Messing Around with Argyle

I've been playing around a bit with my creation process lately. I've made things strictly using my ipad, I've made things strictly by hand, and, lately, I've been combining the two ways. Today I'm going to show you all what I mean by the latter. 

To start with, I sketched and painted a rough background image by hand. This was done with acrylic paints on an 8" x 10" canvas. 


From there I scanned the piece and took it in two different directions. For the first way of "finishing" the piece, I scanned it and imported it onto my iPad Air - From there I opened it in a piece of software called Procreate - Procreate is, in my humble opinion, the best sketching, drawing, and painting pixel-based program on iOS right now. And, at $5.99, is a bargain. 

I then began drawing and painting in Procreate on top of the original painted 'sketch'. I've tried various different tools to do this and, for my money, the best available for the iPad is the Adonis Jot - This is a slightly newer version of the one I'm using. It's pressure-sensitive, which is kind of key, as the iPad itself doesn't offer any pressure sensitivity. 

Anyway, after adding a 'watercolor' layer and a sketched 'outline' layer, this is what I ended up with: 

I kind of like the brightened colors and the sort of cartoony flatness of this version of the piece. That said, I wanted to finish the piece 'traditionally' as well. So, I added sharpie, touch up paint, and polyurethane to the canvas and ended up with this:

I don't honestly know which version I prefer. I like things about both. I like both ways of creating images. Basically, I'm just playing around and seeing what happens. 

The 2nd version is available for sale in my shop -

In the interest of full disclosure, the links to Amazon in this article are affiliate links. So, if you end up buying anything after clicking on said links, I'll make something like $1.53.

I'm going to keep messing around with different means of making images. I might even blog more about it in the future. I apologize in advance. 

Monday Sketch Dump

Okay, I tried posting these yesterday and failed miserably. I'm trying again today. Here are a few sketches I did last week that, for numerous reasons, didn't make it past the sketch stage. These were all done on my iPad using Procreate. I'll probably post a blog thingy about that sometime in the near future.  

Note, click on the image to cycle through the sketches. Squarespace is still pretty wonky about displaying multiple images in a blog post. I'll remember that for next time. 


There is a twitter account called @Sketch_dailies. They basically tell people what to, you know, sketch. Daily. Sometimes what they tell folks to do and what I feel like drawing kind of line up. Today is one of those days.