Tech tools and tips to help your drawing and painting process:
“Procreate”: iPad app ($9.99 from the App Store) - sketching and painting app. Autodesk Sketchbook is Android alternative. See my website for details.
I use it to:
Check the accuracy of my freehand drawing (that I’ve drawn on watercolor paper). See “Using Procreate….” on my website.
Try out different background ideas for a painting I’m working on.
Trace a reference photo to get a quick printout to paint on.
Add various photographic elements together to try out different compositions. (similar to what you’d do in Photoshop)
“Copy it” ($9.99 from the App Store) or “Grid#“ (free from the App Store) Similar apps available for Android devices
Use either of these to:
Overlay a grid of specific dimensions onto my reference photo.
“Copy it” has many bells and whistles, but “Grid#” works fine for a basic grid.
You still have to draw gridlines onto your paper, but you can look at your mobile device instead of printing things out.
“Camera Lucida” ($6.99 from the App Store) Similar App available for Android devices)
Use this app to:
Create an accurate portrait drawing quickly with just your mobile device, some sort of a stand (you can just use a pile of books, a locker organizer, a vase…etc.), and your drawing tools.
”Mobile Monet” ($1.99 from the App Store) Many apps will posterize for Android devices
Use this app to:
Create special effects (using filters) on your reference photo and use the altered photos as reference for posterized or other types of painting styles.
Online (free) photo editors that posterize:
https://photomania.net/editor - use painting/classic art/cutout and then change intensity
https://www.ribbet.com/app/?edit_photo#/home/welcome - use effects/posterize and change amount of colors