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Layers of tips for Procreate on the iPad

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As I've been spending more time with Procreate on the iPad, I've really started to appreciate just how useful this combination really is. This is especially true as you start to learn some of the tips and tricks that make it really all come together...

Digital Art with the new iPad Pro and Procreate

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About a month ago, Apple released the third generation of the iPad Pro, their larger, and more powerful, tablet aimed at a more serious market. This release also introduced the new Pencil with the magnetic wireless charging thus eliminating one of the bigger complaints around the original version.

SketchBox - December is for Watercolour

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This month's SketchBox, features a number of items related to watercolour and comes with a half pan of Sennelier Forest Green, a Marabu Graphix Aqua Ink in dark violet, a Winsor & Newton watercolour marker in pale rose, a Daniel Smith dot card with 18 colours, a Princeton Neptune script brush (size 1), a pad of 10 sheets of Legion Stonehenge 140lb cold press, and a Pentel Fiber-tipped Sign Pen.

SketchBox - Marker Fun in November

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This month is marker oriented featuring three Copic Markers, the classic kind with the bullet and chisel nibs, in smokey blue, greyish lavender, and frost blue. In addition, we have a SketchBox signature marker in black, a Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen, a Sakura Gelly Roll in white, and a very nice 70lb Copic 50 sheet sketchbook sized 4" x 6".

Drawing on walls

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I was in Virginia this week, on a leadership course, and during a break I started doodling with a whiteboard marker on the wall. Fortunately, the wall was painted for this very activity! Nevertheless, who doesn't like drawing on walls? It takes us all back.

On this trip, funny enough, I did actually bring art supplies. Needless to say, they never actually got used, but at least I got a little bit of art in. The group I'm with for these also seemed to like it, there was a concerted effort to avoid anything that would erase it. I think everyone just kind of enjoyed a bit of a distracting visual.

Oh, and the colour cast in this image is a little bit of a lucky timing. There were colour shifting lights pointed at the wall, so I tried to time something that seemed appropriate.

Maybe I should have signed it...

SketchBox - Inktober 2018

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It's Inktober so, naturally, this month we have a very ink focused SketchBox shipment.

Inktober - Poison

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Prompt #1 was "Poison" and so, well, a somewhat literal translation. I sketched this out on the train into work and then inked it after I got home.

Playing with Derwent Graphitint

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The Derwent Graphitint pencils are watersoluble coloured graphite similar, but not the same, as watercolour pencils. The tones in the Graphitint line tend to be muted, earthier, and seem best used where you're looking for colours to be less vibrant, but still rich in depth.

The flower to the left is on cold pressed paper in one of my watercolour sketchbooks. Colours used are Aubergine, Green Grey, and Meadow.

Art Video Spotlight - Inktober 101

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October is right around the corner and, with it, comes the annual art challenge of Inktober that was created by Jake Parker. So, given that it is nearly upon us, I decided to feature this very detailed video by Myriam Tillson.

Art Video Spotlight - 7 Habits

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Who doesn't like a "# habits of effective something" videos? Well, if you don't, skip on past, but I think this one is worth it. Given at BCON16, Andrew Price talks about the 7 habits of highly effective artists.

SketchBox - September 2018

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This month features a trip back to water media, but this time it's preloaded brushes with water-based inks and a few additional goodies.

Vantablack and the Art World

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There is black and then there is BLACK. In the art world, there has been many ways to arrive at black, some are mixed, some are pure pigments, but when it comes to being truly black, none of them have reached the light-eating capabilities of Vantablack. Unfortunately, art meets selfishness when it comes to this black...

Art Video Spotlight - PanPastels with Brushes

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PanPastels are a really great medium for quickly applying huge amounts of pigment on to a painting, but they do suffer a bit from a couple of challenges: precision details and the longevity of the Sofft tools.

Simplifying Form

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YouTube decided to pop a pretty old video on me today and the concept was around turning a figure 8 into a boat and that got me thinking about the whole simplification of form concept.

SketchBox - August 2018

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This month brings a selection of pencils, notably a nice little 6 pack set of the new Derwent Lightfast coloured pencils and, as a real bonus for me, a set of 3 Derwent Graphitint pencils.

World Watercolor Month - Day 17: City Life

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Missed yesterday, but today's prompt is "City Life" and for that I sought out an image I took quite a while ago and then modified.

World Watercolor Month - Day 15: On the Beach

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Maybe I should read ahead... Today, for World Watercolor Month, the prompt is "On the Beach."

World Watercolor Month - Day 14: Sweet Treats

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Missed a few days, courtesy of a bit of travel last week, but more because I was out and about, rather than for lack of supplies. In any case, catching back in at Day 14 which features "Sweet Treats" as the prompt.

World Watercolor Month - Day 9: Climbing Mountains

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Today is “Climbing Mountains” for World Watercolor Month. wasn’t too sure what to do this one and ultimately went with a simple scene.

World Watercolor Month - Day 8: Flying Things

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Today's World Watercolor Month prompt is "Flying Things." There's a lot of room for this one, but I decided to go really simple with a colourful line and wash paper airplane.

SketchBox - July 2018

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The July edition of my monthly SketchBox subscription arrived and this time loaded up with a medium I've wanted to try for a while...

