Drawing on the iPad with Procreate

"Digital Drawing in iPad" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
“Digital Drawing in iPad” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I couple days ago I bought an Apple iPad 9.7″. The reason I bought it is because I wanted a good drawing tablet with a screen, and to me, the 9.7″ iPad was the best combination of quality and price. I’m not a fan of Apple products (mainly their ecosystem and the awful iTunes application) but the lure of Apple pencil and Procreate was too much to resist.

I’ve had the iPad for a couple days, and I love drawing with it! Procreate is such a fun program to use. I ended up drawing late into the wee hours of the morning the first day I had it.

Compared to a traditional drawing tablet like my Wacom Art tablet, it’s so much more intuitive and fun. The pinch to zoom and rotate on the iPad is awesome! It makes sketching so easy and convenient. I’d say it’s a game-changer.

I’m still a newbie, but I wanted to share one of the “watercolors” I created. I imported a photo from my China vacation, then traced it by hand and colored it in. I’m pleased with how it turned out, especially for a first attempt.

Shibaozhai Pagoda
Shibaozhai Pagoda

One really cool feature of Procreate is the timelapse feature. It’s pretty neat how it’s always recording your brushstrokes. So fun to go back and watch! Check out the video below to see how I drew this little watercolor:

I’m so happy with Procreate and the Apple pencil. I find iOS to be decent, but the file system baffles me, and iTunes is still maddening. But if I use iPad for the intention I bought it for (sketching), I am more than satisfied. 😀

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Sketch, Watch, and Things

"Sketch and Things" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Sketch and Things” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。

Today’s photo is of the daily sketch I made, with my Timex Weekender watch and a few other items for fun. I wore this watch today because I saw an online friend’s Instagram post and it looked so nice that I was inspired! You know how you watch a movie where the characters are drinking, and it makes you want a drink, or they’re smoking and you think a cigarette might be nice? I guess that same sort of thing came over me. 😆

Here’s the Instagram pic, btw:

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Somewhat related, here’s an article in Wired about all the booze in the movie Casablanca. (found link via Boing Boing)

I hope you had a good day!

またね~

Pencil to Digital (4th Time)

"Tilly" 2019
“Tilly” 2019

I have given up trying to come up with new names for these posts, so I just added “4th Time” to the title of it. But I guess since I often do these pencil sketches that end up in Adobe Illustrator, it’s become my medium(s) of choice, so that’s a good thing!

Speaking of names, I sometimes don’t know what to name each drawing. This time I named the drawing “Tilly” because I was looking at Tilly’s to see if there are any nice shirt collars to use as references. But I ended up just going with a plain t-shirt. 😜

Here’s the pencil sketch that I based the digital version from:

"Pencil Sketches" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Pencil Sketches” Cedar Park, 2019

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.


If you’re interested in my favorite sketching gear that I use, you can find a list here.

Have a good day!

Pencil Sketch to Digital Drawing

The other day I sketched the following portrait in my sketchbook:

"Sketch" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Sketch” Cedar Park, 2019

It’s one of my daily sketches, in which I spend 10 minutes or so putting pencil or pen to paper. Occasionally I’ll take a sketch that I like and then make a digital version. In this case, I took the photo, dropped it into Adobe Illustrator and drew the lines (no tracing for me!), then added the colors. I’m pleased at how it turned out. ☺

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

By the way, I’ve been enjoying using the Ain Black eraser (and I erase A LOT!). It works so well!

またね~

Finnish Stamps and Art from Heikala

"Finnish Stamps" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/55 sec, ISO6400
“Finnish Stamps” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I received a nice little gift (to myself) in the mail. Before the holidays I ordered a beautiful, cute, and cool print from one of my favorite artists, Laura Heikkala. The print I ordered is called “Gathering”. Isn’t it great? I need to find a nice frame for it and decide on a place to hang it.

As a bonus, the stamps on the package are really neat. I just love the waves at the top of the rowboat stamp. ❤

I hope you had a nice Monday!

またね~