A couple of years ago, Josiah Brooks (Jazza) released an app called Arty Games that generates random ideas for illustrators. I’ve used it for a few drawings in the past, which was a great way to battle creative block when I wanted to draw something, but couldn’t come up with any ideas.
I recently decided to do a daily art challenge that incorporates a new idea each day from the app using Procreate on the iPad Pro. Each day I drew a randomly generated character idea and then finally placed them in an environment as dictated from Arty Games.
Day 1: A grumpy goblin smoking a joint with a robot arm.
Day 2: A jolly elf who has had too much coffee.
Day 3: A murderous kindergartener with glasses who is afraid of their own shadow.
Day 4: An evil robot from the future who can control time and is wearing large gloves.
Day 5: A porcupine who is stitched up like Frankenstein’s monster who is holding a key.
Day 6: A celestial cow who needs batteries to survive and is wearing leather shoes.
Day 7: A sparkly dragon who is wearing an oversized shirt.
Day 8: A pine tree forest filled with tombstones.
Day 9: Coloring the characters.
This personal challenge was a lot of fun and pushed me to draw things that I would never normally draw on my own. Coloring was probably the biggest challenge for me as it’s not my strong suit. You can watch the entire process in this time lapse video:
Overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out and I’m glad I was able to finish it before I hand over my iPad Pro to get the screen replaced. The corner of the screen has a dead spot when using the Apple Pencil, which is incredibly annoying, so hopefully I’ll be back to drawing soon.
If you follow any of my social media, you’ll probably know that I love using Procreate and Affinity Designer on my iPad to draw. Although they’re two of the best mobile drawing apps that currently exist, they have their limits in the number of drawing tools available in each app. Thankfully, there’s a great community of artists that make a wide assortment of brushes for Affinity Designer/Photo, Procreate, and Photoshop.
Frankentoon is one of my favorite websites for aftermarket brush sets and assets for Procreate and Affinity software. They’re constantly releasing new packs and even provide tutorials how to use them. Their nature brush pack is a huge timesaver for anyone who needs to paint leaves, smoke, water, rocks, etc.
The Procreate community of artists is a fantastic resource for artist-made brushes and tools. Whenever I’m looking for a very specific type of brush, I search the community and I’ve always been able to find one for free or at a nominal fee. iPadLettering.com is also a great source of very affordable brushes and shapes, especially if you’re looking to create lettering artwork. Script isn’t my strong suit, so I mostly use a variety of drawing and painting brushes instead.
Before Procreate, Affinity, and the iPad Pro existed, I did most of my digital illustrations in Photoshop. In those days, I used a brush pack created by YouTuber, Josiah Brooks, who is also known as “Jazza”.
Today is the final day of Inktober 2018 and Procreate Inktober. There were a couple times I questioned if I could do two drawings a day for 31 days, but I was able to complete it (some drawings were better than others). Thankfully, having the list of prompts allowed me to draw ahead of schedule for days I knew I would be too busy to complete two drawings.
Inktober Day 28: Gift
Inktober Day 9: Precious
Inktober Day 11: Cruel
Inktober Day 30: Jolt
Inktober Day 31: Slice
Inktober Day 29: Double
Inktober Day 24: Chop
Inktober Day 27: Thunder
Inktober gave me a chance to test out different styles of drawing as well as different software and media. I mostly used Procreate and Affinity Designer on the iPad Pro, but I also experimented with different types of pens, which you can watch on my YouTube Inktober Playlist.
Procreate Inktober Day 1: Houseplant
Procreate Inktober Day 5: Monarch
Procreate Inktober Day 16: Identity
Procreate Inktober Day 30: Griffin
Procreate Inktober Day 28: Hair
Procreate Inktober Day 27: Breakfast
Procreate Inktober Day 21: Fluffy
Procreate Inktober Day 17: Umbrella
As the name implies, I only used Procreate for the iPad to draw all of the Procreate Inktober drawings. I tried to include a lot of references to things I enjoy to see if any of my social media followers also liked the same things. A few references I used were Ducktales, Ghostbusters, Futurama, The Midnight, and a plethora of puns.
If you’re interested in seeing all of my drawings, check out my Twitter and Instagram accounts. How did you do? Were you able to complete all 31 days?
It’s officially October 1, which is the first day of Inktober and Procreate Inktober. I’m not going to be making a blog post for each day just to display each drawing, but please follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to stay updated.
Since I’m going to be attempting to participate in both Inktobers this year, my drawings will probably be more on the simplistic side in order to fit in 62 drawings around my daily life. That being said, I would like to experiment more this year and may try some different styles, or even different mediums. Maybe I’ll switch up between Procreate, Affinity Designer, pixel art, and pen and paper.
Will you also be participating in both or are you favoring one over the other?
Coincidentally, hours after I published the Inktober blog post, Procreate announced that they’re going to be having their own version of Inktober this year.
The rules are very similar, each day of October you’ll draw a black and white illustration based on a daily theme. The difference for Procreate’s version is that you’ll use Procreate for iOS and tag your drawings on social media using @Procreate and #ProcreateInktober.
In which Inktober will you be participating? I may try to do both and use Affinity Designer exclusively for Inktober since I’ll be using Procreate for the other.
Part of my day job is creating animated cartoons for online learning courses. For my latest project, it was decided to have it set in an apartment with two-dimensional cartoon characters superimposed. Given the time frame, I tried to find the easiest and fastest way to model the apartment in 3-D using inexpensive software with the smallest learning curve. Planner 5D met all of my requirements, so I decided to give it a shot.
One thing I really liked about Planner 5D is that it’s available for Mac, PC, and mobile devices. This was handy because I could work in it anywhere and could easily show off different layouts to the team even if I wasn’t near my desktop computer.
It also has a lot of built-in models that you can quickly drop in and customize as needed, which was a huge time saver. I was able to learn the software, create an apartment for the project, revise as needed from team feedback, and render out all of the stills in about 2 business days.
For the characters, I quickly sketched out some ideas in Procreate on my iPad Pro based on the descriptions given to me by the instructional designer during our meeting. In this case, the main characters were a college student and his anthropomorphic ostrich roommate.
I imported the sketches into Adobe Animate, traced them, and broke them into individual graphics so they could be easily animated.
I then imported the background images that were created and rendered in Planner 5D and animated the characters on different layers. The Keyframe Caddy extension for Adobe Animate is a huge time-saver and cut down the amount of time it took to lip-sync the characters to the dialogue.
If you’re looking to make an animation in a similar style, I hope you also find these tools useful. I know personally, it was very handy to have software like this to cut down on production time.