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12-13-2012, 11:42 AM

I've had a really horrible year with terminal illness and bereavement - so I decided to treat myself to an ipad. I've wanted one for a while - and I LOVE it!

Friends suggested apps to download (more suggestions very welcome) and this was done with one - OmniSketch.

It makes lovely marks and you can choose symmetry, which makes (to me) beautiful patterns with your marks.


detail to see the marks possible

It's fun!

12-13-2012, 11:54 AM
That's very pretty. . . I've had my iPad since March and don't have that app. I will have to check it out.

Ones I have and like are Brushes, Art Rage, and ASKetch (which is black and white, but fun).

12-13-2012, 12:17 PM
Lovely Vivien. I use Sketch Club app.


Joan T
12-13-2012, 01:34 PM
Ooh!!! A new fun way for you to sketch!!!

12-13-2012, 04:55 PM
That looks really fun. I have Procreate - Sketch and Draw which I haven't used much. I do have a Mannequin app, it is one of those wooden figure mannequins you use for drawing and can repostition, I find that fun and useful.

12-16-2012, 09:47 AM
ooh these suggestions are great! keep them coming please :)

I haven't used it yet but I've got Procreate (which I think maybe needs a bit more learning?) and Brushes (cos of Hockney!)

I forgot Art Rage - must look at that I'll take a look at the others as well - thanks again everyone.

Just for fun that Omnisketch app is well worth downloading - it's a bit like the online programme by Mr Doob (Harmony) that I loved. But the resolution on this is much better.

12-16-2012, 09:49 AM

this one is nicely Christmassy :)

and details



I love all the fine spidery marks it creates depending on the speed of a mark and its proximity to other marks.

12-16-2012, 11:15 AM
That symmetry aspect is pretty interesting! Thanks for posting!

Another app suggestion: Auryn Ink (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/auryn-ink/id407668628?mt=8) (four bucks)
It's a watercolor app and you can even set the "water" to run in a particular direction, pool up, etc. Remarkable.

Along with the forty-buck Sensu brush it's a mighty mega time drain.


12-16-2012, 11:26 AM
what a lovely Christmas ornament!!! Looks like the OmniSketch is $1.99 so I might have to give it a try. . . that one you mention for watercolors looks cool as well, Jan. Do you have any samples you've done with it to share? :) Would love to see.

12-16-2012, 04:42 PM
very nice Viv love the colours and symmetry. I might have to check out a few more of these apps too.

12-16-2012, 07:38 PM
Very striking images!

12-16-2012, 09:44 PM
Very interesting! I also have an iPad, but I never tried to paint or draw anything with it... I just use it for games, and for reading my e-books and magazines...

12-16-2012, 09:48 PM

(Sorry to hear that 2012 had losses for you)

12-18-2012, 03:08 PM
I'll take a look at it sounds interesting. Jan :)

12-18-2012, 07:55 PM
Amazing what technology has come up with these days. Intriguing pictures.

12-19-2012, 09:29 AM
. . . that one you mention for watercolors looks cool as well, Jan. Do you have any samples you've done with it to share? :) Would love to see.
With apologies to Vivien, okay, here is one of the first few I did in Auryn Ink with the brush stylus. (The brush stylus is key here, I think.) I marred it with the dorky frame but you can almost see the "wetness". Pretty neat. And fun!




Joan T
12-19-2012, 10:36 AM
You get really nice symmetry with the program. Nice!!

12-19-2012, 05:15 PM
thanks for showing me Jan and yes it looks like another I must download! When I've tried them all out I'll make a list of the ones I've found good so that anyone else can take a look.

I had a go with Siri yesterday - the voice dictation thing - wow! it was about 85-90% accurate and much faster than onscreen, one finger typing.

These are a couple more - I will have a go at more painterly ones soon but I'm enjoying playing with these!


and detail


12-19-2012, 05:36 PM
Jan those pears look awesome. What do you mean by a brush stylus?

Really enjoying your symmetrical doodles Vivien.

12-19-2012, 07:56 PM
Fun kaleidoscope effect.

12-20-2012, 09:03 AM
Jan those pears look awesome. What do you mean by a brush stylus?

Really enjoying your symmetrical doodles Vivien.
Brush stylus = Sensu (https://www.sensubrush.com/)
Forty bucks, but totally awesome. There is something about a brush that just makes it so much more fun. Forty bucks is outrageous. Ask Santa for it!

The neat thing about Vivien's app, OmniSketch, are the various spidery funky lines you can chose from. You can get some very nifty results.

Anyone with an iPad who hasn't yet tried these sketch/draw/paint apps needs to get in gear now! Great fun.


Joan T
12-20-2012, 12:14 PM
These look like such fun!

12-20-2012, 06:59 PM
Wow! Beautiful images!

12-21-2012, 12:23 PM
I love your iPad sketches! I can't imagine how you can sketch on them, I have trouble just surfing with it.

12-21-2012, 12:47 PM
I do find it a little difficult, easier with a Jot stylus where you can see better where the line is going. With custom brushes landscapes are easy to produce.

Here's a 5 minute sketch done with a foliage brush and a WDE painting done with a combination with Sketch Club:




12-21-2012, 05:46 PM
Wow that looks awesome Doug.

12-21-2012, 06:01 PM

thanks for the info on the brushes Jan - I wondered if they were worthwhile or not - obviously they are :)

and Joan it is fun!

thanks for all the info, demos and nice comments - keep them coming please.

12-21-2012, 06:04 PM

this one was playing with the pencil and spray can in Art Studio. Memories of frosty, misty mornings travelling to work


and this one was an app called Pastels

just scribbles working out what they can do

12-21-2012, 06:07 PM
Looks like loads of fun.

12-21-2012, 07:11 PM
The spray can one looks awesome, very atmospheric.

