digital watercolor collage art using apps by Laura Volpintesta

I can’t get over the range of flavors digital apps have to offer, from one to the next-today let’s discuss digital collage art. I’ll also embed a short video tutorial at the bottom of this post to show you the basic technique.

EVERYONE knows how much I love Tayasui Sketches app…. for it’s beautiful user interface, utter simplicity and straightforwardness.

The organic, natural textures of this art app, in my opinion, surpass all of the other digital drawing and digital painting apps that I’ve explored extensively.

Today I’m sharing just a small series of three pieces that I cranked out this morning, all using the same color palette.


One serious tip

For artists or beginners using iPad art apps or other digital devices to create original art with a natural, analog feel is:

Don’t think that you need to use one hundred tools and options just because they offer them in an app!!

For me, it becomes an energy leak to have a million options and it can confuse the focus of your style.

For watercolor digital collage art

using Tayasui Sketches Pro app, I’ve selected very few tools to create with for my nude figure drawing series.Digital collage art on iPad Pro by Laura Volpintesta with Tayasui appDigital collage art on iPad Pro by Laura Volpintesta with Tayasui app

Digital collage art on iPad Pro by Laura Volpintesta with Tayasui app

    • Brush pen for signing my work

    • A watercolor brush that I use full opacity and full size only for tapping the screen to get big splashy textural blobs (I’m madly in love with those!!)

    • Free-form shape tool. This tool allows me to select a “filler” (I select an uneven watercolor washy effect)

    • The shape tool means I can create a continuous line that, when finally enclosed (ending the shape where the line begins), it automatically fills with the color and texture I’ve selected.

    • I also adjust sometimes whether the filler will be opaque or sheer for different effects as you can see in today’s figure studies

Model drawing

Is something I’ve been doing since 1992 as a student and until today as a fashion illustration professor at Parsons School of Design and coach/ course creator/ teacher here at Fashion Illustration Tribe.

I so often am drawing from live models or photos, and this series brings me so much joy as I get to create from my inner dream- world and release the realism I’ve been relying so heavily on.

You can see a wide range of these works in my inspirational oracle card decks.

Let me know what you think!

Here’s your video:

Have fun,



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