For giantforesttree:

You can basically use all the tools to make a running paint effect. I haven’t had much experience with it in real life, so I based these on pictures from google.

The easiest is just to draw it in with either of the pens, the marker or pencil, depending on what kind of look you want. If you’re drawing big, you can just use the watercolor brush.

Experiment. Learn how the different tools behave and what you can do with them. If you have a specific effect in mind, just try until you find something that works. I had no idea how to do this until you asked.

Four steps to “The cat”

Let’s go back to the sketch published last Sunday. Dealing with cat hair appeared to be quite a pain challenging, but, thank you pencil ! the result is finally acceptable.

The outline was made with the black pencil. It’s easier to mask, next, with watercolors and other pencils, than fountain pen (but, maybe a bit less funny). Don’t spend to much time here, accuracy is not so important at this step, since the main elements of the sketch (eyes and nose, in this case) are globally right aligned.

As with black&white sketches, Paper’s grey tone appeared to be very useful for drawing that damn hair, always with the pencil tool. Grey watercolor was also used on dark hair zones, and reworked with black, and white pencils to depict hair.

Learning Paper

Couple of times a year I organise painting workshops. It is quite remarkable to see people discover a medium (acrylics, oil) for the first time, to see them play and goof around with it. I recently had this experience myself - with Paper. For two weeks I have been playing with this great new tool and I would like to share some of my observations with you. I hope you will find them helpful!

  1. Don’t be afraid of the blank page. After all, here, more then anywhere else, you can’t go wrong. But
  2. Don’t change every stroke, even though you can. Build confidence.
  3. Play with it!
  4. A finger is more then enough to get excellent results. (I just got the Bamboo Stylus, but more on that next time)
  5. Paper’s format and tools are perfect for quick sketches.
  6. Calligraphic drawings are best when kept simple. The trick is to achieve a kind of movement and rhythm. This is not so hard to achieve on Paper, and here, rewinding comes in handy. First try, rewind, second try, rewind, third try - yes, the rythm’s there! It requires some practice, but it will get you great results.
  7. Watercolor really adds some life to your sketch. It is extremely versatile and there is so much to explore! The chosen colors go together very well. Don’t be afraid to mix them. You won’t go wrong. Black and grey are great for serious or almost ceremonial drawings. Combined with the pen, the results can be aestetically excellent.
  8. Don’t feel like you have to fill the whole canvas. One dot, one colored smudge or one line can be so much more effective (and descriptive) then a fully colored page.

After writing these tips I realised that I will be missing out on the best part - interaction. If you want to keep in touch, you are interested in feedback or you want to add some tips of your own, tag your posts #LearningPaper 

I will be keeping an eye on the tag and looking forward to seeing your work! Happy creating!


Let’s Go Together

Here is my first try at a somewhat realistic approach with Paper. What a blast. The tools are so versatile!

Ok here are a couple of observations I had whilst drawing.

  1. For *this* kind of drawing you need a stylus. Bamboo is nice.
  2. You can rest your hand on the iPad bezel and *most of the time* you will not accidentally touch the screen and mess with your drawing
  3. It’s handy to lock your screen orientation so that you can turn your iPad around as you please. That way you will always be within drawing reach anywhere on the canvas from your resting position on the edge of the device.
  4. The pencil is actually really good at creating transitions/gradients. They will not be perfectly smooth but I actually really like the lined texture.
  5. All of the colors get pretty dramatic (dark, saturated) when you paint enough layers. That’s awesome.
  6. You can pinch back to the pages view to get a more distanced view of your piece (like an artist walking away from the canvas to get a clearer view…)

Four steps to “Guillaume" 

(souvenir from a quite drunk evening)

Done with the Paper App, as usual, on the iPad 1 with a the Bamboo stylus

This sketch has been done quite quickly, in about 2 hours and a half, using the black pencil rather than the fountain pen, as in my previous sketches. It appears to be faster, since I usually overlay almost all the draft with the other tools and colors.

