Can You Guess The Medium?

These days digital drawing and painting apps are very like the real thing. Can you tell which of the following four (imaginary) creatures was painted in which medium?

Painting of imaginary bird
1. Imaginary Bird
Skeptical looking blog animal
2. Tell Me Another
  • I painted one of these creatures with watercolour, pen and pencil.
  • One was created in Corel Painter on my Mac desktop.
  • One was daubed on my iPad in Art Rage
  • One was made on my Android Galaxy Note (Version 1) in Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile.

The second two daubs are below.

You’ll find the answer at the bottom of this page.

Embarrassed animal painted pink
3. Aw Shucks!
Pink animal
4. Um…
  • 1 was painted on my Android Galaxy Note phablet (Version 1) in Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile.
  • 2 was created in Corel Painter on my Mac desktop.
  • 3 was painted with watercolour, pen and pencil.
  • 4 was daubed on my iPad in Art Rage and Adobe Ideas.

Doubtful Owl. An iPhone Painting.

Hmmm…, originally uploaded by purple0wl.

How do you draw a doubtful owl? Hmmm…

Luckily sleight of hand comes to the rescue when you’re drawing facial expressions. (Or rather, sleight of finger in this iPhone drawing.)

Facial expressions are always a mixture of unconscious and deliberate grimaces. On paper (or as in this case the iphone screen) the artist, caricaturist or cartoonist has a further repertoire of gestures at his disposal.

All kinds of marks can symbolise states of mind.

This iPhone finger painting was made with an app that’s new to me, LiveSketch. I added a few touches in the old favourite app, Brushes, and increased the contrast in PhotoFX.