The joys of new business cards...
It's been far too long since my last painting. This evening I managed to spend an hour playing with the Windows 10 app version of Sketchbook Pro on the Surface Pro 4. As a subscriber to the app, I get the full selection of brushes, which you are able to tweak. Through these settings I have managed to create an eraser which is the same shape as my favorite brush; something I believe to be so important in achieving a painterly finish.
I look forward to spending more time on it.
I really enjoyed the entries to my Spring Portrait Giveaway last year, and am very happy to be announcing this years' chance to win yourself your own digital portrait.
All you need to do is follow the instructions and post your selfie on Twitter or Instagram including the #rozhallselfie hashtag
The winner of the free digital portrait will be announced on the 22nd April
Since Microsoft's recent purchase of Nokia, they have been pushing the Lumia brand on social media and on TV showing that there is more to the mobile world than just Apple and Android. One way of showcasing their phones is to get them into the hands of the general public.
The Lumia Connected Trial is aimed at artists and photographers and allows them to borrow a Lumia phone of their choice for two weeks with freedom to create what they can. The results of these can be seen plastered around Twitter, just search for @Connects or #ConnectsTrial, or @_connects on Instagram.
I've been using Lumia's flagship 930 and a curious painting app called Fantasia Painter. I say curious as it seems quite a bazaar collection of crazy brushes and gimmicky effects, although if you can ignore that, there is a nice painting app underneath with quite advanced brush and pallet options.
It's quite a challenge painting on a mobile phone again after using the larger iPad a Surface for so long, but a challenge I've been enjoying.
For more information, check out the Connects Trial website
Well, it wasn't long before my two-year-old daughter managed to pry my cherished Surface Pro out of my hands to have a go herself. Playing on the Fresh Paint App, she enjoys being able to splash paint around without her parents hovering overhead, trying to protect the walls/floor/carpet/cat...
She seemed to get the hang of the interface quick enough, with the touch screen controls very intuitive for a new computer user. Now all I need to do is buy a thick rubber case to protect it...
Self Portrait in yellow glasses (2013)
A long train journey can be such a waste of time, I however, decided to ignore the strange looks by other commuters, and pulled out my iPad and brush.
I have been sent a SENSŪ Brush to test out and I must say that using a brush as a stylus does create a whole new experience on the iPad. The SENSŪ Brush is a small and light weight stylus, which has both the option to use as a brush or small rubber tipped stylus. The brush works beautifully and is great for blocking in and adding movement and life to a painting. The rubber tip is then great for small detailed work.
The SENSŪ Brush retails at £39.99 and can be purchased here
Ex-American President, George W. Bush has recently shown that he can not only read (he's opened his own library) but has also started to paint.
Apparently inspired by David Hockney, he began painting on his iPad and now meets with an instructor once a week in Texas.
Above are shown two of his self portraits.
For more information, click here
I have been sent a Windows 8 tablet by Microsoft to play with their free painting app Fresh Paint
As you can see from the image above, it is primarily a oil and canvas emulator and even has a smart pallet for mixing your colours on. I'll have a play for a while and then give a full review.
I couldn't find a Flickr Group for Fresh Paint art so I have set one up.
I've started a cult...