So my husband bought me Procreate for the iPad, along with an Apple Pencil.
Yes, he’s a great husband that’s very supportive of my art habit. He’s also a creative person in the technical world. He’s a UX/UI Lead Interactive Designer to be exact, so that’s pretty techy.
He introduced the word of digital art to me and I have such mixed feelings about it, I thought I would ask other artists in the world how they feel about it!
Here I am going to review my thoughts on digital art vs real life media, review Procreate and it’s tools and try to figure out if my art is headed in a new direction.
To Procreate or not to Procreate
That is the question.
For over twenty years, I’ve drawn, painted and colored with real utensils. I’ve gotten my hands messy, my shirts ruined and spots on the carpet with real materials. In college, my hands were black with charcoal and I almost always had paint on my face. It felt good. Like I had made something meaningful and those remnants were the aftermath of an epiphany.
Now, here we are. 2020.
There are digital artists making paintings in minutes with no paint at all. There are artists who never pick up a pencil and can undo a stroke at the click of a button. Does that feel like cheating? To me, it does. However….
Once I learned the ins and outs of the technical side of Procreate, it allowed a new side of my inner artist to emerge. Hear me out.
Without the need to purchase supplies, the unpredictability of the inks and the worry of making a stroke that would impair the piece…it works. The tools allow you to create work that is still in your style, still holds your essence – it’s just not in the studio. Needless to say, I still felt like I was cheating the art world somehow.
Here are a few pieces I made in Procreate… let me know what you think! (Sorry Disney, don’t get mad.)
Procreate is an insane art tool! If you are an artist and haven’t tried it, you must.
To quote right from their website,
Procreate comes with an entire library of brushes with everything from pencils, inks, charcoals, to artistic brushes that lay beautiful painterly textures. Each brush can be customized with the Brush Studio or you can download thousands of brushes to suit any style you can imagine. If that wasn’t enough, you can even make your very own custom brushes.
When you first open the app, it’s mega overwhelming. Then you start to break down the tools one by one.
My husband (the tech master) taught me about the layers and the importance of working in different ones. That would be my first piece of advice.
Study the different brushes available and see what strokes suit you best. Play with the textures and backgrounds you can create with different angles of the pen. (The Apple Pencil is a must when you are creating!)
What I found was that when I learned every click meant something that could 100% manipulated, the true creativity came out. I learned I could use it as a light box, I could use it as a sketch tool, I could use it as a painting or a watercolor. And I never had to get my hands dirty.
Digital Art Revolution: CBCInked 2.0
Once I opened my mind to the fact that it wasn’t cheating, it was just using new tools – I realized that if you don’t evolve you die (as an artist). Evolution of your artistic ability may just be in the tools you use.
You never want to be comfortable doing the same thing, in the same style for the rest of your artistic career, right? #CBCInkedTweet
That is not to say that I won’t pick up a pen or a brush. I will get in the studio and make more messes with my art – I always will. But I am open to new beginnings, new styles and a new artistic revolution that may better me and my career.