Hold on, Gang, we're going for a ride. I've been playing with using the iPad for sketching, tentatively feeling my way along, sketching in the Jardin, here in San Miguel, in front of the tv, while still in Taos, and whenever and wherever the occasion allowed. I've long been impressed by paintings done on the iPhone and the iPad, and have been threatening to learn to do “finger” painting, myself, on the iPad.
Having watched others on YouTube and Vimeo, and various blogs and web sites, I can see how it can be and is done. So, tonight, I got this crazy idea that I would do tonight's painting on the iPad as a surprise for you. As it turns out, I am the one most surprised.
By the time I've finished this post, I will have used up my allotted time, and don't even have a satisfactory under-drawing completed. Sketching on the device has been a pleasure. Sketching, that is. Drawing, on the other hand, has proven considerably more daunting, at least for now, than with pen on paper.
I don't know, at this point, how this will develop. But I thought you might like to follow along. The project might continue in digital right through to the end, it may end up being a watercolor on paper or even an oil painting. We shall see. Or, it might bounce back and forth from one medium to another.
Here is what I have for you tonight:
First I photographed them as I passed on the stairs, here in Casa Laura, using my iPhone 4s. Then I transferred the image to my iPad via wifi, with the Photo Transfer App. I opened the image in my favorite photo app, PhotoForge2, which I believe is no longer available, having been purchased and pulled from the app store by Yahoo. There are several other apps that will do the same things, this just happens to be the one I am most comfortable using.
In PhotoForge2, I used the clarify filter to lighten the darks, and make the whole thing a bit more readable. I'm not out to make great photography, just good research on which to base a painting
I loaded the image into an app called SketchbookX, cut it in two, and rearranged the figures for a composition that I liked better, and traced it, loosely on a new layer.
Traced it? Isn't that cheating?
Not if cheating means easier. I could get a much better drawing in much less time, by using pen on paper. For now, at least.
I created a new layer, and re-traced the image more carefully. The result is less alive, but at least I know where everything goes. And i'm beginning to realize this isn't going to be easy, teaching this olde dog a new trick.
I think I'd better sleep on this and decide my next move.
Meanwhile I would greatly appreciate your opinion on how to proceed. Would you like to see the project straight through to the end, or would you prefer that I intersperse these stages of development intermittantly into the familiar daily flow of paintings?
Let me know by clicking on the little word bubble at the upper right, and entering your comment.
PS: we got our couple together sooner than i had expected. They do look happy, ¿Que no?
Bidding will resume as soon as we get this little project worked out.