Thursday, March 30, 2017

What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

Model - Michelle photo Colby Files
Background - Three photos from unsplash combined
Various textures - my collection and AWAKE content

Created on my iPad pro using iColorama, MetaBrush and Repix.  Still playing and still learning - I am getting close to the look I want but not quite there yet.  I want to lose the photo look and have a more painterly look.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pink Flowers

My photo from the Philadelphia Flower Show
Created on my iPad pro using iColorama, MetaBrush

Still playing with my iPad but I am all over the place trying this and that.  I need to get serious and do some actual work that I like. It is tough when you are learning and it is very hard ti keep track of what you did in iColorama.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Two New iPad Creations

The Moon Belongs To Everyone
Models - Unsplash
Background - created with 2 images plus a full moon photo
Created on my iPad pro with iColorama, Metabrush, Repix and Leonardo

Earth Angel
Angel Statue - Unsplash
Background - three photos combined
Created on my iPad using iColorama, MeatBrush, Repix, DistressFX

The weird thing about creating images on my iPad is that I don't know if they are good or awful. In Photoshop I KNEW!!!! Still learning and it isn't easy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Created on my iPad from a photo using iColorama, MetaBrush, Repix. I am warming up to my iPad but I have to say iColorama is a bear to learn - so much trial and error. I guess I am learning so it is not wasted effort.

Realm Of Shadows

Model - Crissa photo by Colby Files
Background - I used 2 photos plus a full moon photo combined to create the BG

Created on my iPad in MetaBrush and iColorama, Repix, Leonardo.  I am warming up to my iPad - still a huge learning curve.  I finally figured out that it is just a tool to get the job done.  What I do like is I get different results than I would with Photoshop.  I always wanted a more artsy/painterly look and with iColorama I can get this.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Dreamer

Model - Unsplash
Background - created using 2 images combined
Created on my iPad using MetaBrush, iColorama, Repix, Leonardo

Another image created on my iPad.  Still not very comfortable working there. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Girl And The Stairs

Model - Unsplash
Background - created using 3 images combined
Created on my iPad using MetaBrush, iColorama, Repix, Leonardo
I saved a number of different images and combined them in Leonardo masking and using the parts I wanted for the finished image. I want to start using my iPad more for my digital art and I want a more artsy/painterly look. I am getting there!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


So I thought I would try one of my PA barn photos in iColorama.  I made a ton of these and combined them.  I love the painterly quality - used a number of effects under the Style menu.  I still have no idea what I am doing but it is fun and you get interesting results.

I was thinking about this today and I usually work in Photoshop and compose complex images with many layers.  I thought I wanted to do that on my iPad too but have decided that if I can do that in PS and do it successfully, then do it there.  I will be using the iPad for painterly/artsy pieces.  Things that are fun and not all that complex.  I have to look at my iPad and the apps as just more tools and I wouldn't hammer a nail with a sponge or wash a window with a hammer.  What I am saying is use the best tool for the job

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

iPad Work

So I have decided I want to do some work on my iPad.  I am just uninspired right now and sick of the same old stuff in Photoshop.  I have my iPad over a year now and have never really used it seriously. I have taken a few classes in mobile art but nothing seems to stick.  The image above I did a few days ago and as I described it I had no idea what I was doing - just winged it.  I said "I did this image last night using - iColorama, Repix, Leonardo and Stackables. I had no idea what I was doing or even how I ended up with this image".

This image was almost done completely in iColorama. Just getting to know what is what. I can see this can become addictive. I saved 4 or 5 different images and then combined them in Leonardo. I also ran it through a few filters in Repix. I have no idea what I am doing yet and that is hard for me being the control freak that I am, but it is fun.

Did this image today. More play in iColorama. Original photo Colby Files. I did try to keep track of what I was doing but I saved so many copies of this image that now I am not sure what ones I used. I did use a lot of the items under Style and also Brush. I also desaturated the image in one of the presets in the Tone section. I liked it better in B&W than color. I ended up assembling the layers and combining them in Leonardo and did a little bit in Repix. Another hard thing for me coming from Photoshop is on my Mac I have access to all my files - on my iPad I kind of think what I want to do and then bring over what I think I will want to use. A lot to get used to but I am trying.

I have decided that I want to work with iColorama for now.  I want to get to know how to use it and see what it can do.  It is a steep learning curve for me.  Maybe I will work on some landscapes next.  I think my major problem is I LOVE to use lots of layers and on my iPad it is not quite as easy as in Photoshop.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Background - Mischief Circus with textures added
Model - Ariana photo Colby Files
Textures, smoke, sparkles, horns, moon, vessel, snakes, mist hair strands - my collection, Mischief Circus and AWAKE content 

Djinn - More commonly known as a Genie, Djinn are supernatural creatures in Arab folklore and Islamic teachings which occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. Like humans, they can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent. According to the Qu'ran, the Djinn were created by Allah from a smokeless fire.  

I have not been making much art lately - juts not inspired.  Working a bit on my iPad - I did make this in Photoshop.  I want to use my iPad more and get to know the apps but I always come back to PS

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Stairway

Background - image from Pixabay
Model - extracted from a vintage photo
Webs -
Textures, crow, skulls - my collection
Lighting - Auto FX

I added some skulls and just kept adding them - I had even more going up her dress but removed them but I did like the idea and may do another image like that.  You can't go wrong with skulls!!!!