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The Living Studio with Robin Laws

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Many of you know Jeanne Oliver for her abundant talent and her amazing online community for creatives but have you seen her latest Living Studio series! Such a fantastic addition to her site and a wonderful resource to other artists! The Living Studio free video series shares how other artists expand their creative practice outside of their studios and into their everyday experience!

Today my dear friend, Robin Laws is featured and you must go check it out!

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She shares all about how she uses the iPad to not only create gorgeous digital art but how she incorporates it into here artistic practice as a learning and exploratory tool.

Her teaching video shows you how she takes a sketch from her easel, into her iPad to make corrections and changes and then how she applies that new knowledge back to the original sketch! Very cool!! Go take a peek!

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Also, if you want to learn more about Robin and see more of her beautiful artwork visit her lovely website here.

Enjoy your weekend!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

 

 

 

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A Favorite Digital Artist and A Paint & Pixels Giveaway too!

Hello lovely people!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! The sun is shining here and we are soaking it up and playing in the garden…and of course I’m doing a little work too…

Today, I wanted to introduce you to my friend and artist, Robin Laws. I’ve invited her to guest post today to share with you one of our favorite digital artists and also to give you all the info on our exciting Paint & Pixels giveaway! Take it away Robin…

Hello Friends! I’m R​obin Laws​ and I am delighted to guest post on Ivy’s blog today. I’m an artist and the co-teacher along with Ivy for the upcoming Paint and Pixels class. Many artists inspire us but one in particular really does some outstanding work on her mobile devices, including her iPad! Her name is Sarah Jarrett and I wanted to show you some of her incredible work…

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Images via Sarah Jarrett

Gorgeous right? She really knows how to blend digital painting, photography and digital elements to create provoking, beautiful and layered work! We are both BIG fans! Such inspiration! In the Paint & Pixels class we will be doing a similar Self Portrait project! It’s going to so exciting to create! If you haven’t already you can click below to sign up for the class before the early registration price ends on June 8th!

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On that note, let me tell you about our FABULOUS Paint & Pixels GIVEAWAY! We are so incredibly excited about this course and to celebrate we are offering you a chance to win this fantastic giveaway valued at over $150!

What we are giving away:

  • 1 A​donit Jot Touch 4 Stylus with pressure sensitivity (it’s our favorite!)
  • a 10″ x 10″ ready to hang canvas print of one of my most popular digital paintings AND

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  •  a $10 Apple gift card so you can grab some of the very cool art apps we will be showing you!

To ENTER all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know what you hope to learn in the P​aint and Pixels ​course or how you use your iPad creatively. Then share this image and the link to this post on at least one of the social media sites listed below —->

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To win the giveaway you can…

  • Share this post on Facebook
  • Pin this image to Pinterest
  • Talk about the giveaway and the class on Instagram and use the hashtag #paintandpixels and @ivynewport and @rlaws2
  • Blog about the the class
  • Share this post on Twitter

*Each time you share it come back and tell us so you have another chance at the giveaway!

The winner will be announced on the last day of our sale for early registration next Monday, June 8th.

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word!

***I’ve included a square version for you to use at the bottom of this blog post for sharing on Instagram.

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We can’t wait to draw our winner!! Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

Robin

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iPad Art Overdose

Hello all!

I hope you are well! I’ve been very busy finishing up my work for the Studying Under the Masters III class! I’ve learned so much from being Marie Laurencin’s virtual apprentice!

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I’m so excited for it to begin May 5th! There is still time to sign up! Go here to register and come create with me! Or click below to purchase.

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In between shooting videos, editing and being a mom, I sneak in time to create art on my iPad. I don’t always have the luxury (or time) to pull out all my art supplies and spend hours creating but my iPad gives me the art hit I need with no mess, no waste and it’s simple to put it down and tend to my responsibilities (a two-year old who constantly needs snacks) and then pick it right back up and keep making art. Here are some of my most recent creations…

I’ve really enjoyed doing some of these whimsical portraits with animals…

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Madame Violet & her dog

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And some self portrait fun using my own photography…

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And even doing some landscapes/cityscapes and more experimental stuff that I don’t usually do…

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this one I made entirely on my iPhone…

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If you happen to have an iPad or an iPhone consider playing with some of the many creative apps available. Using the power of technology is an amazing and powerful way to explore art, your creativity and further develop your style and composition with NO risk! Don’t like something – Just click UNDO. Gotta love that! ;)

The apps I recommend are Procreate, Repix, icolorama, Brushstroke, DistressedFX and Stackables. There are many others but these are my favs right now.

Much love to you! Keep creating!

xo

Ivy

 

 

 

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Life lately…

Hello there! Oh my goodness, it’s been a tough couple of weeks! My little Claire bear is just now getting over pneumonia. Poor baby…and well…poor Mama. We were both sick of being cooped up so it was fantastic to take her to daycare yesterday and see how happy she was to run into the classroom and play with her wee friends.

