I’m flitting around trying out a whole lot of different drawing techniques at present. I have several drawing programs on my phablet (Galaxy Note2), the S-Note program which is what I usually draw with and I also have the PS Touch (Photoshop) app. I use regular Photoshop quite a bit so the PS Touch is reasonably familiar, or will be once I can find where all the tools are located! Anyway I was prompted by this post to give my  PS Touch app another go. Another artist I find has a particularly interesting e-drawing style is 3eCheval from Quebec. I love the stripped back quality of her work which reminds me of screen prints.

My first effort with the PS Touch turned out just like one of my S-Note drawings, mainly because I wasn’t thinking enough about utilising the layering process.

Painting with door. 18 February 2014

Painting with door. 18 February 2014

I think my second drawing, if not an artistic masterpiece, at least used the layers to better effect. I was able to erase back to different layers and I found swapping between layers much easier than on my big computer.

PS Touch drawing 18 February 2014.

PS Touch drawing 18 February 2014.

I suppose at this early stage of e-drawing my biggest suggestion would be that if you are using a stylus to draw,  select the finer ‘pen’ settings to draw with. I at least find them a lot easier to control than larger size ‘pens’ and ‘brushes’.

View from above, 1 February 2013

There’s no doubt that one of the best things about membership of the National Gallery is the view from the Member’s Lounge, looking down over the Sculpture Garden.

After seeing the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition we repaired to the Member’s Lounge for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. I remembered that while I had no pen and paper I did have the new wonder-phone which had a ‘sketchpad’ function. Away I went with a series of quick sketches using my phone’s stylus. Unfortunately I hadn’t worked out at this stage how to change the background so everything was on a grid!

Tress and paving;


warning sign’s for slippery surfaces;


a bench and light-pole;


and this strange ‘found’ shape that my partner described as “a whale with a tumour”, in one of the paving slates.


Later in the evening I found out how to change the background. Also a quick fiddle with some of the pre-set objects in the program.