I feel a bit let down by Wacom. Bought the ICS2 based on Procreate's appearance on the product page as "supported". Procreate is the killer app for me. Most other art apps are average, low res and clunky at best. Look forward to being able to use Procreate again.
I don't know how useful this is to anyone but I thought I'd spend some time reflecting my approach to designing cartoon characters using Procreate. I can generally be found drinking coffee and munching ciabattas in the local cafe whilst I draw!
I just wanted to provide some feedback and credit to you guys. Not only for what you've done with this app but to my overall production process.
I sketch a lot. I mean a ridiculous amount. I used to carry sketchbooks from A5 to A3 depending on where I was heading. Now I just carry an iPad Air loaded with Procreate. My stylus of choice is Wacom's Intuos CS.
I write and illustrate books for children, amongst other things. Once the story is defined I spend a fair bit of time storyboarding with "roughs". This is done pretty much entirely using Procreate. I always select 2048x2048 and opt for the standard unmodified HB pencil set to a light grey. More often than not I also plonk myself in a cafe in my hometown and sketch as I drink coffee. ( I've become known as the iPad arty bloke locally :) ) To feel so relaxed with such a powerful and versatile tool at my fingertips is immense.
The features that set the app aside for me are based largely around the fine-tuning but essentially its real strength is that it allows me to work at the same rate as I think. This is vital.
The ability to zoom "to the dot" at speed, apply modifications with fine detail, adjust colour / size and opacity with simple gestures, work with layers and produce work at such a strong resolution lift this app away from the competition. Other apps have their place. Paper by 53 is quirky but weak and very limited. Adobe and Wacom's own solutions are limited. ArtRage is beautiful but sluggish. Procreate wins with its speed of execution and feature set.
I love that I can then transfer the sketches to the Mac and complete the book using Corel's Painter X3 and the ridiculously beautiful Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch. I worked damned hard to save and purchase that desktop hardware and software. A combined price of over £4,000. iPad Air, Procreate and Wacom's stylus are a fraction of that and more than capable of producing production quality art.
My only request for future versions would be to have a better default set of painting tools. Good water colour effects would be neat.
I guess that in some respects I'd love to see the app on the Mac. But in other respects I love that it is purely an iPad solution.
Don't ever sell this product guys. You're way ahead of the rest ;)
I've seen these on the Facebook iPad Artists group and they really are staggering. Incredible vision, technique and focus on display here. Do you have any tutorials anywhere? I'd love to see how you go about crafting your art. Very inspirational. Wilf