I took my iPad with me to the Asparagus festival last weekend, and did some sketching while enjoying a bluegrass concert in the church.
After getting the hang of it, ipad sketching is similar to using pencil and paper. I try my best to avoid using photos in my work, because i prefer to draw from life…not only does it help me improve my drawing skills, it also allows me to interpret the scene while trying to capture it.
One advantage of the ipad is that I couldn’t see the banjo player from my view, but once i realized he was there, i wanted to include him in the sketch. I simply made a little room, and sketched him in. My favorite app for sketching is Art Studio. It doesn’t have the best brushes, but it will let you make selections and move/scale them, which is a valuable feature during the sketching process
Once my sketch is done, I make some adjustments, and start to fill in the spaces with color
Then I put the drawing through a texture app – (i think this layer was scratchCam)
After texturing, I start working with the paint brushes in Procreate. In my experience, it is the most responsive, natural feeling brush app for the ipad.
I put my images through different apps, (Snapseed, distressedFX, grungeHD, etc) and then stack them in layers in ArtStudio, then draw/paint on top of the composite with Procreate.
Over time, with many layers, textures and brushwork, I will develop an image that is interesting to look at.
The finished artwork…created 100% with iPad
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