drawing

Oil pastels are not pencils

Not to overstate the obvious here, but oil pastels do not behave like colored pencils...
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Inktober failure

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

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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.” I wish there…

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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. My current model is a 12.9″ Pro (256GB) with…

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Switching tools with Paper

How to switch tools in the app Paper for iPad and iPhone.
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The path to iPad Pro

Convincing myself that I need an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to fulfill all my digital illustration needs.
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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.
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Faux layer technique for Paper

Learn Paper's faux layer technique and how it can aid in sketching and tracing on iPad.
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Drawing experience

I’ve been drawing with traditional tools and materials — on and off for the last 20 years. And drawing with digital tools on iPad, the last…

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Drawing outer space with Paper

Learn how to draw stars, galaxies, planets, black holes and more with Paper on iPad and 53's Pencil stylus.
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How to use Paper's color picker

Tutorial explaining how to use Paper's new color picker tool to sample, mix, and share colors.
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Pencil by FiftyThree stylus review

An avid Paper creator's impressions of FiftyThree's new iPad stylus, Pencil.
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Mastering Mix by FiftyThree

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

Learn how to use Paper's eraser tool to undo and cover-up mistakes on iPad.
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Watercolor brush improvements

Discover the secrets of Paper's newly updated watercolor brush in this short tutorial and video.
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PaperFaces retrospective

A look back at two years of drawing over 800 portraits using an iPad and Paper for iOS.
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Paperfaces digital drawing giveaway

Enter to win a portrait of your choice drawn by Michael Rose in his signature PaperFaces style.
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Grid method of drawing

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

Learn how to reposition Paper's zoom loupe mid-stroke to help add detail to your drawings.
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Drawing realistic portraits with Paper

Advanced Paper tutorials and techniques for drawing and painting faces with an iPad.
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Inspiring faces want to know

Finding inspiration from the faces of strangers on Sktchy for iOS.
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Drawing and painting basics

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

Tutorials for drawing bricks, wood, and rock textures with the Paper app on iPad.
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Blending with Pencil by 53, first look!

53's Pencil stylus and new Blend feature is full of promise. Here's a taste of what is possible when using both.
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Printing Moleskine books on iPad

Impressions of a handmade Moleskine book designed and printed on iPad with the app Paper.
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Drawing water with Paper

Techniques for drawing water and waves using the app Paper on iPad.
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Drawing clouds and skies with Paper

iPad tutorials and techniques for drawing blue skies, clouds, and sunsets with the app Paper.
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Drawing trees and grass with Paper

Techniques on how to draw trees, grass, and other foliage using the Paper app on iPad.
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365 days of drawing faces

Year one of my 365 day portrait project may be over, but I'm just getting started.
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Getting started with Paper

An introduction to Paper's tools and how best to exploit them for drawing realistically.
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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.
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Drawing faceless portraits with Paper

Quick tutorial for drawing faceless (e.g., PaperFaces) portraits on iPad with the Paper app.
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Drawing hair with Paper

Learn how I draw hair quickly with the Paper app for iPad.
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Quick tips for iPad sketching

How to sketch faceless (e.g., PaperFaces) portraits and landscapes on an iPad, with the app Paper.
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Sketching PaperFaces portraits

An experiment in humanizing the web — drawing a portrait everyday on iPad with the app Paper.
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