Pen & Ink – More digital journaling tests

Just trying out another app that has been sitting unused since being downloaded. Not a very good drawing but I was mainly trying out the different tools and effects that are available.

This is another app that is a great contender for digital journaling, you can create as many sketchbooks as you need, add as many pages as you like to each book, duplicate pages and rearrange pages, even move them between books. Each page has ten layers, plus a page background layer, which lets you change the paper colour. There is also a photo layer available if you like to trace from a photograph. There is a wide range of tools in the free version, with more available as in app purchases.

Art Set Pro

I first grabbed a copy of Art Set when it was introduced in 2011. Even though I played around with it on and off, I never actually created a finished drawing with it.

When Art Set Pro was introduced in Nov 2013 I grabbed a copy of that as well. It had some nice new features, but once again I never created anything with it. I think the problem is I’m an app junkie, especially with art apps. I have dozens of them and not enough hours in the day to use them all.

Anyway, the other day I decided it was time to create a finished picture with Art Set Pro and the above image is the result. It started off as a quick sketch using the ballpoint pen and the markers. I then started to play with the much improved brushes in the pro version and finished up painting over the whole thing. I love the way that the paint blends as you paint, just like real oil paints do. The final image was downsized for the web using Art Studio, which may have lost some of the quality.

Thanks for looking, and if you read this far, thanks for your patience.

Digital Art Journaling 2

Another app that I am trialling is UPAD

I am using the lite version of this app and I am very impressed. I like the cartoony look, which is very easy to achieve. Everything is created in vector format, and the selection tool makes it easy to copy and paste parts of a drawing. You can also resize the selected items, as I did here with the palm tree. Although I’ve not used any here, the app is very good for adding hand written text, which is smoothed very nicely. You can zoom to 800% which makes it easy to add any amount of fine detail.