Designed with Inkpad:

Designed with Inkpad by Felipe Villela

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Felipe Villela is an art director and designer who over two years created a massive series of abstract geometric designs, sometimes on a daily basis. Most of these were created with Inkpad, then combined with Mextures to add texture detail and sometimes TiltShiftGen to add focus effects.

When I first saw Felipe's artwork I had the impression of getting a peek into another dimension or realm. It turns out this closely matched his intention, which you can read about in the notes Felipe has kindly provided.

"It occurred to me that our mobile devices are computers and that I was only using it for social media and email. If I was going to stare at my phone for that long each day, I needed to find a way to make artwork. I began each of these pieces as vectors illustrations. The simplicity and versatility of the Inkpad app allowed me create the initial imagery. I would then move the images into Mextures and/or TiltShiftGen (both image editting apps) to add texture and depth to the images."

"This image was inspired by the explosions in animated shows I used to watch growing up. These were rockets/fireworks shooting into the sky and exploding."

"This was an exercise in overlapping a shape to create depth. I was trying to make the larger shapes look like they were stacked and that the blue middle shape was cut out of the middle shape."

"I played a lot with layering to create depth and to try to catch the eye. The point of view here is of looking down a tunnel of sorts at the smallest green shape in the middle. It creates the illusion that the smaller shapes are nested in the larger ones but the gold and deep red slivers sit on top of it all. The intent is to make the viewer take a subtle role in the deciding what's happening."

"The clean background and layering of the shapes create a simple depth to this image that I really enjoy. It brings me a certain peacefulness that I appreciate."

"In all these images, I'm trying to create a peek into another world. I tried to replicate the feeling of looking through a microscope/lens into a smaller world. I wanted a simple shape and spot of color and depth. I think the end result looks like the shell of an insect or other organic form."

"I really like pinstriping and wanted to see if I could create something that looked like it with the apps. I'm pretty happy with the simplicity of the result."

"I used repetition of shape a lot for a variety of effects. Sometimes for scale, sometimes for depth and sometimes just to drive the eye in a simple composition. In this case it was a simple composition of these shapes eating the smaller versions."

About Felipe's use of Inkpad.

"Inkpad itself proved invaluable to me. Since my goal was to use my tablet, I wanted something that gave me the clean results of a vector illustration but also had the flexibility to apply layer effects, drop shadows, masking, etc. I really tried my best to push the app to it's limits sometimes just to see what it could. That in itself would sometimes inspire certain works. Once I found out what it could do, I would focus on how to use that technique to create some new piece. So I let anything around me inspire me from my day to day physical interactions to my interactions with the app itself. It was a lot of work to post something almost daily but I did it and loved that I was able to really push myself and the apps for two years."

You can see more of Felipe's artwork on his design portfolio and all of his abstract project on Instagram.

Designed with Inkpad by Yve Müller

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Yve Müller recently started using Inkpad and has already created a broad range of designs, from delicate to bold, with a deft use of color. Frequently her drawings are enhanced by adding subtle texture detail using Procreate.

Here Yve has generously shared a selection of her favorite artwork created with Inkpad.

Coloured Leaves.

"My first piece in Inkpad."

Ducks in Love.

Flower Explosion.

"Inkpad with texture added in Procreate."

Beads.

Beads on a String.

Serene Universe.

Tiles.

Rug Design.

Art Deco.

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

Nature in Circles.

Bordado.

About Yve.

"I am an amateur artist who loves all kinds of art and craft and likes to try them all. I doubt if I'll ever concentrate on one thing, as I'm having too much fun trying everything."

"Vector art appeals to my controlling side - all those clean lines and shapes - and with the Inkpad app, if I do want to add texture or depth to my work, I take a screen shot and then work with photographs and the mask feature in the app, or export my designs to other apps such as Procreate. I also take pictures or scans of my tradional work and extract or manipulate them using Inkpad. (I was really pleased to be able to seperate my pastel henna ducks from their drab background and mess around with them using the app.)"

"I've used Adobe illustrator on my Apple desktop and loved it, so I downloaded the app but couldn't make heads or tails it, which is why I turned to Inkpad - cheaper (very important), powerful and super user friendly, it does most of the same things as Adobe Illustrator, at least at my level."

"I started using Inkpad in September on my iPad mini 2, and as I don't own a stylus, all the work you see here has been done with my finger, which really is a testament to both pieces of technology."

