Test Driving Procreate

Do you remember your first attempt at rollerskating, skateboarding, or snow skiing?

Arms out careening around trying to find your balance? That was me on testing out procreate today. Last night I received a new iPad. In the ten years since my first and only iPad purchase, a lot has changed! After powering up, I just had to hold my iPhone next to it upon start-up, and wahlaa, I was in and set up!

This morning I downloaded the procreate app and thought I would give it a test. Wow, what a learning curve! Arms out, careening around through brushes, layers, and colour picking. Of course the image I created is just a stab at random textures, and shy on anything creative (actually, it reminds me of something found on a 1918 tea towel after sopping up spilled tea for two decades), but that’s not the point. It was an adventure in trying to see if I could create anything in a foreign land. It was pretty tough and I still have no clue, but that is the beauty of knowing that brilliant and talented people share great information on Youtube and I can research their wisdom.

Procreate is fast, this test drive was just about a 3 hour drive. Again, I had no plan what-so-ever. I thought I would just make a brushes swatch page, but my circle strokes became an apple….and I just kept going. I can tend to become overwhelmed with having to learn a new program, but once I get my feet wet the challenge seems to entice me into more discoveries. I love the feel of the pencil and not a mouse, or a pen on a wacom tablet while looking at a screen. I purchased a “paperlike” matt protecter film that really feels like paper! The sketching feeling is terrific. Best yet, is that this is the “mobile” painting pallet I can take anywhere, and just doodle or continue a work in process. I am excited to see how far I can take this new program, today I just learned how to start it up and signal I was merging into traffic!

If anyone has suggestions of a great set of brushes, their experience, or tutorials, I would really appreciate it!

Best, Liza

  1. Congratulations on your new mobility! I’ve been posting from an Android since my blog began. At first I really missed having a keyboard — now, I wouldn’t go back.

    And… it’s a BEAUTIFUL tea towel!


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  2. I much prefer my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil it’s so easy to pick up and put down. My program faves are Artrage and Studio pro. They are all very similar. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create, I’m sure it will be fabulous 💜

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    1. Thank you Elaine! I will look into both of those programs. I am hoping to speed up how I paint and the tools along with being able to take it with me will be terrific! The programs aren’t easy! Thanks again!

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  3. You will have so much fun with art easily at your fingertips!
    I have procreate on my iPad but haven’t been using it much lately. Anyway, I only really doodled with it so your “tea towel” is already beyond me! 😆 The detail on the wheat is really impressive!
    Enjoy! And looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to the adventure, but a little overwhelmed with learning all the ins and outs! My primary goal is to work a little faster, since I only have about 9 hours a week available 😞, and hopefully will be more productive with the new mobility!

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    1. Glad to hear that! I have finally learned two things about myself; If i create with an agenda of “getting it right” (whatever that is), then the work becomes stiff and I most definitely will not have fun = train-wreck. But if I decide creativity is an adventure, play, and to just see where it goes, I have fun = “good time!” and, it only took me about 20 years to get it! – thank you for your comment. 🙂

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Phil, I appreciate that…. between you and me, the posts that are of the site galleries, etc.,…. were unavoidable due to the template. The WP engineers are amazing, but that one glitch had to remain. Ha ha, so many can zippy quick over to a new theme… I took 3 weeks to build and finesse, so your comment means a lot!!!! Thank you again Phil!

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