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!


Finally published the first part of my in-depth guide to Paper by 53. This introduction is all about the tools, how they work, what to use the tools for and why, etc.. (mostly topics I’ve covered before but I think they’re presented more logically here).

Part 2 will be the meatier chunk walking through techniques to draw/paint landscapes, skies, water, skin, hair, and lighting effects.

Part 3 will explore palette organization, copying and moving pages around as a way to version control your work, making Paper time lapse videos, and how to get your work in the Made With Paper gallery.

Thanks for all the support, likes, and reblogs, you all rule! 【ツ】

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.

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…)

Ryan Boyle of Sketchy Pictures created a neat video showing off his sketch process. 

Four steps to “The smoking girl”

Here is another four-stages drawing of the “smoking girl” sketch, made with the Paper App on iPad.

Back to black and white. Obviously, the grey color was also used. A warm grey which is very interesting to use, because of its “behavior’ when used with the brush (tends to darken slightly) or with the pencil (it lightens).

As usual, all the tools were used, especially pencils and brush, starting with coarse shapes and volumes with pencil and brush.

  It took about 4 hours to complete the sketch (even if the background would need more care).


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