panda art

In between pattern designing, I am drawing animals on the World Wildlife Fund’s endangered list. It’s my way of being involved and maintaining my awareness of issues bigger than me 🙂

I am really drawn to the colours in this drawing. Pinks, oranges and green/blue mash ups keep appearing in my drawings and designs.

pattern design – circles

Circles are my favourite shape!

I love the roundedness and the sweeping curves. Orange is one of my favourite colours (I have lots of favourites!)

I love the 70’s vibe oozing out from this design and how the circles look like colour pops popping everywhere!

I designed this in Illustrator on the iPad 🙂

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR FOR IPAD

I’ve been learning Illustrator for 3 weeks. It feels like longer!

It’s a massive program, which I doubt I will have scratched the surface of, even after a year of study.

After beginning on my laptop, I quickly moved onto the iPad in order to draw more easily with the Apple Pencil. It was learning all over again at first!

There are no where near as many visual windows or options as the desktop version. It was like treasure hunting without a map: There is no ‘place’ option, I couldn’t find the eye dropper, where was the keyboard?

I had a hairy few days of frustration as workflow slowed. I didn’t want to go between laptop and iPad all time, I knew it shouldn’t be this time consuming.

And it isn’t. A bit of google and play time and I’m finding my feet with the iPad version. As someone who hand draws much of what I design, I love it.

I’m no way qualified to give any sort of tutorial, but there are some great YouTube tutorials which are really helpful with getting started.

ILLUSTRATOR ON THE IPAD

PHOTOSHOP FOR DESKTOP AND IPAD

OMG! Photoshop on my laptop and iPad is amazing! I’ve been practising pattern making in Photoshop today, and jumping between the two programmes is awesome. I prefer to draw with my apple pencil on the iPad but the iPad version doesn’t have all the features of the desktop version.

Saving to the Cloud allows me to jump from one to the other when I wanted to add some hand drawn elements to my designs.

This is no doubt old news for many, but when you first discover it – mind blown! lol

Watercolour and ink

I’ve been experimenting with watercolours and fine liners lately.

With the lockdowns and fading light, photography has become more and more difficult. I love being creative and wanted something I can do in my house, on my own, whenever I have a spare moment.

I’ve been exploring these two media, both very new to me. There is so much variety in the art store – it’s difficult to know where to start!

Experimentation

So I started by drawing and painting the same thing, over again, using different pens, brushes and paint mixtures, to see what I liked.

Once happy with a technique, I then reproduced it on watercolour paper (more expensive than the cartridge paper I was using, so not for experimenting!)

I used a size 4 brush for this. It has a lovely fine point so I can use it for some finer details as well

Digital art

I first created the dandelion in Procreate on my iPad. I then wanted to see what it would look like painted.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately, and some drawing.

Have you learnt any new creatives skills lately?

Take care,

Michelle