Drawing on the iPad with SketchBook Pro
Illustration by John Hersey

New sketches from alternative sources


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Drawing on the iPad with SketchBook Pro

with Victor Osaka

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Creating a new sketch from alternative sources, such as the built in iPad camera. Say we choose a large canvas size, 2500 x 2500, and the camera is your source.

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Drawing on iPad with SketchBook Pro | Online Video Course
1h 21m Beginner Apr 18, 2014

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iPad and SketchBook Pro make a great team for quick illustrations and drawing on the go. Victor Osaka introduces techniques that will make sketching with the iPad a natural, regular part of your artistic process. Also, learn how to choose a case and stylus that are best for drawing, access SketchBook's brushes and layers, and build compositions with layered color, shading, texture, and effects.

Topics include:
  • Choosing a stylus
  • Working with brushes and layers
  • Shading and texturing
  • Using hot corners and gestures
  • Exporting your work
  • Drawing ergonomics
Subject:
Design
Software:
SketchBook Pro iPad
Author:
Victor Osaka

New sketches from alternative sources

Creating a new sketch from alternative sources, such as the built in iPad camera. Or from a Photoshop file in Dropbox, for example. Very easy to do, with a few limitations. Click on the third icon on the bottom Menu bar. This is the Import icon. It looks like a flower with a plus symbol to the right. After you click on this icon you must consider the canvas size and corresponding layer count. Once you do, only then should you choose your source. There is a caveat however. Say we choose a large canvas size, 2500 x 2500, and the camera is your source.

It will result in an imported image with a white border around it. This is because the camera resolution is smaller than the canvas size itself. If your imported image is smaller that the canvas, you'll have to transform it to fit. So let's go ahead and take a photo of the wood grain on this table. We'll tap Use Photo. We'll have to transform this layer. Two finger zoom in. Click on Done. Now your texture fills your entire canvas. Now, if your source is larger than your canvas it will automatically be resized and fill the canvas. It's not easy to do this within Sketchbook Pro.

However, there are several programs such as Photoshop that can tell you the size and allow you to adjust it before bringing it into the iPad. So here's a quick demonstration of adding texture to your work. Let's say we're going to use this texture and I'm going to add another layer. Click on the Plus symbol. Make sure that you have the correct brush. And, opacity of one and make it say 2.3, black ink. Let's create a spherical shape. We're going to flood fill the outside. So we'll do a three finger swipe down.

Bring up our requester, choose the Flood Fill icon. Tap on anywhere on the outside of that circle and it'll flood fill it. It'll give us a black background with a spherical shape on center. Okay. Let's go to our Layers, tap on texture layer that we just imported. I'm going to choose the Airbrush. Make sure I have large size, and, about 0.4, 0.04 opacity. Let's go ahead and add a little bit of shading to give it a three dimensional shape to it.

And there you have it, so there's a quick demonstration of adding texture to your work.

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Q: Which tablet case do you use in these tutorials? What do you look for when buying a case?
A: In the course, I am using a product called the FitFolio®, by Speck. They make this style of case for a variety of tablets, and it is one of the few that address all of my recommendations for the ideal tablet case. When choosing a tablet case you want to look for:
 
   - A clean, unobstructed top surface--that is, no tabs sticking up and no thick bezel that hits your hand as it moves over the top.
   - A case that is very stable when it sits on a table or flat surface.
   - A case that, when opened, allows you to rotate the table without a big flap getting in the way.
 
Check out the Speck FitFolio® here: http://www.speckproducts.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=fitfolio.
 
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