A step-by-step tutorial for creating an iPad masterpiece.
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).
START WITH A SKETCH
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.