Experimenting with Prismacolor pencils and Polychromos

I have been using Prismacolor pencils for a good amount of time now.  They are great for layering color.  They can help you put more precise details into your paintings too.  I wait until a painting is dry and then I can add some detail whith a well sharpened pencil.  I have never used Polychromos, but I ran across this great product review about Prismacolor vs. Polychromos: http://liannewilliams.com/sketchblog/2015/5/26/prismacolor-vs-polychromos-lets-compare

Lianne Williams does such a good job at showing the pros and cons of both pencils. She shows good comparison pictures of using both in different drawing techniques.  I definitely would love to try both pencils in my art some time after reading her product review.

Digital Art Apps

If you’re interested in digital art, there’s a lot of great apps out there to help you get started.  Wether you are an experienced digital artist or interested in beginning, these apps make it so easy to experiment with creating digital art.  A lot of them are fun to use and also, there’s a lot of YouTube tutorials for them.  One great use for these apps is how you can use them anywhere. Traveling with these apps can give you a great opportunity to do travel sketches and paintings.  Some of these apps have files in them, so it’s easier to organize and find your projects as well.  Here is some links and information on the apps currently available for iOS and android.

1.  Inkist app is free for a limited time with iOS: http://inki.st/ipad.


2. This link is for a great current 2016 list of art apps for iPad: http://www.creativebloq.com/digital-art/art-on-the-ipad-1232669.

3.  This is a link to a list from 2015, but it has a couple of apps not mentioned in the list above that are still good apps to use for digital painting or sketching: http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/features/illustration/8-best-apps-for-artists-draw-sketch-paint-on-your-ipad-2015/#1

4.  Some of the great free apps on iPad include:

Tayasui Sketches,


Bamboo paper: https://vimeo.com/57071228

and many Adobe apps.

5.  Painter Mobile is an android app that is available at Amazon and on Google play:

http://www.painterartist.com/us/product/mobile-painting-app/

6.  This is a link to a list for android digital art apps:

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/features/mobile-creativity/5-best-android-apps-for-artists-draw-sketch-paint-on-your-tablet/#2