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on: January 05, 2014, 02:15:03 AM
I want to share a limited* amount of what I've been learning about 'Digital Art'. I'll post here, where we can share some knowledge, tips & experiences of this media (if that's ok with Dennis & Nolan).

I've briefly looked at a few apps (applications software) to use on the iPad. Conflicting feedback reviews and advantages/disadvantages for the many apps available make it a daunting task to narrow down good ones. I've managed to select a few that fit with quality, ease of use, cost considerations and, exporting final work.
I'll just give a superficial overview so that I can get down to explaining/demoing the use. 
For now I'll talk about Procreate:
This app seems to be very popular with many people including professional. It's very good value and easy to use (for basic drawing) but has the ability for advanced use as people progress.

I'll post more later today after seeing if this is an area of interest and, whether people would like more info. Obviously, Paint Basket is a business not just for freebies! so, I'd be thinking on the lines of 'project lessons' via Paint Basket later on (that's why I put 'share limited'* at the beginning!).
« Last Edit: January 08, 2014, 12:38:37 PM by Tony (ASM) »
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Reply #1 on: January 05, 2014, 05:30:17 AM
 :thankyou:  Tony, I know  'feathers' about digital art and what its capabilities are but I am always eager to learn so anything you are able to share with us would be welcomed.  Many thanks, Patricia
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Reply #2 on: January 05, 2014, 09:10:35 AM
Just what I need, another art medium  :sweat: ::)   But I'm with ya, Tony, bring it on!!!
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Reply #3 on: January 05, 2014, 09:36:13 AM
I'm with patricia and Lillian bring it on  O0   don't know if I'll be any good at it mind you but always willing to learn  :2funny:
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Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014, 10:59:34 AM
Thanks for the replies Patricia, Lillian and Jennylynn  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:


I'll post info on digital art and why it's an interesting concept to have in your artistic tool bag soon.
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Reply #5 on: January 06, 2014, 07:32:08 AM
 :thankyou:  Tony.  Patricia
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Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014, 02:28:01 AM
'Digital Art'. Sharing some info, hints & tips:

There are a number of computer software options for Digital Art as well as apps (applications software) for tablets (iPad, Chrome Book, etc.). They range in functionality, price and quality. They're are used by newbies to professionals in the fields of art, from Graphic Designers, Illustrators to Photographers and Hobbyists.
Choosing a software to buy only comes after learning what 'Digital Art' is and how it may serve ones artistic requirements. Although cost is a major factor in deciding to purchase software, so is the ability to be able to learn how to use it! A good manual is okay but, physical demonstrations via video tutorials in a step-by-step process is far better to encourage. So, I've narrowed down a few suggestions based on these prerequisites, apart from video tutorials that are not available in great numbers yet.
Of course, we need a digital Notebook/Tablet like a iPad to use the application software I'm suggesting: 'Procreate' available from iTunes quite cheap at £3.99.
Here are the details. You have to open your iTunes to purchase. Just click where it says 'open in iTunes' on the left:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/procreate-sketch-paint-create./id425073498?mt=8


I'll post more soon...





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Reply #7 on: January 08, 2014, 05:31:10 AM
 O0    :thankyou:  Tony!  More please! 
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Reply #8 on: January 08, 2014, 12:33:25 PM
Ok Lillian!  ;)
Once you've purchased Procreate (or any other app) and downloaded it, you have a few options for learning it.
With the app 'Procreate', used on the iPad, there is a manual you can read about the functions for using it. This manual is readable by going to the help settings and downloading if it free to your iBooks library or, viewing it as a PDF (Portable Document Format).
I prefer video tutorials but, there weren't many on Youtube that taught beginners how to use this app. I'm sure there will be in the not too distant future.
Anyway, this Digital Art has a language all of it's own! A parlance of terms totally foreign to me! I had to Google many words to determine meanings. As you should expect if you enter this realm. There are other software users familiar with these words who use PS (Photo Shop) or other apps like iDraw. But, it takes time to learn.


I used to think of digital as not really art in the sense of painting but, my opinion has certainly changed. As might yours once you add this option to your tool bag.
The advantages and disadvantages will become apparent as we delve into the info. Of course it must be remembered that, digital works in combination with traditional art too and, it requires the primary skills base of
theory as other forms of art like illustration, photography, etc.


