Apple Pencil Drawing – How to Combine Images to Make New Work

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Here’s a very interesting video tutorial using the Apple Pencil in Procreate by proficient iPad artist James Julier. I think you will enjoy this.

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Apple Introduces 9.7-inch iPad Pro  

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Apple today introduced the all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro — at just under one pound it features a new pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider colour gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift mode and introduces new True Tone display technology to dynamically adjust white balance. The new iPad Pro delivers incredible performance with the 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs, along with a four-speaker audio system that is twice as powerful,¹ new 12-megapixel iSight camera for shooting Live Photos and 4K video, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and faster wireless technologies. And iPad Pro includes support for the breakthrough Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover designed to fit the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.”

Designers, illustrators and businesses have quickly adopted iPad Pro and it’s changing the way they work:

“People don’t realise how much hand drawing is needed to produce computer animation,” said John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the closest we’ve ever been able to get in the digital world to actually drawing on paper.”

“I’ve done everything including designing the latest cycling collection on iPad Pro,” said Alex Valdman, Head of Design for Rapha. “It goes with me everywhere, and has not only replaced my laptop, but my paper notebook as well. For the Rapha design team, iPad Pro will become standard issue.”

“At Citi, iPad Pro is truly transforming how we work,” said Stephen Gates, U.S. Head of Design for Citi Global Consumer Banking. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have played a huge part in the new Citi Design team’s work to create new innovative customer experiences. We use iPad Pro for sketching out new design concepts, presenting our work, answering our emails, working with our design files on Adobe Creative Cloud and participating in FaceTime meetings with our other design teams all over the world.”

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Mobile Photography / Art Video Tutorial – Procreate 3 – A Complete Guide

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We are delighted to bring to your attention this thorough tutorial to guide you through the very popular and accomplished app, Procreate 3.

Procreate retails for $5.99/£4.49 and you can download it here – it comes highly recommended.

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How To Paint Sky with the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate App

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We came across this very interesting video tutorial on YouTube by James Julier. Julier demonstrates how to paint sky using an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. It’s very easy to follow, take a look below…

Procreate retails for $5.99/£4.49 and you can download it here. Procreate is an Apple Design Award winner and App Store Essential. We can’t recommend it highly enough.

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The iPad Pro – First Impressions with Carolyn Hall Young – The Artist’s Perspective

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Yesterday, the brand new iPad Pro became available in over 40 countries worldwide, including in stores and online. Many mobile artists were among the first to purchase this epic 12.9 inch device, including of course, none other than Carolyn Hall Young. You may recall Hall Young’s recent TrueView Interview as well as our podcast, where she explained how much she loves iPad painting and has completed 1,450 serious digital portrait paintings on her older iPads and she confessed she has been drooling about the release of the iPad Pro, ever since it was announced.

Well, usually bed-bound Hall Young collected her brand new iPad Pro in person, yesterday, at her local Apple Store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  Sensibly, Hall Young contacted the store first and Mac Expert – Suzanne Clute reserved one ready for collection. (We have images below of Hall Young in the Apple Store). Following this purchase, she then went to visit her neighbour Bobbie Aamodt, for her 98th birthday to show her the brand new iPad Pro (photos below). This phenomenal woman, 98 year old Bobbi Aamodt, took to the iPad Pro “like a duck to water”, explained Hall Young. She cannot wait to make her own purchase of this unparalleled device.

We asked Hall Young for her first impressions of the iPad Pro, from an artist’s perspective. Hall Young explained, when she first entered the Apple Store and saw the iPad Pro, she was initially disappointed that it was not larger. When she held it and started to use it, she realised it was the “perfect size”. For digital painting, of which Hall Young does tirelessly, she explained that there’s a “huge improvement in the viewable painting area and the screen itself is utterly beautiful, the scale for viewing the ergonomics work for me”, expressed Hall Young.  “The transfer rate between picture, uploads and downloads is significantly faster than with the iPad Air 2 and the transition from her iPad Air 2 to the iPad Pro was seamless,  said Hall Young. The new Apple Pencil and smart keyboard that Apple have launched alongside the iPad Pro were available to test in store (delivery will be later) and Hall Young has ordered both. Procreate and iColorama are favourite apps for Hall Young and these were not available to test in store with the new pressure sensitive Apple Pencil, however her first impressions were favourable. The design of the new capacitive pencil is slim and “it’s a little slippery and not a ‘gripable’ design” per se, however, as with many of Hall Young’s other styli she has rigged them to aid her painting. The smart keyboard she found to be”‘very responsive” and “utterly amazing”.

When Hall Young left the Apple Store in her wheelchair with oxygen attached and her husband Warren pushing her through the doors, the Apple Staff and their surrounding customers all stopped and turned and congratulated her on her purchase and expressed their good wishes. What an incredible day! What an atmosphere! We cannot wait to see what she creates with her iPad Pro!

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