I originally did this piece in my sketchbook which you can see below. This piece took a few restarts to get to this final piece but it was great learning along the way. I really like the mixing of watercolor, colored pencil and Kyle's Brushes on the Wacom to get to an image I want. I have yet to try to do my digital touch ups on an ipad, but soon we will see.
I bit the bullet and bought an IPad Pro 2. It was a tough decision to make because of the cost and not being sure of how it would fit into my workflow. But, I do love to sketch in Procreate and I had high hopes for Adobe Sketch because I could use my Kyle Brushes from photoshop. Also, I still have to try and use astropad to see if it is the Cintiq killer some claim it to be. I like the size of the 12.9 IPad Pro for sketching. It feels like a regular sized sheet of paper and I don't feel like I'm using a little notebook or anything. When I'm using it as an IPad, I feel like someone used the laser from Honey, we blew up the kids (the not as good sequel to the great Honey, we shrunk the kids) to make my IPad large. Using the pen is pretty great. I do love the ability to tilt and shade with the edge of the pencil in Procreate. And what is so great about sketching in procreate is building up sketches. It is so fast and comfortable that you can really work up a great image so quick without having to step into computer operation brain which I tend to do when I use photoshop.
The one downside I've run into is Adobe Sketch. It isn't what I hoped for. First, it took me two days to get my Kyles brushes into the app. Even though they say you can import from google drive, it doesn't work well. It kept on timing out and not letting me download the brush files. I had to export them from my google drive onto my creative cloud account for the IPad to see them. Then when I did use them, they didn't look exactly right to me. My pencil looked like a dotted line. Also you can't flip the canvas, you can't lasso select anything so the tools I love to use when building up a sketch in Procreate just aren't there. It still boggles my mind that Adobe hasn't destroyed Procreate. Maybe they're still bitter about Apple's trashing of Flash, who knows. But they are really missing out on a market that would gladly love to be able to work in Photoshop on a tablet and have it work like the real application.
The first day I got the Ipad, I decided I wanted to try and digitize one of my sketches so I went my recent sketch of Marc Maron. I am pretty happy with the transition from pencil to digital. Since I hadn't worked in Procreate in a while, I forgot about the feeling of the energy flow when working in the app. Very fluid. Now let's see what else I can make with this puppy!
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.