On our last visit to Singapore I picked up the new iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil and ditched all of my traditional drawing implements in favour of going entirely digital. So far it’s been fantastic—drawing with the Pencil is a pleasure and the iPad is actually lighter than all of the drawing gear I was carrying before.
I’m moving towards making iOS games, but one of the areas of games development in which I am still weak is visual art. In order to improve, I set myself a challenge to produce one new Instagram webcomic a week for ten weeks.
I wanted to see just how much I could do on the iPad and so, as part of this challenge, everything had to be done on the tablet—from conception to publishing, but this turned out to be pretty straightforward. I used Procreate for the sketching, Adobe Comp for the panel and text, Workflow to resize, and the WordPress and Instagram apps to publish.
If you’re a visual artist, travelling or not, I highly recommend that you give this iPad a look. Apple has also just released a smaller and lighter 9.7″ version that makes it even more appealing for travelling artists.
And now I am pleased to present season 1 of Gramps:
Episode 1: Singapore
Episode 2: Bali
Episode 3: Vietnam
Episode 4: Mexico
Episode 5: The Amazon
Episode 6: Costa Rica
Episode 7: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Episode 8: Scotland
Episode 9: Utah, USA
Episode 10: Home
I haven’t decided if there’s going to be a season 2 yet, but I do plan to produce 52 new full colour drawings and illustrations this year, so if you’d like to follow my progress, you can find me on Instagram or over on my blog.
Bonus Making Of Video
Procreate has video recording built in and so here’s me drawing issue 6 from start to finish. The music is from my latest game, Barista!.
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