Learning something new – Procreate/digital painting

Procreate is a popular drawing app on the iPad that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. It’s been about 15 years since I did any digital drawing/painting. I opted to start out with a cartoon, and then tried something more photorealistic.

Procreate generally impressed me. It’s a powerful tool, and there are a myriad of things hidden behind its deceptively simple UI. It was also a lot of fun.

I started out by following along with this tutorial – very helpful to get to grips with the mechanics. Key things seem to be masking, colour dropping and working with brushes.

Cartoon cartoon!

This delightful scene from Cheers inspired my second piece. Woody beats Frasier at chess.

Frasier: Woody you must be an idiot savant! Woody: Yeah, but I cover it by smiling a lot.

Learning about line weights was key here, and remembering that anatomy matters even when it’s a cartoon. I love the result, even if he could do with a bit more chin!

As a result I’ve jumped straight into trying to paint. I’d forgotten how much of a creepy blob-monster digital paintings look before you tease out the detail. It’s such a rewarding process.

Work in Progress

Here’s Buffy/Sarah Michelle Gellar during her big moment in the season five finale, The Gift.

Painting Buffy in Procreate

Current status is working more on the detail, and then the hair. I usually struggle with hair, but even getting the blocky detail down was relaxing to do.

Looking forward to doing more with it as time permits!