I decided to do a take-off on Botticelli's famous "Birth of Venus" -- making her older, but still lovely. I also very loosely based some of her features on my own. Of course, as they say, every portrait is, to one degree or another, a self-portrait. Not a "finished" piece, but more in keeping with the freshness and spontaneity of a sketch.
One great thing about doing artwork on the iPad: I can save a drawing at any point. I can then track the progress, decide if I overworked, start over, play around. So, to demonstrate, I will show you the various stages of Shelly. The drawing began in Sketch Club, moved over to ArtRage, then back to Sketch Club, then went thru various photo editing apps. Whew!
This all took about an hour, I think. Fits and starts, blind alleys, try this, try that. It was fun. Which state is best? You decide. Leave a comment, and let me know!
Recently, I was the sketch artist at a birthday party. This 1920's theme party was adults only, and the hostess went full out for her husband's birthday. Wonderful catered food, two burlesque performers for that "gin joint" feel. And, then there was me. I sat in the office, available to sketch people. I had all my traditional media ready to go, and I also brought my iPad. All the people who came to me chose the iPad as my medium. I was a bit surprised, but I think the newness of the idea was what attracted them, even tho digital art didn't really fit in with the 1920's. Perhaps I was an artist from the future, dropping in on a speakeasy, but ready to climb back into my time machine when the party ended.
So, I did the sketches, but then I had a lot of fun playing around with them later. First, here they are as sketches. All done using the ArtRage app. Scroll on down, if you want to see them after I played with them.
Here, a gangster costume.
Then, a gal dressed as a gangster's moll.
A couple came in for a sketch.
And, a female guest.
Then, I decided to have a little fun with the Half-Tone app and the Comics app. Right now, I prefer the Half-Tone app, but if you are interested in trying out the comic book style, play around with both and see what you think. So, here they are as comic strip panels.
Doing these took me back to when I was a kid, waiting for the next issue of Superman to arrive on the newsstands. So much fun!