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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.
I want to explain what an exercise file contains. Our layer menu is open. Now I'm going to toggle off each of the various layers which contain line work, mostly ellipses and rectangle for our base. We're going to go ahead and select our base and we're going to flood fill it. Click out. Go to my clutch at the very bottom. I'm going to select the color mixer and I'm going to choose a nice golden color. Right about there. Now I'm going to go to my Brush menu and I'm going to choose the flood fill icon, which is the third icon over.
You can tell you're in flood mode because your preview window is solid. Let's come over here. We're going to tap in that square, and as you can see it's created a nice rectangular shape. And, remember we have an edge at the very bottom at the leading edge of this platform or base. And it has to be a slightly different color, a little bit darker gold. And I'm going to flood fill that. So, I click on my clutch. Go to my mixer. And I'm going to reduce the brightness down. And you can see the difference in that Swatch, before and after swatch at the very top.
Going to click out and we're still in the flood fill mode. So, I'm going to zoom in so I can accurately place my cursor in that very leading edge. And as always click the clutch and zoom to fit all. And you can see a nice dark leading edge to that pot form. Now I want to add a shadow to this. A shadow layer underneath. So I'm going to add a new layer, a blank layer by clicking on the plus symbol. I'm going to drag this down below our base.
Click out, i'm going to choose an airbrush, out here on the left side, and I'm going to choose the color black, or a very dark color, right there, change my size to about 40 And opacity about .28. I'm going to use the straight line tool so that I don't get any wobbly from my shadow. And, as you can see, the borders are very close to the edge so I want to zoom out with a two finger pinch. Now I'm going to draw a line from here to here, and from here to here.
In fact, I can go very, I can go off the screen, as a matter of fact. Now, it's rather dark, but since we have our shadow on a separate layer, I can reduce and customize the intensity of that shadow, and I like that. That's pretty good for me. So while we're down, we create the two layers, one with the base and one with the shadow underneath. You don't see this shadow spilling over on to the base, because that shadow layer is below. The base itself.
Now, I want to add some texture to this. So I've selected my base. I'm going to add a layer on top, a blank layer. And I'm going to go to my full-screen view. Click in the corner and choose a brush that I think might give me a very nice texture. And I'm going to choose this stippling brush, increase the size to maximum of 60 and the opacity to let's say 37 is good also. I'll still use the same color that I have now or I can go ahead and adjust it Clicking on that mixer, bringing up my color palette menu.
And I'm going to lay, so I've just made a mistake. So I can undo. And I'm going to choose the freehand brush. Lay some interesting strokes down here. Just to give it a little bit of texture. Build over the edge, so that's okay and it's rather dark but that's alright as well, because I am going to come here and I am going to reduce the opacity. There we go. And as always, go to my hard eraser so I can clean up the edges. Let's go ahead and keep the opacity at 1, increase the diameter to about 30, so that I can quickly Erase that spillage.
And then rotate my tablet. So that my strokes can be made even and straight. I don't have to twist my body to match the edges of my drawing If I go too far like I have here, simply click the Undo, come back, and erase a little bit more. Now with the Undo key, it always erases the last stroke, so you want to occasionally just stop. And continue with your eraser.
If you erase everything in one long stroke, when you hit the undo key, it'll erase everything that you've done. And you don't want that. Come over here. There we go. So that's pretty good. I'm pretty happy with that. Lets bring my tablet back into position. Lets go to our layers and you know, this is a good time where you might want to play with a blending mode as well. So, we have our textures selected. We can click on the blending mode here and you can choose multiply. Makes it a little bit darker, add to.
Makes it a little bit lighter, as well as screen. So it does something very similar. For now, though, I want to keep it on normal. Click out. And fit all, by clicking the upper corner. Brings it all into view. So, I'm still pretty happy with that. Now we're going to move on to the bowl itself. going to bring up my layer. Now this is the outer rim, but for the outer rim we want to have a shadow. So I'm going to duplicate this layer with the 2 plus symbols here.
So that's now given me two elliptical shapes. The first elliptical shape at the very bottom, I have that selected. I'm going to flood fill it with a black. So I go to brush, choose my flood fill again, and choose a black color. And drag that all the way to the bottom or use your sliders. And I'll this ellipse. And that's pretty intense. So, I'm going to start off by reducing the opacity. Now, remember, we have two of these.
