I have been trying out Sketchpad 5.1 for online testing - this is a drawing/painting sketchpad you can use to create digital artwork. Sketchpad 5.1 - click here to go to site.
As drawing and painting are not my best skill I wanted to see how I would get on digitally and I chose this software as it has layers - many pen/pencil/paintbrush options and has differing brush sizes and you can upload images and work with them. The interface looks like this when you go onto the 'drawing board'
I had an idea that I would like to make something like a Japanese Poem Painting - a bit like this:
One of Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang Rivers 1788 Part of a set. Tani Bunchō 谷文晁 (Japanese, 1763-1841) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
So I began by just playing with the brushes and making marks to see what happened:
As you can see i made right mess! But a fun and interesting mess that led me to understand how the tools worked and how I could try something of my own _ I went with the idea of a poem painting and an image came to mind from Casper David Friedrich
Friedrichs images often show the backs of figures in the landscape and there are quite a few that use mountains, see and trees and these images always move me whenever I see them. I often think of mountains when I want to release tension and anxiety - I imagine the cold and so fresh air and just looking at these monuments in the landscape so beautiful. In my next post you will see me creation...
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