I loved the new animated film “Loving Vincent,” which was hand painted by 100 artists in the Van Gogh style. The film inspired me to see how good, a digital oil painting effect I could get on my IPad Pro. I used the KDAN animation program, to sketch the animation, and painted the individual frames in a paint program, Art Set Pro. Background is repeated every 4 frames. It was worth the extra effort to use the paint program.
I’ve been on vacation. At this time, we were exploring the Keewenaw Peninsula around Lake Superior in Michigan. It would be a great opportunity for Plein Air painting, but I’m with family and we’re always on the move. I thought to squeeze it in while we were sitting on the beach, but the only option was my IPad. This would be great if not for sunlight’s glare on the screen. I used Art Set Pro on my IPad with a brush stylus. Fortunately I had colors picked for landscape on my palette. I made some revisions after I got inside. I considered it a worthwhile exercise. I’m heading home today.
What Animated film inspired me to do this Ipad painting?
It’s from “Le Tableau” a French animated feature film. In English it’s known as “The Painting.” I thought it would be fun to paint a picture like it and have brushwork. I took some liberties, but it was fun to experiment with this environment and the Art Set Pro App.
The French have other recent great animated films like “Ernest and Celestine,” “Secret of the Kells,” and “The Triplets of Belleville.” All of these movies including “The Painting” are available on ITunes.
I think using the IPad for Life Drawing works well. I was able to get the figure done in the 1.5 hour session, and I did the chair and background at home.
I used the Art Set Pro app on the ipad, because it behaves very close to natural media. I like the color pencil for drawing, and for coloring and shading I like the oil pastel, and paint. I manipulated it with the eraser, rag and water tools. I used a Wacom Bamboo Stylus.
'Art should serve a purpose other than itself.' Kath Kollwitz. 'Painting is drawing on canvas and engraving is drawing on copper and nothing else. Drawing is execution and nothing else'. (Blake,c.1809)