Mrs. Mermaid and the new phone.

mermaid illustration by bob ostrom

Mrs. Mermaid was so happy with her new phone. She loved the pretty color because it complimented her new look. All the other phones had failed miserably. Having a cell phone underwater was a big challenge but this time it was going to be different. She had a brand new protective case and she was sure it would work.

Fish wasn’t so sure. She had seen what happens to phones underwater and didn’t trust this case anymore than she did the others. What made this case so special? She knew sooner or later it would fail and they would be on their way back to the phone store. Fish hated riding buses and she was having no part of it.

This image was created using the Procreate app on an iPad-pro. 

Stories from Donutville

donut illustration done in procreate app by bob ostrom

Donut Boy smiled and looked up at the bright blue summer sky. The world was filled with possibility. Neither spoke for fear of breaking the magical spell, they simply took in the moment as the ancient city transport shuttle lurched and sputtered its way up the steep gravel road. The young driver searched in vain for a gear that would ease the strain but the hissing rattling engine refused to yield. The transmission complained loudly as the shuttle belched thick black diesel exhaust into the quiet morning air.

Donut boy was the first to break the silence. “I liked yummy things”, he gleaned. Travel Mug looked away slowly shaking his aching head, a dull throbbing pain just behind his left eye caused him to blink awkwardly. A swell day…a swell day indeed

Something Cool for Artists Who are iPad Users

childrens book mouse illustration by bob ostrom

I posted a link to this on Facebook last week but for those of you who don’t follow me there or might have missed it here it is again. You can now pick up the Procreate Artist’s Handbook on iBooks for free. I downloaded my copy last night and have not officially cracked the spine on it yet but you can be sure I’ll be going through it as soon as I have some time. If you’re an iPad user and you haven’t tried the Procreate app yet I highly recommend you give it a try. It’s one of the best out there.

Other Apps

I’ve worked my way through a lot of artists app on iPad but for the most part remain unimpressed. Last week however I picked up a copy of something I think holds a lot of promise.  I talking about Clip Studio Paint for iPad and will be taking a deeper look in weeks to come. So far I’ve only dipped my toe in but it looks like a great option. Unfortunately though it’s a subscription ($8.99 per month at the time of this post) so I’m not sure how I feel about that. Subscriptions seem to be the wave of the future which is great for the developer but not so much for users. The rates on most seem pretty reasonable until you start doing the math then suddenly you realize all those little payments quickly add up. I should mention there is a 6 month free trial period on this app if you pick it up before December 20th 2017 which I think is a smart move on the part of the developer. That should give artists like me just enough time to get hooked before the rates kick in.

I’ll post updates as I learn more but for now the art you see in today’s was done 100% digitally on the iPad Pro using only the Procreate app. Until next week happy drawing.