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.

example of procreate narrative painting

 

Digital landscapes

 

His Brushes

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

Digital watercolour

Procreate

Good at very detailed drawings that build up gradually in textured layers. Use alpha lock for edge effects. Has the most control over brush shape. Bleeds have to be simulated through smudge tool and edge effects.

Adobe Sketch
Watercolour brush is the only one I would really use from the built-in toolset. Others can be imported from Photoshop CC. Has really nice bleed effects. Only flat and round brushes. Good for atmospheric effects. But difficult to get real subtlety.

Auryn Ink
Dedicated watercolour for more complex combined techniques.

TayasuibSketch
Can get nice Japanese watercolour effects with vector gradients.

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/

My SketchClub Art

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

Inspire

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.

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

quick sketches for a selection of virtual journals, with pages to thumb through for easy viewing. Has diagramming and note-taking tools in addition to the standard creative tool suite it’s always had. Tools are a watercolor brush, calligraphy pen, pencil, marker, ballpoint pen, eraser, paint roller, scissors, and a ruler. You can  import or take pictures, and mark them up with text or drawings. Upload to FiftyThree’s creative community Mix.

MediBang Paint

MediBang Paint is a FREE lightweight digital painting and comic creation program that comes loaded with brushes, fonts, pre-made backgrounds, and other resources. MediBang Paint is available on Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. The app uses cloud saving allowing users to easily transfer their work between platforms.

The Android version allows illustrators to draw anywhere they want, while retaining all of the features of the desktop versions of the software.

MediBang Paint includes many different creative tools for illustrators and comic book artists. Some of these include, numerous brushes, screentones and backgrounds, cloud fonts and comic creation tools. Finally registering on MediBang’s site for free gives users access to cloud storage so they can easily manage, backup and share their work.

☆ Paint or make comics anywhere on your smartphone!
・This app comes with almost as many features as a desktop painting program.
・Its interface is made specifically for smartphones so users can easily paint, change brush sizes, or colors with no problems.
・Color can be intuitively changed in HSV mode.

☆Painting Tools
・Use over 100 free brushes* to draw a variety of colorful spectacles.
*A great selection available from 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.

☆ Access tons of Resources for free
・Users get access to 850 tones, textures, backgrounds and word balloons for free.
・There are premade backgrounds that include city scenes and vehicles to cut down on user’s workloads.
・Tones, textures and backgrounds can be dragged and dropped into a picture. They can also be rotated, scaled or transformed freely.

☆ Free comic book fonts to give your comics a professional look.
・Depending on what fonts you use, the atmosphere of your comic can change enormously.
・Having the right fonts for the right scenes and characters is very important.

☆Create comic panels easily
・Just dragging across the canvas can divide a panel into more panels.
・You can transform or add color to panels after you create them.

☆Stress free drawing
・MediBang Paint’s interface is extremely simple and user friendly.
・New users can easily pick up the programs, and begin making comics or illustrating.
・Users can customize shortcuts making production even easier.

☆Draw efficiently
・Snap guides make drawing in perspective easy.
・Pen correction helps make the lines you draw smooth.

☆Easily edit your work.
・With layers you can draw different things on different layers.
・Draw a character’s hair hairstyle on one layer and you can change it without having to redraw the entire head.

☆Using a photo to draw a picture.
・You can take photos and place them in their own layer. Then create a new layer on top of it to trace over them. This is particularly useful for drawing backgrounds.

☆Adding dialog with speech to text
・You can add dialog to your comics with your voice to text feature.
・Of course you can still use the keyboard if you want for longer dialogs.

☆Work with others no matter where you are
・Files you’ve uploaded can be shared with others allowing you to work together.
・You can use this feature to work on a project with several people.

☆With just one single click, you can share you work.
・With one click you can upload your work to the MediBang art community.
・Work you’ve uploaded can also be shared on your social network accounts.

☆Easy to use
・Even if you do get stuck there’s a help feature in the app.

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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.