Just for fun

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by roz


As a young boy, I fell in love with the Pre-Raphaelites and so couldn't resist a journey up to the National Gallery in London to see their new exhibition.

The show examines how Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait may have inspired these young radical artists.

I couldn't resist a sneaky selfie taken in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's convex mirror...

Find out more here

Gotta collect them all! 

Posted on: June 17th, 2017 by roz


The joys of new business cards... 

Evening sketching 

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by roz


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.

digital self portrait surface

Spring Portrait Giveaway 2016

Posted on: March 25th, 2016 by roz


Digital portrait giveaway

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

Lumia Connects Trial

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by roz


Putting the "mobile" back into mobile digital art

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.

Portrait in Green

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.

Lumia 930 art

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.

Portrait of Emma painted on Lumia 930

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

Worlds Youngest Mobile Digital Artist?

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by roz


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...

Maggie painting on Microsoft Surface

Mobile Art and the SENSŪ Brush

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by roz


ipad art self portrait procreate sensu brush

Self Portrait in yellow glasses (2013)
Roz Hall
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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

George W. Bush the… artist

Posted on: May 4th, 2013 by roz


Bush - self portrait

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

Behind my iPads back…

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by roz


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.

The revolution has begun…

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by roz


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