Over the course of the past month or so I’ve been taking an online course at Sketchbook Skool learning techiniques and tips and tricks for using Procreate to draw on the iPad. I’ve been keeping a physical sketchbook for quite some time, but ever since I got the latest iPad mini with the Apple Pencil I’ve been looking for a way to learn more about using them for digital drawing.
It’s very much been an up and down process for me, but I ended the course last week feeling really good and interested and refreshed about how I can switch up my drawing life using these tools. I feel like I should also say that most folks use a larger iPad when drawing, for more space, but since the mini is my favorite device, my most used device, and also the same size as my preferred sketchbook, it works really well for me.
Once I got comfortable with Procreate, the pencil, and the size of the screen and how it all worked together, I started to really enjoy drawing on my iPad. I used it when I traveled for work earlier this month, which cut down on how much I had to pack. I’m using tools in the software that I would never use in real life because I don’t want to sink the money into it or make the mess.
I’m by no means going to abandon my paper sketchbooks and my beloved colored pencils, but I am feeling a renewed sense of play and freedom in this new outlet for drawing. For now, it’s how I prefer to draw, but I’m sure I’ll be going back to my sketchbooks soon.
One other note, I’ve really enjoyed both of the courses I’ve taken through Sketchbook Skool, the videos are great and the forum they host for students, while not being the best software, is a great way to share with others who are learning right along with you.