This top one is going to be the rim of that bowl itself. And that's going to be a fairly light gold color. I'm going to float fill that now. So. Let's go ahead. And we're going to use the color picker to choose our gold color. As I slide this over, you can see how the outer ring changes from dark to light. And that's the color it's going to select. I'll let go. Click on my clutch, and now that color is in my mixing pot. We're going to make it a little bit lighter though. Take my brightness, increase it up higher.
See the difference up here, and we're going to flat fill this again. So click on brush, make sure my flood fill icon is selected. Click out and make sure my top layer here is above this shadow layer is my circle. I'm going flood fill that. Click on it and there you go, you have the highlight. So what happened to the shadow? I'm gong to select that shadow layer. You're going to click on more options. You're going to click on transform. And for this, we're going to click on the move icon, which is the second icon over.
Using your pen, you'll be able to move that shadow layer. It's the, you have a nice, very thin. Shadow at the bottom here. And you can't see most of the shadow because that top layer is right above it, showing you the color of that realm. Alright. I like that, that's pretty good. Let's scroll down, and we're going to, now flood fill the inner hole. And that's going to be a darker gold color. So I have my layer selected. Make sure you have it selected and it's in blue here.
Click out. Click on our clutch. And adjust this for a darker gold color. I like that. I think it was a good starting position. Go to our Brush menu. Make sure in Flood Fill mode, and we're going to flood fill the center. And now you have the beginnings of that inner bowl. And all it is really is another ellipse on top of the lighter ellipse. So the next step is to add some textures, darker shadings inside, we'd be using the air brush and some of the darker brushes to give it some shape.
And this is selected here, my ball, and I'm going to add a textural layer on top. I'm going to choose a brush. Let's say, for now, Air Brush. And, I'm going to choose a darker, much darker gold color. Change the size to oh maybe 30, 32, an opacity of Let's say 37. We'll give that a shot. Now, watch how I create my strokes. Now that's much too dark, so I'm going to hit undo, and I'm going to reduce the opacity down to, let's say, 10.
And it's still too dark. Luckily that Undo button makes it very easy to come back, and we're going to try 0.008. That's better. So I can lay multiple strokes to start to define that bowl shape. What you're really doing is creating a nice U And it's always good to go very light or very a very light opacity so that you can lay multiple strokes down, eventually achieving the kind of darkness that you're looking for.
And I'm varying the Densities. A little bit darker here. I have one streak coming down here and maybe a little bit of darkness here. That's the first step. Then, I want to create some circular movement. And I'm just following that elliptical shape. Creating some circular motion with that shadow work. Now you'll notice you spilled out quite a bit over the edge and that's fine because we have to come down to our eraser our harly eraser, make sure we have a bit size of a say 34.
ANd we're going to start to erase that spillage. Always rotating my tablet so I have a good angle to work with. Now you can zoom in, of course,to make sure you hae a very clean erasure And as you zoom in, you might want to reduce the size of that tip. There we go. That will allow you to more accurately erase all that spillage. Two fingers. Drag it over to the other side.
Rotate my tablet. Rapid strokes shaving away at the spillage. All the lines, all the lines you want to get rid of. It's much easier if you do rapid short Or long strokes. Let's look at the full view. Double-click in the corner. And, you're beginning to see some of that shape inside of there. And if you want to check, simply turn on and off that texture layer and you can see what's going on in there. That's pretty good. So I've created one layer of shadow work on the interior of the bowl.
But to make it look better we want to add a few more layers. We're going to add a, another texture of dark color and we're going to add some highlights as well. So let's go ahead and add a blank layer on top of this. Click out of it. Let's choose a brush with a different texture to it like this one and change our size to about 48 and our opacity to about .09, we will give that a shot. Very gently come in and maybe try a few different stroke techniques.
Or just lay an overall pattern. But, as you can see, it's giving it a little bit of grit which is what I like. Come back. Now, we're going to erase again, all of that extra. And as you practice, you'll get better at erasing, faster and faster. And Because these layers are always available to you to work with, even after you finish the project, you can always come back and ref, clean it up with a little more detail. So, as I said, we're going to add now a highlight layer to this.
