To celebrate Transformers 3, I decided today’s iPad art would be none other than Megan Fox! Just kiddin. Optimus Prime! This was a special request from Kuya Ron. Honestly I hate drawing robots because it deals with straight lines and perspective (Nooo!), but only way to get better at your craft is to challenge yourself. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on how I draw/color these on the iPad, so I thought I’d give a brief walk-through of my process.
First off, I have to give a lot of credit to the Wacom Bamboo Stylus for iPad. The only other stylus I’ve tried was by Griffin which had a frabric tip which I hated. The Wacom one on the other hand has a rubber tip and feels a lot more natural.
And I’ll admit, drawing on the iPad takes a bit to get used to. I was frustrated when I first started, but thinking about it now, I feel it’s the apps more than the iPad that made it frustrating. It took time to get used to the touch sensitivity, the interface and creating a nice workflow of switching/adjusting brushes and colors. The app I’ve been using a lot lately is the Sketchbook Express app.
First I did a REALLY ROUGH pencil sketch of Optimus to get the basic shapes and fit on the page.
Next I selected the Marker brush and inked it out. Looking more like Optimus now…
Then I created a new layer and dragged it below the inked outline and started painting it in with the Paint Market brush.
The sucky thing about this app is that you’re limited to 3 layers. So what I did for example was paint all the red on one layer, and then I merged it down to the layer below. I then added a new layer and painted in another color.
Almost there! Continue the process until you’re done.
Sorry I couldn’t get more into detail, but if you have any questions feel free to ask!