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,

ImagineFX - - Contents - says Mark Behm

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!

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