iPhone art

9 November 2017

Recently I've been a bit lazy with my art. I don't have a huge amount of space at home to work in any way, so aside from doodling in my bedroom, there's not much I can do regularly without taking over the whole house.

It's quite frustrating, especially when you like to make a mess and pour paint everywhere without staining ever surface. That's why I've been turning to my iPhone to help manipulate paintings without the need to also turn on my (very slow and very annoying) MacBook.

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I've been using three apps to help me do this, iColorama S, ColorStory, and Trigraphy. Usually, I'll take some photos of a painting either with my iPhone or with my Sony a5000 camera - it has wifi so I can import the photos to my phone with ease. Then I'll import them into whichever app I want to use and play around.

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iColorama is an interesting app with both simple editing tools (like you'd find in most photo editing apps) and more complex effects. One of my favourite effects is 'ray' which is very much like pixel sorting, but not quite. I also like to use the various colour filters and effects in the app.

The first set of images I had already edited in Photoshop, so that's why they have some more depth to them. The others are edits I did entirely on my phone, mostly in iColorama, the last two images I did in Trigraphy which is great for adding texture to images. And I mean serious texture, my favourite is one that looks like flaking paint on a wall.

I wouldn't necessarily use these apps to edit everything, and I definitely wouldn't use them to edit a bigger project from start to finish, it would be far too fiddly, even if it is a relatively quick process. I do prefer the flexibility of software (like Photoshop), as the pre-determined app filters and warps are difficult to be super precise with. I can also, of course, team up Photoshop with other software too and ping between programs all day long.

The apps are great for quick bursts of creativity, or just when you have a bit of time to twiddle your thumbs. It would obviously be a good option for editing on the go, especially if you're too broke to own an iPad pro. Hands up in the comments if you're broke too.


Free download - pumpkin wallpapers

27 October 2017

Halloween pumpkin iphone and desktop wallpapers
Sorry things have been quiet on the blog front. It's not that I haven't had things to show you, I just have little motivation right now, and I run out of daylight hours quite frequently. This is just a quick halloween-ish themed post some pumpkin iphone and desktop wallpapers for you to download.

I've been trying to use my sketchbooks a little bit more and the other day I was doodling cobwebs, ghoulish words and of course, pumpkins. So I decided to translate the pumpkins into Illustrator and do a simple pattern. Naturally I had to make some wallpapers, just to make sure the pattern repeated properly.....and in three different versions.

As always these wallpapers are for your personal use only. Enjoy!

Black and white pumpkin iphone wallpaper / desktop wallpaper


Changing channels

26 September 2017

Having had a week (and a half) off work I've had a bit of time to indulge on Skillshare where you can take 'classes' in everything from graphic design to marketing. It really does have everything. The experiments I want to share with you today I made after watching this class on making a layer colour effect in Photoshop.

It's something I've already done, as you might have seen in my 'photos from outer space' post, but the class showed me just how much you can do when you mess with colour channels.

I really enjoy messing about with colour and doing this with colour channels in Photoshop is actually really easy when you get the hang of it. If you're baffled by the term you can check out this video on youtube for an explanation (he rambles a lot, but you'll get the gist).

For these images, in particular, I used gradients, filters, I added noise and texture, and pretty much anything else I could think of to distort and colour them. Of course, you can see that even with the same image you can achieve something very different by focusing more on one colour channel or technique than another.

I'm hoping to use this kind of effect in some paint to digital art that I've done, which I'll also be sharing soon. It's quite abstract anyway, so I think this effect, toned down slightly, will suit it well. This kind of process isn't just limited to photos, though it does work better if an image is more monochrome.

I'll continue to use this process as I enjoy the glitches and colours it can create to make some interesting and vibrant images. They'll be some more posts on things I've learnt from Skillshare soon, I just want to refine some things and create some more before I post them.

P.s. - all images used are from Unsplash.

Free download - abstract triangle wallpapers

12 September 2017

Outline Amy abstract triangle iphone desktop wallpapers

I've been having a lot of fun recently experimenting with new digital techniques for creating art and graphics. I'd also signed myself up for a free month on Skillshare via which I've been taking various 'classes' (essentially tutorials). I came across and followed a tutorial to make an abstract triangle pattern in Illustrator. I can make repeating patterns, sure, but this was a bit of a different technique.

It was a bit fiddly at first as being neat (not my thing at all, can you tell?) and making sure every single point of the triangles were all closed was mildly irritating. If you work like that all the time I'm sure it's easy but sometimes I'd accidentally move one slightly while I still had it selected and would end up having to do a whole section again.

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Anyway, I liked the pattern style and decided to make it in a few multi colour and solid colour versions. In the tutorial, they used a black stroke for the outlines, but I preferred the white. Naturally, I was in a benevolent mood and decided to make them into some desktop and iPhone wallpapers (well any phone, though if you do need a different resolution/size feel free to email me and I'll hook you up as soon as I can).

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Here at all the colour options, I came up with, hopefully, there's one you like that you can download and enjoy. Please do comment or tweet me if you use them, even suggest another colour if you'd like to.

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Side note the lovely preview photos are from a set of stock photosphotos that I purchased on Creative Market here. I don't quite have the patience (or the means for that matter) to take such neat photo as well as neat patterns!

P.s. if you want to sign up to Skillshare it would be really kind of you to do it via my referral link. You don't have to, of course, but I would get another free month if you did (and it would make me smile).

Please share if you want to but remember that this work was created for personal use only.
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