365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 11 – Teddy Bear

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 11 – Teddy Bear

Today in Procreate I finished the teddy bear project that I had previewed last week. I used the Nikko Rull brush to keep some texture while adding layers of color. I really like how this turned out, and it leads me to think this is probably the best technique for making some quality artwork. What do you think?

Edit: Now a print on Society6!

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.

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 8 – Squirrel (WIP)

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 8 – Squirrel (WIP)

Today I offer a work in progress. I chose a squirrel today, which I believe was originally suggested through 642 Things to Draw by Chronicle Books. I decided to use the same technique in Procreate that I used for the mushroom a couple of days ago. I am using the HB pencil and layering in colors. For the tail I decided to try the short hair brush, which I think makes a lot more sense here than on the sea dollar yesterday. Hopefully I can complete this tomorrow and have a finished squirrel to show you. I also had another treatment planned for this squirrel, so I may create two different creatures and see which you like best.

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 7 – Sea Dollar

365 Days of Digital Mastery: Day 7 – Sea Dollar

Today I tried something completely different. I chose to try a simple item, a Sea Dollar, as suggested by 642 Things to Draw by Chronicle Books. I started painting using the round brush, then overlaid the colors with a texture brush called “Short Hair” around the edges. The sea dollar is kind of fuzzy everywhere, so I started using the “Fine Hair” brush to cover the rest of the surface. I learned a lot about using these brushes – mostly that these are great if you actually want hair – but I don’t think they are quite right for what I was trying to achieve. I’m not really thrilled with the end product, but having learned a bit more about using my digital tools through the experiment was good. So overall not a bad effort, but needs improvement.

#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.