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iPad Art coloured leaves painted by Ako Lamble using a moleskine sketchbook.

iPad Art – “Why iPad Art instead of iPad Painting? ” written by Ako Lamble

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“A desk lamp in the morning sun” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,

I deliberately call my class “iPad Art” class instead of calling “iPad Painting” or “iPad Drawing” class because it is not just for draw/paint digitally, you can do more with iPad, I’ll show you one of the good examples today.

My back ground is Photography, I spent my college days in the dark room, if not I was chasing lights and shadows in the field. It took a while for me to handle colours properly after I studied and practiced the B&W photography for long time.

However, it was a happy surprise to know the training I had with photography of how to see the lights and shadows helped me a lot when I started drawing and painting afterwards. I can see the subject much clearer, I instantly make the subject into a black and white picture in my mind and find the lines, negative spaces, perspective and so forth. Even the times I can’t draw properly, I can see what is wrong at least.

I recently invented a way to do a fun sketching with iPad. I call it “Pretend sketching”. You sometimes see a photo like this (below). People take a picture of their sketch and subject together, I got the idea from it.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Mike’s sketch.

I have a few collections of beautiful scenery images. I chose one of them and made this (below) with iPad and Procreate app.

Pretend sketching template

One of the pretend sketching templates.

Then I drew the scenery within a sketchbook area as if I were sitting there and sketching, the result is this (below).

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“The rainbow field” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Soon then I started using my own photos instead of using beautiful images taken by someone else. The process is interesting because it starts from the final image in your mind otherwise you will easily forget to make a space for a sketchbook which you would draw on later, so when I found something interesting (usually it has good light and shadow), I clearly picture in my mind where my sketch book would be located and how the subject is going to be seen in the background then shoot it. I quite like using a small moleskine sketchbook now which has the off-white or yellowish papers that give warm and organic feelings which is very important to me when I do digital art, I also like it having a sewing line in the middle of the two-page spread and make sure I don’t loose it after I draw, I enjoy very much creating the illusion that way.

I consider this whole process is iPad Art, from finding and taking photos of a subject to drawing and sharing them with your friends.

Oh, I should tell you that all my iPad paintings listed here didn’t take me more than 15 minutes (because it’s done as “drawing for a 15 min a day project“), it took another 15 minutes to take a photo with my iPhone and then assemble the background with iPad.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“The Autumn carpet” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Winter is the best season to take a great photo because sun light is nice and soft which travels at a low angle and gives long shadows during most of the day. You don’t need to go to Paris to take such a pretty picture, it can be created right in your own backyard, kitchen or living room if you have winter sun there.

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“The lights though blinds in kitchen” iPad Art by Ako Lamble


Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

We have started the weekly classes for iPad Art this term, and it has been going very well. This would be the way to go if you would like to do it at your own pace. Your questions will be answered and instructions will be given according to your level of understanding on a weekly basis, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without! Download Enrolment form.

Go to iPad Art Weekly Class Page >>

Good news is you can learn iPad Art as an optional in the Monday night class (7-9pm) from term 4, it’s good for those who only have their free time in the evenings.


Hunter in the winter sun

New arrangement for weekly monday night art classes northshore school of art

The new arrangement for the Monday night class -written by Mike Lamble

New Monday Night Art Class

New arrangement for the monday night class.

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The new arrangement will start from Term 3

In my last blog I wrote about the benefits and pleasure of life drawing this was written as an encouragement not only to my students but to other artists and students who may read my words. Many of us who are professional artists understand it as an essential form of practice as an aid to our painting drawing or illustrating, sadly not every artist or student appreciates that.

Over the years I have become aware through models, teachers, artists and students the number of life drawing classes has been in decline around Sydney, unfortunately even we have not escaped the declining number of students. On the other hand, the number of enquiries for the drawing & painting class for beginners was increasing, so we came up with a great idea.

Monday night will now become a beginners drawing and painting class for new students, but for our existing students including iPad Art students an extra class has become available.

I still encourage our students to do the life drawing once a term in the Monday night class and Wednesday night class. We also will increase the Saturday morning life drawing workshop from once to twice a term.

I believe that the new arrangement will give more of a chance to many of our students to experience the benefit of the life drawing.


