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Embrace digital

Part 2 Follow Tony Underhill step by step as he demonstrates how to use digital art to expand your traditional drawings and paintings


Dip a toe into digital art

Use out of register shapes and discord colours

Create a balanced design

Embracing digital art doesn’t need to be a wholesale change. You can use it to improve or expand what you’re already doing using traditional pens, paints and paper. Last month I demonstrated how to improve your traditional paintings by using layers to create flexible, visually striking tonal plans to make your work easy to read and, therefore, more effective. This month I want to show you one way you can expand your traditional drawings and sketches by adding digital colour blocks to give them a contemporary or perhaps retro twist and ‘new tech’ feel.

I used the Procreate for iPad app (£5.99 from the iTunes App Store) and believe other apps have similar functions. I selected and drew with a stylus, but with practice you can achieve similar results by using just your finger. Whatever you use, I suggest you familiarise yourself with the basic user interface and functions first, through online manuals and user forums, trial and error experimentation and YouTube tutorials.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the September issue of Leisure Painter, your practical guide to all things drawing and painting for beginners and amateurs. This issue is packed with tutorials, demonstrations and practical advice on the use of watercolour, acrylics, drawing media, acrylic ink, water-soluble graphite, mixed media and digital. There's plenty on how to paint from photographs, techniques, colour mixing, brush handling and more. Take advantage of special offers on practical art books, try your chance to win the latest books by Hazel Soan and Soraya French, and enter our 50th anniversary competition by painting a nocturne.