Sketchbook Mobile Brushes, originally uploaded by purple0wl.
I’ve been trying out the range of brushes you have to choose from in Sketchbook Mobile painting app. If you’re an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch artist, you may find the resulting sampler interesting, even useful.
Sketchbook Mobile brushes in the sampler are mostly at their default settings, but you can ring the changes on them in quite a number of ways.
In Sketchbook you can choose a Soft, Sold or Hard version ot your brush.
You can set the minimum and maximum width of your stroke.
You can set the minimum and maximum opacity of your paint.
You can even throw in the spacing of the dab your brush makes, for a dotted or continuous line.
P.S. Confession. This is is not a Sketchbook Mobile opus through and through. Antiquing was added in PhotoStudio. I did the lettering in iDoodle. Even the owl crept in via Brushes app.
I’ve had my iPad for a couple of weeks now. Still experimenting.
Compared with my iPhone, the iPad with its larger screen is certainly easier to draw on.
As a matter of fact, as far as I can see, the pictures you end up with are no larger than those on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Most artists’ finger painting apps can be used on the ipad with little alteration. They appear as a small rectangle marooned in the centre of the iPad screen.
All is not lost, however. There’s a button to double the display size and work at 2x magnification. This is easier than constantly pinching in and out, as you have to do on the smaller machines to work on detail.
This larger working size makes it easier to paint with a wide variety of brushes and fancy textures.
An app called Magic Brush will even allow you to make your own brush.
The fleece of this sheep was made in Magic Brush from a shape cut out of a photo (taken with my iphone) of some pastel paper. I could then use it just like any other brush, altering size, colour and transparency.
Magic Brush allows you to add a background to paintings made with your custom brushes. I added this sunset.
The result was then exported to a photo app called PhotoStudio, and a rusty texture added.
All was still not finished. I found I needed to alter the sheep’s legs and tail. This I did in Brushes app. To paint over the alterations, I had to emulate the rusty texture with the range of ready made but very adaptable Brushes tools.
I learned a lot!
Nocturne, originally uploaded by purple0wl.
Click on the picture then on ‘View On Black’ to see this picture at larger size
I’ve been thinking a lot about texture in iPhone paintings now the iPad is on the way. It’s no use trying to give a tiny picture interesting brush strokes or textures. There just aren’t enough pixels.
Paintings made in Brushes app are saved quite small if you sync them via the iPhone gallery to your desktop.
Help is at hand if you have a Mac. It looks as if help will be even handier if you have an iPad with its much bigger screen than iphone or ipod.
Meanwhile my helper when using Brushes app is the Brushes Viewer, as far as I know still only available on the Mac.
Brushes Viewer syncs with your Brushes gallery via wi-fi. Not only does it play an animation of your brush strokes as you painted your picture. It exports the finished result at surprisingly high quality in a choice of much larger sizes.