12-21-2012, 07:57 PM
Doug and Vivien I am so amazed with what you are showing here! I am illiterate in this medium of the ipad. So much to learn about this relatively new medium.

12-21-2012, 08:49 PM
Wow Jan, Yorky and Viv. These are lovely and fun sketches. I am going to have to resurrect my old ipad thread and try playing with some of these apps again. You all have inspired me

12-22-2012, 04:46 AM
Vivien, I like your Misty Morning.
It give me a better appreciation for what a tablet can do.

12-22-2012, 11:22 AM
VIV!!!! I love the orange trees/blue sky piece! Super-dooper! It's so Wolf Kahn-like. (I love him.) Very very nice minimalist and atmospheric work. Bravo! You soooo have the touch! :thumbsup: Print and frame that one!

Jan (off to download the app 'Pastels')

EDIT: Wait! Is is called 'Pastels' or 'iPastels (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipastels/id489302558?mt=8)'?

12-22-2012, 11:27 AM
I can't imagine how you can sketch on them, I have trouble just surfing with it.
Brush stylus = Sensu (https://www.sensubrush.com/)!


12-22-2012, 05:31 PM
I've been busy and downloaded Auryn ink (very nice to work with), Brushes (like that a lot too) and Pastels (not tried it yet). I have a stylus and finding that very handy. I hated trying to draw with my finger, they are so fat I couldn't see what I was doing.

12-23-2012, 12:40 PM
sorry - yes it is iPastels.

and I'm really liking it


The different pressures and marks you can choose mean you can really mix and blend colours. There's a finger tool for smudging as well. You can change the palette selections - the only down for me so far is the resolution - it's doesn't seem to be selectable and seems lower than some other apps. Only a problem if you wanted to print largish.


Thanks for the encouragement :) these programmes that I'm liking really do behave like the real medium.

I looked at Auryn Ink but haven't yet downloaded it - I'll be interested to see how you get on with it.

Paper is one that would interest you jornallers with its accordion fold books. I'm not sure how you can show or share them online though - anyone know?

And Steven and Pat, hi and thank you :)

12-23-2012, 12:54 PM
I paid for some extra brushes in Omni and did this one




and an earlier one played with further in Photoshop


and detail


12-23-2012, 12:56 PM
ooops that should have said hi Philip not Pat

12-23-2012, 01:32 PM
OH, I live that black and white one!

12-23-2012, 04:45 PM
Glad you are having so much fun with your ipad Viv. I had several friends in Austin who took theirs to life drawing and did some awesome work. One even took hers to several parties and did caricatures with it and then emailed them to the guests email accounts, no muss no fuss and it was a paying gig.

12-23-2012, 06:18 PM
Gorgeous work with the ipastels. Love the new omni sketches esp that b&w one.

12-23-2012, 06:25 PM
Amazing what you can do on an iPad.

12-24-2012, 12:37 PM
That used 2 of the pay-for brushes(cheap)

Anyone who wants to play with these marks but doesn't have an ipad, look at Mr Doobs programme, Harmony, online - there is a link to it on my the side panel of my blog and it's free. I loved playing with that a while back.

And Merry Christmas everyone


Joan T
12-26-2012, 11:33 AM
These are lovely! The ones of the sky and water look a lot like pastels. Nice!!

12-27-2012, 08:16 AM
Glad you are having so much fun with your ipad Viv. I had several friends in Austin who took theirs to life drawing and did some awesome work. One even took hers to several parties and did caricatures with it and then emailed them to the guests email accounts, no muss no fuss and it was a paying gig.

that sounds fun!

my grandchildren enjoyed drawing on it over Christmas (5 and 2) and I emailed them their pictures :)

12-27-2012, 10:54 AM
Glad you are having so much fun with your ipad Viv. I had several friends in Austin who took theirs to life drawing and did some awesome work. One even took hers to several parties and did caricatures with it and then emailed them to the guests email accounts, no muss no fuss and it was a paying gig.

So good!

12-29-2012, 12:21 PM
Thanks for your comments on the different sketching apps. I got a new iPAD with my Christmas bonus and I've settled on Paper by 53, which is actually organized like sketchbooks and it fits with my Chinese Brush style/interest.

How are you getting your sketches off the iPAD and posting to WC?

12-29-2012, 12:47 PM
How are you getting your sketches off the iPAD and posting to WC?
I have been emailing my pictures to myself then uploading from the laptop.


12-29-2012, 01:23 PM
Yes, the same as Doug.

I save them into the photos folder then email them to myself and upload here via the pc.

I can upload directly to Facebook but not my blog or here.

I have downloaded an app that is supposed to allow me to post to my blog but haven't had time to learn it yet.

Paper53 with its sketchbooks is fun isn't it?

This is one I did with it - and then accidentally swept the eraser across it when closing the app!


I wish there was a way of showing the whole book in the way you can flick through it on the ipad. There probably is and I just don't understand?

and I downloaded Pen and Ink today. Like a lot, there is more if you want to pay for it. I don't think I will as I like the pen and other programmes can do the other stuff.

This one is a doodle with Pen and Ink


I think it's one that those who use pen a lot would like.

12-29-2012, 03:34 PM
If you hadn't told us, I would think that this really was done with pen.

12-29-2012, 04:47 PM
Oh wow these look so good. I love pen..... hmmmm might have to download these ones too.

12-29-2012, 05:34 PM
More wonderful iPad sketches. Like all the different types of things you can do with it.

Joan T
12-30-2012, 02:55 PM
Fun to see what you can create on the ipad!!

12-31-2012, 07:58 AM
the Pen and Ink and the iPastels I think are both really convincing as being like the medium I think :)


a quick sketch from life of the resident tiger drinking water from a jug using the Pen and Ink app

12-31-2012, 11:02 AM
Lovely ink style sketches!