World Watercolor Month - Day 7: Playing Games

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Today is "Playing Games" for World Watercolor Month and so I decided todo a stylized tribute, courtesy of a Google image search, to England's 2-0 win in the World Cup today.

World Watercolor Month - Day 6: Simple Things

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This one was totally off the cuff... I have no idea how I arrived at this one, but I think I really need some prompts from World Watercolor Month that aim for florals or landscapes! In the meanwhile, today's prompt was "Simple Things."

World Watercolor Month - Day 5: Shades of Blue

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With today's prompt of "Shades of Blue," I went for the pun, this time with a bit of a quick line and wash style while watching the rain come down from my porch.

World Watercolor Month - Day 4: Family Moments

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Today's prompt is: Family Moments. Tricky one, I didn't really come up with an idea until the last moment.

World Watercolor Month - Day 3: Primary Colors

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For today, the prompt for World Watercolor Month is: Primary Colors.

World Watercolor Month - Day 2: Delicious Food

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Today's prompt for World Watercolor Month is Delicious Food. For me, there are a ton of options what I consider to be delicious food, but since I happen to like drawing and painting cherries, I went with that. To me, anyways, cherries represent Nature's most delicious fruit.

World Watercolor Month - Day 1: Sunny Days

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The prompt for Day 1 is Sunny Days. I actually had a couple of goes at this one, but finally decided on a desert scene with the sun blazing overhead. It's stylized and loosely painted.

Getting ready for World Watercolor Month!

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Charlie Shields, the founder of Doodlewash, created the idea of a World Watercolor Month every July and it's an opportunity to get involved in a fun event and practice your skills at the same time.

Art Video of the Week - Creating Depth

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This week Carrie, the Watercolor Misfit, walks through the process of creating depth in your art.

Time to Art - Flower Vine

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So, I prepped up an image for the Copic 3-Colour Challenge for June, but while I'm waiting for the colours to actually arrive, I decided to transfer the image to watercolour paper and paint it.

SketchBox - June 2018

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This month, as you may have guessed has a focus on gouache!

Time to Art - Stormy Seas

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I'm tweaking the elements of the site again this week, this time with a concept around actually doing some art! I did post something like that last week and, similarly, I'm posting a watercolour painting of a stormy sea, complete with steps.

Inktense Painting - Sunset on Desert Cliffs

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After taking the doors and roof off of my Jeep and enjoying a nice drive out for lunch, I decided to do a little Inktense painting and kind of capture it as I go...

Tasty Paint - Watercolor Confections

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Prima Marketing makes an interesting collection of watercolour paints and it just so happens that I recently acquired the 12 half-pan set of their "Tropicals" selection.

Do it Yourself - The Inktense Travel Set

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Derwent Inktense are the what happens when you mix ink with a water soluble binder that you can draw with. It's a very cool product, comes in pencil and block form, and it's the block form that lets you create a watercolour-like travel kit.

SketchBox #12 - Marker Time

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My SketchBox arrived wayyyyyyy late this month, trouble with delivery, but arrive it did and loaded with markers...

Quick Doodle - What's Upcoming

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No video this week as nothing really jumped at me from YouTube as a must show.

I have a bunch of new art supplies, covering a really large range of mediums, that I plan to do some posts on over the next little while, so stay tuned for that.

Art Video of the Week - The Cone of Vision

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This week, Dan Beardshaw shows a technique for perspective drawing that accommodates the cone of vision into the process for increased realism.

Art Video of the Week - Avoiding Muddy Colours

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You'll often hear artists talk about working with a limited palette, restricting to primary colours, with the argument that with the primaries you can mix all other colours. Is this true? Well, to a point.

Art Video of the Week - What Mediums Do

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This week, art instructor Dianne Mize takes us through the basics of oil paint mediums.

Art Video of the Week - 7 Habits

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This week, Robin Clonts talks about the habits of successful artists as she does a few speed paintings of waves.

Coloured Pencil Blend Off!

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The most recent SketchBox contained a pair of Derwent blender pens for pencils and that was a really interesting tool to see. The other day, I was in Michaels and discovered Artist's Loft makes a similar pen. So? Time to test!

SketchBox #11 - Charcoal it is!

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My SketchBox subscription for April arrived today and contains a lot to do with charcoal and, to be fair a little bit more...

Art Video of the Week - Graphite Blending

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This week I've been doing some sketching using graphite since I tend to carry a small Moleskine sketchbook and a tin of pencils with me. Most of the time, I'm largely just doodling, but sometimes I get a bit more into the drawing, hence this week's video.

Art Video of the Week - Make Your Own Palette

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This week, Andrew Tischler takes us through how he made his studio palette for oil painting.

Art Video of the Week - Copic Marker Tips

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This week, Jazza from Draw with Jazza takes us through a bunch of handy tips on using Copic markers.

Art Video of the Week - Good Greys

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This week, Dianne Mize takes us through the process of mixing greys through the use of complimentary colours. In particular, she talks through the use of primary/secondary compliments as the main choices for mixing to neutral. Tertiary colours will tend to pull in more of one of the primaries, thus bending the neutral towards the greater primary.

SketchBox #10 - Inky

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This month's SketchBox contains a few interesting items, primarily related to inking, but not entirely. It's a bit eclectic...

Art Video of the Week - Foreshortening

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"Portray or show (an object or view) as closer than it is or as having less depth or distance, as an effect of perspective or the angle of vision."