I started the day (childfree) with a trip to the nail salon for a quick, Spring manicure! My hands were trashed from constantly washing them! It’s amazing what a coat of pretty nail polish can do to lift your spirit! ;)

Anyway, as you can imagine, I haven’t had much time to paint or do anything really BUT thank goodness for my iPad because it’s so easy to reach for it and create something minus the setup/cleanup. Here are a couple of digital collages I made this past week…

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Absolutely love creating on the app – Procreate! Such fun! Oh, and I just splurged on a new pressure sensitive stylus. I highly recommend it!

A couple of other things to share with you…I just received the most gorgeous necklace from my jewelry designer friend.

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It’s a beautiful piece of lapis lazuli and it resembles a dreamy piece of the starlit sky! I adore it! Thank you Amy!

I also finally got a bracelet from Becky at Farm Girl Paints on Etsy! It reminds me to keep my head up and live courageously – not easy for this girl – who tends to back away from scary or intimidating situations…

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Oh and I did a little Spring cleaning in my studio! I’m hoping to start creating more frequently now that both kids are healthy!

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And….lastly…a little glimpse of Spring blossoms popping in my neighborhood. Such a beautiful time of year!

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I hope you are all healthy and happy! Enjoy your weekend!

Much love,

Ivy

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More iPad art.

Hello! How’s your Thursday going? We’ve got a lovely rainy day here and I’m sitting in my office with a cup of tea and my favorite candle lit. Yum. Oh and I’m totally obsessed with this crazy soft blanket. It’s wrapped around me…even though it really isn’t all that cold. I’ve turned into a bit of a Linus with this throw – you will often see me dragging it from room to room so I can cuddle up with it. lol.

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My husband thinks it’s bizarre and Grace keeps trying to steal it but I’m very protective of it.  Look…just get one and you’ll understand. I promise.

Anyway…I digress. I’m here to share three more creations I made on the iPad. Yes, I’m totally hooked on the creative fix this gives me. I used this process if you want to go back and read about how these were done.

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” The Three Graces”

(Was feeling a little more edgy when I created this one… ;)

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“Hummingbird’s Nest”

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“Kindred”

Making these all cozy in my bed after a long day has proved to be relaxing and rewarding. Will this replace my traditional art processes? No, but when I’m short on time and energy (which seems like always) this helps me feel connected to my creative energy.  Try it out and let me know if you have questions. I’m here to help.

xo,

Ivy

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Creating Art on the IPad : A Walkthru my process

Hello! How are you? Summer is winding down and I’m SO ready for Fall! It’s my favorite season and I always seem to find much focus and peace as we all settle into our routines.

Today, I wanted to share my process on how I created one of the pieces of digital art from my last post. I got lots of responses and wonderful feedback – thank you so much.

Okay here we go…

Using Procreate on my iPad, I create a painted background using various brush tools. My favorite are wet round brush and old brush. I also downloaded the water brush kit from the app store. It has beautiful washes and watercolor effects. Fun!

You build in layers so this would be my first layer or my bottom layer.

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Next, I select an image that inspires me. I usually find these on Pinterest. Now, this is the cool part! Look, I love to draw faces and people but for me drawing freehand on the iPad was awkward and clumsy. Maybe I just need a ton of practice but I couldn’t achieve the detail I wanted! I was frustrated so I went on the hunt for an app that might be able to create digital sketch effects like those on Photoshop – enter USketch. You can run any photo image thru this app and it will create a sketch. Very cool right!? I have erased certain elements of the image to suit my needs. This is a separate layer that lies over the top of my painted backdrop.

***tip – you could also take photos of your own sketches and use those! Just use the iPad camera snap away and its ready to import into Procreate ***

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Then I start to lay in color behind the sketch on another separate layer. I used the wet round brush for most of the color but make sure you try the smudge tool too to soften your edges and blend colors. You can see here too that I imported a honeycomb pattern and placed that over the painted background. I erased it in places and reduced its transparency to soften the effect.

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I imported this vintage rose image from the Graphics Fairy and made it a multiply layer so it is transparent. Another awesome app I use is called Eraser. It will remove the white background from an image so you can overlay/collage it with ease into your composition. Very handy for creating digital art! Love it!

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Finally I added in these bees. Another find on the Graphics Fairy. Used the Eraser app to get rid of white background, duplicated the layers and moved them into place.

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Finally, I added some drips and splashes of paint as well as a few tape like shapes to create some linear elements. And she’s done.

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This is such a pleasing way to create digital art! Very forgiving and easy to learn. Let me know if you have questions! I would be happy to help.

Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

xo,

Ivy

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