12-31-2012, 11:50 AM

and I added colour in Photoshop using a pc - I wrote about the 'how to' on my blog.

12-31-2012, 03:15 PM
Really does look like you used a pen. Cute kitty.

12-31-2012, 05:59 PM
Great kitty sketch. I tried the Pen and Ink and found it very nice to use. You can colour in there too I found, but it wouldn't let me zoom in without buying the upgrade version. Guess I won't be zooming in... lol

12-31-2012, 08:24 PM
great kitty! I love scribble type pen and ink! And the color makes it even better

I will be interested to hear/read about what you think of the other apps that you mention on your blog.

01-01-2013, 01:08 PM
I'm working my way through them Rainy as I can. Procreate seems as though it will be very good but needs a learning curve and Brushes I need to work with.

Spray Can allows you to import images from your Photo roll but doesn't have layers - so the spray goes on top of the drawing. I used it in this, another from life. (and the plant was tilted, where madame had knocked it earlier, it's not my perspective that's out!)



Spray can is a limited app but quite good. You can work with low opacity and build colours from a mixture, giving a bit more variation. I'm pretty sure it was a freebie.

01-01-2013, 01:53 PM
Thanks for sharing what works where in the different apps. The tilted plant is cute.

01-01-2013, 06:07 PM
Cute kitty and plants, she looks like she has turned away in denial... lol
Procreate was the first drawing app I downloaded and have hardly used as it is too complex. I am enjoying brushes. Thanks for sharing all your tips and thoughts.

01-03-2013, 09:45 AM
I'm warming to an ipad since looking through your sketches, would be a great asset on holidays and trips out. Thanks for sharing this useful exploration...

01-03-2013, 09:50 AM
If you get an iPad Kat, I recommend you take a look at Sketch Club. It is sort of a mini photoshop and allows you to design your own brushes. There are several Youtube videos of the app.


Joan T
01-03-2013, 12:03 PM
You are really getting good at these!!!

01-05-2013, 09:42 AM
Oh perfect timing for that reminder Doug, I haven't looked at that one yet.

I've done some more but I don't know how to upload here from the iPad .... If anyone knows how I'd be grateful for a tutorial :)

I email them to myself and work from my PCM.

And thanks for all the encouraging comments.

01-05-2013, 10:44 AM
Great kitty drawing, I will have to check out that Spray can. Have you tried paper yet? It only comes with pen unless you pay (which I haven't) but I've been using that one this week. It does not have layers either. I'm really looking for something easy though so liking it ok.

I also email them to myself to send.

01-05-2013, 10:48 AM
You can export the whole book as a PDF, Viv. When the book is chosen, click on the little arrow choose con below and choose Send Email

wow, that is weird. . . I posted this as response to your post and just noticed it showed up in line BEFORE your post (so added this edit!)

01-05-2013, 10:49 AM
Paper 53 ? Yes I did. It's a shame you can't export the whole book to show. I think I will probably use that one less but definitely a keeper.

01-05-2013, 12:18 PM
Well ..... thank you Doug , sketch club is excellent and well worth the couple of pounds :) will post experiments later. It gives credit to mr doob for the source of some of its capabilities.

01-05-2013, 03:26 PM
I love the scribbled cat!

01-05-2013, 04:56 PM
Thanks rainy :) and Michelle

01-06-2013, 05:21 AM
I'm not sure how that icon sneaked in! if a moderator can remove it I'd be grateful?

So I've been looking at the Sketch Club app, recommended by Doug - and i'll endorse his comments. It's excellent and though not free, it was cheap.

It's a good one, with the ability to use layers, lettering, import and export, good colour range .... lots going for it.

These are the preliminary try outs

I thought the ability to draw with lettering you put in could be fun for birthday cards etc Not a great drawing but an idea of one way I might use it.


another version of the Pen and Ink app sketch, imported and coloured in SC


and one where I used the layers a lot and played with opacity etc


I second Doug and highly recommend this app.

01-06-2013, 05:51 AM
I love that layered one Vivien. There's quite a community available through the app, and questions are answered.

To remove the icon select Edit and click the "no icon" button below the box.

BTW I use a Jot stylus, a little noisy but more accurate. Anyone used a touch sensitive pen?


01-06-2013, 07:42 AM
Vivien the sketch with the lettering looks fun. I really like your layered image, very nice.

Doug I use a Targus stylus, not touch sensitive, probably could be more accurate for drawing but still much better than trying to use my finger.

01-06-2013, 10:30 AM
Those are great, Viv. Especially love that last one!

I have trouble using a stylus on my ipad. . . I have tried three. An amazon basics one, an expensive bamboo one, and a ZooGue one but none of them work as well as my finger. I have to really press hard with the stylus, a light touch is not recognized and lines/marks don't form. . . don't know if its just my ipad or what. Drawing with finger is hard to see around your finger/hand to what you are doing! But its what I seem to be stuck with on my ipad.

01-06-2013, 10:39 AM
I must say the Jot stylus (http://adonit.net/jot/)works well, and I'm even contemplating buying a touch sensitive one to get varying line widths. Maybe not a Jot version though, they are a bit expensive.


01-06-2013, 11:22 AM
Those are great, Viv. Especially love that last one!

I have trouble using a stylus on my ipad. . . I have tried three. An amazon basics one, an expensive bamboo one, and a ZooGue one but none of them work as well as my finger. I have to really press hard with the stylus, a light touch is not recognized and lines/marks don't form. . . don't know if its just my ipad or what. Drawing with finger is hard to see around your finger/hand to what you are doing! But its what I seem to be stuck with on my ipad.
Rainy, do you have a screen protector? That might be interfering with the screen's sensitivity and receptivity to the stylus. If you have a few bucks floating around, the next one to try is the Pogo Sketch Pro Stylus. The reviews are good.

