• Jacqueline Gum

    I’m wholly impressed. Though I am so out of the loop on this one…I don’t have an Ipad and my talent for drawing on anything is severely stunted. I think that makes my appreciation all the greater! Good stuff!

    • Aw, thanks Jacqueline, Thank you. I do think I could show you some tricks that would be fun for you and help you create some images you could share. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Nicely done as usual Susan! I wish I had even a fraction of your talent. Instead I will just sit back and admire yours. 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, I’ll get to try this yet. I truly believe I could show you some things you would enjoy doing with a program or programs like this. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    The process that goes into this is great. I like the ability to reuse work you have already done as you build new layers.

    • The ability to reuse something I’ve created in different ways is a very practical and cool thing Jon. 🙂

  • You make it look so easy, Susan. Although I am a visual person, I absolutely cannot draw. I think I’d better stick ti working with words and taking pics.

    • Hi Doreen, Thank you for your kind words and your support. Both of these things helps encourage me to keep doing and improving my drawings. 🙂

  • It’s really your best yet. But I think it is partly a reflection of your own skill growing in leaps and bounds. I’m both jealous & in admiration. Thanks for sharing the information.:-)

    • Aw, thank you A.K. I am blushing and beaming a the same time my friend. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    I picked up my daughter’s i-Pad the other day and attempted to play with this program…glad you’re explaining it. It intimidates her too, so I think we need to put some time aside and start at the beginning of your series and go from there. Thanks for updating this. 🙂

    • Hi Debra, Once you understand the basics, you’ll find that one thing leads to another. The best part is, if you don’t like it you can delete or erase the part that isn’t to your liking. Let me know if there is a question I can answer anything else I can help with. 🙂

  • Wendy Merron

    Thank you! I have an iPad and I never knew that I could do this so easily.
    Saving this page now!

    • Hi Wendy. How cool. It really is a pretty fun thing to do. When or if you feel comfortable, share what you’ve created with me. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Great tutorial. I’ve still only tinkered around with the iDraw app, but when I’m ready to get serious, I know where I can find great lessons.

    • Thanks Jeri, I would love to show you some tools and tricks to make some simple and fun images. 🙂

  • I think you are bloody talented and that you make it look so easy

    • Aw, you are way to kind Jo-Anne. Thank you for always bering there to cheer me on. 🙂

  • Susan – this post makes me glad I don’t have an iPad so I won’t feel guilty about not trying to draw. As soon as I saw the tools I wanted to run the other way. I am totally hopeless when it comes to drawing or creating on paper. I admire and envy your talent!

    • LOL… Run the other way? Aw, I think you would love it if you gave it a chance. If you can use circle, triangle, squares and rectangles, you can create some really neat images. 🙂

  • Wow, you make that look easy! I’ll keep using some of Jocelyn’s 25,000 pictures for now… but when I run out, maybe I’ll use the iPad then 🙂

    • WOW, that is a whole lot of images Dan… LOL. When you DO run out, I can show you some cool things you can do to create some nice images. 🙂

  • I love the feeling of warmth you’ve created with the glows Susan and the subtle shadows of the candles and reflections of the flame. How long does it take to create something like this and do you use a stylus with your ipad?

    • Thanks Heather, That is a goo d question. I have never really timed myself on a piece. I start by thinking about it. I do a rough sketch and then start creating the image. I’ll put it down and then add as I have some thoughts as to what I want to image to look like. Some pieces I will complete start to finish in one setting in a hour of two. Other may take some (thinking) time because I and consider the best use of the tool and what I want the image to look like when I present it. 🙂

      • Thanks for sharing your creative process Susan. I would like to get back into drawing in a sketchbook this year. There’s something about working through your thought process on paper before finalising on the screen.

  • I am very impressed with your freehand bow. Your shadows add a great finishing touch – not easy to figure out how they should be presented. Wonderful tutorial.

    • Thanks Leora, I love the freehand stuff at times. It presents a different challenge with tool usage. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    How long does something like this take you to do, Susan? Are the tools you use similar to those in Photoshop?

