Painting with an iPad

A few weeks ago I joined the masses and bought an iPad. I got it pretty much for client work and as a way to show my illustration and animation portfolio around. Anyway, I heard through the AMI about this awesome app called Procreate, and I had to share. It’s essentially a miniature version of photoshop for the iPad, you can swap out brushes and textures, mix colors, work in layers, and play with flow, opacity, and line weight just like in photoshop. Returning to my all-time favorite topic of sea otters, this is my first painting using the app…I didn’t spend too long on it, it was more of an exercise, but I was excited to have done this basically just with finger paints.

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Psychedelic otter

As a break from the constant study of human anatomyPsychedelic otter I’ve found myself exploring scientific illustration in my free time this weekend. As an offshoot of that I played around with some of the basic Photoshop tools to make this little critter drawing of my favorite animal, the otter!

It started out as more of a basic illustration, but I got caught up playing with colors and this was the result. The contrasting colors look kind of fun, and it looks like he’s looking out from the shadows into a light beam. I guess my brain needed to step away from realistic renderings for a bit.