More here. (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400337,00.asp)

I am trying to get used to the brush stylus Sensu. I am not sure if it's "pressure sensitive" or not. I think not. I assume "pressure sensitive" means that the harder you press down, the wider the mark. (And it seems as if these styluses need Bluetooth connectivity to pull off that trick.) I am also trying to decide if the Sensu brush makes marks that are in any way different from a standard rubber-tipped stylus. I think not. But hey, what the heck. It's fun! :rolleyes:


01-06-2013, 11:32 AM
Here's a stylus comparison (http://www.ipadnews.nl/tag/stylus/)which may be useful.


01-06-2013, 01:01 PM
Thanks Doug and Jan. I like the idea of a pressure sensitive stylus but the prices are rather high on those! I saw on one of those links a stylus called GoSmart. Anyone use those. They look sorta interesting.

Jan, I do have a Zagg screen protector on the iPad. It was pretty pricey (like $30 or something I think!) and since I don't know if I could put it back on if I removed it, am hesitant to try that.

I was watching a video for one of the stylus on the review and they mentioned that when using a rubber stylus it was easy to not press hard enough and thus not get a line. That is probably what I am doing. :(

Viv, sorry to hijack your thread talking about stylus!

I have the Sketch Club app too, so gonna try playing with that. Just hope its not too complicated. Really want an EASY to use one :)

01-06-2013, 11:27 PM
Oh, the last sketch is so beautiful Vivien! Maybe I have to try this app out as well...

01-07-2013, 07:48 AM
Not hijacking ... Discussing things I want to know about :)

I've just been watching a YouTube comparing styluses that was very good. They showed one like yours Doug and I fancied one. I also fancied a bamboo bot the write ups on amazon complained of them splitting after very short use, which put me off. Purchases will have to wait a bit though as they are expensive.

01-07-2013, 03:20 PM
[quote=vhere]Not hijacking ... Discussing things I want to know about [quote]

LOL, I've been looking out for iPad app reviews with pictures or screen shots from artists. This thread is the best place (and your blog) where I actually see great examples of different apps. There's practially nothing in the Digital forum.

01-07-2013, 03:27 PM
I decided to order a GoSmart stylus (http://the-gadgeteer.com/2012/08/20/gosmart-stylus-review/) as a compromise. Apparently its sprung end means no tapping noise which disturbs my wife when I sketch on the ipad. I'll guve a report when I have tried it.


01-07-2013, 06:48 PM
please do Doug - there is a good video on youtube comparing about 8 I seem to remember, the top came out as one like the one you have and the Bamboo, they also show the brush, BUT the Bamboo got lousy reviews on Amazon for a very very short - ephemeral almost - life.

And Julie -thanks!!! I'm just having fun and finding out what is good and what isn't and getting lots of lovely helpful advice along the way.

01-07-2013, 06:52 PM
and there's more


I really enjoyed using the script to draw with in Sketch Club, so played some more. :)




and another


I simply opened the original digital sketches I'd done from life in the programme, worked on the layer above in the script, to start with, then deleted the original and finished it off.

Jenny you have to get this app!

01-07-2013, 06:54 PM
That's great Vivien, very inventive.


01-07-2013, 07:32 PM
The "cat" cats look awesome. So much fun. I am going to download this app now... So far Pen and Ink is my fav app, followed by Brushes but I really like the idea of using/adding text.

01-07-2013, 08:17 PM
Drawing in text is very creative. I like how it turned out.

01-08-2013, 03:52 AM
Fantastic sketches! I did not know that something like this is possible with an ipad

01-08-2013, 02:22 PM
nor me Martina! it's all very very new to me, and thanks to Doug that I ever even heard of this programme.

Jacqui you'll enjoy it. I like the pen and ink app too. I weakened and bought the extras after saying I wouldn't! they didn't cost much though.

Thanks for all the lovely comments. :) and all the information from everyone too.

I looked at one called Kaleidoscope, thinking of my grandchildren - it was rubbish! I deleted it.

Debby it would be nice if I could do real calligraphy that well. I remember seeing the poem To a Tree done in various greens and browns in a tree shape in 'real' calligraphy, changing the sizes and colours of the letters to fit, and it was just exquisite. I find the tight control needed plays against the flow I need in the way I draw so I gave up on calligraphy at a very early stage. Drawing and painting are more important to me in the end.

01-08-2013, 04:11 PM
I have an Ipad and I have tried to learn "Brushes" and "Auryn" without success. I have never used Photoshop or any type of digital drawing thingy. Could anyone help me in learning these programs? How to get started? Is there a tutorial anywhere???

Thank you in advance!

01-08-2013, 07:16 PM
That's great that you're trying that one, Doug. The gosmart was one I was quite interesting in so will be eager to see what you think!!

Viv, that is so fun drawing in the text. I did one last night that was sorta like that but not as realistic at all. . . it was trying out a bunch of brushes :) Its for sure a fun app but not a simple one, lots of features to be explored.

01-08-2013, 07:39 PM
Nancy, I am not an iPad user, but there is a blog I follow and the woman offers an iPad workshop for art (http://www.dotcalmvillage.net/ipadstudioa.html). I am not associated with her in any way. So, I've no investment in this at all.

Joan T
01-08-2013, 09:49 PM
I love those scrip cats!!! They are so fun!

01-09-2013, 06:54 AM
Well, I received my GoSmart Series 300 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPjgPZPXGs8) stylus (the one like a space rocket) and it is super!

It is silent and smooth in use - my wife is delighted - and very accurate. The end is tapered so it is easy to see where you are drawing and pick up the end of a line and continue drawing.

