awesomejoj said: This is a stunning drawing, I love your technique. What have you done it with, is it an app??
First of all- I’m blushing. Thank you so much for the kind words.
If you are talking about the iPad sketches- yes. The app is Sketchbook Pro, which I got for free when it was the app of the week a few weeks back. I have since tried the free version, Sketchbook Express, which has most of the functionality of the Pro version, but doesn’t include the brushes I used.
There’s a kind of crosshatch brush that I’m fairly addicted to on the Pro version- I use it going back and forth between black and white on a very low opacity (their opacity percentages feel totally random. I’m not sure what’s up with that. They’re very punchy over some percentages that should be low, and then 35% through 70% all look the same to me.). A few other brushes are also pretty nice- there’s four different “pencil” brushes that all have different textures- those are useful. I have done all of the sketches I posted here on one or two layers on a 50% gray background. Then I add another layer for the “background,” which it actually the top layer, and take bits out or adjust until it fits.
So iPad sketching has been nice for thumbnailing, or drawing my family members while stuck on a plane, but it’s nothing like paper and pencil or Wacom tablet/computer. But it’s so clumsy it can actually produce some really interesting results. Like- it reminds me of being in school, when we would be asked to draw with our left hand. All the line work would be shoddy, but the proportions were often much improved.