Download INKPAD by TAPTRIX INC ($4.99).
Inkpad is a Vector Art app. Vector art is used for many things like cartoons and fonts and logos. Inkpad is the best vector art app on the App Store.
Open Inkpad and tap the PLUS at the top right
Choose a SIZE for your page. I choose landscape.
Now to import a picture of some pretty flowers. Tap the IMAGE icon at the top right of the screen (looks like mountains and a sun) and import your image.
It comes in.
Tap the RESIZE icon (highlighted in blue on the left) and tap and drag over the image to resize it.
Tap the LAYERS icon on the bottom right. Next to the image there is a PADLOCK. Tap it to lock the image so we will not accidentally mess with it.
Create a NEW LAYER by tapping the white PLUS. Every new part we make we will put on a new layer so we don't mess up the other parts.
Using the PEN tool (highlighted in blue on the left) tap points around the petals to get a rough shape of the petal. Use as few points as possible.
With the shape selected use the EYE DROP tool (highlighted in blue on the left) and tap and drag over the image to sample a color from the image itself.
To make those sharp edges smooth curves just double tap each one. You will see two handles sprout from the point. These are used to adjust the shape of the curve.
You can also use a GRADIENT to get a gradual change from one color to another. Make sure the shape is selected when you do it.
See how the color gradates? The long line going across the shape with the white points on end are used to control the DIRECTION of the gradient.
I moved them to make it go from the top to the bottom of the shape.
With the shape selected (selection tool highlighted in blue) Go to EDIT at the bottom left and choose DUPLICATE IN PLACE.
This creates a duplicate in the same location as the shape. Choose the ROTATE tool (highlighted in blue). A cursor pops up. This is the PIVOT. Place it in the center of the flower and drag.
This rotates the duplicate around the pivot.
Select that duplicate and DUPLICATE IN PLACE again. Then rotate around the pivot again. Do this until all petals are finished.
This is how mine looks.
To give a STROKE (edge) to the petals choose the STROKE icon (box with a border at the bottom right of the screen) make it thin and make it a little transparent. I made it 37%
It should look something like this.
Create a NEW LAYER.
We are going to make those little blue specks. Use the EYE DROP tool again to grab a bit of that blue color.
I used the PAINT BRUSH tool to hack out some speck-like shapes.
I also did some gold ones. And I put each one on it's own layer.
Select each layer (not the photo layer) and duplicate it with the DUPLICATE LAYER icon (looks like two squares with a plus in the front one).
Duplicate each layer.
Unlock the duplicated layers and lock the original layers.
Now use the selection tool to select everything. It will only select from the unlocked layers.
Go to the ARRANGE button and tap GROUP. This groups everything we selected into one shape.
It also puts it all into the same layer. You can delete the blank layers by selecting them and tapping the trash can.
Now we can move the shape as one piece.
We can duplicate it and scale it down and move it around. I used the paint brush tool to throw in some little petal shapes I saw in the image.
Did some basic grass shapes using the paintbrush tool.
Did some light colored grass
I used the SHAPE tool to drag out a rectangle for the background. I put it on its own layer and drug the layer to the bottom of the other layers so that it will be underneath them.
I changed the color of the background a bit. It was too dark.
I made a few more duplicates.
Now save it to your Camera roll by tapping on that Arrow at the top right of the screen and choosing ADD TO PHOTO ALBUM.
Now all you have to do is add an effect to it using your favorite photo filter app. This is Snapseed (free)
Cool thing about using layers is that you can change part of the illustration easily without affecting the rest. Good way to change the look a bit.
You can do birds also. I used the paintbrush to scribble out these shapes. It doesn't take long. Just put each section of feathers on a different layer and layer them over a solid shape for the bird.