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.

Penguins Procreate (It’s not what it sounds like).

What’s Procreate?

I’ll bet you were thinking you were going to see something different in this post. Sorry nature lovers this one is for all my artist friends out there using the iPad. This penguin art was created using the Procreate app for iPad. If you own an iPad and haven’t worked with Procreate yet, what are you waiting for? Procreate is an excellent drawing app available to iPad users especially those who are using Apple’s pencil. I’ve really been enjoying this one. It’s got a nifty little feature built right in that creates a movie of your drawing. The best part is the recording turns on and off without interruption while you work. Exit the program the recording stops. Open the program start working on your illustration and the program records again. Once you’re done just click the output button and save your movie. From there you can share it with any number of apps or post it to DropBox like I did and share it on your blog!

Other recommendations?

I’ve been experimenting with a lot of drawing apps lately and so far this is the best one I’ve found. I have lots more to try though so stay tuned and I’ll do my best to update you as I work my way through them. In the meantime please enjoy this illustration of an escaped penguin in the fish section of a nearby grocery store.

Testing for Unicorns

This is just a little test to see how easy it is to upload a movie from the iPad. If you’re curious this art was produced on the iPad Pro using the Procreate app. So far I’ve found it to be an excellent program and I highly recommend it for sketching. In this video you’ll see it’s not to bad for color either. I have yet to try it for a professional job with anything other than sketching but this should give you a little look at what it’s like to work with the program for both sketching and color.

My goal with this post was to see how posting a movie straight to the blog would work out. Overall it was pretty simple but with an 8.8mg .M4v file I feel like the load speed is going to be a little clunky. I think the better option might be to upload the movie to either Youtube or my Vimeo account and post a link, that way three things will happen. First, my blog doesn’t get heavy with bloated files. Second, with Youtube especially, I get better SEO and lastly no waiting around for the video to load up. I’ll do a quick follow to this post when I have a little more info on the performance. Until then I hope you enjoy the video.