. I've been well aware of Austin Kleon
for a few years but I haven't had a chance to read his books yet (soon!). I do really love his weekly newsletter
though. It's full of great links and short thoughts. Also, he was on Slate's Working podcast
, which I highly recommend if you are interested in creativity.
Getting started with Procreate
. I can't recommend Procreate
enough for anyone looking to get into drawing or illustration. You'll notice that many of those interviewed for this newsletter use it, and it's really an amazing gateway into satisfying digital creation.
If you already have a compatible iPad, it's completely worth the investment of an Apple Pencil and Procreate if you can swing it.
Procreate is only a $10 one time purchase and is an all-in-one tool. Getting too deep into the Adobe creative infrastructure involves monthly subscriptions and who needs more of that?
The biggest disadvantage of Procreate vs something like Adobe Illustrator is that Procreate does raster graphics (if you zoom in you see pixels), while Illustrator uses vector graphics (images created with math in such a way that you can zoom in and out with no pixels and always have clean lines).
This isn't a big deal unless you are a professional illustrator and you need the ability to create scalable images (like for a poster if you need to) of images you've created. You can still make very clean lines that looks like vector images within Procreate.
I've been playing around with Procreate for a few years now, but I've recently decided to really invest some time into learning it properly. If you are in the same boat, I recommend a few things:
1) I went through this fairly short (and free) course on Skillshare
. I found it incredibly helpful. There are so many little tips and tricks built into Procreate that it's almost impossible to solely play around with it and figure it all out on your own (even thought it's simple to pick up and create with).
2) Check out the Procreate subreddit
for inspiration on designs and motivation.
3) Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Trace over things and follow tutorials. Search YouTube for Procreate tutorials and when you follow along, you'll be amazed at how well it turns out. Art with Flo
is a one I hear a lot about that I plan on checking out.
4) Start with creating simple visuals. Pair thoughts or quotes with visuals that involve basic shapes and graphs. Play around with color. Maybe even commit to posting on social media every day to hold yourself accountable. That's what I'm doing!
Ok, that's it for this week. Go create something cool and share it with your friends.