    • Hi Pat. These are good questions. Vector drawing tools are very different from Photoshop. How long does it take? … that’s hard to say because I think allot about a pieces and as I work on it. A simple flower can take minutes. A composition is different. Some are in process for a long time, not because they’re hard but because I’m still thinking about them… LOL. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        It looks complicated. Did you get training on Vector or pick it up learning as you go. I’m trying to learn some things on Photoshop and get stuck on what seems basic things.

        • The iDraw vector tool I use is pretty easy to learn. I just practiced on a bunch of stuff to get the hang of each tool and it’s capabilities and I’m still learning.

          I haven’t tried Photoshop but I’ve have heard it can be a bit challenging. I know that there are some really good tutorials out there you might want to scope out. 🙂

          • Pat Ruppel

            Sorry for responding so late. It’s fascinating what you’ve learned. I used to be interested in Graphic Designs until I started a blog and got so overwhelmed and confused with all the details in the creation of that, I have long put Graphics on the back burner.

          • No worries. Aw, that’s to bad. I think you would really enjoy it. But there will be other times perhaps. 🙂

          • Pat Ruppel

            Yep you’re right about that. It’s fun to have those things out there waiting to be explored. Have a great weekend.

  • Awesome tutorial, Susan 🙂

    I don’t have an iPad (will an Android tablet be enough? iDraw doesn’t support Android..but, I bet there might be some other drawing apps).

    I am into drawing…I did try to spent an hour on developing my drawing last year (I had wanted to maintain that habit this year..but unfortunately, I don’t have the time – studies and the new blog are all occupying my time).

    I suppose I could spare some time from my weekends 😀 Anyways, thank you for the awesome tutorial, Susan. Appreciate it 🙂

    • Thanks Jeevan, I know there are some good drawing tool for an Android. I haven’t done any research on them because I am fully Apple.

      For me, drawing is a way to escape and relax. I know that isn’t the case with everyone. 🙂

  • Oksana Frewer

    Wow ! Why do I need so many powerful programs on my comp with million of options and hours to learn? Life is much easier after all! Thanks Susan, candles are awesome, like all of your illustrations!

    • Hi Oksana and thank you. The candles were a fun draw for me. I agree. the iDraw tool is very inexpensive ($8.99 iPad app, $24.99 Desktop version), a very powerful tool for the price.

  • Do you know of any free drawing apps for an android tablet or PC? You make it look so easy. And then there’s the rest of us….. Nice tutorial.

    • Hi Suzanne, I don’t. I am fully Apple and have had the need to look for any. I do know there are but none I could recommend at this time. Once you get started, you will find it pretty easy. The hard part is getting past the fear of no being able to do it. 🙂

  • Meredith Wouters

    Wow, that is so cool. You do make it look easy. I had no idea this was on my ipad, I’ll have to go check it out…

    • Thanks Meredith, I would encourage you to take a look at the iDraw app for iPad. It is a very cool drawing tool. Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

  • Impressive! I love how detailed you were in your instructions. Sometimes tutorials like this go right over my head (and skill set) 🙂

    • Hi Jen, Being a teacher at heart makes it imperative that I give a enough detail so that someone can feel as if it something they can do. Have you ever tried vector drawing?

  • This is GREAT – I will have to go back and read the previous posts. (I’m a little behind in the blogging arena as usual.) I’m sure it will take me a few weeks or months to learn the basics. But gotta start somewhere, right? I’m excited!

    • Hi Jeannette, Thank you so much. Have fun with each of them. If you have any questions, I am available to offering any assistance I can. 🙂

  • Gabbi Hall

    Wow, this is very impressive! I generally just doodle. I’ve never taken it to my iPad. Maybe it’s time I try.

    • Thanks Gabbi. It is really fun to create stuff like this on my iPad. I travel allot so it really helps pass the time in a fun way. Enjoy. 🙂

  • I am still dreaming about my iPad. Keeping the information bookmarked so that it will be available when I have the iPad.

    • I know that you’ll get a new iPad when the time is right Bindu. When that happens, you will have blast using for this. 🙂

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  • Hi Susan,
    I have read all your pages regarding this post. This is a very useful utility. Up until now, I have been using my stylus with Evernote Penultimate and Skitch.

    • Hi Bill, You should give this a try. When you do, let me know if I can offer any help, tips or suggestions. 🙂