Sketching with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

For Christmas I was very lucky to get an iPad Pro AND the new Apple Pencil as a joint gift from my sweet husband (don't tell him I called him sweet) and father-in-law. The hubs is probably already regretting this gift choice because it's been pretty difficult to get me to put either one down. 

The pencil was backordered and I didn't actually get my hands on it until a few weeks after Christmas, but now that I've been playing with it for a couple of weeks, I'm really starting to get the hang of it. I have been wanting to refine my comic further, so I have been thinking about the feedback I got from Christine Fleming, which was to work on the backgrounds and make the house at the top look like a specific house rather than just any old house. I also have been watching classes on Because I am obsessive compulsive about feeling like I haven't missed anything important, I can't start anything in the middle (I seriously will rewind 20 minutes of a TV show if I feel like I missed even a few lines) and I watched the entire fundamentals series before doing anything else. 

The fundamentals classes were really helpful because I don't feel like I've ever been taught a complete perspective class and I definitely get hung up on details rather than the structure and basic shapes when I'm drawing, so it was nice to have a refresher on how to draw and how to draw from all different angles. I frequently find myself trying to draw things from the easiest angle because I don't know how to work it out from a different perspective. The easiest angle also typically is the most boring one.

Once I finished how to draw, perspective, color, and light and shadow I dove into composition and was anxious to apply the principles to my one page comic. Here is a new sketch which is just a screenshot of the Procreate app on my iPad.


Compared to the one from this post, I feel like the comic improved quite a bit. I have found that drawing with the Apple Pencil has become easier than drawing with a real pencil and have been so absorbed in what I'm working on that I have occasionally tried to brush away non-existent eraser and pencil dust.

I think the coolest thing about drawing digitally is that you can zoom in and work on things in much greater detail than you can with pencil and paper. I also feel like it's easier to get really nice smooth gradients with the Apple Pencil than with a real pencil. And it goes without saying that every Pencil should come with an undo feature.

I have always been most in my element doing plain old black and white pencil sketches, but there are so many possibilities with colors and textures using Procreate and there's a Painting with iPad Pro class that I'm anxious to watch on I'm excited to see what kinds of results I can get when I start moving into digital painting.