I am most impressed. Apart from not being pressure sensitive, I would say it is perfect. Just hope the spring tip is durable. Incidentally the end is actually teflon coated so should not scratch the screen.

Here's a video of it in use. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE3iWMHn8ME)

Watch this space ....


01-09-2013, 12:06 PM
Awesome, Doug! Wow, you got it really fast, too. Did you order from Amazon? What color is yours? Thanks for the review.

01-09-2013, 12:18 PM
Yes, I ordered from Amazon, mine is a black one.

I'll have a go at a Sketch Club video and post it.


01-09-2013, 04:45 PM
that sounds good Doug - how much was it?

Nancy there are lots of good videos on youtube you could look up. That's how I worked out some of the bits I didn't understand. I have used Photoshop a lot though not much for 'painting' like this. At least I had a start. Pen and Ink (free) is a good one to start with as it really is quite straightforward,

There is a very good one on comparing styluses here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmSrqqHPP1M) It's actually split over 2 videos but you'll see the other listed there.

Rainy I look forward to seeing what you do - again worth looking on youtube for the bits you didn't realise it did (or it was for me :) )

01-09-2013, 04:49 PM

This is one I did of my grandson watching TV and then I decided to add the lettering and so saved this as a second version


I really could have done with Dougs new accurate pen for the features.

01-09-2013, 04:50 PM
that sounds good Doug - how much was it?
19.95. plus postage.

PS Excellent sketch Vivien.


01-09-2013, 04:51 PM
oh that's better than the ones in the video - they were 40 going on 50! thanks - you were super fast with that answer!

01-09-2013, 04:55 PM
Great sketch.

01-09-2013, 05:29 PM
Nice one, Vivien! I better not visit this thread too often or I'll be jumping into iPAD sketching as well...and I don't need yet one other art style to try to learn. :lol:

01-09-2013, 08:58 PM
Viv, that one is awesome. . . love it.
Doug, can't wait for the video :)

01-12-2013, 05:57 AM
Sorry, I haven't got around to practising with my new pen, but here's my first attempt at a scene from Tuscany. 3 layers using preset brushes. The sky is pale blue btw.


I'll experiment with the video next.


01-12-2013, 06:17 AM
OK a quick test of how to upload a video to Youtube. Using the Record function in Sketch Club and three layers with preset brushes. A 5 minute sketch showing the use of layers.

Sketch Club video test.


Rough but proof of method. I added the sun poking behind the mountain but it seems to have been clipped off. Best to stretch it out a little at the end.

Before starting you hit "Recording Begin" then select the video size then hit record. when you have finished you click the arrow top right then "End" and you hve a choice of adding music, speeding the video up to 8x speed then either export to photo library or log in an post to youtube.

Here's the Sketch Club channel on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/sketchclubtv) with lots of video demos.


01-12-2013, 10:44 AM
Wow, thanks for the video, Doug. Its very cool, and I like your first painting of the countryside as well. Do you still like the new pen after playing with it more? I am thinking of orderng one of those from Amazon as it does look very nice to use on the videos. I hate with the finger and the rubber stylus how you cannot see where your line is exactly. Looks like you can on this one!

01-12-2013, 11:09 AM
Thanks. Yes, it is far superior to even the Jot pen. More accurate and completely silent.

The above sketches are very hurried, I hope to do more detailed ones soon. I share the ipad with my wife ;)


01-12-2013, 12:23 PM
Nice one, Vivien! I better not visit this thread too often or I'll be jumping into iPAD sketching as well...and I don't need yet one other art style to try to learn. :lol:

well I don't really draw any differently from when I draw on paper - I think you'd find the same with the right programmes - but it IS a time stealer!

Doug - interesting to see the video, that's something I haven't looked at yet. Miore to learn!


I looked at photo editing tools today. I'd downloaded Diptic and today added Adobe Photoshop Express. Both are keepers.

Diptic I've mentioned and it allows you to create grids to drop photos in, play with b&w and other effects and add text. Adobe PE allows other effects and adjustments - a limited range and though it's 'free' it isn't really as you need the paid for side (cheap) to use it as you need. I;ve written them up on the blog today.

This one below consists of details enlarged from Christmas photos, dropped into grid, turned b&w and lettering added in Diptic, then the grainy texture added in Adobe.


The startled look is because a frog from his brand new jack in the box had gone flying over his head - he loved it!

01-12-2013, 07:43 PM
How fun, Viv. I downloaded PS Express the other day hoping it would allow me to resize images, but it does not seem to . . . although I have not gotten the paid version though. Have to check out that other one. Sure look like you are having fun! What is your favorite app(s) so far?

01-13-2013, 05:06 AM
OK a bit more practice with Sketch Club using pre-set brushes.


More patience required. This took around 30 minutes in one layer.


01-13-2013, 10:03 AM
Going well Doug


These are the apps I plan to keep - and now I've learned to upload directly too :D

I had to copy the page from Facebook as I hadn't kept the screenprint,

01-13-2013, 10:15 AM
Inkpad I need to learn. It's like illustrator and I've never used vector based programmes.

Otherwise, the nearer to the bottom the icons are, the more I rate them.

Photo gene is a photo one and has one been shuffled to another page to group with photo stuff.

Flow paper and omni sketch are fun ones. Not for sketching.

Procreate I need to learn so it may well end up higher rated

I'm blogging about each app as I do some work in it.

A few are based on mr doobbs Harmony, which you can use online or download frr onto your PC. I loved that programme.

01-13-2013, 10:22 AM
Does anyone know it there are similar programs for Android tablets?
My ebook reader is beginning to fail and I may upgrade to a tablet. I don't think I can afford an ipad right now. If the programs aren't available for the less expensive android tablets, I may just get a new ebook reader.

01-13-2013, 11:36 AM
I think you will find some if do a Google Search.


