Digital collage of Regina Stargazer using Repix and Sketchbook Pro
A couple of weeks ago I went to a Dr. Sketchy NNJ drawing session at the Art Garage in Montclair, New Jersey. Regina Stargazer took some wonderful poses and had two beautiful Belly Dancer costumes. I was able to take some pictures with my iPad at the session and decided to use the newly updated Repix app to modify them.
The neat thing about the Repix app is that you can “draw” on the various filters, as opposed to apps where the filter is applied to the entire image. You have more control over where and how much of the filter is on the image. There are different effects, such as Magic Dust, Daubs, Drips and Scratches. There are also a variety of frames and filters to further modify the photo.
This is the original iPad photo without filters
This is a screenshot of Repix showing the different “pens” at the bottom with Magic Dust on her fan
The Repix version before adding Picgrunger and adding collage elements in Sketchbook Pro
You can add some very interesting textures to your photos with this app. But remember, the filters are a little like adding spices to foods. A little bit goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower the image with too much of a good thing.
I created a digital portrait of Tammy for the Flickr group Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. I started the portrait using the Inkpad App. I wanted to give the portrait a unique texture so I used the Percolator app and used the “napkin” texture. In order to remove some of the circles in the portrait I imported the images into Sketchbook Pro and used the eraser tool.
The original Inkpad drawing
The Inkpad drawing as imported into Percolator
A screenshot of Sketchbook Pro showing the layers and erased portions
This is another digital collage using 123D Sculpt and Sketchbook Pro on my iPad mini. I used a Retromatic photo on the owl shape in 123D Sculpt and imported several different views into Sketchbook Pro. 123D sculpt is a very tactile app and its a lot of fun to use even if you have no experience working in three dimensions. Here are three different views of the owl with a blank background:
I started experimenting with the 123D Sculpt on my iPad Mini recently. One feature that I really like is the ability to give the sculpture a “skin” using artwork from your photo albums. In this picture I used an Inkpad/Retromatic portrait mashup and applied it directly to the head and owl sculptures. I took a photo of the two sculptures with an invisible background. I imported those two images into Sketchbook Pro using the layers feature. I also imported Hipstamatic iphotos of the rose, the two head vases and the magnetic poem. I used the erasure tool to cut out the various collage elements. The great thing about the layers feature in Sketchbook Pro us that you can move layers around and vary their transparency.
A screenshot of Sketchbook Pro with the layers open
Photo of head sculpture with transparent background
Owl sculpture with transparent background
Inkpad and Retromatic portrait
Apps used in collage: Inkpad, Retromatic, Hipstamatic, 123D Sculpt and Sketchbook Pro
I discovered an image of Nyah from Devil Girl from Mars randomly on Pinterest a while back. Finding obscure images and characters is one of my favorite aspects of Pinterest and Tumblr.
The description of Devil Girl From Mars on Wikipedia is as follows:
Nyah, a sexy, commanding female alien dressed in black vinyl, is headed for London. She is part of the advanced team that is looking for men to replace the dying male population on their planet. However, because of damage to her spaceship caused by entering Earth’s atmosphere, she is forced to land in the remote Scottish moors. She is armed with a raygun that can paralyze or kill, and has a menacing robot.
For this portrait I used Inkpad, Wordfoto, PicGrunger and put them all together using Sketchbook Pro. I wanted to give it the look of an aged movie poster.
This is a second portrait of Hettie for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. In this version I used Inkpad, PicGrunger and Sketchbook Pro. The butterflies are a “brush” in Sketchbook Pro which I’ve always wanted to use but they never really seemed to fit in other pictures. I first imported the Inkpad drawing into Sketchbook Pro and added the texture using PicGrunger. Next I created a top layer just for the butterflies so that I could easily add or subtract them as I went along.
Screenshot of Sketchbook Pro brush menu
A couple of weeks ago I was commissioned to create a portrait of Adora for the Adorable Tumblr featuring over 300 pieces of artwork based on photos and a Wish List of different ideas artists can work from. For my portrait I used Percolator, Wordfoto and Sketchbook Pro on my iPad.
This is such a wonderful project and I am really enjoying seeing all the imaginative art that is on the site. The artists are from all around the world and there is a wide variety of styles and materials used. I’m really looking forward to seeing this project as it progresses.
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