Are you bad at drawing? Do you wish you knew how to draw more realistically? Well, I have found a great way for you take images of photographs and turn them into digital art. I have been using the free iPhone app, DrawCast to:
- Make contour sketches from images of photographs
- Learn how to draw better by studying form and value
- Export the photo to be digitally edited in one of these iPhone apps
- Save money on art supplies and be a “greener” artist
- Work with layers on an app, similar to Gimp
Images of Photographs to make art
With DrawCast, we can use images of photographs to make old techniques new. I used to take an art lesson where students would trace their hand under a piece of plastic with wet erase markers. They would trace the edges onto a piece of paper as a contour drawing. Another trick is this lesson plan to convert 3D models to 2D line drawings. Now with the free DrawCast, you can shoot or download a photo and trace the edges on the iPad / iPhone app instead. No more lost marker caps!
How to draw with Layers
Being an art teacher for a few years, I have dealt with a variety of student artists. Some know how to draw, some try, and many others give up before starting. By taking an image of a photograph (the background), a student can learn form and value better as they trace it on the foreground layer. This will create a contour sketch, so they can color the midground underneath it.
IPhone App to make Art
One of the best things about the iPad / iPhone App is that it is free. A lot of other iPhone Apps to make art charge you for additional colors or tools. DrawCast allows you to blend brush strokes, mix colors, work with layers and adjust transparency. Finally, you can export your work to a variety of social media. Check out my DrawCast art that I made – more so than any other iPhone App. If you want to use this tool, check out my more detailed instructions in my How to draw images of photographs w/ DrawCast the free iPhone app two part YouTube tutorial or my PDF of instructions.
Images of Photographs – Get your students to become better digital citizens and only use Public Domain pictures, such as from The Library of Congress.
How to draw – Instructables has an excellent collection of “How to Draw” tutorials from a variety of subject matter.
IPhone App – “Digitally Edit Photos on an iPod” is an older Yahoo Voices article I wrote, but most of the apps I still use on the devices in my class.
DrawCast – The official iTunes site link to download the free iPad / iPhone app