to play around with painting ideas on the iPad when I am at a cafe, on the couch, or en plein air to practice drawing and composition skills and experiment. Any of these art pieces can become thumbnails for future paintings. I still love painting and doing mixed media like ink, pastels, charcoal, graphite, acrylic, photography, I love experimenting with ideas for paintings and often I do this while I am doing the painting, but what if I just did that work on the iPad? Then my reference is my own painting instead of a photo.
The next step would to track down our projector. Then I can do larger scale paintings already knowing most of my choices in terms of color and composition. Someday, I will formulate a work flow that mixes fine art with digital including video and animation. Ultimately, I want to be a mixed media artist.
Next semester, I will be taking a pottery wheel class and I want to use the app to draw designs and take notes. At some point, I want to create pottery and use digital art to create patterns. The iPad will let me take notes for classes and give me an opportunity to practice drawing and composition during my down time.
So, my break will involve getting into the groove of digital art making, re-organizing my studio, and getting some artwork done. My other goal is to pour more attention to this blog. I have a lot of material from the past semesters to put up and I have lots of thoughts about everything.
D.K. Castellucci is an artist living in Marin County who works in acrylic, oil paint, oil and soft pastels, charcoal, gouache, watercolors, graphite and