Au­todesk Sketch­book

A step-by-step tu­to­rial for cre­at­ing an iPad master­piece.

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Ilove paint­ing por­traits on my iPad, es­pe­cially of my hus­band Phil, who is a will­ing model and al­ways loves see­ing him­self in print. In each work, I try to mas­ter some­thing new or ex­per­i­ment with a dif­fer­ent tech­nique. Here, I'm por­tray­ing a lam­plit evening scene, uti­liz­ing a style in which I mixed drawing and paint­ing. This piece is atyp­i­cal for me in that I only used one brush (more on that in a bit).


I be­gan the piece with a rough sketch in Au­todesk Sketch­Book (free). I like to use the Adonit Jot Touch sty­lus ($99.95), which cre­ates true pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity on my iPad and al­lows me to rest my hand on the screen while drawing.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing the sketch, I added a new layer on top, re­fined it in black, and then trashed the brown out­line. I se­lect- ed a 2048 x 1536 can­vas size, al­low­ing me six lay­ers to work with. (There is only one layer in the free ver­sion; sign up for ad­di­tional tools.) This is per­fect for paint­ing and large-for­mat print­ing to pa­per, alu­minum, or can­vas.

I set the pen up in the brush edi­tor for the sketch, and then se­lected the ta­per and opac­ity for the vari­a­tion in the line. As I moved to block in the color in the paint­ing, I in­creased the size vari­ant and brought the opac­ity to al­most 100 per­cent. Later, for blend­ing and fin­ish­ing, I de­creased opac­ity and size once again. You might also want to ex­per­i­ment with the new smear and syn­thetic brushes.

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