This is the first sketch that I finished… the rest were experiments or abandoned sketches as I was just not happy with the results I was getting. My goal was not just to learn the app but at the same time to be translating how I naturally work with ink and wash into the digital format. I think it probably took me about 5-6 hours of playing and testing before this one came out with ‘the flow’ that is all important to me when I sketch.
A few general comments:
- My major difficulty is speed! I naturally draw my lines with a rapid pace and this was just too fast for my 3 year old ipad! My strokes were not registering at all!
- I am still finding it hard to control where the line is – this could be related to point 1!
- I was looking for tools that would give me expressive marks and shapes and discovered that adjusting the opacity was the best way to get overlaps and more interesting techniques.
- I was initially thinking of doing an ink and wash approach (ie. black lines and then quick colour) but I wasn’t happy with the clinical look of the lines, so in the end decided that no black outlines was easier.
- I was also intending on only having two layers, one for lines and one for colour but I then realised that a few more layers and adjusting opacity was much more powerful and quicker as I was able to apply colour looser on the lower layers.
- Super inspired by the work of Rob Sketcherman (who kindly gave me a few starting tips) and have been enjoying watching Gabi Campanario doing more and more with his ipad as well.
- App: Procreate app
- Stylus: Adonit Jot Touch
- Only two tools – flat marker for lines, and nikko roll for colour shapes. Oh! I love that Nikko Roll brush!
Yes! ipad sketching is a LOT of fun, its great strength is not having to get all your gear out (just a device and stylus) and the zero drying time. I found adjusting my tool, colour, size, opacity really easy – the pressure-sensitive stylus was great in this regard.
But I just missed the uncontrollable nature of watercolour! This little tangent of digital sketching has made me realise how much I rely on watercolour for doing half of the work for me!
So… have you tried sketching with your ipad (or other tablet)? What did you like about it?