I recently discovered a new tool that is becoming my favorite tool to draw digitally, especially to create coloring pages.
I’ve had an iPad for over a year and in all honesty, I never used it much. It seemed to me as a larger version of the iPhone, and the iPhone is just easier to carry around.
I had heard about the various stylus for the iPad, and after reading a post on Dani Jones website, I decided to give it a try. I ordered the Bamboo Stylus from Wacom from Amazon.com for $30.00. I took 2 months to arrive because it was on back order.
Once the Bamboo Stylus arrived, I discovered a new love for the iPad. It felt so natural to drag and swipe with it. I downloaded Adobe Ideas for $4.99 and bought the layers add on for $.99. The software is so intuitive and easy to use. The stylus makes it so comfortable to draw and have that eye hand coordination that is not easy to get with the tablet on the computer. It was amazing how in less than 1 hour I had finished the drawing below. I should clarify, that it was more of an inking job, since I had brought in a sketch I had done a while back. It has an auto correct feature, so even if your strokes seem to go a little gagged, it auto corrects them and smoothes them out. You can vary the width of the pencil and eraser, play with opacity, change colors and zoom in and out. Yes, there are some limitations, but as far as creating a quick black and white graphic, it works great!
If you are wondering how to transfer files from and to the iPad, there’s another really cool tool/website called Dropbox. Once you create and account you can put files in a folder and share them with any computer/device. I downloaded the Dropbox app for the iPad and immediately had access to files in my folder. I then saved the images to the photo library in the iPad and then brought them in to Adobe ideas. The greatest feature is Adobe ideas’ own PDF export. Basically you email the file and it attaches the graphic as a fully editable PDF.
This is another drawing/ coloring sheet I created on Adobe ideas. Oh, and the Broccoli coloring sheet was another inking job that I created on the iPad.
Adobe ideas will definitely increase my productivity and the iPad is now my new digital doodling/sketchbook tool.