Playing with Procreate

I treated myself to an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for Christmas. One of the apps I was keen to use was Procreate, a digital painting app designed specifically for the iPad Pro.

At first, I found it a bit difficult to get going with the app. It wasn’t the app per se, it was me. I would start new sketches and not finish them…mostly due to the inner critic which kept saying I wasn’t good enough…I think every artist suffers with that criticism, but it became a real block for a number of weeks.

It was a couple of Nic Squirrell classes on Skillshare that finally got me focused…”Custom Brushes in Procreate” and “Using Textures in Procreate”. These images were created during these classes. Please check out Nic’s classes on Skillshare, she is a fab tutor.

I’ve been taking part in Sktchy’s 30 Days, 30 Faces challenge this month and I’m attempting to do all the faces in Procreate. Sktchy is kind of an app for artists and muses. People upload photos of themselves, you choose the ones you want to draw or paint, and then post the result.

I’m also using Procreate with artwork that I’ve created with traditional media. With my “Notable Women” series, the faces are done with watercolour and pen, then scanned, tidied up in Photoshop (or on the iPad with Affinity) and then imported into Procreate, where I am creating the backgrounds and text. This is still a work in progress, but the images below should give you an idea. I’m hoping to get them printed soon!

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