Beginners Draw & Paint (weekly / casual)

7 – 9pm Mondays
$330 per Term (10wks)
$35 per Casual Class

For absolute beginners

For all those who doubt that they have a single creative bone in their body! Let us prove you wrong! Everybody has the ability to draw and paint. All you need is the enthusiasm to do so. We uncover the tricks of the trade through simple exercises that will teach you to see like an artist. Get your lines right, get your tone right, understand how perspective and scale works. Learn how to use colour pencil and be introduced to oil painting. Discover skills you never thought you had in our fun and relaxed environment!

Oils or iPad?

After completing your first 10-week-term in basic drawing, you have the option of starting your first oil painting (it will be explained in greater detail on your first night) or discover the iPad as your powerful art tool and create the digital art.

Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form


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iPad Art “The Lights” – written by Ako Lamble

"tiffany lamp" iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“Tiffany Lamp” created with iPad and Procreate App by Ako Lamble

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to talk about the subject to draw/paint with iPad, “The lights”. I came to realise that drawing the lights with iPad gives much more pleasure to my eyes than drawing it on a paper. One of the reasons is quite simple, you are drawing the lights on the backlit canvas (iPad), so literally it will illuminate once you put the colour on it. It’s more magical than you think.
If you have an iPad and any drawing/painting apps, try putting any bright colour on the dark background, I tell you it would look great. See the following iPad Arts for an example.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“Tealight” created with iPad and Procreate App by Ako Lamble

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

“Candle light” created with iPad and Procreate App by Hannah Klupiec

The painting of flowers (below) is nothing to do with the light, however doesn’t it glow beautifully?

iPad Art by Erika Dollission

“Flowers” created with iPad and Brushes App by Erika Dollission

The painting of pear (below) had been made by using one of the techniques I introduced in my iPad Art Wrokshops. It gives a wood cut print / stencil / stained glass look. Erika who’d never done the digital painting before created this particular piece on the first day of the workshop, it really amazed me.

iPad Art by Erika Dollission

“Pear” created with iPad and Brushes App by Erika Dollission

"Lamp" iPhone/iPad Art by David Hockney

“Lamp” created with iPad and Brushes App by David Hockney

"Sunlight Filtering Through The Clouds" iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“Sunlight Filtering Through The Clouds” created with iPad and Artrage App by Ako Lamble

"Where on earth are you, Hunter?"

“Where on earth are you, Hunter?” created with iPad and Procreate App by Ako Lamble

If you are interested in iPad Art and have 9 more minutes to spend, I highly recommend you to watch one of the tutorial videos (below) made by the Norwegian Artist, Nikolai Lockertsen who creates amazingly detailed iPad Art. He recently uses Procreate app a lot which became my most favourite app as well, if you buy the Procreate app it comes with his painting (below) as an exapmle art work. As you see, he uses the lighting so effectively in his paintings which I deeply admire.
It is so inspiring to see how he created the car head light (around the point of 4’50”) in the video.

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Procreate Tutorial - Winter Volvo

iPad Art “Procreate Tutorial WinterVolvo” by Nikolai Lockertsen


ENROL NOW!

Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

From Term2, we will start the weekly classes for iPad Art. Once you decided to start drawing with your iPad, we believe that you might have many questions to be answered and need instructions on a weekly bases, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without!
DOWNLOAD ENROLMENT FORM

Suitable for;

  • Someone who knows how to draw but has never done digital art before.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • Someone who has limited energy but would like to do something creative.
  • Someone who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • Someone who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.

Go to iPad Art Weekly Class Page >>

iPad Art “how did you do it?” (a demo video [1’34″/no-sound]) – written by Ako Lamble

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I’ll show you a small demo video that I quickly made this morning. I used Procreate app with my iPad which is my most favourite app at the moment.

You can see a few useful tools and functions being used in the video. I speeded up the drawing part (x8) so it might look a little busy but I thought one and half minute length was just long enough to keep your attention to see some of handy tools.

Now here is the procedure, the words in bold type are key points during the process.

  1. choose a back ground colour (ocher)
  2. draw on the first layer
  3. use transform tool to change its size bigger to draw details
  4. use smudge tool to make the busy lines smoother
  5. use transform tool to change its size smaller and drew a frame around it
  6. hide the layer before
  7. drawing a book on the second layer
  8. use air-brush tool to make a shade
  9. show both layers
  10. swap the first layer with the second layer before
  11. use Transform tool to distort the shape of a drawing to fit in the book front cover

Didn’t you say Wow! when you saw in the video the picture was distorted to fit to the shape of front cover? It’s impossible to achieve this kind of trick with the traditional art materials.

