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Creating Animations on Procreate

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Creating Animations on Procreate

Digital Art: How to Create Animations Using Procreate


Did you know you can create simple animations on the app Procreate? If you have an apple product, you can create simple animations and take advantage of the smooth drawing features on this app. Keep on reading to learn more about how to create animations with your drawings.

What is Procreate?

Procreate is an exclusive app on the iPad that is available to purchase at $9.99. This software was designed to work exclusively with the Apple iPad and Apple Pen to give you a fantastic user experience.

Like most digital art programs, you have multiple layers, layer toggles, and more to work with. Procreate takes this a step farther by providing the ability to create animated GIFs with your piece’s layers. Here is how you can create a digital art animation on Procreate:

To create an animation, you will need to create the sketch of your base drawing. Once the sketch is made, create a second layer and draw clean line work over it. Once that is finished, delete the sketch and turn the opacity of your base drawing all the way up.

Once your base drawing is complete, you will be duplicating layers and toggling the opacity as you work.

Your base drawing will be layer one. Duplicate this to create layer number two (which will have low opacity) to draw your first movement in the animation. Pick the section of your character that will begin to move i.e., if they are going to smile, erase the lines of the mouth. Once these lines are erased, you will be able to see through to layer number one where the lines of the original drawing are right underneath. They will be dull in color because of the opacity across the layers. Follow this to draw the new movement on top.

Repeat duplicating the layers and adjusting the opacity as you create each movement. The older layers will show through as an onion skin AKA the previous frames in an animation.

Once your layers are complete, you can color them in. Save yourself some time by coloring one layer and then duplicating the color to be copied onto other layers. Any areas that are changed because of the animation, you can simply erase and clean up the color as you go. This will save you the time it takes to completely recolor the entire figure every step of the way.

When your drawing is all good to go, go to “share” in procreate where a menu will appear. Underneath “share layers” you will see “Animated GIF.” Select that and a pop up will show your GIF with the options to toggle the frames per second as well as having a transparent background or not. When you are all done, export your GIF and get ready to share it with the world.

After following this guide, you will be able to create your animated GIFs in no time. Get drawing and see what other possibilities you can unlock on Procreate.

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Drawing with an iPad Pro

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Drawing with an iPad Pro

Digital Art Benefits for Drawing with an iPad Pro


Apple products, such as the iPad Pro offer a variety of uses and tools for digital artists, regular tablet users, and more. The convenient, light, and transportable iPad Pro is a great device for artists to use. Expand and explore your art techniques into the world of digital art with this device. If you have never drawn digitally before or are exploring your options, this blog will take a look at how an iPad Pro can be a great addition to your drawing tools.

Known for its precision and speed, an iPad pro is a great tablet to use for drawing digitally. While you might not have the rotation, keys, and manual erasers that other tablets offer, this is a great choice if you are looking for something to be much more than a drawing tablet and to have more app choices at your fingertips.

Drawing Digitally


Digital drawing unlocks a world of possibilities for art. For example, you can toggle your brush to become a paintbrush, a spray, pencils, markers, and more instead of carrying all those individual tools around with you as you did with traditional art. You will have every tool in your hand, easy to access, transport, and use. While this may seem overwhelming, try a few things at a time to get used to the device and to create pieces right away.

iPad Features


The Apple iPad Pro comes with the ideal Apple Pencil that works on your tablet with precise results and no lag. You can get drawing right away with its convenient features. The iPad offers an endless library of apps to use as well. The benefit here is that you can draw directly on the screen, without having to break the bank for a computer drawing tablet. iPad also provides features for internet browsing, files, documents, photos, a camera, games, and more so it is an all-in-one kind of device.

iPad Drawing Programs


Photoshop Sketch

A free app, you can doodle and test out the layers, brushes, and more benefits of digital art right away. This is great if you are new to digital art and are looking to test out the feel of it.

Procreate

Procreate corrects your strokes as you go and has a number of image editing effects you can explore to edit your drawings once completed. With a gallery of over 120 brushes, and more depending on packs you download, you have many options to create here.

After exploring some of the ways you can improve your art and expand your creative world with digital art, the iPad Pro is a possible way to go. Don’t let these choices become too overwhelming as there are so many brushes, programs, and more all available to you. Maybe try one thing at a time or limit how many brushes and colors you use to not get overwhelmed. This will help you focus on the new program or tool you are using.


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Drawing with a Wacom Tablet

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Explore the Digital Art Benefits of Drawing with a Wacom Tablet


Digital art has an array of programs, tools, and devices to choose from. Whether you are new in the field or are looking for an upgrade, this blog will explore the benefits and drawbacks of using a Wacom Tablet. Different tablets are compatible with different programs, software, and more. A benefit of the Wacom Tablet is that it is compatible with both Mac and PC.

Benefits of Drawing Digitally


Digital art allows artists to create with a plethora of tools, colors, brushes, and more all on one device. Gone are the days of traveling with color pencils, pens, paintbrushes, and more. Everything you need is conveniently in one compact and easy to use device. While transportable, devices such as the Wacom tablet are convenient because it mimics traditional drawing with the tablet and pen combination. This makes it simpler for traditional artists to make the switch to digital art and to continue improving your art skills.

How to Connect Your Wacom Tablet


The Wacom Tablet is compatible with both PC and Mac. You will connect your device with a USB cable between the device and computer. The Wacom driver will need to be downloaded and installed. If you are using a Windows PC, restart after the installation then follow the set-up instructions.

Wacom Tablet Features


Wacom Tablet offers a variety of products such as pen tablets, pen displays, pen computers, and a variety of bamboo styluses. Each one caters to different needs whether you want that traditional pen on paper feel or the entire digital art experience.

