In this video I walk through all the steps I take to make a comic from beginning to end in Procreate using the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. I walk through how to make panels and how I like to do lettering all the way to the pencils, inks and colors.
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The brushes I use are the Fude pen:
and for the textured color wash I used the Gwosh brush in this set
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Really helpful insight. Thank you for sharing.
I know this video is a few years old now. For the panel layout Canvas > Drawing Guide with Drawing Assist is likely a quicker method for the panels with the current version. Should mean less time drawing the panel lines and erasing as it can be done with the 2D grid as a guide and drawing assist will snap your line automatically.
Perhaps you can use this, once you're done inking the panels (frame), go to your layer and choose select, it will make the selection based on your outlines. Use the selection to create a new mask for when you're painting. That way there's less cleanup to be done. My 2cents. Cheers!
Hi, Great Video! I'm a cartoonist making the transition from paper to digital. It's been a learning experience. The toughest obstacle is getting my characters on paper to look exactly same in procreate pen and ink. I found the underlying cause was drawing on the ipad was like drawing on GLASS. The pen just doesn't grip as it would on real paper. I am still practicing.
QUESTION: What do you recommend so that my ipad pen point isn't so slippery but reacts properly with my pencil and ink digital strokes?
I put an inexpensive matte screen protector on my iPad, it has more texture to it and definitely gives me more control. The down side is that the screen isn't as clear, looks a little grainy. I'm OK with that tradeoff.
When you mention filling in your ink lines as a destructive process, did you realize you could make the ink layer a reference layer and color drop a layer above it and still retain lines and color separately?
Procreate is awesome, so is Clip studio and I tried Photoshop and LOVED the perspective tool in it. Recently I also tried comic draw http://plasq.com/apps/comicdraw/ios/ for Ipad pro and it is great for laying out your comics. Anyways, I need to stop procrastinating by trying all these apps, choose one and start drawing. Thanks for your this and all your videos very informative.
I had a question on drawing the comics. When drawing the panel, can't you draw one square large to fit the whole screen, draw your character in and pencil in the dialogue and then resize it to fit the rest of the other panel squares? Can't that be done? That means, one panel square per layer, drawn really large, then shrunk to the normal size. Please let me know if that can be done and proportionately reduced?
Thanks for the video, Brad, this was awesome and very informative. May I ask which brush you are using to colour in the panels? It looks beautifully like a real marker pen and I was curious to know a bit more about it - is it a stock Procreate brush?
Thanks a lot!
Good way to draw panels on the ipad is the vector app called iDraw, ( or Inkpad), or Autodesk vector drawing app.
You can export pdf, or copy and paste group from there to the procreate.
But it can take time to find a right size of the frames.
Yep, you can make a pretty high res canvas on this and you can size it to whatever you want. And if you get the iPad pro and Apple pencil there is palm rejection, it works great so you can rest your hand on it. With older iPads and styluses the palm rejection is pretty bad.
It may be just my nitpicking, since I started out with the PC/Mac version of Fire Alpaca (Medibang's predecessor) and then Medibang before all the mobile versions of the programme came out, I much prefer the layout on the PC version of the app. I'm not really a Surface/iPad artist, even though I work with an on-screen tablet, but this app seems like a lot of fun. If I were to ever look into using the iPad for art, i'll probably look into this app to use along side medibang. This really is a great video!
Absolutely amazing to see any actual production work (I agree, I'd have just done the panel margins + lettering in whatever design app in the ipad, but it is indeed an interesting exercise) done with iPad Pro, The Pencil and ProCreate. I would have given 10 likes if that'd ever be possible in Youtube (am also a comic maker).
One very strange question I have for you, if you are so kind to answer it : Apart from being insanely jealous of your hardware, I am very curious about how do you feel (physically, not emotionally, lol) after some serious hours of work. I mean, the screen is small, after all, probably the body position not the ideal, and if you have tired eyes (I quite do), it might be more punishing. I don't know, there's few professionals (maybe as most illustrators might be not past the 40s, lol) commenting about this specific matter and the iPad Pro + Pencil while illustrating. Indeed, little to none either with the cintiqs, while is a bit too like that compared to drawing in an intuos Pro with a large (24 - 27") screen at +40cm distance. Am at the point of having the ok-to-throw budget for a Yiynova/Huion/XP pen or whatever similar, OR just grab this beast-beauty, provided its great autonomy, portability, pencil feel and being such a compact solution...