You can see more of Yve's digital and traditional artwork on Instagram.

Designed with Inkpad by Erick Villagomez

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Erick Villagomez is an environmental designer, artist and teacher, who works with traditional and digital media. Erick has been using Inkpad to create a diverse range of vector artwork, many of which he has very kindly shared here together with annotations.

When I first discovered Erik’s artwork, I was taken by his amazing drawing inspired by the Cloud Gate in Chicago. I was so impressed by what first appeared to be a render, it inspired me to rethink the style and fidelity possible with Inkpad.

Graphic series.

"My earliest experiments with Inkpad. The focus was creating a strong graphic pattern and getting comfortable with the Inkpad interface."

"Attempting to capture the ‘roundness’ of the cylinder through properly placed highlights and shadows. Some thought went into capturing slightly more realistic light behaviour."

"A more surrealist piece that plays with subtle light and shadow effect available with Inkpad."

Smoke series.

"This series attempted to capture the atmosphere as the smoke from wildfires hung above the city where I live. Capturing visual gradients as things moved into obscurity was the focus."

"Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain under smoke."

"The sun, sky and rooftops of a local street in the later afternoon under wildfire smoke."

Reflections series.

"This series aggressively pushed capturing accurate reflection across extremely reflective surfaces. They are imaginary scenarios of natural and controlled lighting conditions. I wanted to test my ability to imagine how light would react."

"An imaginary study of a reflective black marble with a floating surface above it, under studio conditions."

"An imaginary study of a chrome marble surrounded by a barrier with a building in the background, during in the late afternoon."

"A piece inspired by Cloud Gate in Chicago: Cloud Gate in the desert."

"Experimenting with a bike helmet-like object."

"Study of a reflective orange marble with a barrier around it."

"An imaginary study of a reflective oval shape under studio lighting conditions."

Places series.

"Attempting to capture places and landscapes. Some were done directly on site."

"Although this was done while on Kew Beach in Toronto, I took a lot of liberties—deviating from the real—to simply try to capture the essence of the crowded beach with the city in the background."

"Attempting to capture the essence of English Bay in Vancouver during the sunset."

"Chilling out on the deck in Smoke Lake in Ontario one beautiful summer afternoon."

"Capturing light reflection and refraction in a shallow beach condition."

"The play of light on snow is amazing and intricate. I wanted to see if I could capture it somewhat realistically using vectors instead of digital paint. I think there is still much to be desired from my experiment, but I think several subtleties were captured okay."

Building series.

"Shows attempts to capture the built environment."

"An idiosyncratic window pattern in my area."

"A fictional ‘wall’ inspired by the work of John Hedjuk."

"A facade of John Hedjuk’s unbuilt proposals."

Letter series.

"Experimenting with potential graphics created using two randomly chosen consecutive letters. Although they don’t look like much, this was probably the most difficult exercise I have done to-date using Inkpad. I found it very challenging to think about letters as shapes alone and reimagining their graphic potential in different configurations. Going through font options alone took a long time. I started with the easiest graphic configurations—those that led to resembling a face. Then I added the challenge of not allowing faces. Tons of fun… and worth a try if you want to challenge yourself!"

"Graphic using letters a and b."

"Graphic using letters o and p."

"Graphic using letters c and d."

"Graphic using letters g and h."

"Graphic using letters s and t."

Illustration series.

"Puts aside the realistic in favour of a looser, illustrative approach."

"Pieces commissioned for a magazine that I decided to execute in Inkpad. I really wanted to play around with vector-based designs, instead of the digital paint I used frequently. The theme was Canadian Icons."

"Just having some fun playing with colour and depth."

"A little piece where I wanted to use a few shapes as possible to create a graphic for Women’s Day. There are six in total."

About Erick.

"I’m a designer and instructor out of Vancouver, Canada. I experiment a lot with drawing and sketching technique and methods, so am constantly experimenting with different media—analog and digital. Inkpad is currently my vector-based iPad software of choice and I’m constantly trying to push my own skills with it."

You can find Erick at Metis Design.Build and see an inspiring range of his diverse artwork on Tumblr and Instagram.

Designed with Inkpad by Rita Flores

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Rita Flores has been using Inkpad since the first version in 2011 to draw her portraits.  Whether using Inkpad alone or when combined with other iPad apps, her artwork has a unique style that lies between vector art and hand painting.

