!!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.
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:
Can get interesting effects with the canvas variants. Mainly focuses on edge effects.
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?
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.
Can get nice Japanese watercolour effects with vector gradients for beautiful anime type effects. But not watercolour as such.
!!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
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’.
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
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 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.
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.
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.