Amazing answer, thank's a lot. :) . More or less what I thought, now more confirmed. Not the ideal setup for my +12 hours a day... (with pauses). I guess I'll go non portable wiith a huion GT 220 V2, yiynova or XP tablet. thanks! The grip thing sounds a bit like the Carpian tunnel (however is the English term) type of issues. In my experience: no carpian or real issue, but needed to train (be conscious all the time, or every chunk of time) the FULLY relax pose of the wrist, neck, shoulders-back, and fingers thing. Despite the long work day hours, have no physical issues (apart from tired eyesight, probably doing mostly with the age, tho).. and after watching/helping with some dramatic issues observed in a friend, is about a habit of letting your hand like dumb-dead, if you can say so. You don't need body tension in any part of your body while working digitally, as that's what brings a world of pain...Stretching the palm (from pulling the fingers backwards, also in the other direction, and stretching/relaxing in general) is very helpful, indeed, the usual carpian tunnel advices to alleviate or fully eliminate the issues and pain, IMO are quite usable for the issue you mention (relax and stretch the fingers every now and then, and avoid tense grip). But mostly grab the pen loosely, it does not affect the stroke or expression, kindda more of a psychological thing, really, after training the hand fully relaxed, it works the same or better. :)
IMO, a larger tablet (ie, a cintiq or Large Intuos) always allows the back to be more extended/relaxed, so less tension in back, arms and shoulders, and I can imagine a longer distance from the screen can also be a good thing. But is key to know directly from a person actually working with a 13" tablet. :)
Yes, my eyes do get tired from time to time. I spent most of Wednesday drawing. I'm usually not drawing all day, maybe 2 or 3 hours max at a time so I don't have the extended wear and tear some illustrators get. I switch positions a bit when working, sometimes it's on my desk, sometimes on my lap (I'll put my feet up and recline while watching something). The one part of me that is starting to wear and tear are my hands. I've had to loosen my grip on styluses in the last year because I grip to hard and it hurts my index finger over time.
I have recently converted to using Procreate to create my comic strip (instead of pencils, inks, and Copics) and yeah, lettering is one of the hardest parts for me. Especially creating the word balloons. Thanks for the great video, I'll check out the brush and MediBang.
I think the video is a really interesting and creative solution/exercise, but in my work, I always keep the k.i.s.s rule. There's the power of the iPad (well, and even more in a Windows or Apple machine), you have available apps for everything. Doing it painful in stages where it shouldn't be (is just a matter of the relative youth of the iOS and the app, and due to it being just a tablet) might cut too much time and remove too much fun out of it. After all, also time is money (even if don't charge by the hour.) . In 2D/3D, am too used to switch all time between many applications to know that the typical disadvantages are small (exchange formats, bit of a loosing focus at he beginning, etc) compared to what is gained in time and ease of work. He indeed kind of says he does so, typically. When an app , in my desktop, doesn't do all what I want, I don't loose time with a complex workaround, a mixed workflow is best, as otherwise frustration might show up, and mountains of hours lost, when trying to do all with the same tool, unless is sth like Photoshop. Anyway, when working at companies, you are forced to do so (work even with very crude alpha apps apart from your fav tool) often, due to external reasons, and the habit make the matter of swapping totally natural. That besides iPad is not yet, (unless am missing some important info) yet fully independent in a professional workflow, so, anyway the mix is needed. Still, I give a lot of value to this video, as at some point you might be forced to work all inside Procreate, for whatever the situation or circumstances. IMO wouldn't be usually the case.
Excellent end-to-end walk through. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. I love that you did everything in one app. Even with the challenges to create panels, it was a good show of what can be done in Procreate. After watching the video, it inspired me to draw for the rest of the evening. Btw, have you considered creating panels on individual layers so you can move them around and resize them? It might be worth having a collection of 'common' sizes to work with. You might even create a stock project that you could duplicate each time you start a new comic. Just something I was thinking as you were sharing the panel creation challenges. Thanks again.
I think procreate is the BEST tool for drawing on an Apple Device. But I also found a REALLY NICE software on windows that supports pressure, lets you customize shortcuts, selection and all that stuff, that has a really good WATERCOLOR BRUSH that mixes color directly on the canvas in a very simple, yet good looking way. The software is called "Paint Tool SAI" == Please review it, Brad! ==
Hello Brad, I really like your videos. Since I'm new to drawing and doing comics and on Windows, will you be able to make a video on an alternative comics software for windows, or maybe MediBang Paint. I guess there are lots of users like me who will benefit from it. Thank You!
Good video! I swear I'm always learning more things on the different selection tool options that Procreate has.
Also, you mentioned not wanting to risk ruining an ink layer with dumping colors into it. Can't you use the ability to set a layer as a reference layer to let you dump colors in the correct spots on an empty layer?
Keep up the good work!
If you want to fill to a different layer than the one your line work is on, open the LAYERS menu and swipe your LINEWORK layer RIGHT with TWO fingers. The layer will turn PURPLE to indicate that it's now your Reference Layer. You can now ColorDrop to ANOTHER layer using the bounds from your Reference Layer.
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