Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Learn how to create art using your iPad

A WOMAN from Watlington has written a book to help others use an iPad to create works of art.

A WOMAN from Watlington has written a book to help others use an iPad to create works of art.

Diana Seidl, an artist and teacher, was inspired to use the tablet computer after seeing a David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2012.

She bought herself an iPad in a bid to try the art for herself but found there was not a beginners’ manual on the market to help her.

Mrs Seidl taught herself how to use the iPad and last year she taught a course at Marlborough College summer school on it, which was oversubscribed.

She was then contacted by Crowood Press to write Drawing and Painting on the iPad, which took about a year to write, and was published last month.

Mrs Seidl said: “I was very excited by this commission and thought it was very apt as my experience when first buying an iPad was very confusing as there was no basic manual to get started.

“The books that were out in the market place presumed you knew far more than was realistic. My publisher was amazingly supportive. I said I hadn’t written a book before and they helped me through the writing process such as its structuring.

“I wanted to write basic book that tells you everything from what you plug in and how you turn it on to how to sketch and draw things. I believe that the iPad is the most valuable tool to aid the practising artist.

“It can be used to create work in its own right but also as a very useful preparatory tool for sketching, working out compositions and trying out colour combinations.” Mrs Seidl says there are many different functions on the iPad such as sketching with felt-tip pen, oil painting and sketching.

She added: “One of the great advantages of the iPad is it is convenient, you can take it with you and you don’t need materials and if you make a mistake you can rub something out easily.”

Mrs Seidl completed a Fine arts Degree at Manchester College of Art and Design in the sixties and was awarded a British Council scholarship to study art in Vienna at Akademie der Bildenen kunst.

She went into teaching and her career ended following 25 years at Pangbourne College. She has been part of the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild for 15 years and has exhibited at the annual Henley Arts Trail every year since 2005.

Mrs Seidl will be selling signed copies of Drawing and Painting on the iPad (£16.99) at the guild’s Christmas craft exhibition held from today (Friday) to Tuesday, December 1 at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley from 10am to 4pm.

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