Procreate is probably the most used painting app – developed in 2013.
Its key features include:
- fully customisable brushes with pressure and tilt sensitivity, including possibility to completely create one’s own brushes.
- good selection tools
- alpha-lock and fill features
- effects and blend modes
- perspective grid and perspective assist
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.
Ilya Tyljakov really beautiful atmospheric landscapes and concept art, using his specially modified brushes.
It is possible to create really beautiful watercolour and painting effects using modified brushes. Below are what I found to be the most atmospheric and innovative.
Realistic painting tends to use the round brush and/or airbrush, building things up slowly with transparency to create very photorealistic effects.
Below: The subject matter is pretty cliche. But interesting use of underlying tonal drawing, then overlaying colour with blend modes.
Drawing and inking
Architectural illustration from a photo
Manga and cartooning
These all tend to use a similar soft fantasy style
Stefan de Groot Dutch illustrator produces a lot of good tutorials, particularly on basic illustration and realistic painting, though I do not find his work as atmospheric and innovative.
James Julier realistic pencil sketches, fantasy art and landscape
Danny Glasgow landscape and fantasy
Austin Bachelor colours over line art.