Procreate


Procreate is probably the most used painting app – developed in 2013, with significant upgrade as Procreate 4 for iOS11 in late 2017.

It is the programme I have used most throughout this course. Its key features include:

  • fully customisable brushes with pressure and tilt sensitivity, including possibility to completely create one’s own brushes. Procreate 4 has added blend modes to the brushes
  • good selection and masking tools
  • alpha-lock and fill features
  • effects and blend modes to enable rapid experimentation with different colours and versions of an image
  • perspective grid and perspective assist – though I find this a bit difficult to use

It is not though so easy and intuitive to use for basic sketching as the colour palette is not as accessible

Issues for my style

  • Colour palette is slow to access for sketching unless working from an already existing image
  • Some of the brushes eg ink brushes need quite a lot of customisation to produce interesting lines like those of Sketches or Sketchbook.
  • There are so many brush options it takes quite some time to get used to how they work enough to work quickly.
  • There are lots of hidden tips and tricks rthat take a long time to discover – need to study a lot of videos on You Tube to find these out.

Stefan de Groot

Dutch illustrator who works a lot in Procreate.

Children’s story book produced in Procreate, then developed into e-book and animation.

He has produced a lot of very useful tutorials on using Procreate. Though his style is not very innovative I find.

Enhancing existing artwork and working over photos

Recommends taking RAW photo, not scanning to get better colour and texture for watercolour.

Do colouring in multiply and highlights in overlay mode

Gouache

Clouds

Painting

Comics

Pastel

Oil

Shapes

 

Procreate Manual

Ilya Tyljakov

Russian concept artist who does a lot of his work in Procreate.

Digital landscapes

His Brushes

interesting how he uses his fingers. To get variation here need to set velocity settings.

Digital watercolour

!!To do a thorough review in autumn when Aps have been upgraded for iOS 11. Digital watercolour is a key feature for upgrade with faster processing speeds.

Currently my attempts are pretty crude. These will be explored for Assignment 4 on Aldeburgh.

Currently digital watercolour depends on transparency effects, edge effects, and deletion with water brushes to vary transparency.

Procreate

Good at very detailed drawings that build up gradually in textured layers using a combination of water brush shapes (including drips) and water eraser. Use alpha lock for edge effects. Has the most control over brush shape. Bleeds have to be simulated through smudge or eraser tool and edge effects. Due for significant upgrade in the autumn.

For the most beautiful effects I have found:

Basic effects:

ArtRage
Can get interesting effects with the canvas variants. Mainly focuses on edge effects.

Adobe Sketch
Watercolour brush is the only brush I would really use from the built-in toolset. It has really nice bleed effects that are fascinating to watch. Good for atmospheric abstract effects. But difficult to get real subtlety. Upgrade due?

Auryn Ink
Dedicated watercolour for more complex combined techniques. Has 3 layers that dry at different rates that can be controlled. But quite slow at higher resolution.

Tayasui Sketch
Can get nice Japanese watercolour effects with vector gradients for beautiful anime type effects. But not watercolour as such.

SketchClub

For sketching and painting with some very distinctive styles. What I like best are:

  • Sketch brushes: these are great for shading
  • Pixel brush: can produce beautiful mosaics
  • Vector brush with gradient: for delicate Japanese watercolour effects
  • Zen-like pens: for very expressive drawings and calligraphy.

SketchClub community website is rather uninspiring but accessible from within the App for easy upload: https://app.sketchclub.com

Facebook page is much more inspiring but still does not really do the App justice: https://www.facebook.com/SketchClubApp/

Features

Canvas: Customisable sizes and resolution to very high quality.
Templates for comics etc.

Layers: Up to 64 with blend modes and filters. Mirror and reflect features.

Brushes: Cusomisable: Art, Blur, Erase, Fill, Pen, Procedural,Selection, Sketchy and smooth, Smudge, TextArt, Vector Brush. Vector shapes.

Type: Type Art only

Colour: Central and easy access customisable palette, colour picker.
Colour Adjustments

Book/Gallery: Gallery with folders

Video: yes

Output: JPG, PNG, PSD, Animated GIF,Folders and comic templates, large file sizes possible.