01-13-2013, 12:25 PM
Oh, Doug. . . I don't think you look at my ipad thread so just wanted to say again thanks for the stylus review. I ordered mine from Amazon and its due to arrive this week. Wanted to thank both you and Viv for getting me back into trying out art on the iPad. I had done so back in April when I got it but quickly gave up as the stylus I have didn't work well and my finger made it hard to see. But now I have renewed playing with it again and am having fun. :) So thanks :heart:

01-13-2013, 12:39 PM
No, I hadn't see your iPad experiments thread. You will make great progress when you get your new stylus. Have you tried Sketch Club?

I'll do another little video showing just how easy it is to paint using the preset brushes.


01-13-2013, 07:12 PM
How about one on designing your own brushes? That would be good :)

01-14-2013, 03:04 AM
I did one yesterday and it has been added to the standard list - a tall narrow conifer.

Basically you start a blank painting and paint your brush design in black on a white background as large as it will fit on the canvas with as little or as much detail as you wish.

You then you save it to the ipad Photo Library.

Now you open the brushes list, select brushes then scroll down to the empty brush space and click "Add" then "Photo Library" at the top, choosing the picture you just saved. You then have the choice of Sharing with other members and you send it to [email protected] If accepted by sketchclub it becomes one of the standard brushes, if not it is only on your list.


01-14-2013, 06:40 AM
I just created and submitted a new brush - Pebbles.


You can vary the size and colour (use it in dots).


Just submitted another, "Cloud" which can be used any size, any opacity and overlapped to give a cloud of any shape, size.


01-14-2013, 10:44 AM
Wow, that is very cool, Doug. So if the brushes you added are added to the standard app, how do others access them or add them? Thanks.

I like the pebbles and clouds :)

01-14-2013, 11:25 AM
I think they appear on everyone's brush list when approved Rainy.

Incidentally I have found a way of making a graduated sky. Use the Vector brush with a white background and blue foreground and Simplify set to 0, Smooth, Auto loop, Fill and Gradient set to ON. Start top centre of the page an draw clockwise outside the border around the frame to get a graduated sky. Use a pale yellow background for a different effect.

PS Here's a couple of quick sketches:



01-14-2013, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the great explanations :)

I just did an explanation of how I use layers and multiply to add colour under a drawing in reply to Rainy, on her post. I'll paste it here as well.

This refers to the sketch club app but the way it works is applicable to those with layers. In this case, also the ability to import from the albums you've set up.

Multiply is so useful.

Click on the little layer stack icon (top left I think) and you'll see the layers. As a starter try importing a pen and ink sketch. The app gives you layers above and one below.

First, on this screen, you will see multiply and lots of other options. For now, click multiply on the layer with your imported image on.

Now click on the layer below and start painting ,(preferably taking the opacity down next to where you select your brushes, this allows you to use veils of colour and mix and build the density as though it was watercolour.

You'll see your pen drawing perfectly preserved but the colours coming through. Like the cat sketches I showed and the drawing of my grandson.

Hope that makes sense!

01-15-2013, 03:08 PM

The fields and light as I came home yesterday. IPastel.

01-15-2013, 03:14 PM
It's beautiful Viv.


01-15-2013, 03:26 PM
Wow, those colors are great, Vivien.

01-15-2013, 04:56 PM
Viv, as I mentioned before you can only upload one image a day from the ipad each one replaces the previous one. Your field painting has been overwritten by your seascape.


01-15-2013, 04:57 PM
Viv, that is amazing. LOVE it.

Thanks for the info on multiply, I will try that out. Also Doug, thanks for cool tip on the graduated sky.

01-15-2013, 05:15 PM
Oops! I forgot about the overwriting.

Tired and not concentrating.

01-15-2013, 05:28 PM
Lovely painting.

01-15-2013, 06:25 PM
That seascape is stunning.

01-15-2013, 07:01 PM
Hi Vivien
I don't know how you do it. I love it!

01-16-2013, 03:40 AM
Oops that seascape shouldn't be here! I forgot the one upload a day from the iPad rule :(

Here is the one I accidentally overwrote. Done in iPastel


01-16-2013, 09:43 AM
Hi Viv, so the seascape was not done on iPad? Its beautiful.

The field scene is also great, love the soft sky with the sun peeking through. beautifu

01-16-2013, 03:34 PM
No that was a mixed media piece that I put on the next sketch is .... Forgetting it would overwrite here.

I did another one of the snow and that sky but can't put it on until tomorrow as I don't want to go and put the computer on to do it.

01-16-2013, 10:49 PM
Sounds cool, Viv. . . I'll check back tomorrow.

Doug, I just got an update of Sketch Club on my iPad. How can I find that conifer brush that you mentioned?


01-17-2013, 02:04 AM
Select the Brush tool then click the adjust box to the right of Brush for the list of available brushes. If you don't see the brush click Add Brush and find it in the Library.

On my copy the narrow conifer is near the bottom of the list . You can experiment with colours and with the various edit commands to get variation in spacing and size.



01-17-2013, 09:59 AM

I saved it and then added the birds as a second version. It was done first in pen and ink and then the colour added I sketch club on the layer bellow, to keep the drawing.

01-17-2013, 10:29 AM

This is so much fun Viv. Here's one of Flathead lake:


I used horizontal mirroring doing the sky to get the reflection then various tree brushes etc.


01-17-2013, 11:35 AM
Wow, Viv, that is beautiful! That is iPastels?

Thanks, Doug. That makes perfect sense except the new version of sketch club I downloaded yesterday seems to have a bug. The bottom row of brushes (including where ADD is) cannot be accessed at all, at least not on my machine as it won't scroll all the way down there and stay in view unless I use two hands/fingers and then it won't let me choose any bottom row items. Can you?

Very nice landscape!!! How cool that you can mirror things for reflections.

