Resources for digital illustration
In addition to traditional analogue illustrations, many artists use software or apps to create digital artworks and illustrations. Although nothing can replace the feeling of fresh paint or ink on paper, the digital alternative offers a number of benefits. First of all it is much more easier to edit the sketch without leaving eraser marks. Also you can create duplicates for different versions of an artwork. And finally the illustration can be processed very easily and much faster and can be used right away. For example, I created FRIDA and AUDREY digitally. These are my resources for digital illustration:
Hardware & Tools
The iPad Pro in combination with the Apple Pencil is one of my favorite tools to work with. The iPad is very light weight and the Apple Pencil is perfect for detailed sketches due to its pointy tip.
Software & Apps
On my iPad I use several sketching apps. My favorite app is still ProCreate. It has a ton of different brushes and options for brushes. Furthermore you can download or buy even more brushes if you need them. Creating new files is super easy and you can use a lot of layers what makes editing really effective! Exporting the illustrations is fast and simple. You can even download a video recording of the sketching.
Another app I really like using is Adobe Sketch. Mostly I use this app if I want to add watercolor elements to my illustrations. Adobe Sketch has amazing watercolor options and I like how you can make the colors blend into each other. Sometimes I just want to test how watercolor would look like on an illustration without wasting paper. If I like the outcome, I use real watercolor on paper or even use the digital watercolor elements.
Sometimes I also use the Tayasui Sketches app. Especially the ink feature is great. I like the unsteady lines it creates. The watercolor effects are also quite good.
To edit or process my illustrations I use the Adobe software Photoshop, Indesign and sometimes Illustrator on my computer. There are also light versions of Photoshop (Photoshop Express) and Indesign (Adobe Comp) for iPad.
Update September 2018: For the last couple of months I tested the new apps Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer and I am positively surprised. For each app, there is an iPad app and a desktop version available.
These are my resources for digital illustration. In my next post I will share all my resources and art supplies for traditional illustration. Subscribe to my newsletter in the sidebar so you don’t miss it. What apps and tools are you using and can you share your experience?