|Adobe Illustrator Draw|
I’m a real gadget girl, I love any kind of technology, it probably comes back to growing up with the first home computers. I’m also a typical lazy Aries, so if there’s a simpler way of doing anything, I will find it!
|Pen & Paper Sketches|
|Screen printed bead|
So I turned to my iPad. There are hundreds of drawing apps available for iPads, some paid, and many for free. While I didn’t know if my ideas would work, I decided to start out with the free versions.
(I'm using this technique for screen printing, but I think it would work just as well for metal etching, designing for stencil cutting or anything else you might think of...)
|Adobe Photoshop Sketch app icon|
A simple sketching program where you get a single sheet of paper to work on with some basic drawing tools.
|Adobe Sketch tools|
There is a line tool which brings up a ruler to draw along to get your lines nice and straight, and there is also the option to include images on the page, you can alter their transparency and delete them later on… great for tracing!
|Adobe sketch - importing images and the ruler tool|
In the app, you get groups of sketches which you can add to, it starts you out with 5, so for working on projects, you can keep each batch of drawings grouped together.
|Adobe Illustrator Draw app icon|
This app seems to be a step up from the sketch one and is designed for creating freeform vectors. This was closer to what I was looking for, as printing from vectors is much sharper than from jpegs, and would produce better transparencies for screenrpinting. The tools available are a pen, a brush pen, an airbrush (I think?) different markers and an eraser.
You can also edit the brushes, altering size, opacity and colour. There are some nifty little colour swatches in the side bar so you can ensure that your drawings are beautiful without having to think about it too much, and colour history is saved so you can go back and pick the same colours again when you’ve forgotten about it later!
|Fancy colour themes|
|The ruler/shape tool|
|Tracing a French curve|
|Adobe Shape app icon|
To use this app, choose your subject, and either import a photo or take one. For this example, I’m taking a pic of a knot on my shed wall.
|Taking a picture with Adobe Shape|
The app recognises light and dark (you can alter how much) and turns the green part of the image in to a vector file, kind of like a pop art image.
|The finished vector|
You can then save this image in to your shape library which can be accessed in Adobe Draw. I had great fun playing around with this one and I’m sure I can use some of the images it produces for future work!
|Adobe Shape of a chrysanthemum|
For both drawing apps, I used a bamboo duo stylus. I have the bamboo stylus fine line, but it seemed a bit quirky with it's results... the squidgy tip of the duo definitely helped with getting a neat finish on my artwork. The harder tip of the fine line was a bit erratic. If only someone would invent a small squidgy tipped stylus.. I'd buy that!
|The finished images printed|