Before I share some of what I've been playing round with, I'll just mention styluses and 'brushes'. The iPad screen responds to heat but is NOT pressure sensitive. It responds to capacitive styluses. Styluses have a rubber type capacitive tip and, sometimes also have retractable capacitive 'brush' fibres on the other end.  I recently bought a stylus for £15 (approx $28). I've posted a 15 sec video to show 'ya (recorded in 720 HD on my Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch!).
(You can also just use your fingers without buying a stylus too!):

Digital Art Stylus Paintbrush Recorded On Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch


More soon...
 
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Reply #9 on: January 08, 2014, 02:54:05 PM
Ah-ha!!!  Downloading the Manual would be a splendid idea!  I didn't know I could do that, but I'll try.  If I can't, I have a girlfriend who has helped me a bit to get started with my Apple laptop and iPad. 


Actually, I'm amazed at what I've managed to do on my own so far.  These things are very user friendly.  I just seem to run into a tech snag now and then.   :tickedoff:


Keep the info coming.  I'm about to get real busy at the college until before Easter, but I'll come back and start this thread from the beginning. 


I'm sure others are keen on learning digital art.


You're a fantastic teacher!     :twothumbs:  ...so great of you to share your digital art journey with us!
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Reply #10 on: January 09, 2014, 06:40:28 AM
Lillian, I'm always learning new ways with technology too! It's ever changing nature makes things near obselete in just a few years but for good improvements usually.


With this Digital Art, I want to give a quick tip on how you and others can save money if you want to use what's known as a 'Smudge Guard Glove'. These cover your little fingers and side of palm so that the touch screen doesn't react to movement of these parts of your hand. They retail around from £15 ($26) to £30 ($48) on Amazon! But you can make one simply with a cheap cotton glove! Like I show in this video:


 
Make Your Own iPad Smudge Guard Glove



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Reply #11 on: January 09, 2014, 06:48:52 AM
 8) :thankyou: Tony!
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Reply #12 on: January 13, 2014, 01:20:20 PM
I'm still gathering information and correcting misunderstood areas on digital art. For example, I thought the iPad was pressure sensitive when in fact in is NOT! I've also been reading more on different types of styluses that give pressure sensitivity that the iPad lacks. These are fairly expensive and require careful considerations before purchasing, eg, is it compatible and, if it works by radio signal or high frequency noise (yep, that's right, noise!), could they be affected by your environment. There's also issues with stylus tip noise (tapping on screen when using) and fragility.
I'd assumed the iPad to be the best for digital art, esp the Retina iPad 3 or above. I was incorrect! Although it's good, it's not as good as a dedicated desktop device or some tablets!
An area I've also been learning from is the type of drawing or painting you do and what apps is best. This is far more important than I'd realised. Basically, if you paint (digitally) on the Procreate app on the iPad, it's in pixels and you can only scale the image up so far before it becomes pixelated and distorting. Whereas, if you want to be able to scale up a image, create it on the app 'iDraw', this is then created in what's called a 'vector'. This allows you to scale that drawing to any size because it's based of mathematics!
Putting aside these technical put-offs, I'll set too on some doodling and share it soon...

« Last Edit: February 07, 2014, 12:12:28 AM by Tony (ASM) »
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Reply #13 on: January 13, 2014, 04:21:20 PM
Whew!  :sweat:   I suppose it will be easier once you get your head around all this techie stuff. Interesting, what a learning curve you're on!  :faint: Look forward to your 'doodles'.  O0
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Reply #14 on: January 14, 2014, 12:26:59 PM
Whew!  :sweat:   I suppose it will be easier once you get your head around all this techie stuff. Interesting, what a learning curve you're on!  :faint: Look forward to your 'doodles'.  O0


Yeah Val, my head is spinning!  :D :confused:
I've managed to clarify more areas today and I'm getting confident enough to trial a picture to share. (I did do that Dinosaur T-Rex image but, that didn't use many skills). I think I'm going to do a simple Lighthouse picture then paint it to test my memory of the digital application processes. I'm looking forward to it because in lots of ways, I've gone backwards in adopting this new method. Backwards in respect of learning a new media.
I'm sticking to it because I see the many benefits of this media and, I want to use it for those projects I'd intended to do in traditional media.
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