... spending my summers living and traveling throughout Kashmir from early June till fall, I slowly began to work on my painting and drawing skills. I wanted to try and paint what I was experiencing. Those wonderful sights in Kashmir helped fuel my inspirations and artistic efforts up to this very day.
And it was David's comprehensive effort to create a focused artistic study of India's rich diversity of birds that then forced him to completely upgrade the entire skill set of his working method... both in the field traveling all over India, as well as back in his home studio.
David trains artists in Fast Sketching skills using both traditional artist mediums as well as using a stylus and the cool "Paper by 53" app on an Apple iPad in digital medium.
David has pushed the boundaries of this new digital medium.
Field iPad Sketches on My. Hood, Oregon
iPad Sketch of a Macaw in a pet shop
Ongoing studies of Snow Leopards
One of 380 Bird Sketches & Studies David did during 2013.
Male Peacock study, Apple iPad using the "Paper by 53" app
Today... David Rankin uses an amazing variety of imaging skills to develop his paintings and ideas... both in the field directly from Nature as well as back in his home studio.
Tradition pencil sketches with watercolor... design & values studies drawn using the Paper by 53 app and a stylus on an Apple iPad... traditional small watercolors... and Gray Studies using only Paynes Gray watercolor... all of these methods yield David's distinct results.