Pen Tablet


The Intous pen tablets by Wacom are available in multiple sizes to have a more natural drawing experience. For example, the Wacom Intuos Pro transforms your traditional paper drawing into a digital file while you are drawing. How cool is that?

Pen Computers


The Wacom Mobile Studio Pro is one of the pen computers available by Wacom. This device can be used on its own as a computer or can be attached to another device. You can draw directly on screen to create your next greatest piece.

Programs with Windows


The Wacom Tablet can use many digital art programs. Explore and find what one fits your needs the best. Here are some favorites:

  • SketchBook


  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Autodesk


  • Clip Studio Paint Pro


  • Corel


  • And more!

There are so many options, features, devices, and more to choose from when working with a Wacom Tablet. The possibilities are endless, but don’t let that overwhelm you. This helpful guide is here to break down your experience with the Wacom Tablet and to see what works the best for you. Whether you want a device to convert your traditional drawings, or you are looking for the entire digital art experience, you have your choice of options. Get drawing and explore the world of digital art with the Wacom Tablet. Bring your drawings to life, push your boundaries, and keep on creating.


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Common Digital Art Portrait Mistakes

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Common Digital Art Portrait Mistakes

Beginning Digital Artists and Common Mistakes for Portrait Painting


As a young artist, a beginner, or anyone, there are some common mistakes that show up in art and might be a hard fix if you don’t know where to begin. Over the years, you might notice these mistakes in other pieces but be a little delayed realizing you make the same ones too. Whether this is you or you have graduated from these struggles, here are some common mistakes while drawing portraits and how to fix them.


Planning a Portrait


All these following mistakes are telltale signs of not planning out a sketch before you begin drawing (I saw this very generally, this is not always the case.) Planning out where different features will go such as the size and shape of a head, where the eyes, mouth, nose, ears, and more are all placed ahead of time will save you some grief. As a digital artist, layers are great for sketching since you can line and paint directly over them, then remove the sketch when it is no longer needed.

Eyes


Be mindful about where eyes are placed. Beginners often make mistakes such as making them too close together, too far apart, or at different sizes. Keep them in line with the ears and remember to put them not too high or low.

Nose Placement

If you do not plan out the face, the nose that is a central feature can set off all the other parts such as a nose too high may accidentally put the eyes too close to the forehead area, or a nose too low can leave no room for the mouth. Think of everything as it is, connected. The nose extends from the brow where the eyes rest beside and between the two parts.

Mouth


A common mistake when the face is not aligned properly is that you sometimes run out of room for the mouth if you did not plan out the face ahead of time. Recognize that there needs to be enough room for a chin beneath the mouth to keep it from crowding the lower portion of the face too much.

References


If you struggle with any of these parts of the face while painting a digital art portrait, references are a great way to tackle this problem. A reference shows you exactly what you need to know instead of remembering how a face is supposed to work. You will never question human anatomy and what should be common knowledge more when you try to remember it on your own while drawing. We’ve all been there, so save yourself the trouble and use a reference while you are still learning.

Digital art has many tools, tips, and tricks to complete a piece of art. If you are just starting out or are looking for ways to improve, go back and check to see if any of these mistakes are something you struggle with. This is nothing a little time and practice can’t improve.

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Brushes in Procreate

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Brushes in Procreate

Digital Artists: Learn More About the Brushes in Procreate


If you are searching for the perfect program or tool to use in your digital art excursion, this blog is here to help you learn more about what the app Procreate offers to artists. If you are a beginning digital artist or are looking at an upgrade, it’s important to know what kind of brushes are offered on a program to see if it is something you would like to work with. Keep on reading to learn more about Procreates brush selection.


Digital Art and Paint Brushes


Painting digitally has the advantage of having a versatile library of many different brushes. Pick from size, texture, style, heaviness, and more. All brushes are customizable via the opacity and size. You can also create your own brush sets and upload other brushes created by other Procreate users.


How to Access Paint Brush Library


In case you have never used Procreate before, you can simply find the paintbrushes in the left panel of the brush library where the default sets are sorted for you to explore and use. The right side of the panel lists all the brushes you can use and the one you are actively using will be displayed. Every brush will have a preview stroke under its name so you know what to expect when you use it.


Brush Sets


The brush sets on Procreate are split up into 18 easy to navigate categories. This will help you find what style or type of brush you are looking for without going through hundreds of options. Take a look at the styles available to all Procreate users:


  • Sketching


  • Drawing


  • Inking


  • Painting


  • Artistic


  • Calligraphy


  • Airbrushing


  • Textures


  • Abstract


  • Charcoals


  • Elements


  • Spray paints

  • Touchups


  • Vintage


  • Luminance


  • Industrial


  • Organic


  • Water



There are so many choices available to you so be sure to experiment and try out the different kinds! As you do branch out and try to learn more brushes, take them a few at a time and challenge yourself to create a piece with one or two favorite brushes instead of using, for example, thirty different brushes all at once. This will challenge you to focus on the piece itself and rely on your skills. Different brushes are great for bringing a specific effect to a piece so plan that out as you work.


Create Brushes


Create your own brushes in Procreate by selecting ‘+’ on the top right corner of your brush library window. This will allow you to make a new brush! You have endless choices to pick from textures, grain, behavior, color, responsiveness, shape, taper, opacity, and more. You can also edit brushes and save the edits you made to use them again later.


With these tips and explorations about the paint brushes available on Procreate, you will be ready to paint in no time. See what you can create with these varied tools.


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