What's even better than being proud of your own art?

Easy...in my case the answer is being proud of the work of your students. 

This is not normal.  Original iPad drawing by Paris Herzog using Procreate

This is not normal.  Original iPad drawing by Paris Herzog using Procreate

I recently was wowed by a piece of art from my student Paris Herzog and have to blog about it a bit.  Not only is it an inspired piece of work, which I had the honor of following its progression from start to finish, it has some unique qualities, but more about that later.  Here the work in question which is called "This is not normal."  Paris used Procreate and I will describe her progress shortly.

Paris was inspired by something she saw on Google.  She took a photo of herself based on this inspiration and uploaded it into Procreate. She did a rough basic tracing as I have taught her to do, then she took the photo away and the rest is all her own original drawing using a Pencil.  It went through many iterations and this is the final work.  I was blown away and immediately accepted it into the finalist section of our Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Exhibition 2017 .

I think you will agree, this work is quite unique/  But what is even more unique is that Paris is our YOUNGEST COMPETITOR EVER.  She is just 13 years old, going into her final year at middle school.  She's been studying under me now for the past 2 years.  She uses lots of different media but loves mobile art.  

Years back I was told teaching art was not really a great thing to do.  So wrong.  It is the greatest thing to do and this is the proof.


Why I Love Commuting with my iPhone Art Apps

Here's another BIG REASON I love my iPhone - it's my favorite sketchbook when I travel up and down Silicon Valley from San Francisco to San Jose and all points in between. And best of all, no one knows I'm sketching them - they just think I'm lost in the latest inane Facebook posts! Thanks to the wonders of digital art on your iPhone!

I'm afraid I'm a secret people sketcher. Hate being so obvious about it that it attracts attention and makes people nervous. With my iPhone and one or two apps that are great for sketching, I am all set for a terrific journey that passes in the blink of an eye.

My favorite is Paper 53, and specifically the roller tool that creates these interesting shapes, perfect for fast sketching. But others are equally good - it's just that this is the app I am most familiar with.

But I've also done lots with Procreate. You can see these to the right. Top are sketches with Paper and below sketches with Procreate. 

It takes a bit of work to get things going, but I'm super addicted to painting what I see, and love capturing different positions of people, both on the train and at the station. 

Sometimes I take photos for later development into full blown Caltrain paintings which you can see on my website under RAILWAYS.  But that's different than just being there and sketching away whenever you feel the urge.  Some are so unfinished I'd never share them, but some work out pretty well and I post them.  So I'm sharing them with you here.

I'm planning to do a free class on this for our mobileart.how online iPad art teaching website, so watch for it.  Or follow Mobile Art Academy on Facebook so you know when to expect the class.  

My passion for iPad and iPhone Art

People often ask me, "Don't you miss the feeling of 'real paint' on your hands?"

After a lifetime of getting filthy dirty with paint, to the point of almost physically poisoning myself when doing advanced faux painting and scenic painting in Hollywood 10 years ago, my answer is unreservedly NO!  Digital art is in my veins just as deeply as oil, charcoal or goache. And guess what, I can do it all with my iPad or iPhone and the amazing apps available.

I guess I've always been a rebel when it comes to matters of Fine Art. From the outset, when graduating college in the late 60s. I abhorred the path ahead of me of Bond Street galleries in London where I grew up. I hugely admired artists who had broken out of that drudgery like Andy Warhol and David Hockney, two greats of that time period. They both experimented with all types of media - Warhol with his polaroid, and most recently Hockney with his iPhone and then iPad.

Why do I love the iPad and iPhone?  Well, try going outdoors and plein air painting with oils.  You need quite a set up - not just the paints and materials, but how about the easel and chair and and and....don't forget the hat!  Then you have to find somewhere you can stand (or sit) and suffer people coming around you gawking (not their fault).

Not so me.  I travel light with my iPhone plus and my apps. I can stand middle of the pavement when something catches my eye and paint it using Art Set and do a fast color sketch. Or I can sit in the train and sketch the people I see and no one even knows I am doing it.  

As a painter I work from outside in. I am not a expressionist or fantasy painter, although I admire them hugely. My inspiration starts with something I see, and not until I have put it onto paper or onto a screen does it become something uniquely mine, in its own universe. So the iPad and iPhone are vital to me and have made it possible for me to capture life as it passes me by.

So for anyone who loves to look, who loves to draw and  paint what they see, be it in the kitchen, their self portrait, the scene outside the window or on the daily walk they take with their dog, I invite you to adopt your iPhone as your portable sketchbook and canvas.  And get a new lease on life!

Please enjoy my iPhone work herein included.

Trees on Walk: Sylvan Park Jan 2017 IPhone with Art Set

Trees on Walk: Sylvan Park Jan 2017 IPhone with Art Set

Sylvan Park trees. iPhone with ArtSet. January 2017

Sylvan Park trees. iPhone with ArtSet. January 2017

Color sketches done on walks around Sylvan Park, in Mountain View, C California, Jan and Feb 2017, using iPhone with Art Set. Follow @iPadartist04 on Twitter to see my sketches as I do them.