This post was supposed to happen yesterday, but it didn’t, due to my discovery that I needed to do a bit more organizing of the images. Also I just plain got distracted — is that happening to you a lot these days? It certainly is to me!
But here I am, and since, in my organizing, I found a couple more of these that I want to post, I’m going to make this two posts (which gives me something to do tomorrow — if I don’t get distracted again!).
I’ve been learning a new drawing app called Procreate. It’s made specifically for the iPad Pro coupled with the Apple Pencil (although I understand it will work on other models and the iPhone, but you have to use your fingers or a regular stylus). I got these spiffy tools a while back with just this in mind, but it’s taken me a while to get around to learning how to do it.
While Procreate is much more intuitive than, say, Photoshop, it does have a learning curve (what doesn’t?). I had been hearing wonderful things about this app, but wasn’t quite sure how to get started until I found this video by Lisa Bardot of Bardot Brushes. It’s pretty much the perfect introductory video for someone like me — simple explanations, demos that don’t go too fast, with attractive and accessible artwork examples. In short, simultaneously non-threatening for a beginner, friendly, and inspiring. I watched it three times — the first time with my eyes bugging out at what this program could do. Then I had to go try out some of the things I remembered. Then I watched it again, and tried out some more stuff, then again, stopping and starting and taking detailed notes.
It was plenty of info to get going on drawing some animals; I was trying to catch up on the Zooly Weekly Art Challenge prompts. You may notice that the style of these first ones was pretty simple. Part of that was a conscious effort inspired by the simple illustration style in the video; I wanted to see if I could restrain my instincts toward detail and just put in the essentials. Part of it was because I still only had a limited grasp of the tool, and was working within that.
That’s it for today! I have more Procreate animals to show, and will post that next (see what I did there? No promises for tomorrow — but I’ll try for it anyway!).