ArtStudio for iPad: some of my favorite tools

When I started doing digital collage on my iPad seven or eight weeks ago, I already had a cache of line drawings done in pencil on paper that I was using as the starting point for my collages, scanning and importing them into ArtStudio. After I worked my way through most of those, I decided I wanted to start doing my drawings on the iPad and skip the pencil and paper phase altogether. I still wanted the look of a real pencil line though; fortunately, ArtStudio allows you to create and save your own custom tools.

To make a custom tool, click on the type of tool you want to create, in this case, a pencil, adjust the settings until the preview has the look you want (for this tool, the jitter and spacing adjustments are the key to getting that slightly rough look of pencil on paper), then scroll down to the bottom of the panel of tools on the left side of the screen and click on the star symbol. Click one of the "save" buttons next to an unused slot and type in a name. When you want to use your saved custom tool in the future, click the star tool symbol again and choose your saved tool.

 

 

Here's my pencil tool at work. I think it's a pretty authentic recreation of a real pencil line. Click on it to see it in greater detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Settings for my hard edged paintbrush

 

In addition to my pencil tool, the two other tools I use most often are paintbrushes.

One has hard edges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the other is softer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By combining the two, I get a nice simulation of what I can do with a real paintbrush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always feel like I should some pithy final words to close all my posts, but I never do, so I'll just say there are more posts to come on the subject of ArtStudio, art in general, and the business of trying to sell one's art, so please drop by again soon.

P.S. Try to ignore the weird spacing in my posts; I haven't quite mastered combining text and pictures in my blogging. I'm sure I'll figure it out sooner or later. :-)