My Bear. A Drawing on an iPhone 6+.

Bear created from patterns on my iPhone 6 Plus
My Bear

When you start drawing on an iPhone 6+ you never know quite what your creation is going to turn into. I started out with the Symmetry mode in Sketchbook, duplicating and transforming the resulting lacy lunacy on another layer.

I’m never too keen on sharp lines and symmetry, and wanted to rough things up a bit, so I tried all kinds of special effects in Photoshop Touch.  None were quite right. I was just about to give up, when I suddenly noticed a bear looking at me. Gave him a shaggy pelt in Art Rage, a few more hairs in Sketchbook and a light in his eye.

On to Autodesk Pixlromatic for a frame and more beariness.

I have to confess to a few finishing touches in Painter 15 on Mac, but My Bear is really almost entirely a drawing on an iPhone 6+.

Drawing and Painting in Photoshop Touch

Creative Painting in Photoshop Touch

As far as I know, Photoshop Touch offers much the same wide range of tools, whether you have a tablet, phablet or phone, whether Apple or Android.

Painting in Photoshop Touch. Tower.

Of course, like its famous desktop counterpart, Photoshop Touch is not really made for painting. Photoshop Touch is a photo editor for mobile tablets and phones.

All the same, sneak behind the scenes and it’s surprising what you find in this really rather amazing application.

Hunt out the basic Photoshop Touch paintbrush and you don’t find anything fancy. Just a standard circular brush tip dab.

* Correction added in June 2014. Things are really looking up! You now have a menu of 24 brush tips – chisel, flat, spray and other kinds of fancy. More about the new Touch brushes here.

In addition you can vary not only brush size and opacity. There are sliders for Hardness and Flow.

* Other sliders now allow you to adjust vertical and horizontal spacing. (Horizontal spaces your brush marks out like a string of beads. Vertical allows your mark to jump up and down.) 

Choose Edge Aware and your brush will obligingly stick within a boundary you are tracing. This is very useful, particularly if you’re using a blunt instrument like your finger or a squashy stylus. If you’re lucky enough to have a pressure sensitive stylus, you can choose whether stylus pressure influences size, transparency – or both or neither. Continue reading Drawing and Painting in Photoshop Touch

Drawing on a Tablet


on a desktop computer?

Not very easily – if you try to use a mouse!

Animated computer mouse twitching whiskers

The computer rodent was never meant for the artistic life. Drawing with this early digital doodle tool was a bit like drawing a cobweb with a brick.

If you really want to draw and paint on your desktop computer and this is something new for you, you need to get a graphics tablet. The star brand Wacom produce a range of tablets from simple for the occasional office doodle to the fully equipped Cintiq line. The Cintiq tablets have programable buttons and multiple styli for fine digital art.

Using a stylus with a more basic Wacom tablet is drawing on a tablet – but only at one remove. You don’t draw directly on your monitor. The desktop tablet sits at the side of your computer or laptop.  At first writing, painting and drawing on a tablet like this feels odd, but it’s much the same kind of displacement you get with a mouse. You soon get used to it.

A desktop graphics tablet remains tethered to your computer even if connected wirelessly, since it has no screen of its own.  You can however pick it up to draw on.

What’s the advantage of painting on a hand held tablet?

It’s hand held!

Drawing on a tablet directly is like drawing on a hand held sketch pad. Freedom at last!

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