Paint an ex­otic mar­ket scene

Niko­lai Lock­ert­sen pushes the pos­si­bil­i­ties of iPad art us­ing Pro­cre­ate’s beefed-up colour op­tions and high-def de­tail

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paint­ing on the com­mute to work is some­thing I en­joy. A few years ago, I painted with wa­ter­colour on the one-hour morn­ing bus ride. I man­aged to bal­ance a small booklamp, a cup of wa­ter, paint and a book in one hand, and painted with the other. The urge to have some dig­i­tal de­vice that could match what I did in Pho­to­shop was strong.

Then I bought an iPad. Pre­vi­ously, I had tried paint­ing on my iPhone with the Brushes app, and although it wasn’t a hope­less cause, it was just too small. In con­trast, the iPad was a per­fect size and I could paint for 10 hours per charge. I got hooked! In the first cou­ple of years I painted with the Brushes app. I liked it a lot and you could ex­tract high-res­o­lu­tion images and video of the paint­ing process. But the app had its lim­i­ta­tions.

Then Pro­cre­ate was men­tioned in an on­line art thread, and when I tried it I was sur­prised at how good the brush en­gine was. It felt like Pho­to­shop and I fell for it right away. Ini­tially, Pro­cre­ate also had some lim­i­ta­tions: it lacked high­res­o­lu­tion can­vases, Se­lec­tion and Trans­form tools and a lot of the ad­just­ments op­tions avail­able to­day, but it was still the best paint­ing app for iPad on the mar­ket. I’ve been a 100 per cent Pro­cre­ate man ever since. And now the tool is, in many re­spects, bet­ter than even Pho­to­shop. I have a 24-inch Wa­com Cin­tique screen at the stu­dio where I work, but I only use it for ref­er­ence. I ac­tu­ally paint on the iPad in Pro­cre­ate. This com­bi­na­tion is so good now that I would say the only lim­it­ing fac­tor lies with the artist’s skill level, rather than th­ese su­perb dig­i­tal tools.

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