Monday, August 28, 2017


So many artists of my generation are not embracing the new technology at their fingertips With all the incredible digital programs available for phones and tablets from altering photos to drawing and painting digitally, it is a treasure chest of new ideas and ways of creating from combining traditional methods with digital to working completely digitally.  Staying current with technology is fabulous for keeping one's mind and spirit young and functioning optimally.  Although I prefer actually manipulating art materials, it has been so much fun learning how to manipulate digital art as well.  Especially at night while I am relaxing in a chair or waiting in the airport, doctor's office and other sit around and wait times.  It has become my new "sketch book" an artist is encouraged to have with them at all times.

I have learned how to work with these programs on my own with out any instruction.  That is, until a few weekends ago when I had the wonderful opportunity to take a 2 day seminar on various digital programs as well as information on printing, marketing and everything digital.  mDAC sponsored the weekend program and it was fabulous.  I loved meeting others who are really embracing this brave new world and learning how to go deeper into these programs.     Here are some of the new digital images I created at the seminar and since.  My goal is to do a digital drawing or painting everynight while I veg out in my comfy arm chair.


We started the portrait party by Julia Kay, by drawing with our nose!!!  It was a great ice breaker.   One can't help but laugh after realizing she wasn't kidding.  
Vector brush i Sketch Club app

Vector Brush in Sketch Club app
Next we played with the app Sketch Club and used the vector brush.  This creates shapes.  Challenges but quite fun to play with.  I need  to go back and explore  this app much more!

here is a portrait another artist did of me and shared using the vector brush.   

We didn't have a lot of time for our portrait party but here is another brush we played with Sketch Club. It is procedural Dots 




text brush from Sketch Club worked over photograph that has been modified in iColorama.

I hope these examples tempt you to explore digital painting for yourself.  Please share your images!


Meera Rao said...

So cool!!! Yes, you are a very creative artist who takes whatever you try for art to a new level :) always an inspiration ! I have been trying out sketch club app on my own a bit - slow progress :( I did sketch a full sketch on a city bus last month in DC -- was good way to stealthily sketch :)

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Myrna, I enjoyed your article and immediately looked up the apps you referred to. I was like many our age, resistant to using an iPAD as a part of my routine. Then, my husband went out at got me an iPad Pro with pencil. He loaded it up with ProCreate, as a drawing app all for my enjoyment. Since then, I have been using the iPad as you suggest, in the evening as I relax. It is quite fun and there is so much to learn. I am thinking of taking it out in public for drawing. People are less likely to notice someone drawing with an iPad or phone. Its acceptable to be doing something with them.

In any case, keep innovating Myrna! I learn so much from your work! :)

Myrna Wacknov said...

Peggy, I am thrilled that you have embraced digital drawing! Let's stay in touch with discoveries and ideas. Please share some of your digital work with me.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Meera, Fabulous you are using digital devices to draw! Please share your sketching results. I have taken my iPadPro to local indoor concerts and drawn. I have trouble seeing the screen outdoors. If anyone has solved this problem, I would love to know.

Michelle Himes said...

Wow! Your digital experiments have much better results than mine. I too prefer traditional media, but it's fun to play with a digital program while at the airport, or on the plane, or sitting up in the hotel room before going to sleep.

Myrna Wacknov said...

thanks Michelle, Practice practice practice is part of it.

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