Above this layer, we're going to add another blank, and this is going to be our highlight Let's choose a different brush. We're going to choose a marker brush here. This one. And we're going to use white as a color. So just tap on our white swatch and it's filled our mixer with white, so you know that's the color you're using. For size we're going to go 40 opacity of about 0.15. Now, this is an interesting pen stroke, because as you go one direction, you have a hard edge on the right, soft edge on the left.
As you go in the other direction, hard edge is on the left, soft edge is on the right. So you want to be aware of that as you do your strokes. If you don't like the stroke you've made, just simply erase it. Try and vary the size. That. You may have to do this several times to get the perfect stroke. I think that'll work just fine. So I'm going to refine those highlights by choosing my eraser, and just gently erasing some of the edges just to smooth it out. Like that. Don't know if you can see it on your monitor, but I think that'll work out just fine.
So I can come here, and I can adjust that layer as well, back it off a little bit to about 50% opacity Okay, now I'm going to move onto the drain itself. This is the outer rim, so this is also going to be that very light bright polished gold color. And I can choose that same color by going to my clutch, choosing my color picker. Clicking and dragging it to match that rim.
I let go. And that's my new color. We can verify that by clicking the clutch and looking at the mixer pod at the very top. We're going to use a flood fill so I choose my brush options, click on the flood fill. Let's zoom in. And, photo fill that little circle. That's pretty good. And, remember how we added the shadow work to the outer rim. I'm going to do something very similar here. I'm going to duplicate this. And I'm going to flood fill this bottom one with black. Press menu, choose the color black, we're still in the flood fill mode, I'm going to tap that.
Now I'm going to go to my transform menu, click transform, and the icon right next to that, called move layer. And drag this off to the side. As you can see, I can move it anywhere I want, let go, click done. And let's zoom out to view all. And I like that, it's a little dark, so I'm going to reduce the opacity of the layer. That shadow so that it's a bit more subtle. There. I think that'll work fine. Now that we've finished the outer rim of that drain, we need to select the inner part of that drain and give it some shading, some highlights and shadow.
To give it that metallic look. So I'm going to select my layer. I'm going to flood fill it with a very dark gold color here. Right about there. I think that'll work fine. We're still in the flood mode. So I can click the center. And, let's zoom in so we can get a better look at this. We're going to add a blank layer. And we're going to use some of those tools that we've used before. Click on the clutch. Click on the marker. Choose a black. And let's reduce the size.
To about thirty six, opacity of maybe sixteen. Add some strokes. Good. I like that. Now we're going to add another layer. Another blank layer, and we're going to add some highlights to it. We'll choose white, okay, I think that'll work out fine. So let's go ahead and erase the excess line work here, make sure our size of our brush is fairly small since we're so zoomed in Quickly erase that. Go to the layer below that. Erase this excess.
Turn our tablet. Always pay attention To your body as you draw and as you erase like this. Making sure that your posture is proper will go a long way in maintaining your health. All right. It looks pretty good. I'm going to change the opacity of this a little bit. A little bit darker, there we go. Let's zoom out, double clicking in the corner, and there you have it.
We've created a golden bowl glazed. We have highlights around the edges. We have some shadow work on the inside. There's one more thing we need to add to give it that extra punch. And that's putting some highlights. So, let's go back to our layers. We're going to add another layer on top here at the very top. And this is going to be some highlights. It's a fairly easy to do, you follow some very simple instructions. We're going to choose pure white, and air brush.
And reduce the size to about seventeen and the opacity to about point seven. We're going to zoom in, undo We're going to zoom in. And along the edge, we're going to follow the rim itself. But as you can see, it's putting a bright highlight there. Let's zoom out. I just made a mistake here, so I'll hit undo. Command. On the opposite side I'm going to add another highlight right here.
And at the drain itself. Very gentle. Okay. Zoom out, see the effect, and that's pretty good to start with. But now we're going to add a specular highlight. Come in, zoom in a little bit. Using the same brush, same settings. We're going to start to tap in And create a singular spot for the highlight. With two fingers we'll drag it over to the edge, and create an additional highlight.
Lets zoom out, and we make some adjustments here. Reduce the opacity quite a bit. Come down, taking that broad highlight, by reducing the opacity there. Let's see what we have. Now, that adds quite a bit to it. So, as you've just seen, with careful consideration to the order and placement of layers and layer effects. We can create a fairly sophisticated illustration, and you have the ability to go back and fine tune each of the individual effect layers long after the project is finished.
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