Digital Sketching on an iPad

I’ve been playing around with a creative drawing app called Procreate. I had purchased this app awhile ago and did not realize that it would not work with my old iPad. I basically forgot about this digital drawing tool until a few weeks ago.

At Procreate’s website, I went through two tutorials to get me up and running with their software. I took notes (because that’s what I like to do) so I would not forget how things worked or wondered where I saw a particular setting or tool.

I was a bit overwhelmed after my first day of use. But not PhotoShop-like overwhelmed. That’s a totally different creative beast.

For my first test sketch, I played around with the various brushes to get an idea of how much pressure would be required while using my Apple pencil. There’s a variety of brushes that are included in Procreate and there was some familiarity based on my experience with other art mediums.

For my next test sketch, I wanted to see if I could recreate a watercolor artwork I had completed earlier this month. I snapped a picture of my pencil sketch and brought it into Procreate in its own layer. I added additional layers above my pencil sketch so I could play with the brushes as well as working with colors and textures. One day I will share this sketch with you in a future blog post.

In the meantime, here’s my first official Procreate sketch that I created on my iPad. Yes, it’s another pumpkin sketch.

The following pictures show my sketching progression from the initial lines to filling in the stem and the pumpkin and building up the layers of colors from light to dark.

Just for fun, I added a pattern layer to my pumpkin!

A few of you might be wondering why I’m getting into digital sketching. There are times, when it’s easier for me to grab my iPad and start sketching. Ideas will pop into my head and I find using my iPad is a bit more convenient. Plus I no longer have post-it notes or pieces of paper scattered around my desk or in my journals.

I can tell that Procreate has so much to offer and I’ve just touched the surface of its capabilities.

Tablet: Apple iPad (9th generation)

Pencil: Apple Pencil (version 1)

Software: Procreate