When I was using Sketchbook Pro, which I’ve previously lauded as one of the best art apps for iPad, I’d get lost in my work – I loved the app, it did essentially everything I asked it to. But my exported videos would show when I’d zoomed in or out, which meant there was a lot of blank gray space in my videos. And when I was busy working, when time disappeared and things were going great – ZAP! suddenly the app would shut down and I could lose hours of my work.
So I kept looking for a great art app that would let me use my tablet or iPhone just like a sketchbook and I finally found the One. I use it with a regular tablet pen.
My favorite app – the one that I use a lot, that I’m using to create my tarot cards, that I use to create all my digital illustrations – is now exclusively Procreate. Even when Procreate suddenly shuts down, all my work is automatically saved. And every stroke I make is recorded so I can export my whole drawing process as a video when I’m done- here’s a truncated version from the Temperance tarot card I posted to Instagram:
Look at these two Hibiscus flowers – one done in oil pastel, the other in watercolor:
Today I did still life studies of Hibiscus Flower again, like yesterday. Painting Hibiscus Flower in watercolor makes a big difference between today’s flowers and yesterday’s oil pastel flowers. The marks and shapes change with the medium and give the flowers a different flavour.
Hibiscus Flower studies in watercolor.
Painting something many times is like memorizing a song; you start to know how the light falls and can paint it later, from memory.
Red hibiscus flower watercolor
Emerald green and elegant pinks.
Yellow and red and moody purple shadows.
Seafoam green and coral pinks.
Watercolor and oil pastel.
Yellow and gray blue background.
Pink blooms and purple shadows.
Orange hibiscus flower
Vibrant reds and oranges contrast with cool purple.
These hibiscus flower drawings were done over three hours with oil pastels. Creativity needs space. Demanding good results is a pressure that squashes creativity. I didn’t set a time limit, I just decided to draw.
These Hibiscus flowers are all sketches I did today over the course of about three hours. I think they will look gorgeous hung together on a wall with identical frames in a grid.
The best thing to do is sit down with some paper, something to draw with (paint, pastels, crayons, pens, stamps, anything), and something to listen to so that you don’t notice the passing of time. That’s how I get into the zone. I also love Alan Beck’s creativity experiment: lighting a bit of white sage before painting.
A Drawing of a Pink Hibiscus
Hibiscus Pastel Drawing
Abstract pastel drawing of a pink hibiscus blossom.
Sketch of a Hibiscus Flower
Sketch of a Hibiscus Navy and Pink
Drawing of a Pink Orange Flower
Flower in a Glass
Flower Pastel Drawing
Bright Sketch of a Hibiscus Blossom
Blue Yellow Red Blossom
Solo Flower Sketch – notice how little detail is put into depicting the pistels off of the stigma of the flower.
Pencil drawings from my artist’s sketchbook. I hope you enjoy them. I used references from art history books for the mermaid (an old circus poster), Diana (a classical painting), and the sitting woman (a sketch by artist Whistler).
Pencil drawing of the goddess Diana, her little feet floating. Check
This is a pencil drawing of a mermaid.
Theosophical pencil drawing by Katana Leigh DuFour. I think this would make a good t-shirt.
A little series of sharpie marker drawings from my sketchbooks of dreamlike stairs that aren’t quite architecturally sound, like they could give way at any moment. They go up and down and sometimes don’t lead anywhere at all. I have recurring dreams of buildings filled with stairways, improbable layouts, and secret passageways.