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.