Just be.

This is the first thing I’ve made in Procreate that I could see putting on a t-shirt. I fussed with the letters (esp. that darned “B”) forever but eventually found a style I liked.

The Apple Pencil makes lettering on an iPad more intuitive, but the tip of the pencil is slippery on the glass. It doesn’t have the same tactile feedback as paper and marker, so it’s harder to control the stroke width. I redrew these letters so. many. times. and my hand was cramping by the end. I’m used to drawing with the point of my finger, not my whole hand. 😀

Imaginary city

Tim loaned me his iPad so I could fiddle around with the Apple Pencil and the full version of Procreate. I need so much practice, but I appreciate the ability to work in finer detail than I can when drawing with my finger, and the pressure-sensitive features make it easier and more intuitive to write script. I may have to sneak them away again soon.

I’m rereading Stephen King’s It for the many-ith time since I first read it at 11, and it may have influenced that drippy balloon up there.

I’ve always had a fascination with horror in fiction. Like many 80’s and 90’s kids, I cut my teeth on R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike before reading my way through King’s library. I love a good ghost story.

These days, my tastes lean more toward sci-fi dystopias, but I come back to books like The Stand and It for the brilliant storytelling more so than the scares.

moonlit glow

This is a recreation of a painting I did during Paint Night at a Grand Meetup several years ago (the original is here). Procreate lets you create these neat playbacks so you can see how many times I backtracked and changed things.

I like the glow effect in the background. I’m not happy with the leaves, though. The beauty of digital painting is I can always go back and redo them, no mess. 🙂

more procreate experiments

I love it when I first get into a new technique or practice, in that early stage where I’m experimenting and figuring it out without the pressure to know what I’m doing or to make something perfect. I suppose the secret is bringing that mentality to whatever I’m working on, whether I’m new to the technique or not.

These came about from doodling on my phone while the TV was on in the background (Maine Cabin Masters, for the curious).

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