So at the USK symposium I was lucky enough to win a Samsung tablet with special pen and drivers, apps etc. for digital sketching. I’d never really done that before so it’s been a bit of a learning curve but I think I’m getting the hang of it. So far I’ve tried out the sketchbook pro app and the ArtRage app; they both seem good. I have a few upcoming projects that will be quite illustrative and need to be drawn with more precision than my usual slapdash watercolour approach so I think this will be a good tool; whether for finished images or just planning I’m not yet sure. I also think it will be great as a “throwaway” sketchbook to whip out when and wherever and practice capturing people on the move. It feels very natural just using it as if it were pencil and paper and ignoring any fancy options. The drawing above is my new hairstyle (a few weeks old now) and what I’m wearing today. A skirt of my own creation! Below are some “pencil” sketches from life and then an attempt at painting with the oil brush in the sketchbook pro app. I copied an actual oil painting for this so can’t take credit for composition, etc. but it was really interesting how the brush behaved – picking up paint from the layers below and mixing on the page. I’m yet to fathom out an anywhere near realistic digital watercolour brush, I’ve definitely seen nothing compared to the real thing yet. I think I’m glad about that.