After catching up with a friend I haven’t seen since high school, I thought it might be an interesting challenge to draw someone from memory. Having only taken one picture that turned out dark that evening I didn’t have a lot to go on other than memory, so it was definitely difficult. In the end I can’t say that I am thrilled with it, but it is what it is. I guess that’s the point of practicing, right?
This is the part of the post where I usually show the video of the sped-up animation process, but the ProCreate app managed to crash multiple times during the process. Although it didn’t lose my drawing, it did lose the first half of the illustration, which in this one, was the most interesting. So no video on this one.
As part of my new self-imposed “draw every day” mandate, I’m finding it easier to just draw on the iPad than to try to draw in a sketch book, since I always have it with me. Today’s daily doodle is a dark little Poe illustration created with ProCreate:
I really liked a doodle that I had begun in a meeting one day, so I decided to take the time to flesh it out a bit more. One of the best features of the ProCreate app on the iPad is the fact that it will export the video of the process. I discovered this feature last year and created my little red balloon movie on Cameo.
Here’s the final version of the image:
And here’s the way-more-interesting video of the process:
So the new version of the Procreate app for iPad has an “export video” function. Take that little video, run it through the Cameo app, and you end up with a fun little hipster movie.
There are some caveats to this method, most notably the lack of a true timeline to go back upon which to make edits. It records what you draw in real time, so any mistakes are visible until you erase/overwrite them, both of which actions are also visible. Personally, I like the rough draft feeling of this style of animation. It doesn’t give as polished a finished product, but as an added feature to an already-amazing illustration app it has the ability to become my favorite digital drawing tool.