An Artists Musings

Black-Eyed Susan

Hello creatives, fellow designers, and anyone reading this; today I am sharing one of my first ever iPad pro paintings. I recently submitted this project to a Behance collection called “Art is not Superfluous, Art is Life”

When I first got an iPad pro and apple pencil I was very excited to try out all the art programs that were available and couldn’t wait to see all the options that were available to me. I very quickly discovered procreate and as someone who was never very skilled when it came to traditional painting I was very excited to try to create a painted piece while holding what was essentially a pencil and paper.

I started with one of my favorite photographs that I had taken with my first DSLR camera (a Canon digital rebel xti 😊)

My mother would always plant these in her garden and they quickly became one of my favorite flowers, to Photograph, draw, have in the house. They remind me of sunflowers for some reason but really I just love the deep golden yellow color.

I found myself really enjoying the progress of “painting” on an iPad and it started a transformation in my creative process. Up to this point I had never really thought of myself as an artist, a photographer but not an artist. This was because when I picked up traditional painting tools it was not something I had much skill with. I could draw pretty much anything with pencil and inks but painting was a skill I couldn’t master.

The iPad pro changed that. I suddenly had art tools I was comfortable with holding and using and could create the effects that I had always wanted to be able to create with a paint brush. After beginning to work with the iPad I began transitioning from a photography workflow to an art and illustration workflow. The iPad had removed any barriers be they mental or real, that I had to creating art.

Transitioning to a digital workflow has been a great experience for me but at the same time I firmly believe that you have to find the best workflow to suit your own creative needs. If one method doesn’t work for you then don’t be afraid to try another.

For the painting itself I tried using the Gauche Brush in procreate. As far as I know this is still a default brush. I have custom brushes loaded in but I usually just use the defaults by procreate, or the wireframe brushes that I got from Lisa Glanz just to build the bases of my characters.

As always thank you for taking the time to read 💙. Know that I appreciate you and wish you all the luck in the world on your creative endeavors.

Till next time, Happy Designing ❤️!

Available to buy

If you would like to buy my art it is available to purchase in my shops. if you go to Etsy you can buy a digital copy that you can print at your leisure and if you want purchase it already printed on products you can check out my Society 6 shop. Thank you!!

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I am an artist, illustrator with an education background in photography and graphic design. Currently my main focus is in a digital creative space using apps like the Affinity Creative Suite or Procreate. I am teaching myself these programs as well as any who are interested in growing their creative talents over on my “Boring old Blog...” I am always looking for ways to grow my skills and talents and invite any who are interested to join me on the journey. 😊 Good luck my fellow Creatives ❤️💙❤️💙