01-17-2013, 11:46 AM
I have just updated my SketchClub app and when I select Brush then "Select Brush" I can scroll down the brush list and click Add to get the Community Library. I should have said that the selection of brushes in my screen shot above is assembled by adding brushes from the Library.


01-17-2013, 11:47 AM
I cannot select anything on the bottom row. . . it won't stay in view. So I cannot select Add. I'll try turning off my iPad and back on, sometimes that can help things.

EDITED: YEP, that fixed it! I went to TREES and found Conifer from you and downloaded it!

01-17-2013, 12:02 PM
I haven't shown the second version with the birds added yet Doug :). Will probably put it on tomorrow.

Yes that first on is iPastel Rainy. I like it. If you use it, make sure you change the weight of the mark sometimes. It allows you to glaze a veil of colour over another colour, just as you would with the real thing. I tend to use full pressure only sometimes. Building colour with a lighter touch makes it more interesting.

01-17-2013, 12:14 PM
Isn't that annoying that we have to wait to be able to upload direct from iPad, Viv! Course that is ipad's problem, not wetcanvas.

I was looking at that brush library and there are whole images in there like a cat for halloween and stuff.

01-19-2013, 11:25 AM

yes it's very annoying having to wait Rainy! doing this one via computer. I would have expected better from Apple - even if it just gave each image a unique number.

This is the version where I added the birds (previous page shows it without them).

01-19-2013, 11:28 AM
Makes a big difference Vivien.

Yes, even iOS6 is a crippled operating system and does need to be much improved if the iPad is to be a serious tool.


01-19-2013, 11:45 AM
I like the birds. . . I tried the iPastels a while back and thought it was hard to use and removed it. But you are doing nice stuff with it!! Just goes to show that everything is so individual even when it comes to computer apps. Nice work!

01-19-2013, 12:28 PM
These ipad sketches are so beautiful. Great done!
I think I have to tell my husband, that I absolutely need an ipad :D

01-19-2013, 02:21 PM
I started a thread in the Digital Art forum where I am posting about techniques I have used and posting new sketches.


01-19-2013, 02:22 PM
Martina Oh you definitely need one! :)

It really is quite straightforward if you ever feel like trying again Rainy. Just be sure to change the weight of the marks.

This one was done with ink pad and then sketch club . The squarer one was iPastel.

I think the way we naturally draw comes through strongly even on the iPad,
. You, Doug and me - our work relates to how we work on paper and what we do is all very different from each other. I tend to mix media and overlay and glaze colour and mix colour on the paper. I just try to work out ways to make the apps do the same thing.

01-19-2013, 02:55 PM
Yorky, is that the one called SketchClub art? Found and subbed to that one. Thanks.

Oh, I see Viv. Sketch Club seems to be a very popular program. . . they have a whole community!

01-20-2013, 07:50 AM

This is another one of the fields but the colder light, earlier in the day.

It looked a bit empty so I played with the text again. I do like drawing with that text!

It might have been better without the typo!

01-20-2013, 08:02 AM
An interesting tool :thumbsup:


01-20-2013, 08:34 AM
I once swore you'd never catch me drawing digital, but now I realize I might not draw at all if it weren't for the ease of it. Full time job, 2.5 year old toddler, time for gym and dinner... That hour before bed....

My app of choice has been Paper by 53. It has few menus so it's simplicity is more natural feeling. I didn't want to hijack this thread but I'd like to show what I accomplished with it. Permission requested or should someone direct me to a more appropriate thread?

01-20-2013, 09:06 AM
You are welcome to :)

But ... a thread about your work in it and how you use it would be even better as I know Rainy has that app and I do (not used it much yet) . It would keep everything together and we could learn from the way you use it. If you do that please leave a link on this thread so people find it quickly?

01-20-2013, 09:22 AM
The online Sketchclub class starts in 45 minutes, Kattamah is just setting it up. Go to Browse then Chatter/see more/General/Kattamah to get a split screen with a streaming demo. Plug in your earphones for sound.


01-20-2013, 10:41 AM
Viv, the birds over the second snowy field is great! Love that one. Loose and lovely! :heart:

Here (http://gizmodo.com/5976221/pogo-connect-stylus-review-pressure-sensitivity-for-ipad-but-only-half+baked) is a recent, short, and not very complimentary review of the Pogo Connect pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad.

Cross that one off my list.


01-20-2013, 11:37 AM
The online Sketchclub class starts in 45 minutes, Kattamah is just setting it up. Go to Browse then Chatter/see more/General/Kattamah to get a split screen with a streaming demo. Plug in your earphones for sound.


Thanks, Doug. Found it!

BTW, I have set up a Tumblr account of my ipad work and added a link on my sig line if anyone wants to check it out.

Jan, thanks for the link to the Pogo article!!! Very informative.

01-20-2013, 11:42 AM
it's still running Viv. There's another one on Tuesday at US times.

There's a schedule in the classes forum.


01-20-2013, 12:28 PM
Viv, I just noticed the snow with words one. . . VERY cool. Love that.

01-20-2013, 01:32 PM
I had visitors and missed it :(

I don't have a tumblr account but will see if I can visit yours. I put some on my blog and here.

01-20-2013, 02:58 PM
Viv, I just checked out your blog. LOVE how you explained the layers in your article (how it emulates painting watercolor over pen and then gouache over watercolor!) that does make perfect sense! I had not really thought of it in that way. Brilliant! :)

I also liked seeing the progression of the piece all in once place from the original pen and ink item to the one imported into Sketch Club and then the addition of the birds. AND also being able to at the same time compare it to the iPastel version. I posted as a comment but not sure it worked.

OH, and I forgot that I wanted to say about Tumblr is that I can put in something like sketchclub or madewithpaper or whatever is the section for the search tags box and it will bring up all the drawings from recent down right on my dashboard. Very cool I thought.

