Tag Archives: Samsung Galaxy tablet

Back To The Real World…

27 Apr

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A friend gave me a massive stack of paper recently and I’ve been sorting it out. There was a pile of drafting film, I think it might be Mark Resist (Mylar) which is really nice stuff, but the stack was creased and so I thought I’d use some for experimenting, trying out some ink and wash work over a large sheet of paper I’d previously coloured. I’ve been trying a few ideas out digitally but today it was back to the real world of ink and brushes; my own home-made walnut ink as it happens and a mixture of hog hair and Isabey watercolour brushes.

 

The Nature Of Space….

26 Apr

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I’m still playing around with some of the random prints I have been doing over the past couple of weeks. I photographed one of the printed pieces of paper and uploaded it into the free Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and filled in the white areas with black, which completely altered the nature of the space. I know that’s stating the obvious, but I like seeing it like this (the white version is below).

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I also discovered that the Markers drawing app is a blunt instrument that gives quite clumsy results for colouring in …. but I’m too miserly to buy a better one.

Scratching An Itch

25 Apr

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Keeping on with the randomness that I’ve been trying to inject into my arts practice for the past few weeks, I took a digital photo of the work I posted about yesterday and uploaded it (or should that be downloaded?) into the Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and scribbled all over it. That was fun. Which is unusual for me, because doing art has never been fun. It’s really hard and I don’t enjoy it. It’s like an itch that has to be scratched. Satisfying when the scratching’s over though.

 

Cleaning Up

24 Apr

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Cleaning Up. I’ve been doing some experimental printmaking onto some donated vintage paper the past few days, inspired by the random creative exercises of The Surrealists in the early 20th century. When I was cleaning up after the first day, where I used yellow ink (Caligo Safewash), I rolled my roller onto a large piece of paper to get the excess ink off. The next day, when I used red ink, I ripped a few strips of newspaper and put them onto the paper before I rolled the excess ink onto it. And finally, I did the same when I was cleaning the blue roller.

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I really like it. I get my roller clean enough to wash AND I have some nice paper to work on. I think I’ll draw onto it with something dark, maybe black conté crayon or black oil bar, or maybe I’ll scan it into my Samsung Galaxy Tablet first and experiment before committing myself to paper.

Warming Up

17 Oct

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Here’s a quick warm-up sketch I did at life drawing last week at Swansea Print Workshop. After this I worked on a portrait study for an hour, but I find I need to have a quick scribble to start with, to get used to the model and pose before committing myself to a longer study.

 

Although it was done quickly, I really like the immediacy of it. I find that when I tell myself that something is just a warm-up or a practice, I am much freer and less inhibited in my approach.

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I worked onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app, sometimes with a stylus and sometimes with my finger.

Formidable

12 Oct

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At the end of tonight’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop, our model asked if she always looked ‘cross’ when she posed. I don’t think she looks cross at all, so I explained about what younger people call a “resting bitch face”. I roared with laughter when I first heard that phrase, but it really does sum up what happens when our faces relax. I’ve drawn hundreds of people and it isn’t possible to keep a natural smile going for very long, then our faces relax down into “resting bitch” mode. She has a great face, strong, formidable, full of character. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

Life Drawing (Female Nude)

5 Oct

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. Our model has been working with us for seven years and she’s an absolute inspiration. Being an artist’s model isn’t just a matter of sitting still, good models bring an undefinable something to the creative process. I love going to the sessions, the group of artists is interesting and friendly and I usually make a cake for tea break. Today I made a classic Victoria Sandwich filled with home-made gooseberry jam. I grew the gooseberries on our allotment.

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I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet, with a free Markers app. And now I’m off to bed. Goodnight x

Life Drawing (Female Nude )

20 Jul

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. This is an older model who I really enjoy working with. I made a banana cake with a fudgy chocolate and peanut butter filling for the tea break.  I used my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 with the free Markers app for the drawing.  Now I’m tired and off to bed after a nice cup of chamomile tea. 

Exile

15 Mar

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It’s day two of my self-imposed exile from the Galaxy Samsung Tablet and digital drawing. I took my Khadi handmade sketchbook to the beach at twilight with some carbon and chalk. I had prepared the book with a sponge and Indian ink which gives a varied surface on the heavily textured paper. The drawing isn’t an exact copy of what was there but an impression, an interpretation, combining what was in front of me with what was already on the page. That’s a departure for me as well, I rarely work from my imagination. It’s interesting to do this and to see what develops. I think it’s an important part of my practice to push out of my comfort zone and try new things.

 

Developing A Head

31 Oct

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Here’s another portrait drawing I did at Swansea Print Workshop’s life drawing group last night. I’ve saved the drawing regularly to show its development on my Samsung Galaxy tablet. I used a free Markers app and put in a dark ground to start with, working over it in lighter tones.

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