Layers in Auryn ink

When you begin working in Auryn Ink you quickly realize that the layers operate differently than any other app and that there is only one undo. You love the beautiful effects that the wet and dry layers give you with transparency and blending that you can’t get in any other apps. So how do you deal with only one undo?
IMG_1629The way I deal with only one undo is to use the fixed layer as a save layer. In this exercise I was playing with the eraser and layers, so I could understand how the three layers could be used to my benefit. This painting was done in the first version of Auryn Ink before there was a gallery, but I still find the fixed layer useful when I want to explore & try different outcomes or versions of a painting.

Background:  I painted the whole paper black and fixed it. Next I used the eraser tool to remove the parts where you see the gray and red in the background. Well the eraser doesn’t care if anything is fixed it goes through all of the layers, which in this case was what I wanted. I continued to work on the wet and dry layers and painted in the gray areas. I fixed the gray and then started painting the red. At this point I could try different colors on the bottom of the background, the paint automatically stays on the wet and dry layers. If I don’t like it I just delete the wet and dry and I still have the part of the painting I fixed. After you finish the background, fix the painting. At this point there is nothing on the wet and dry layers.

The Little Guys: The white circles and legs are made with an eraser which goes through the fixed layer. The red circles are automatically painted on the wet layer and dry to the dry layer, fix your painting anytime you want keep something. At any point in a painting you can revert to the fixed layer by deleting the wet and dry layers.

Texture and Color are Important Elements of Design

Changing Texture and color can change the feeling of a painting or drawing. This drawing is done in a free app called sketchbook express which allows you to create mirror images and allows you to use a paint bucket to fill in shapes. The textures are added in a photo editing app called Snappseed. The easiest way to learn what an app can do is to play with it and experiment to see what happens. Saving your images to your photos allows you to import them between apps.

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