01-20-2013, 03:18 PM
You are welcome to :)

But ... a thread about your work in it and how you use it would be even better as I know Rainy has that app and I do (not used it much yet) . It would keep everything together and we could learn from the way you use it. If you do that please leave a link on this thread so people find it quickly?

Great idea. Thank you. Done and done!


I'll have to go retro for a few but then I hope to be creating more often since I don't have to drag out everything. Oh to have a studio!

01-20-2013, 03:36 PM
Oh, I love this. I love combining art with text. Now I want an iPad.

01-20-2013, 03:39 PM
Your painting with words in the snow scene is so fun.

01-21-2013, 02:06 PM
I'm off to check your new thread Jess.

Thanks Rainy :) I'm glad you enjoyed it. The other crucial ( well I think so!) thing I do is to reduce the opacity of the paint so I can build it with repeated strokes, getting the kind of tonal variation you would get with watercolour.

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

I.m going to add another digital - but just to say that tomorrow I will revive the S&B thread. I did 2 oil sketches in the alpha today and a watercolour/mixed media. Needless to say it behaved perfectly with both.

01-21-2013, 02:07 PM

The analogue version. ;D

Joan T
01-22-2013, 02:56 PM
I love the field with the text. Nice work!!

01-23-2013, 04:20 AM

And another morning one, a little misty still across the fields

01-23-2013, 04:34 AM
That's beautiful Vivien, I'm liking the text incorporated into the painting.


01-23-2013, 04:48 AM
It was a bit plain until I added it. I think it's something I'll do quite a bit with these digital paintings, where its relevant.

In the past I did some abstracted images with text on seasons and used fragments of poetry (using Photoshop). It would work well sk. I'm so glad I listened to your recommendation of the app.

01-23-2013, 06:56 PM
Loving how you used the text, Viv. I saw the text at top right away, of course, but the part within was so subtly blended in light highlights that I had to really look at a bit to recognize it was text, too. Nicely done

01-24-2013, 04:12 PM
Beautiful misty morning.

01-25-2013, 11:11 AM

Another misty morning, done with iPastel.

01-25-2013, 03:17 PM
Like the soft colors in this one.

01-25-2013, 07:18 PM
You are doing lovely work with iPastel. I am finding it really hard to use, but am wondering if it is that I don't like working with pastel IRL.

01-25-2013, 08:26 PM
very nice, soft work, Viv.

Jacqui, I'd posted to Viv the same thing about iPastels :)

01-26-2013, 03:31 AM
:). I do like pastels IRL

Do you take the weight of mark right Down? Lots of the things I've done are veils of colour, built up from layers of different colours. They mix optically. Then some marks are denser. Sometimes these have thin veils of colour over to blend them, for instance thin layer of white over distant trees if they are too dark. Just as I would with paint or coloured pencils.

I think this wAs all done on one layer, not using the layer options.

01-26-2013, 12:31 PM

Again playing with really pale colour - an early morning at the beach when the colour is pearly and pale and the sky looks newly washed, a hint of haze in the air, which will go with the warmth of the sun.

started in ipastel and finished in Sketch Club.

01-26-2013, 02:36 PM
You are having fun using words to paint with. Makes for a different drawing, but also very eye catching.

Joan T
01-26-2013, 08:36 PM
I love the soft pale colors!!!

01-27-2013, 05:12 PM
A striking image Vivien. It has an acrylics feel.

PS I am referring to the next post :rolleyes:


01-27-2013, 05:15 PM

And now for something completely different :)

Playing with the different brushes and layers

01-27-2013, 06:21 PM
Ooo, that looks like something from mixed media or a visual journal. I like how it glows.

01-27-2013, 07:19 PM
I agree with Julie, looks like a page out of an art journal (where the journal itself is the piece of art.) Cool.

01-27-2013, 08:02 PM
I agree. . . looks like an art journal mixed media page! What app was that one with, Viv?

01-28-2013, 02:40 AM
Done with sketch club but using 3 images and combining them using the layers options. Oh actually one of the images was an iPastel one.

Trying out the textures of the different brushes is how it started.

As it developed the thinking process was just the same as a big mixed media canvas but with tools to make it so much quicker! No waiting for paint to dry.

01-28-2013, 12:22 PM
That is interesting combining drawings done in different apps. Paper does not let you open anything external, not even from camera roll, so that's not an option with that program. I've not tired it in Sketch Club but obviously it does allow you do it. Maybe I will try opening one I did with Paper in Sketch Club and seeing it that will work to let me do some tweaking on it. That should be fun.

01-28-2013, 12:55 PM
I just posted a new landscape sketch in my iPad art thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19448568).


Joan T
01-28-2013, 01:08 PM
Awesome texture!!

01-28-2013, 03:21 PM
ok this one is a hybrid - the sketch was done with Derwent tinted charcoal but I then photographed it and added the sky from one of the ipastels sketches. This sky was actually the other side of the road, the sky behind the hedge was pale grey.


and the original sketch in the lovely Stillman and Birn Beta hardback


I think I'll work from this on a much larger scale - this is A4.

Elements combined using layers in Sketch Club

01-28-2013, 03:23 PM
A clever use of the technology Vivien.


01-28-2013, 03:30 PM
I used to do a lot of this, with Photoshop, on my degree, as preparatory sketches - it's a great way of working through ideas.

I love the calligraphy of the hedges when they are silhouetted against sky or snow.

01-28-2013, 04:50 PM
Yes you should try it Rainy as you can get a different version of you original .... Several variations in fact.

01-28-2013, 04:53 PM

A variation on the above

01-28-2013, 05:24 PM
Clever use of mixed media. :wink2: Beautiful picture.