Art examples

SketchClub is incredibly versatile, but with a distinctive look.

Using one of the paper options and the sketching tool.

Smooth sketch tool.

Sketching

Realistic painting

Animated illustration

Vector Tool

Tutorials

Tips and updates

Basic tutorials

SketchBook Pro


!!I have used this quite a lot, but not yet sorted all my the images out.I find it best for sketching and portraits.

SketchBook (Autodesk) is one of the earliest iPad Aps, but has been kept up to date. From available images on he web it is obvious it can produce very professional illustrations. It combines raster and vector features with:

  •  a wide range of digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes and ability to pin toolbars to the screen for easy access.
  • text in all installed fonts that can be manipulated and distorted.
  • basic rectangles, circles and vector line with variety of mirror functions
  • image import and video export.

You Tube Tutorials

Better for comic inking

Inspire

To be explored more for the natural oil painting. But from a brief trial I am not sure this is anything special compared to procreate or ArtRage. But it has been recently upgraded.

Inspire Pro is for natural art painting from Canada-based SnowCanoe’.

Features

The best here I think are the oil painting and the very quick User Interface for this type of painting. The charcoal and other brushes were not as good as Procreate.

Canvas: High quality. Sizes and resolution customisable. Up to 8192 pixels and file size 33.6 mp.

Stylus: Apple pencil, sensui or fingers.

Layers: No. Builds up like a painting on canvas.

Brushes:  60 high-quality customisable brushes, divided into six sets: oil paint, airbrushes, basic shapes, graphite pencils, wax crayons and markers. dual textured brushes. These can all be used as a wet or dry brush (blender) or eraser. Paintload can be adjusted, bristle patterns rotated and subtle blur added. Opacity/pressure and size tools are easy to access.

Colour: Easy big colour wheel. Can pick colours from canvas

Video: Yes. 30fps

Gallery of paintings. No folders.

Art Examples

Both Photorealistic and dreamy Fantasy.

Tutorials and reviews

Paper 53

Paper 53 is good for quick sketches for a selection of virtual journals, with pages to thumb through for easy viewing. It has a very limited number of fixed setting brushes: watercolour brush, calligraphy pen, pencil, marker, ballpoint pen, eraser, paint roller, scissors, and a ruler. But these are enough to do interesting sketches with a distinctive style. It has a really useful and accessible mixer palette to enable the focus to be on colour gradation rather than getting too bound up with brush styles.

You can  import or take pictures, and mark them up with text or drawings. Upload to FiftyThree’s creative community Mix.

The recent version has diagramming and note-taking tools in addition to the standard creative tool suite it has always had.

MediBang Paint

I have not explored this much yet, but was potentional software for ‘Girl Meets Boy’.

For more info, click here.
https://medibangpaint.com/
Updates and news are also posted on Twitter and Facebook.
https://twitter.com/MediBangPaint
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MediBang-Paint/450942718399062

MediBang Paint is a FREE lightweight digital painting and comic creation program. It has:

  • numerous brushes: Airbrush, Pencil, Watercolor, G Pen, Mapping Pen, Sumi, Flat Brush, Round Brush, Acrylic, School Pen, Turnip Pen, Drawing Pen, and Soft Pastel to Multi Brushes like the Salad Brush. Force Fade in and Out makes your lines sharp even if you’re drawing with your fingers. Has snap guides and pen correction tools.
  • comic creation tools: Just dragging across the canvas can divide a panel into more panels. You can transform or add colour to panels after you create them.
  • cloud fonts
  • layers including ability to import and draw on top of a photo
  • pre-made backgrounds, screentones, textures and word balloons.

As well as iPad, it is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Android. Registering on MediBang’s site for free gives users access to cloud storage so they can easily manage, backup and share their work.

You Tube Tutorials

Zen Brush

traditional Japanese calligraphy brushes. Gallery feature that enables you to save your work in progress, as well as an ink dispersion effect to give your drawings an added feeling of depth.  Uses black and red ink.