Fantasy

Importing Images Into Procreate

I’m old school when it comes to drawing. I still enjoy using a pencil and paper, but I love to apply color digitally. I’ve been posting 30 second videos on Instagram lately of some quick color sketchbook stuff I’ve been doing with the Procreate App and I keep getting asked the same question… how do you get your sketchbook pages into Procreate?

I’m using a scanner to get the sketchbook pages into my computer, formatting them a little bit in Photoshop and (I’m all Apple products) airdropping them onto my iPad Pro. There are a lot of ways to get your scanned files onto your iPad (Dropbox, Email, Cloud drives, etc.)… but the easiest way to get a sketchbook page loaded onto your iPad is to just take a picture of it with the camera thats on your iPad. Click, boom, done!

Now you just need to open Procreate, create and open a new canvas, open the actions menu (the little wrench) go to ADD and then INSERT A PHOTO and your sketchbook page will be in your photos. When it imports into Procreate you will have the option to resize it and then you can grab a digital brush and start slinging paint!

Elder Scrolls Online

I play a game called Elder Scrolls Online where I occasionally have to save the world from infestations of dragons, monsters and various other unsavory creatures. One of the things I like best about the game is it allows you to construct your very own custom characters. As I illustrated this picture of a fellow I designed, I discovered there seems to be a disconnect between the character I see on my Xbox and the character I see in my head. He’s an orc named WeaselHammer, he’s a tank and that’s his ferocious war chicken Frank who stands faithfully at his side, ready for action.

Painting Ms. Dorothy

I was working on a “LIZARD OF OZ” job and whenever there is high concept involved I have to do a LOT of fast, throwaway sketches to figure things out. Most of these quick ideas never see the light of day… but there was something about that little gecko in the ruby red slippers. Sadly, she did not make the final cut for the illustration, but she kept looking at me with those great big lizard eyes and I just could not toss her into the trash can with everyone else… so I gave her a coat of paint and deposited her right outside of Emerald City.

I recorded my digital painting process and you can see it in the video below.

Thanks again to my youngest son for letting me use his original music for this video… even though he was not aware that he was letting me use his original music for this video. And if you would be ever so kind Pete, could you please send me some more of your original music so I can use it without your permission in future videos?

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Silver Weasel Warrior 2.0

Back in 2011, my very first post on this blog was my take on Frank Frazetta’s Silver Warrior illustration. A fellow emailed me yesterday and asked if I would make this available for purchase in my ImageKind Shop, so I loaded it up for him. As a public service TO YOU, my dearest of friends and NOT self-serving to me in ANY way, shape or form… I wanted you all to know it’s there, too.

Click here to take a look.

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