365 Days to Digital Mastery – Day 14: Rolling Pin

365 Days to Digital Mastery – Day 14: Rolling Pin

Another idea from 642 Things to Draw from Chronicle Books brings you a rolling pin. In Procreate I decided to try a different brush than the Nikko Rull, my undisputed favorite so far. I went back to the round brush and tried to create gradient shadows, much like I would have done in Adobe Illustrator. Unfortunately, I hate the way this turned out. I debated even sharing it, but in the end it’s what I created and I did learn something very valuable. I most likely won’t repeat this experiment.

365 Days to Digital Mastery – Day 13: Teapot

365 Days to Digital Mastery – Day 13: Teapot

Another idea from 642 Things to Draw from Chronicle Books brings you a teapot. In Procreate I once again used the Nikko’s Rull brush – my new favorite by a long shot – to build out the shape of a fancy teapot for a quick value study. As my 365 day project rolls along I think I’m getting quite a bit more comfortable with my digital tools. I know it’s getting a lot more fun!

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 10 – Pear

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 10 – Pear

My subject in Procreate today is a pear, a companion of yesterday’s orange. I used the same technique, using the Nikko Rull brush and layering in colors. I did the entire pear on a single layer instead of using a separate layer for each color, as I’ve done in the past. This technique made it a little harder to make corrections, but in general it was a good process for such a simple subject.

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 9 – Orange

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 9 – Orange

My subject today is an orange, once more suggested by 642 Things to Draw by Chronicle Books. In Procreate I chose to use the Nikko Rull brush, which I think added a nice texture to the surface of the orange. It blended very well between the various colors that I laid in as well, and felt pretty natural as far as a painting technique. I think the Nikko Rull brush may become one of my staples for creating artwork. Of the several brushes that I’ve used, it’s definitely winning me over.

#365D2DM – 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 6 – Pickle

#365D2DM – 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 6 – Pickle

Today I painted a pickle in Procreate, again suggested in 642 Things to Draw by Chronicle Books. I used the Nikko Rull brush in the painting section to see if the texture suited a pickle. I thought it did, and it blended exceedingly well. I didn’t adjust the opacity at all on the brush, and the pressure sensitivity with the Apple pencil felt just right. I think I could have continued working on the pickle and the various textures and blending, but I like the way it looks from a bit of a distance, as well as the process I used to make it. I will definitely use this brush again.

#365D2DM – 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 4 – Bologna Sandwich

#365D2DM – 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 4 – Bologna Sandwich

Today I drew a sandwich suggested from 642 Things to Draw from Chronicle Books. I’m really excited about the way this image went. I adjusted the default round brush in Procreate to reduce the large variation in opacity, which made the process feel a lot smoother and more natural. I like the style as well, though on a smaller image quite a few of the small details are lost. However, I see a lot of potential, and I may be using the same techniques to create more images like this.

#365D2DM 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 3 – Chinese Takeout Container 

#365D2DM 365 Days to Digital Mastery: Day 3 – Chinese Takeout Container

I’m still getting a feel for the tools and experimenting with techniques in Procreate. Clearly there’s a lot to learn here, but I did realize that multiple layers would have been a good idea; this image was done on a single layer, minus the grey background and signature. The original drawing was done with the HB pencil brush, and then I went in to try to smooth the strokes with the default round brush, which I am considering adjusting because it seems too transparent. In some places that process worked, but overall it looks choppy. My happiness level with this one is fairly low, but since I learned a few things, I feel ok with today’s progress.