Author: Nicki

Beachwalker series by Rita Colantonio

For a long time Rita Colantonio has been delighting us with her colourful images on social media. It’s so wonderful to have watched her work develop over the past few years and it was no surprise that her Beachwalker series (below) won an Honorable mention in the 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and will be exhibited in Barcelona in October this year. Rita kindly agreed to share the story behind these delightful art works and details the workflow she used to create them in the step-by-step tutorial below. You can see Rita’s latest work here. Over to Rita…. Beach walker series. The original photos I created for these series were shot in a single day on my iPhone 12 Pro Max on a Sanibel beach,...

For a long time Rita Colanto...

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Using Text in Digital Art

I can’t resist photographing lettering when I am out and about, and love to incorporate these “text-photos” into my digital art like the image “Boys Room” and “Getting the colour back #1” below. Shooting lettering and textures on boats in Weymouth Harbour, Dorset, UK. “Boys Room” (above) uses text from at least 3 different photos shot on my iPhone. The lettering in this image comes from two sources; a hotel vacancy sign and a photo I shot of some ad hoc signage I spotted during a local school visit. The images were blended together using Procreate on my iPad Pro. I have a huge text and lettering folder in my iPad photos library which houses all kinds of lettering both printed and handwritten. Samples of...

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A Fine Line – best sketch apps for creating an outline from a photo

Do you know of a good OUTLINE app out there for creating thick, clean and stylised outlines like the image below created in PicsArt? – which is almost perfect by the way. You can see the original photo directly below this PicsArt outline. PicsArt does a fantastic job of turning photos into beautiful outlines although it does focus on the face and tends to lose details elsewhere. I’m obsessed with lines; quality of line and mark-making. For those of you have taken my online classes, you’ll know that I encourage a good scribble. It’s good for both getting to know your mark-making tools and it can be a real stress buster! I’m currently looking for a really good app that creates simple outlines...

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To Boldly and Beautifully go…

From iPhone photo to huge colour paper prints, iPhone artist Barbara Braman shares her workflow in this fascinating process of how she translates her digital images into luscious, colourful bold images on paper. While browsing the iPhoneographyCentral Flickr group a few weeks ago, one woman’s work really stood out in the Flickr Group. Barbara Braman’s incredibly beautiful bold and colourful images really took my breath away and after doing a little research, I was delighted to discover that she had also taken the trouble to learn a thing or two about printing and get her images, where they should be, out of the phone and into the real world by way of magnificent full-colour prints. By sheer coincidence, my second joyful discovery...

From iPhone photo to huge colo...

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How to create a smooth illustration style with iColorama

I love applying this smooth painterly look to photos. It works particularly well for minimalist landscape photos like this one taken of the beach near my home. iPhone photo converted to illustration style using iColorama effects. The effects I use in iColorama are perfect for creating a light, dreamy and happy mood which is generally my state of mind when I head out along the seafront for some fresh air. The first section of the video covers eliminating a few details with retouching work in Touch Retouch app but feel free to skip to the heart of the video where I apply the smooth style look in iColorama (about 6 minutes in)....

I love applying this smooth pa...

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