I was inspired by David Hockey to take up digital art. I thought if an artist of his stature can use an iPad, why can’t i? He used Brushes, initially, but I think he’d be equally happy using Procreate like I do now. I love his bright colours, brush strokes, and everyday subjects. David Hockney’s images are everywhere in galleries around the world. I saw a show in Melbourne where he showed video replays of his works. I wanted to do that!
But I’m also drawn to minimalist line drawings like those of the Cartorialist (Carly Kuhn). I love her sardonic comic style. She says so much with a few lines. When I draw by hand, this is the style I seek.
МY OWN ART ASSESSMENT
I like strong colours - tending towards reds, yellows and oranges - with a retro feel. I enjoy drawing people, and location sketching in cafes. I like portraits, but I also like capturing people going about their daily business. I mostly use the dry ink brush in Procreate; I like the gritty texture. I love sampling my own drawings to create brushes, which I add as texture to the drawings. In a previous class Tom advised me to create a signature texture so if I have to settle for one, I like old florals. I particularly like adding detail to my drawings - like the cafe blackboards. I enjoy creating a snapshot in time when I visit cafes to sketch in Saturday mornings.
I also sketch with pen only in my little Moleskin sketchbooks on location in cafes. While these line sketches don’t have colour added, I still like to make them fairly rich with lots of detail. I’ve tried to sketch with pen only on my iPad, but I miss the immediacy of putting pen to paper - and the speed - that I get with sketching analogue. I have on occasion coloured my pen sketches using Procreate.
As I love sketching in cafes, I’m going to make Cafes of Canberra my project, picking out bits and pieces that to my mind make up the cafe experience.
this is my list for my project plan (see below).
I’ve started my observational drawings, taking my first two subjects: barista and French cafe chairs. Working in such a planned way is totally new to me; I think it will be useful for me to learn how to refine an illustration. I’ve also added a page of observational research/drawings for ‘retro’. I’m inspired by my father’s original images from the early 1960s. These images and experiences have informed my notion of cafes.
MY PILOT SKETCHES
My barista is the first of my four pilot sketches. I’m not sure yet whether that will be the final style; I’ll decide once I’ve done all four initial drawings. I’ve sketched my French cafe chairs, which have a slightly different style. Will see what comes out of the next two!
Well this retro waiter appeared - he might belong in the French cafe!
For ‘Value’, I thought about the value to the community that cafes bring - for all sorts of people.
I’m struggling to reach consistency across my first four images. Is it the style? or is the colours? I’m using a consistent template, but maybe I need to limit he number of colours? Also, I have to consider the typography and find something equally consistent. Lots more thinking and work to do!