I have been doing quite a bit of painting on the iPad lately, testing my ability to control layers of paint like I would with real wet media, or controlling the stylus being used as a pencil. I even mix up and combine different painting techniques which I can’t do as easily with real media. Oil and watercolor for instance… Just for fun, I tried to see what I could do with a real artists work.
In my former life as an artist and fashion illustrator before going into architecture, I enjoyed doing portraiture and life drawing, usually creating them very realistically. Using a famous artist and his studies …
… I wanted to replicate (sort of) a famous drawing, The Study for the Angel in the ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ by master, Leonardo da Vinci. I wonder if da Vinci would be spinning in his grave knowing an iPad was used, or the inventor in him would say this is so cool? Da Vinci had so many diverse talents in various disciplines. What intrigues me with his drawing is how it reminds me of the allure of the facial expression like in the Mona Lisa. It is almost enigmatic.
I so admire the great masters and marvel at each work I see when traveling.
In Europe this past November, I visited a lot of art museums, seeing these master’s works in person. In Philadelphia, also last year, I visited the Barnes Museum too. A lot of amazing art to take in…
Painting on the iPad is taking some getting used to, trying to “master” the special technique, but I plug along. Eventually, although a fast producing media, it will become much easier to make a “real” work of original art at some point. Did you see the hummingbirds I did?
I think the iPad would be a great way to produce cartoons. Fast and convenient, like having a better sketchbook. It is easy to take it anywhere too.