Here’s my day two post dump. A random character from one of my sketchbook pages that I rendered out on an iPad with Procreate.
My social media is totally out of control. I’ve got some things posted here, I’ve got other things posted there, I’ve got some internet sites with absolutely nothing on them… probably not the best game plan for your “internet presence” so I’m going to do a post dump on this site and try to get things more centralized to this location. For the next few days I’ll be posting random stuff here that you may have already seen somewhere else on the internet and this is the first one… a quick sketchbook doodle colored on an iPad using the Procreate app.
Since I’m currently trapped inside my house because of the weather, I thought I would experiment with making a blog post using my iPad instead of my computer, so here we go…
I’ve recently been doing a lot of painting on my iPad using the Procreate app and Apple Pencil. I’ve used the Procreate app since it first came out and love the way it records video of your work in process. I’ve been posting these little 30 second videos on my Instagram page, so you can see them there if you’re interested.
My Procreate pictures are mainly just quick little sketchbook ideas, so sometimes I throw a random piece of scenery into the background (as I did on this one) and paint my characters right over the top of it.
For those of you curious about the process I go through in creating digital art, I’ve boiled it down into a two minute video showing the six basic steps I go through on most jobs.
I posted the video on YouTube and you will most definitely get into trouble there if you use music on your video without having permission from the artist to do so… but I was in a really big hurry to slap this blog post out and get back to real work, so I decided NOT to go through all the legal mumbo-jumbo to acquire song rights. I threw caution to the wind, found a song in my iTunes library and plugged it into my video. It just so happens that the song was created by my youngest son, Pete, in his basement recording studio.
I hope he doesn’t find out because I’d hate to have to get all lawyered up because of this.
Back in May I did character design and concept work for another Clarks Pest Control commercial. This time a giant cockroach invades the city and he’s way too much for the army to handle… better call Clark! I love the way Clayt Ratzlaff breathes life into my little two dimensional pictures.
…so I’m guessing the humidity OUTSIDE on Sunday afternoon was somewhere in the 600 bazillion percent range… so I made the smart decision and stayed INSIDE in the air conditioning and colored up this quick little picture on my iPad using the ProCreate app.
Once a year I seem to go on a rant about the iPad and how I wish it were a better device for mobile digital painting. All I’m wanting to do is collapse into a chair in my living room in front of a football game on tv, press a button and instantly be able to digitally paint during the commercials… is that too much to ask?
I do my professional studio work on a Wacom Cintiq hooked up to an iMac with Adobe Photoshop and I’m a huge fan of all these products. I have a smaller 12 inch Cintiq (which is great) to work with on the road, but it has to be powered by a laptop computer, has six kazillion cords to hook it up with and you have to be next to an electrical socket to make it all work… not exactly the spontaneous mobile painting experience I’m looking for in a portable device…
…so I keep trying to make the iPad fill this need, and while Apple’s not doing a whole lot to help me out with this (other than to provide the most fabulous, ground breaking, magical device ever) outside developers are quickly filling the digital painting void. I’m currently using a Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2. It has a finer point than a typical stylus, links to the iPad via wifi and delivers faux pressure sensitivity. The product I cannot say enough about is a painting app called ProCreate. It honestly has almost every Photoshop tool I typically use to paint with plus a few… like saving video of your work process.
This was my latest experiment to see how well an iPad could work as a mobile digital painting studio.
First of all, a traditional sketchbook, mechanical pencil, iPad and Wacom stylus are all extremely portable. I still prefer to draw with a pencil and paper, so I snapped a photo of a drawing in my sketchbook using the camera on the iPad and imported it into the ProCreate app. Because I am just wanting to have fun (and don’t want to paint a background) I fire up the iPad internet browser, find an image and import it into ProCreate to paint on top of. You can see my painting process in the short video (exported out of ProCreate) below.
My conclusion: I was able to plop down in a chair, fire up my iPad instantly with the press of a button, snap a photo, surf the web, paint a picture, export video of it and when all was said and done, the most important part of the whole thing was …it was really fun.