Paint a mythical beast on an iPad
Discover how to push your iPad to its limits by painting the mysterious Aboriginal bunyip. It’s a win-win situation,
Push your tablet to its limits, with Mark Behm.
As tablets grow more powerful and tools for artists begin to mature, we’re able to find ways to use these devices to make art. Apps such as SketchBook Pro and Procreate have opened up new doors for ultra-portable little art studios capable of producing print-resolution work. It’s no Cintiq, but with some patience and practice it can be a satisfying experience to paint on an iPad.
I’m creating this piece on an iPad Air in Savage Interactive’s Procreate. My stylus is a Wacom Intous Creative pressuresensitive model. It’s not perfect and it will take a little getting used to, but it’s better than the others I’ve used and much more intuitive than using your finger. Initially, it feels as though there’s too much play or travel in the tip, but by being gentle with your pressure you can produce some subtle interaction.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what a bunyip is, it’s a hostile creature from Aboriginal mythology that’s said to live in creeks, swamps and other murky watering holes. Its appearance differs, depending on who you talk to, but it seems to share elements from crocodiles, dogs, horses and even starfish. The bunyip is not something to share a cooling dip in the river under the afternoon sun with, that’s for sure!