I am going to mainly use Procreate app in my workshop this time because of the following fantastic tools;

  1. Smudge tool: Much closer to the natural smudge feelings compare to other apps’
  2. Transform tool: Change its scale and distort its shape

There are so many drawing apps out there, I’m sure you wonder which one is the best drawing app for you?  You will end up with having a few selections of favourite apps and depends on its developer’s updates your most favourite will move from one to another. I was a big fan of Artrage app one stage then moved to Procreate  a few months ago, but I’ve always kept my eye on Artrage and also other favourite apps I like and waiting for their significant updates that might bring me back to one of them again, that’s how it works.


ENROL NOW!

Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

From Term2, we will start the weekly classes for iPad Art. Once you decided to start drawing with your iPad, we believe that you might have many questions to be answered and need instructions on a weekly bases, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without!
DOWNLOAD ENROLMENT FORM

Suitable for;

  • Someone who knows how to draw but has never done digital art before.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • Someone who has limited energy but would like to do something creative.
  • Someone who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • Someone who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.

Go to iPad Art Weekly Class Page >>


Henry licks Ako's face in 2005

iPad Art “Where on earth Are You, Hunter?” – How did you do it? – written by Ako Lamble

"Where on earth are you, Hunter?"

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I’ll show and tell you how I’ve rescued and revived one of my unfinished paintings with the iPad. If you are like me, having a quite few collections of unfinished paintings in the corner of your room with dust on it.  Lo and behold, finally you can save(or should I say “get rid of “) them!  Here is my story.

All started from more than 10 years ago, not long after my cat, Hunter immigrated in the art school, I thought I’d lost Hunter because I couldn’t find him anywhere in the art school . Then I found him hiding in the fake fire place in the studio after long searching on that day, that experience made me draw a sketch using a biro on copy paper  like this;

"Hunter" Original Sketch

I’m not sure if you can see it clearly, it’s kind of a bird’s view over the art school building and I was at the front door (very centre) shouting “Hunter!” Hunter the black cat enters into the fire place (bottom right) climbs up the chimney and flys out over the roof. I put my imagination of “where Hunter might be” on the paper. I didn’t know what I would do with it, so just put it in my file and forgot about it for a next few years.

Around 2 years ago, I wanted to paint something on a big canvas then I dragged out my old sketch and painted it roughly on a very small canvas (25cm x 20cm) first.

oil painting on a small canvas

Then worked on a big one (92cm x 92cm).

painting on canvass

I forgot whatever the reason was, I stopped painting and left it how it was, it’s been on the art school wall for nearly 2years (abandoned and almost became a half dead painting).

The steps I took to rescue it;

    1. Took a photo of my small rough painting with my iPad
    2. Imported it into Procreate app.
    3. used Smudge tool to smooth its colours and texture.
    4. used layersEraser and Transform tool to Change the angle of roof (compare 1. and 2.).
    5. used Several brush tools to change the lines, add the details (see the shape of the circle of lane 1. 2. 3.).
    6. Imported it in Snapseed app to change the tone to darker (see 4.).

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  1. I thought it’s too dark so kept changing its tone with Snapseed app until getting the one I like (see 5.6.8.).
  2. Sometimes it’s good to see it as a black & white so that you can clearly check its contrast and tone (see 7.).

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"Where on earth are you, Hunter?"

There you are! I saved my unfinished painting and revived it. It took only a few days (a few hours for each day). I couldn’t finish it this quick if I painted on the canvas, the question is what do I do with the actual canvas with my unfinished painting on it… oh well I can still finish it by copying the one in my iPad (actually that’s a good way to use iPad to create the blue print version before working on the canvas, it’s a huge time saver!), but for me, I can’t be bothered… I prefer to get it printed on the canvas if I want it on my wall.

iPad Art Workshops for Beginners

10am – 4pm Saturday 23rd March

What you saw was just one of the examples of what you can do with your iPad. If you are interested in discovering your iPad as an art tool BOOK NOW! There are still a few spots available. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au


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iPad Art “Lady with an ermine and Henry” – How did you do it? – written by Ako Lamble

Lady with an ermine and Henry - Final

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,

Doesn’t Henry look good in her arm? Today, I’ll show and tell you how I ended up making this piece. If you are like me, often having a funny and crazy sudden idea then you want to quickly make it  and show your friends to give a little bit of laugh, for that moment, your iPad serves you very well as a powerful art tool!

