Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Lessons from a demo portrait done on an ipad

I came across this video by artist David Kazan by chance last year and it made me realise the possibilities of 'painting' portraits digitally on an ipad or other touch screen. I always like watching the process of a painting or drawing develop and it's interesting to see that the same 'rules' apply here as with pencil and paper - start general with big shapes of light/dark and then move to the specific /detail. 

Seeing the early stages of this short piece also encouraged me not to ditch a digital image too soon - just as in any drawing (or painting) I find I often go through a stage where nothing looks like I think it should but if I can hold steady, ignore the little voices and keep going it usually works out better than I thought it might at that early stage (even if it's not how I originally thought!)

Hope you enjoy it!


  1. Great to see this video again, it's seriously amazing stuff! Very inspiring and makes me want an ipad :-)

  2. Thanks for posting this!
    iPads are great fun to draw on - the most versatile (and most expensive) "pencil" I own.

  3. Makes me want one too! Thanks for this post!