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