I’m continuing to bang away at painting on the iPad. I have the unrealistic wish that it painting on it should be a joy. I’m pretty sure it could be so when mobile software catches up with desktop. In theory everything a person needs is available in most apps – but there are a few things in Photoshop I rely on (hue/shift, levels, curves, possibly layer modes color and overlay) that I truly miss. In this world of everyone imitating their competitors on the appstore, I’m really not sure why nobody has simply given us Photoshop’s painting approach on the pad. Or for that matter why Adobe doesn’t put out a drawing app of their own.
In the mean time, I think I’m getting comfortable with ‘ink drawing’ in Procreate. I really like the ‘smoke’ brush, and I’ve tuned up a few rakes to give nice rakey marks. I used a stylus this time – something I’ve been resisting, as I think a 5 finger interface could be vastly superior. BUT. If they’re not going to give me decent gesture controls for brush size, opacity, tool switching, etc – then I guess I’m giving in and accepting that drawing with a pen is pretty nice actually.
[ 1 hour sketches, Procreate, New iPad]