Tutorials and thoughts on drawing digitally and with traditional media such as pencil, paint, pen, charcoal, etc.

PaperFaces project

Portraits (mostly faceless) painted digitally on an iPad with the app Paper by WeTransfer.

Tiny paintings

Miniature watercolor portraits painted at really small sizes.

Inktober failure

Like previous years, I started out with the best of intentions for Inktober and then quickly lost steam…

How to draw straight lines

To draw straight lines on the iPad in apps that don’t have a ruler tool, I use whatever straight edge I have laying around: plastic ruler, book cover, piece of cardboard, notepad, etc.

Learning to draw on iPad

How did I git gud at drawing and painting on an iPad? The answer that no one likes to hear is “practice, practice, practice.

What tablet do you use?

If it wasn’t obvious from the artwork on this site, I draw, paint, and create on Apple’s iPad.

How to paint smoothly with the brush tool

A smooth gradient can be achieved layering washes of watercolor on top of each other. Speed and pressure play an important role in how clean of a tone you end up with.

The path to iPad Pro

Convincing myself that I need an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to fulfill all my digital illustration needs.

Mastering Pencil by FiftyThree

Learn how to create impressive effects with 53’s Pencil stylus and Paper app, using exclusive features like Blend and Surface Pressure.

Drawing experience

I’ve been drawing with traditional tools and materials — on and off for the last 20 years.

Mastering Mix by FiftyThree

Download these templates for Paper and discover how to use Mix to Learn, Sketch, Play, Write, Design, and Think.

Grid method of drawing

How to use the grid method of drawing to improve your accuracy when drawing with the app Paper on iPad.

Drawing and painting basics

Beginner friendly Paper app tutorials covering basic drawing and painting techniques, inking, and color theory principles.

Contour line drawing on iPad

How to use blind contour line drawing and the iPad app Paper, to improve hand eye coordination and observation skills.

Pogo Connect iPad stylus review

The Pogo Connect is an iPad stylus that brings pressure sensitivity and enhanced functionality to devices and apps that support it.