iPad and Procreate

For those of you that follow me on social media, you should know by now that I recently got myself and iPad Pro. I did have a big, clunky Ugee tablet, it just didn’t work for me how I wanted it to. After speaking to a couple of my artist friends, I decided to invest in an iPad Pro. There are a few reasons the Ugee didn’t work for me. Firstly, it took up too much space on my desk. Secondly, I could ONLY use it at my desk. In my house I can’t always be at my desk just because other people need the space as well, so this limited time I could be drawing.

‘‘Why not use paper?’ I hear you yell. I just don’t like it. I’ve always preferred digital. The iPad means I can carry it around, draw whenever I want, and even use it for other things. I’m writing this blog on it right now.

now the 2nd gen Pro’s with the Apple Pencil rack up about 800 beans. I paid 319 for mine. How? It’s second hand. And from CEX so I traded in a bunch of stuff to go towards it as well. My old Ugee tablet, some old DS games, and a whole mess of DVDs I don’t watch anymore. Managed to save myself some money.

I would not however recommend using CEX online. They are terrible. Go in store if you’ve got something to trade. It took nearly a month for them to sort out my payment and things.

Anyway. Back to the iPad. The pencil is stupid expensive. Even second hand it cost 70 quid. But it is annoyingly good. It’s got a good weight to it. And the rubber tip gives just enough friction it really feels like you’re drawing. Really impressed with it. Only downside I can come up with is that there’s no way to see how much charge the pencil has until it dies. So that’s rubbish. But apart from that all good!

Procreate is also good. It’s 9.99 from the App Store. I haven’t done a lot with it yet, just a doodle and a sketch or two, but it’s fairly intuitive and nice to work with. When I have some time I fully intend so sit and watch some tutorials and download some extra brushes.

I drew this:

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Created in Procreate on IPad Pro

This was just a warm up using the basic pencil setting. I reckon without too much scrutiny you get away with this being ‘traditional’ art. It also automatically records time lapses, which is amazing, and really useful since I’m doing my degree in illustration and submit most things digitally. I’m sure seeing my work being done will earn me some extra brownie points!

All in all I’m pretty impressed with it. And I’m even more impressed with myself for getting it all without giving apple too much money. They don’t anymore. I’m a starving artist, not them!

Does anyone else use this set up for artwork? If so what are your thoughts on it? Are there any other apps I should be looking at to complement Procreate? Leave me a comment!

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Re-learning Photoshop

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out of my way to do anything illustrat-y and decided I would make a start before my course transfer is completed and I receive my new course materials.

First things first – Tablet

I’ve always preferred digital illustration to more ‘traditional’ mediums. With this in mind, way back in May I bought myself a new Tablet Monitor. The dream would be to own a Wacom, but that’s way to expensive while I’m studying so I settled for a Ugee 1910B. It took a little fiddling, and some help from my IT guy friend, but its up and running now. I just need a DVI lead as its running through a VGA at the moment so the resolution isn’t as good as it should be.

Photoshop

I used to be pretty good at Photoshop, but again its been years. I used to be able to create things like this:

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But I’ve since lost all my skills and shortcuts, so it’s basically back to square one. I essentially watched loads of video’s on YouTube and made loads of notes.

Here are a couple that I found really helpful:

I’m probably going to add to this list as I find more useful videos and tutorials so I have a useful list of references.

So using this new info I set out with a quick doodle:

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I really wasn’t happy with the finished doodle. The perspective is off somehow? I think it’s just where I need to get used to drawing directly on to a tablet screen. I used to use an old Wacom Bamboo tablet, which had no display, so it just translated on to your monitor as you drew. This is a learning curve for me though so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Just need more practice.

-AFA