Nikolai Lock­ert­sen

The com­pact app adds new art op­por­tu­ni­ties to a com­mute

ImagineFX - - Software Procreate 2.1 - Nikolai has been a con­cept artist and matte pain­ter in the film in­dus­try and VFX since the late 90s. www.lock­ert­

You paint in Pro­cre­ate a lot. When did that start and why?

I com­mute two hours on the bus each day. Be­fore the iPad I painted wa­ter­colour on my bus rides, but at work I painted in Pho­to­shop. I dreamed of a smaller por­ta­ble dig­i­tal de­vice. Brushes was a good paint­ing app and I had a lot of fun with it, but it had lim­its. I sent sev­eral mails to the Brushes guys with ideas for im­prove­ments, but there was never a re­sponse. When I stum­bled upon Pro­cre­ate it was love at first sight. I had the free­dom to cre­ate brushes from scratch and it felt much more like Pho­to­shop. When I first wrote to the Pro­cre­ate team, they an­swered within a cou­ple of hours.

What’s the best thing about Pro­cre­ate 2.1?

The up­date opens up Pro­cre­ate to sev­eral new pro and am­a­teur are­nas. It has much bet­ter colour man­age­ment. You can dial spe­cific RGB val­ues now and you can flood fill, which is a long-wanted fea­ture. Both to fill in open ar­eas, but also to change parts of your paint­ing to a dif­fer­ent colour theme and bright­ness. It’s very pow­er­ful. A colour ring is in­cluded as well. You can build and man­age new colour swatches in a bet­ter way. These are re­ally im­por­tant im­prove­ments.

What’s the best tablet and sty­lus for Pro­cre­ate?

Pro­cre­ate is only for iPad. I have a third-gen iPad and I rec­om­mend that or newer – with iPad 2 and iPad mini you get fewer lay­ers and can’t go to the high­est res. I have used the Sensu Brush for most of my iPad art, which has no pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, but the rub­ber nib is very good. You can ap­ply speed sen­si­tiv­ity to any Pro­cre­ate brush – a good sub­sti­tute for pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity. But the new Wa­com In­tuos Cre­ative Sty­lus is best for pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity.

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