"I have been using Inkpad for quite some time. I am a fine artist with barely any computer graphic experience and found Inkpad to be very user friendly. It's currently my favorite app for making artwork on my iPad." - Rita.

Portraits.

Inkpad.

Inkpad with Wordphoto and Sketchbook Pro.

Inkpad.

Inkpad with texture from ArtRage and PicGrunger, combined in Sketchbook.

Inkpad line drawing with paper texture added in ArtRage.

Inkpad color version. The line drawing is on a separate layer with reduced transparency.

Adding texture and effects, step by step.

Inkpad.

PicGrunger textures.

PicGrunger crease filter.

Inkpad.

Retromatic.

PicGrunger.

About Rita.

"I am a visual artist who had worked mainly with acrylics and oils painting in a traditional manner. I have a heavy basis in drawing, having gone to the New York Studio School and studied drawing from the model."

"Recently I began working digitally and exploring the use of mark making and collage with iPhone and iPad painting “apps”. In my digital collages I am using images that I have created using the iPhone photo apps to create very personal images. I am also using the various painting apps to create landscapes and portraits which elaborate on the paintings I had created in the 1990’s with acrylic paint. Using the touch screen has allowed me to make the images more painterly. Both the iPhone and iPad technology are very exciting because they are so new."

You can find Rita at Through the Lava Lamp and see more of her artwork on Instagram and Flickr.

Designed with Inkpad by Jason Wray

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Jason Wray at has been using Inkpad as part of his design workflow since 2014 to create custom signs and graphics. Here he shares the creative process for one of his most recent works, together with some of the signs he has created with Inkpad in the past.

Trashola County.

"The Inkpad line art for the logo, cleaned up and ready to be coloured in. All the paths are now compound elements, for production as vinyl or cut plastic shapes."

"The final coloured image, created entirely in Inkpad. This was then exported into Adobe Illustrator for a few final tweaks (sunglasses, badge, lettering). It’s worth noting that these could have been done in Inkpad, but I was working in Illustrator on a whole range of layouts for the same project and it was convenient to include this one."

"The finished image. This was then printed onto clear vinyl and mounted to clear Perspex, ready to be illuminated."

Behind the scenes.

"This image shows the working Inkpad file, with individual elements as individual shapes. The lettering has a guide path which will be used to neatly trim the lettering so it follows a smooth curve. The top of the arm and shirt also shows the lines before they are merged. A typical working method, I would think."

"A close up of the actual vector wireframe, showing the paths joined and made into compound objects. If I am working on promotional imagery, I usually do this just in case it ever needs to be manufactured in the real world. It’s a workflow that I’ve had for over twenty years and it just means that another format for the final design is catered for."

Installed artwork.

"The image in place in my Studio in Norwich, as seen from the street. The overall size is 1200 x 900mm, on a 2400mm high graphic wall."

Inkpad designs and installations.

"Some layouts produced in Inkpad in 2014, for a small weathered sign box prototype. I originally worked in a display company and the major benefit of using Inkpad is the font support via Dropbox. I have a dedicated folder for this and being able to produce designs on the iPad is fantastic. These were made on a train journey from Norwich and the design on the right eventually got painted by hand."

"The final sign box, in place in my Studio in Norwich, as seen from the street."

"More Inkpad layouts."

Blackpuppie Studios.

"A shot from the outside of my studio, with all the colourful work in place."

About Jason.

"After leaving college in 1988 having studied graphic design, I started working at a display company painting airbrush murals for airports (before large inkjet printing was available). There I also learned how to make models in fibreglass, hand cut lettering stencils and sign painting. I eventually moved into the ‘computer room’ and started using a PC, and then a Mac. Around 1997 I got my first piece of 3D software (Truespace) and that became my main focus for the next few years. I then left the company and worked for the next few years as a product designer /Flash animator (also designing the packaging and web material for said products). After this I moved into the CAD area and produced a lot of manufacturing drawings for airport display structures, along with a few design concepts for special sites."

"In 2010 I moved to Norwich as a freelancer and in 2012 opened a small studio, producing a few traditional pieces as well as digital designs. Since 2014 I have begun to move back towards my 3D work as well as development (learning C#, Javascript, Swift) in order to produce content for VR/AR. I work mostly in Windows 10 now, but the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have helped a great deal and my two must have apps are Procreate and Inkpad, when I am not at my desk."

You can find Jason at The Grand Fury Club and see more of his artwork on ArtStation and Instagram.