Wanderings of an artist in the trenches.

ProCreate is killing me!


Can’t get over this fun iPad app. It totally gets out of the way and let’s me just draw and paint.


– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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8 responses

  1. These are incredible. Cool texture.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

  2. You’ve succumbed to the demon-techno-bitch known as iPad and made beautiful art with it. Very cool stuff, George.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    • Ha! Thanks, Vincent…I think. 🙂 It certainly can be a demon. One that has to be fed!

      I am smitten with the iPad for sure. It has changed my computing habits for the better. I’m much more productive on the iPad than anything else digitally. The only thing I use my MacBook Pro for these days is heavy lifting in Aperture, digital asset management. I love LightZone for tweaking out my photographs, and I occasionally use Photoshop for combining my scanned panels into pages and using Photomerge. But that’s really about it. Everything else is done on the iPad.

      I loved all the whining from the Anti-Apple crowd, a particularly rabid bunch, when the iPad came out about how it wasn’t a content creation device, but just a hobbled consumption device — which it never was. I was immediately doing all my writing on the thing as well as posting my blog from it, doing some photo manipulation, etc. It’s only gotten better with each iteration and the apps have taken off, offering some great creativity boosts.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:42 PM

  3. Do you think you could work on the Ipad and use a program like this to create a Graphic Novel or Comic book? Could it possibly be all done exclusively on the Ipad? Do you still find it at all difficult working digitally compared to traditional materials? Can you get those happy accidents much on the Ipad?

    May 5, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    • Thanks for the comments!

      Yes, I think it would be entirely possible to do a book on the iPad. Absolutely! I was conversing with Duncan Fegredo over Twitter the other evening and he’s already done a one pager via Brushes that looks wonderful! So, yes. No problem.

      I don’t find it difficult to work digitally. That has never been an issue I have with digital work. I just find that in order to do things that come so naturally in traditional I have to jump through more hoops to do simple things. And, most importantly, I love original art way too much to be totally taken in. 🙂 Jeff Jones toyed with digital in a very small way and found that, at least for him, it gave nothing back. There was no tactile return like one gets with a brush and paint or pen and ink. I agree with that. But I do like what I get out of it all. And, never say never.

      I find that I have to design the happy accidents into the digital. Throw things up that might allow for happy accidents. So it’s more like things are accidentally on purpose happy accidents. 🙂 Which in some ways is not so far off the mark with traditional. But the randomization in computers is just that, a forced randomization, not withstanding the conscious randomization of the artist. But it’s an algorithm not a true random act.

      It would be fun to do a story digitally, actually. The beauty of digital is you can have many versions of the same thing with small tweaks here and there, or complete makeovers. What I’ve found as a teacher is that digital breeds this sort of weird holding pattern in students. They don’t go to the computer to execute a design that they’ve already worked out. The computer allows them to never make a decision. They can play until the cows come home. Problem is — cows don’t come home. I have to teach students to shit or get off the pot. And, they seem to take the program at face value. They don’t really experiment much, which is crazy to me. I like to get into a program and punch all the buttons to see what would happen. I want to see if I can break it. Can I push it to do things it was maybe not meant to do.

      I push my the traditional to my students constantly. I believe that if you truly learn the traditional skill sets, then digital will come very easy to you. The inverse is not true. Mixing color is a very different animal than picking a color. Knowing how you got there is half the battle. But the aesthetic qualities of painting and drawing kick in. Paint quality. Textures, etc. These seem to be lost on most of the digital crew. Things all feel as though they’re made of plastic, brightly, and strangely colored plastic. It’s lost the sense of the tactile lure that paintings really have.

      My favorite digital artists, Jon Foster, Craig Mullins, Justin Sweet, Rick Berry, etc. are all wonderful traditional painters and it shows in the digital work they produce. The computer becomes another tool in their arsenal. A means to an end, not the end in and of itself.

      Anyway, my two cents.

      May 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

  4. Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer my questions.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

  5. A. Lee Son

    You’re addicted!!

    I hope all those oils haven’t dried up by now..

    May 16, 2012 at 1:14 AM

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