Getting lost in the drab
Portrait of Mr. Allan inspired by a photograph on Sktchy. Digitally painted with Procreate on an iPad Air 2.
Not impressed with my early flirtations with Procreate I decided to read the entire manual1 to familiarize myself with the app. Armed with a better understanding of all the tools and their possibilities I dug in, determined to make the app work for me this time.
Once I modified my workflow slightly from what worked in Paper by FiftyThree I started to enjoy the app more.
Where I struggled originally was applying the right customizations to my brushes to tone down the oil paint feel of the default brushes. As a heavy Paper user I grew accustomed to pencil and paint strokes behaving in a certain way, and Procreate was pretty much the opposite of that. Modifying brushes to paint as glazes was a huge help, allowing me to layer up tones instead of smearing opaque color around.
Now if I can only figure out how to replicate the watercolor and pencil look I took for granted with Paper…
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