Draw a colorful modern architecture | Paintology tutorial

In this drawing, I decided to continue using the straight lines tool and a few brushes (Paintology app) to get the effect that I was looking for.

Here is the completed drawing.

Combination of a line drawing with 3 brush tools of Paintology

Steps to this drawing:

Load the tutorial from the Paintology app on your phone or tablet and move to landscape mode. This allows you to have a bigger drawing area to work with.

  1. Outline
Outline of the architecture to use as template for the drawing.

The outline will help you focus on laying down the colors without having to create the form and shape of this drawing. Although it is perfectly fine to use this as reference and draw your own outline.

2. Use the charcoal brush to lay down some of the initial colors

Pick the colors similar to the finished drawing

Lay down some of the colors over the outline drawing and just use small strokes to create the greenery and trees. Don’t worry about getting it exactly right, you can always come back and look at the drawing and adjust the drawing where you need to.

The beauty of drawing on a tablet or phone with the Paintology app is that you can und and go over the same area until you get it the way you want. This is not easy to do with traditional mediums and this is where the digital drawing really shines. It is also perfect for people who want to learn to draw and paint in the digital medium. I say to all beginners and even advanced artists in the traditional medium to take a dive in the digital medium. You will be surprised at how quickly you can improve your art skills.

3. Use the straight lines tool to make the other marks on the drawing.

Using the straight lines tool of the Paintology app helps you with some of the other lines found in the drawing including of course the building itself. Don’t be shy about applying the lines, vary the thickness and opacity to get something resembles close to the underlying outline drawing.

Put down as much colors with straight lines tool

4. Work your way to get as close but not exact to the original drawing

Once you have laid down the previous marks, you will find areas that you find where you can add further details. This might need you to zoom into the drawing and use smaller brush size and strokes.

Try to experiment and look at how the colors are put down. I never do a drawing or painting exactly like the previous way, my aim is to understand my tools as much as I can while I am drawing. This helps me to tune into drawing techniques that will be useful to all types of drawing and painting.

In the next section, I will explain some of the ‘effects’ that I was able to achieve by using different types of brushes for this specific drawing. It is very important that you experiment and play with the tools to understand how it works with your canvas to truly appreciate it’s potential as a drawing tool.

Understand your tools so the effect is brought about in your drawing!

5. Experiment, experiment and experiment!

In the same way that in real estate where estate agents emphasize location, location and location, the same can be held for drawing and painting. You only truly understand and exploit your creativity when you step out of your comfort zone and just experiment on how tools interact with the paint and canvas.

The great thing about digital drawing is that it gives you extra versatility in experimenting so your art skills are always extended beyond your own understanding. Many of the past masters will tell you that to become an accomplished artist, you need to think like a child who simply lays down colors. However, it’s the adult who takes those ideas and translates them to wonderful works of art that we all come to admire.

You will find that all apps will have their set of tools which you need to understand by using it and then applying it to your drawing or painting. A common misconception for many beginners is that the best app for their needs is a vast array of tools to help them with their art skills. This is is a myth and you need to stop looking for the perfect app to make you better. Instead, you should be thinking of how your skills will improve with any app that you choose.

I often get tired of people who compare Paintology to other apps like Sketch or Procreate. There is no comparison, your approach should be has the app demonstrated drawings or paintings that I want to become a master in. It should not be about the tools but your aim in improving drawing and painting.

To give you an example, I had a recent user who complained why there are so few brushes in Paintology. I ask myself, did they complain why there not hundreds of pencils when they were learning with pencil and paper? I have demonstrated what you can do with one brush tool. If you don’t believe me checkout the drawing that I posted recently that was drawn with ONE brush and no other effects.

One brush (shade) used to make this drawing of a dog!

I have made many other drawings and paintings they have all received high accolades. However, some like to think that the artwork that I have produced took me hours. The above drawing of the dog with one brush tool took me just around 50 minutes.

Enough ranting, let’s go back to our original drawing.

Using the method of experimenting, I found a curious behavior of the brushes I used. I started out thinking that I will use the charcoal brush but found that it did not have a the texture required for this drawing. I reverted to the line tool and I found that it had a more naturalistic style to this drawing. It was almost like watercolor and I was able to use it to good effect in various parts of the drawing which you will be able to spot if you look carefully. Unfortunately, I had the video set to pause for this drawing, so I don’t have the entire video for this drawing.

However, if there is enough interest in this drawing, I can make another drawing that will have a full video.

I also decided to use the shade tool towards the end and I realized it had a nice ‘shadowy’ effect on the overall drawing. I put it to good use on the buildings and stones were I thought it would provide the right texture. Sure enough it did.

6. Final Drawing

Final drawing of the architecture/nature.

If you look at this drawing, you will see, in order to speed up the process, I overlooked some of the details around the bank of the stream. However, you may find yourself doing that when you want to complete something in a given time. The important point is that did I convey the ‘essence’ of the drawing while conveying a pleasant drawing that everyone would look at?

To some perhaps and to others yes.

It all depends on what eye you are looking at this drawing. Here are some examples:

  • A passing user with a moderate interest in art

They may argue although it is not as detailed or precise, the artwork is probably to their liking. The composition is pleasant enough and so are the colors.

  • From another artist who engages in this type of artwork

You can no doubt expect many to be very critical of this work. The details are passed with too much crude lines. The perspective is not bad and it was done fairly quickly even.

  • From a beginner artist

They will admire this work since they are looking at it from the point of view of someone actually doing this artwork. They may even feel aghast when they found out that it was done on a digital tablet, because they could swear it was done with colored felt tip pens or something. They would decide if they would sit through and do this themselves or not.

As you can see a drawing or painting can have a different perspective depending on how people perceive it from their experience or their aesthetic feel to the art piece.

You might want to read an interesting Quora post that I posted and check the response and my reply to the comment.


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