Welcome to sARTurday – the Saturday art linkup

Good morning, All and welcome to the latest edition of sARTurday. ‘Late’ hits the nail on the head, because once again I am somewhat late today. However, the reason is not any internet or computer related issue, no, it is my husband.

Yup, it is entirely David’s fault. Why? Because he is starting to get up earlier and earlier and thus robbing me of my Saturday morning me-time. Hahaha – it’s all good though. I just have to get into the habit of scheduling the post the night before.

Yes, it has happened that I posted on sARTurday an image that I had finished that very morning, but not today. I created the picture below last Sunday. It was cold, David had made a fire and like Grandma I took a comfy chair, placed it in front of the fire, warming my feet while drawing and painting on my iPad. Such a great Sunday afternoon.

To be clear, painting the image took me about 5 hours. It is not a filter in Photoshop or any other software. I know there are good watercolor and painting filters out there and I use them sometimes in one of my Photoshop composites. But in this case, I had the intention to paint in watercolor on my iPad in ProCreate. The app has a lot of different brushes just for that purpose and just like in Photoshop you may even make or import your own ones.

So, first I penciled the pointsettia, outline, leaves and veins, inked it and then the coloring fun started. Unlike a lot of my manga drawings I did not fill (flood) any of the shapes or leaves with color, but really hand painted the color. I did so in three layers of greens, seven layers of reds, ink layer and pencil, all on a transparent background, which since I had set it to paper white shone through in the highlights. Once satisfied with the pointsettia’s look I changed the background’s color to dark. Boy, what a difference that made, it made the Pointsettia’s red pop beyond what I had imagined.

This is the beauty of working digitally – swap out the background and your image feels totally different.

To show you I have created a gif of the different backgrounds with the finished pointsettia. See for yourself below.




If I have time I will be linking with one or more of the fine people in this collection – check them out!


entirely drawn in ProCreate on my iPad Pro – GIF made in PS

self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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