All started from here. Friday night last week, Henry was depressed because he ate something earlier which he shouldn’t have and became ill, also the torrential rain outside didn’t help his low mood. I called him “Henry, what are you doing?” and took a photo of his miserable look with my iPad which is this;

Henry

He often lays on the floor with awkward position, because he tried to look back towards me it created “S” shape body. I found the image quite interesting, I thought I could make this image into some painting. I imported it in Procreate app started smudging / painting over it which is this (approx 45min work);

iPad Art: Henry

I was not sure what kind of style of art I wanted for this, just played around. I use Snapseed app to change its tones when I need some inspirations for the piece i’m working on, these are the ones I tried ;

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I liked these three variations (above).

LWEH Old master-ish

When I looked at the picture (no. 2), something clicked in my mind.

Ah! It reminded me of the masterpiece – “Lady with an ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci”, I thought I could replace the ermine with Henry, what a good idea!

Lady with an ermine

When I placed the trimmed Henry, i realised something was not right. The lighting! The masterpiece got the light from the right hand side, Henry got it from the left. So I flicked Henry over horizontally. The problem was solved.

LWEH Process

Changing its scale, flicking over the image… This kind of tricks(functions) are so handy to create the collage. People have done it with Photoshop type of expensive software for years, but now anybody can do it easily with an app costed next to nothing.

After I flicked Henry over, I discovered that Henry and the ermine sat together very well so I decided to let them stay together instead of replacing one with another. I used the layers function to place Henry between her hand and the ermine, also used a few kinds of brushes to paint over Henry to match its colour and texture to the masterpiece.

Lady with an ermine and Henry - Final

One of the many things that I like about using iPad is you will never be stuck in the mistake mode, once you thought you made a mistake, that’s actually beginning of the new discoveries. Like I thought I made a mistake about its lighting but that had led to the nicer composition of the ermine and Henry staying together which I initially planned to replace one with another.

I bet even the genius Leonardo couldn’t have imagined that people several centuries in the future would mess about his masterpieces with the gadget so-called iPad ….. or could he?

iPad Art Workshops for Beginners

10am – 4pm Saturday 23rd March

What you saw was just one of the examples of what you can do with your iPad. If you are interested in discovering your iPad as an art tool BOOK NOW! There are still a few spots available. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au


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iPad Art “Penguin” – How did you do it? – written by Ako Lamble

"Penguin" Finish

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,

I would love to share another iPad Art I’ve created recently. If you think “Wow that’s an amazing painting, wish I could paint like that!”, well, believe or not, you can do it much easier than you think. I will show you how I did it … my little trick.

 

I love watching some good YouTube videos and the one below is one of them. Enjoy watching it first (2minutes11sec long).


then I stopped the video at the point of < 1’10” > which is this;
"Penguin" YouTube Screen

 

Now you know where the penguin came from, don’t you? Then I took a screenshot of it (if you don’t know how, watch the how to video)

 

I imported the penguin image into Procreate app, used the smudge tool to smudge (or you can say paint) over the photograph. As you see the original photo was the landscape shape but I made it the portrait shape by dragging the colour off the top and bottom part towards the edge of the screen.

"Penguin" Procreate app

 

To extend the blue sky part is easy, but you need to actually draw/paint the extra rocks on the bottom part.

"Penguin" before Snapseed app

 

I imported the image into Snapseed app and changed its tone. As you see, it created the strong contrast and bright colours. I didn’t mind that some of the rocks were darkened on the process to the point of so black because it’s a good place to sign.

"Penguin" after Snapseed app

 

I did a little touch up on the sky, then signed. There you are, it’s finished. That’s how I did it. Isn’t that incredibly easy?

