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09-02-2014, 02:20 PM

I went on a hospital visit today and did this very rough sketch of a patient opposite on the iPad with my new Dagi stylus (love it). Done with the Sketch Club app that Doug recommended (again, love it!).

That's her foot up on the bed if it isn't clear..

I will put the other doodles on here other days. I'm on the iPad so can only do one per day.

09-02-2014, 02:35 PM
There's plenty of scope for sketching on the ipad Virgina. I like the SketchClub app for the ipad, it can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. I would love a pressure sensitive stylus but make do with my GoSmart 300 stylus (http://www.justgosmart.com/#slideshow) which has a fine point so you can see what you are doing.

I tend to use the SketchClub brushes (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1245672) though as it makes landscape sketching easy.


09-02-2014, 02:37 PM
Isn't technology wonderful!

09-02-2014, 02:54 PM
It is :)

The Dagi stylus is like that but much cheaper than Adonit.

Time will tell how it wears.

The other sketches are more complex, this was a really quick one.

09-03-2014, 03:20 PM

and with added colour




All done with the Dagi pen and the Sketch Club app on an ipad


It is really so close to drawing with pen or brush in feel. I can see properly where the point is.

I know it's perfectly possible to draw with the normal rubber tipped stylus but it's just so much better with this stylus :)

The one below was done in the same app but with the normal stylus that I've drawn here.


All done from life

Look up David Parfitt on Facebook for some beautiful charcoal-like sketches done on the ipad. Just beautiful,

Joan T
09-03-2014, 09:35 PM
Great sketches on your iPad!!! Love that brush and the patient.

09-04-2014, 03:57 PM

09-04-2014, 07:54 PM
Wow! Viv, these are so incredible. I love that bottle of gum arabic. That just grabs me. The stylus is interesting. I have a rubber tip one for my iPhone and have done some sketching on that, but not so much on my Kindle yet even though the screen is larger. On the iPhone I have Colored Pencils, Sketchbook Mobile and Brushes. On the Kindle I have Sketchbook Mobile and Drawing Pad, but couldn't find the colored pencils one.

09-05-2014, 04:13 AM
Thank you all :)

For me the sketch club app really works. You can do so much with it. The trick is to use the layers. If you add washes on a layer above or below, using the multiply option. It works like using watercolour washes with an ink drawing. You don't cover the drawing but work with it. AND you can delete the layer if It doesn't work :)

I just love the text tool and being able to draw with text that I choose. Like this one


09-05-2014, 04:18 AM
I agree SketchClub for me. Wonderful cat.


09-05-2014, 04:09 PM
Cool cat. :cat:

09-05-2014, 08:33 PM
nice work, Viv. . . love them all. I have done a bit of drawing on the ipad when I first got it but haven't done any in the last year. I might try that stylus and see how I like it.

09-06-2014, 05:49 AM
I neglected it for ages too. I'm getting interested again :). Must do more

Do look at David Parfitt on FB. He has done some truly beautiful pieces with his iPad.

09-06-2014, 11:42 AM
Oh wow! I love the cat! That's just too cool. I'd never even have thought of doing something like that but the pose is so wonderful, anatomy perfect, profile, expression, colors and values - it rocks! That's beautiful. Pretty much describes my state of mind too! "cats" all the time! Purr!

I haven't tried layering in Sketchbook Mobile but I know it's set up for that. I just haven't played with the tool much even in Gimp. Should play with it on the Kindle sometime where my screen is bigger and it's easier to enlarge an area for detail.

09-06-2014, 01:00 PM
Layers is where IMO you can really develop images as it gives you the equivalent of glazes or scratching through. Certainly worth experimenting with. Other options can have interesting effects too but for more conventional stuff, multiply is the go-to. Have fun! :)

09-06-2014, 01:04 PM
And speaking of cats :cat:


Same app and pen done from life of the resident tiger sitting in my in tray (of overdue paperwork!)

She did have that slightly grumpy look as she didn't want to be stared at and drawn.

09-06-2014, 01:05 PM
It looks like the cat is glowing. Very cool!

09-08-2014, 10:00 AM
and combining different pieces to create something different (not painted digitally, originals done with paint, just played with digitally)


09-08-2014, 02:32 PM
Looks like nebula in the night sky. :)

10-04-2014, 10:57 AM
love your sketches - have never tried Ipad sketching.

10-05-2014, 05:35 AM
Thank you :). If you have an iPad or tablet have a play with it?

An experiment as part of the Harlequin series ...


Using the Dagi pen again. This time all done on one layer. I may experiment, adding layers and see what happens ... Maybe words added?

10-05-2014, 07:41 PM
I did play around with an app - can't remember which one - on my samsung tablet. I am so use to Corel for quick painting in of my sketches.

10-05-2014, 07:41 PM
love your cat - i do lots of sketchy type cats so this caught my eye.

10-05-2014, 10:35 PM
Love the cat and teacup sketch, really lovely pieces!

10-16-2014, 04:29 PM
Love that cat! I've never learned to work with layers or anything other than just the most minimal paint stuff. I need to learn layers one of these days. I don't have an iphone but i do have a samsung tablet - i'll have to check out some of those apps.

Joan T
10-16-2014, 08:37 PM
These are fascinating...and each one is so different.

10-17-2014, 08:30 AM
Thank you all :-)

10-17-2014, 08:32 AM

This one wasn't drawn on the iPad but is experimenting on it with stuff done on paper to develop ideas. Using sketch club app.

11-04-2014, 09:21 AM
and then there is photographing and manipulating sketches on the ipad :)

These are things done for the Harlequin (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1360756)project played with in various ipad programmes - mainly sketchclub and etchings with a little PS - you can see more on that link to a thread here