Procreate, Apple Pencil, and finger…lots of finger.
I’m still getting the hang of the Apple Pencil, especially in the iPad (Pro) drawing app, Procreate. At this point my biggest complaint is that the Apple Pencil is very reluctant, were I to anthropomorphize it, to “pick colors,” that process of touching down on existing colors to select a given color. There are other wrinkles that I’m hoping I can iron out as well. So it’s hit and miss here and there…practice, learning, identity change.
Incidentally, the Jura Impressa C65? Yes, that’s the way to go. Nuff said.
Special thanks to Seth Watkins at Pinhook Farms in Clarinda, IA for the coffee mug.
When you move a lot, you get used all the same and some new things being rearranged here and there, as I’ve tried to report on elsewhere. Light switches, pots and pans, basket for car keys, etc.. Used to be here somewhere, now they’re over there somewhere. Well that’s what’s going on with the introduction of the Apple Pencil. Some things work just the same way, some things work differently, some things work better, some things don’t seem to work, some things take 3 or 4 clicks before they start working. Sometimes you have to jiggle the handle to stop the toilet from filling. But let’s face it, $99.00 helps to coax out the motivation.
I went downtown for a beer and some digital drawing time. I drew and sipped, sipped and drew, learned a little, and cranked this out using a photo reference in a side by side manner:
Here’s a snapshot of yesterday’s digital art class focusing on 2 new brushes, new since we upgraded from the free version to the pro version of Sketches. We spent quite a bit of time on the mechanics of increasing and decreasing both the size and opacity of these two new brushes.
As an illustration, I had prepared this painting the night before using only Sketches’ paintbrush and watercolor brush:
This was a lot to take on, but the folks in the class hung in there and ultimately produced some promising works.
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These drawing apps are complicated; sometimes in their potential simplicity, sometimes in their actual complexity. I’m working on a lesson for my next class focusing on ONLY two of the many Sketches tools, the mechanical pencil and the airbrush. This is currently the only app we’re working with.
We’ll do some warm-ups and then practice settings in size and opacity for each, then play around with some simple figures, e.g., cube, sphere, cone, etc. along with some strokes, movements, and feels. Then we’ll attempt the eye again using only these two tools.