In recent weeks I have researched some artists who use modern means to do sketches on location as well as another studio tool.

Much like Hockney and Scarfe noted above, I have ‘dabbled’ in the relatively new work of ‘tablet drawing’.  These artists use an iPad and specific drawing apps to do their drawings, however, in the absence of an iPad I have used an Android tablet to do some tablet drawings.  Doing these I utilised several drawing apps to ascertain which would be best suited to this medium.  I have also used a specific drawing stylus.  Initially I tried a standard stylus which works much like the end of your finger and thus gives just as much finesse of line and mark, i.e.

David Hockney uses his iPhone and iPad to produce drawings in both monochrome and in colour.  [David Hockney Research] .  Another contemporary artist using an iPad to draw on is Fraser Scarfe. [Fraser Scarfe Research].    In these works he uses the iPad as a quick means to sketch as well as more completed and painted works.  See below for a couple of examples of each of their works on iPad.

The advantage of the tablet /electronic drawing is that it can produce a variety of different marks, simulating a graphite pencil, felt tip marker, broad tipped paint brush etc at the click of a button.  It a mark is not successful the artist can quickly go back, removing the mark(s) returning to a previous position before either stopping or continuing.  There is a facility to have layers within a sketch; this provides the ability to have a base colour change instantly creating a different mood to the sketch.

My Tablet Drawings

Below is a selection of ‘drawings’ made using the tablet and a stylus to produce both line drawings and coloured drawings.

Further to my research into these artists and for the parallel project I have produced some tablet drawings myself using a variety of different programmes on my Android tablet.  In these drawings I have used a stylus specifically created fro drawing and writing on a tablet. This stylus the ‘adonit pro‘ allows the stylus to allows be in contact with the surface and allows the writer or artist to see-thru the tip allowing greater accuracy etc.

The Advantages of layers

The same scene can be over or under laid with transparent layers.  In this ‘scene’ scene I have transformed it with two under layers.

The first of these ‘colours’ the roofs and inserts the sun flow.

The second underlayer colours the foreground and sky.

These layers can be made invisible or allowed to be visible either separately or together. There are a variety of drawing tools and media to use on the tablet apps, though this is oftn limited if you use the free version of the app.

List of Illustrations

Fig. 1. Hockney, D. (2009); Lilies, [iPad Drawing] [online], Available at:: (Accessed on 23 May ’18)

Fig. 2. Hockney, D. (2010); Sunflowers, [iPad Drawing] [online], Available at:: (Accessed on 23 May ’18)

Fig. 3. Scarfe, F. (2012). IPAD Sketch 1. [online] Available at: [Accessed on 25 Apr’18]

Fig. 4. Scarfe, F. (2012). IPAD Sketch 2. [online] Available at: [Accessed on 25 Apr’18]