In my newsletter on Monday, I announced that I'd be participating in the 100 day project this year and that I planned to use that as a challenge to learn how to use my new ipad pro + apple pencil. Then I asked for help! The year of creative habits community came through for me...so I'd thought I'd share some of their tips and suggestions in case it helps you too!
First, most everyone agrees on the app Procreate. The biggest reasons are you get SO many layers (I don't know how many, I've not hit the limit) and you can work in really high resolutions. Cool, so I downloaded the Procreate app.
Another suggestion I heard from multiple people is to draw on paper first or use an old drawing. Take a photo and then import that photo into Procreate (or whatever app.) Then you can trace your drawing. It's a good way to learn to draw on the iPad. And a lot of peole said they just think better on paper and then the use the app for details, color, textures, etc.
Procreate is awesome! It's very intuitive. But the brushes (pens, pencils, etc.) didn't feel right to me. I kept using other apps because they "felt" better. It's hard to explain but it was the way it made marks and that the marks didn't look at all like marks I usually make.
My friend Alicia came to the rescue with these brush suggestions:
The last option is free! I started with those and the brushes are fantastic! Now that I understand what a big difference this makes, I'm more willing pay for brushes. I think I just need some more practice to know what kind of brushes I want to buy.
Alicia gave me a couple other helpful tips:
- You can do your collages using some of the apps you love + procreate. (Duh! My digital collage course has a whole lesson about combining apps! I have no idea why I didn't think of that, face palm!)
- On procreate, double tap means undo. Alicia says "I use it so much that I even double tap my sketchbook sometimes when I'm actually drawing." (Undo is my favorite.)
My friend Brittany showed me a couple cool things to do:
- Go into your iPad settings and scroll down and find Procreate. One of the options is "Palm Support Leve.l" When you turn this on, you can rest your hand on the iPad without it messing up your work.
- If you draw a mostly straight line and hold down on it, it will automatically straighten. And you get these little dots on the ends that you can use to lengthen or shorten the line.
Anika sent me these links:
- the Procreate app user guide.
- Stayf Draws is a Dutch illustrator who has youtube videos, mostly using the procreate app. Here's his video version of the procreate manual.
- Teela Cunningham has some youtube videos on iPad lettering.
- a cool technique from Amy Tangerine, how to paint on the layer behind your lettering.
- Sarah from Rad and Happy also has youtube videos and sells custom procreate app brushes.
The best way for me to learn is through doing and there's no better way than to force myself to try a 100 day challenge. So here we go! [I even used Procreate to make my book report graphic that I usually make in Photoshop!]