"Penguin" Finish

 

"Penguin" Phoster app

This is just one of the examples of what you can do with your iPad. If you are interested in discovering the iPad as an art tool BOOK NOW! There are still a few spots available. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au


"Penquin" Face
“I’m not a thief, just a smart-arse.”
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iPad Art Workshops

“I couldn’t pick up my painting again if there was no iPad because I have limited energy and time to do it.”
– Ako Lamble
 

 

Discover your iPad as a powerful art tool!

We will do;

  • See the possibilities of iPad Art through the iPad artists in the world
    and their works
  • Paint an apple and other simple subjects with Procreate App.
 

Suitable for;

  • Age 17yo and over.
  • those who already know how to draw and paint but have never tried digital art before.
  • those who would like to pick up their drawing and painting again though having limited energy and time to do it.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • those who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • those who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.
  • Artists who like to work with traditional materials, it would be a time saver for you to experiment and develop your painting ideas on your iPad before you transfer it to a canvas.
 

See some examples of what you can do with your iPad

Cick the image to go to its page.

iPad Art "Penguin"
iPad Art "Lady with an Ermine and Henry"
iPad Art "Where on earth Are you, Hunter?"

 

Click here to read REVIEW of the iPad Art Workshop >>

 

App we use in the class

We will let you know if there is any changes.

  • Procreate (AU$14.99-as of January 2021): to draw & paint
 

Day & Time

Sunday, 10am – 1pm (3hrs)

 

Age of Students

17 years old and over.

 

Dates in 2021

  • 28th February 2021
  • 28th March 2021
  • 25th April 2021
  • 23rd May 2021
  • 27th June 2021
  • 25th July 2021
  • 22nd August 2021
  • 26th September 2021
  • 24th October 2021
  • 26th November 2021
 

Fee

$75 per workshop at Studio

 

Teacher

Ako Lamble

 

Class Limit

10 people

iPadArt Weekly Classes

iPad Art – for All Levels

iPadArt Weekly Classes* (Tue 9.30am-11.30am): $390 per term [10weeks] / $50 per casual
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“I couldn’t pick up my painting again if there was no iPad because I have limited energy and time to do it.”
– Ako Lamble
 

A Powerful Art Tool!

Once you decided to start drawing with your iPad, we believe that you might have many questions to be answered and need instructions on a weekly bases, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without!

 

Suitable for;

    • Age 17yo and over.
    • those who already know how to draw and paint but have never tried digital art before.
    • those who would like to pick up their drawing and painting again though having limited energy and time to do it.
    • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
    • those who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
    • those who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.
    • Artists who like to work with traditional materials, it would be a time saver for you to experiment and develop your painting ideas on your iPad before you transfer it to a canvas.
 

See some examples of what you can do with your iPad

Cick the image to go to its page.

iPad Art "Penguin"
iPad Art "Lady with an Ermine and Henry"
iPad Art "Where on earth Are you, Hunter?"

 

App we use in the class

We will let you know if there is any changes.

  • Procreate (AU$14.99 – as of December 2018): to draw & paint.
 

School Term Dates

Please see the School Calendar: Click Here

 

Day and Time

  • Tuesday morning: 9.30am – 11.30am (2hours)
 

Fee

  • $390 per term (10 weeks)
  • $50 per casual class
 

Teacher

Ako Lamble

 

Class Limit

12 people

 
 

Private Tuition for iPad Art

A Powerful Art Tool!

Once you decided to start drawing with your iPad, we believe that you might have many questions to be answered and need instructions.
You can get full attention from Ako, she will help you from the point to set up your iPad, download drawing apps and so forth. Let’s make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without!

 

Fee

In our studio: $80 per hour per student
At YOUR home: $85 per hour per sudent

 

Teacher

Ako Lamble

 

Suitable for;

  • those who already know how to draw and paint but have never tried digital art before.
  • those who would like to pick up their drawing and painting again though having limited energy and time to do it.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • those who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • those who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.
  • Artists who like to work with traditional materials, it would be a time saver for you to experiment and develop your painting ideas on your iPad before you transfer it to a canvas.
 

See some examples of what you can do with your iPad

Cick the image to go to its page.

iPad Art "Penguin"
iPad Art "Lady with an Ermine and Henry"
iPad Art "Where on earth Are you, Hunter?"

 

Apps Ako recommends

Ako will let you know if there is any changes.

  • Procreate (AU$14.99-as of January 2021): to draw & paint
  • Snapseed (Free): to adjust colour & tone of your artworks