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.

What happens to all that rejected art?

hotdog illustration by bob ostrom

I’ve been in business a long time. For every project I create there are at least  three or more sketches that are rejected along the way.  It goes without saying that in that vast pile there are a few I feel shouldn’t be in there. I mean, I get it, it’s all part of the process but that doesn’t mean I have to like it .

The Bob Folder for Misfit Sketches

That’s where the  Bob Folder for Misfit Sketches comes in. Not every rejected sketch makes it to the Bob Folder for Misfit Sketches just the ones that really broke my heart. Every once and a while I reach in there, grab one and work it up.

A Hotdog Logo Misfit

This is one of those ideas. It was from a project I worked on many years ago. The client wanted a hotdog character for a logo project but had no real direction in mind. He told me to just go nuts. I knew this idea was a stretch but sometimes crazy ideas spark other ideas so I submitted it along with the others. Even though this one was rejected it did spark some interesting conversations… so I guess you could say it did it’s job.

This art was created on the iPad pro using the Procreate app.