As usual, all of the Paper tools were used, but mainly pencils and watercolors.


Making of PaperFaces No. 509

Girl wearing sunglasses

Yesterday, I want to try to use paper to draw a girl, finger painting the details is not easy to control, but random lines may be more sketch features.When the figures are not yet clear, I found that she was very beautiful, there is a hazy beauty, allow ourselves to think that their favorite look.However, with the portrait of progress, the characters clear, but one possible consequence is to discover she was not like what you like.For example, she has a somewhat tacky necklace.


Making of “For flowers,” made with Paper by 53 and a Pogo Connect stylus on an iPad.


28 steps to “Paul Giamatti”

This sketch was a great pain to achieve, but it’s released, and now, here are the animated steps made with Picasa from 28 work-in-progress captures. As you can see, it’s been quite laborious…


Yesterday’s “Kickstarter Project of the Day” makes cool use of Paper in it’s stellar campaign video. You can do similar overlays by saving your sketches to the camera roll with the “Save Background” setting turned off. Check out the video and, of course, visit the project page!


Trying a new process for capturing time lapse PaperFaces speed drawings. Instead of recording a mirrored imaged of the iPad on my iMac and speeding it up in AfterEffects… I setup my dSLR on a tripod, tethered it to the iMac, and had it snap a photograph every 5 seconds. Which I then brought into AfterEffects as an image sequence to export as a video.

Not too happy with the lighting or the focus in a few spots, but I think it’s cool that I was able to show how I actually draw and use reference images.


We featured this piece of art on the FiftyThree blog.  Really incredible use of the tools.  Would love to hear more of the story behind it.

Well, thank you Jon… It may be difficult to explain what happened on my iPad, mainly because my english is almost as poor as my drawing skills : I can manage it, but it takes me forever.

That very night, I had drunk too much tea and couldn’t sleep, so, around 4:00am I took the iPad and launched the Paper app again (definitely my favorite ever) and began to draw while watching Mathilde Troussard’s photographic selfportrait on the computer screen. It took me more than 2 hours, until I couldn’t see anything anymore (I just remember dawn was here…).

Since I don’t really know how to paint nor draw, I proceed by trial and error, using the eraser and white paint, and doing it again and again, until it looks right. Unexpectedly, blurred vision due to tiredness lead me to focus on general colors and effects rather than details, and to dare using more particular tools, like marker and fountain pen.

But the Paper App is so simple and smart, that everything becomes just a matter of patience, whatever your level.

By the way, 2700 notifications in 2 days… Wheew, thank you guys ! But I’m still wondering what kind of tea I drank that night.

Have you ever watched the animal’s eyes?

The use of several Paper, I try to draw something special.

I first drew an owl with big eyes, and I think I can draw more animal eyes.

May continue to draw a few, the last may be able to use them together to design a poster.

The poster title is called: you ever watched the animal’s eyes?

People and nature, animals, telepathic communication is a theme of concern to everyone.

Paper provided me with the possibility of expression of a more user-friendly.


Back to making time lapse Paper by 53 videos using screen capturing methods.


Starting to do Paper by 53 work in progress captures again. Just happens to be my first portrait using the new zoom tool that was recently added to the app. If you haven’t gotten a chance to update or see it in action, here you go.


Been slacking with the #PaperFaces work in progress videos, so here you go.

So I’m working on another Paper inspired post/tutorial/guide/whatever and am looking for input.

What I have so far:

  • A bunch of skin tone cheat sheets showing common palettes I use and how I shade and lighten them.
  • Tool cheat sheets using a finger or normal stylus.
  • Tool cheat sheets using a Pogo Connect with pressure sensitivity and how that effects them.

What else do you guys and gals want to know? Chime in by replying to this post, using the Ask Me Stuff link on my Tumblr, tweeting me @mmistakes, or sending a quick email michael@mademistakes.com.

Thanks friends!