|TET. Mobile Phone Sketch.|
So my lack of creativity is basically your collective fault for distracting me with Likes, comments and other blips of information that really don't need to be checked every few minutes... well not really. I could just put away my phone and pick up a sketchbook again but...
I've never been a big fan of flatbed scanners. For me they're an unnecessary hurdle for getting my art from sketch book to computer where so much of my work ends up these days.
Back in the day, before scanners I used to draw directly into the computer with the mouse - reproducing my hand drawn sketches on paper on the screen. Whilst I got fairly good at it (cut and paste becomes your best friend to save time) it wasn't the most intuitive way to get my art into a computer. It was just the only option I had at the time.
|JAC. Mobile Phone Sketch.|
Once I got my WACOM graphics tablet I thought it would solve my issues. For the first time I could sketch directly into my computer exactly the way I'd sketch in my sketch books. As I've gotten better at using a graphics tablet I'm pretty close to being able to draw as good as I can with paper and pencil, but I have to sit in front of my computer, with a purpose, to use it. I can't mindlessly sketch in front of the TV.
|Creepy Clown. Mobile Phone Sketch|
So I got to thinking, mobile tech has moved along quite a bit by now. I've been aware that phones and tablets have had drawing, painting and even animation apps for a while but drawing with your finger, or even one of them rubber styluses is rather like drawing with crayons. Plus the response times between the stylus and the tablet is not always great.
|Everybody Wants to be a Cat.|
Mobile Phone Sketch.
A while back I purchased an Adonit Jot Pro Stylus, quite possibly the best all purpose stylus for all mobile devices with capacitive touch screens (e.g. iPad, iPhone etc.). I say that because it just works. No software to install, won't rip up your screen protector and you can see exactly where you're drawing through the clear disk tip. Plus it has some weight to it so it feels like an actual pen or pencil in your hand and not a hollow tube.
Unfortunately when I purchased the stylus there weren't that many good drawing programs for Android (I had a 5" Android tablet at the time) so I kind of put it to one side.
Mobile Phone Sketch.
I'm using it with a free Windows sketching app called Sketch It. Sketch It is a very basic app with few bells and whistles. It doesn't need them. I'm not trying to create finished art I'm just drawing for the fun of seeing what I come up with.
As you can see from the images that accompany this article you'd be hard pressed to tell some of them weren't traditional sketches drawn with a pencil on actual paper.
All of these sketches were drawn in the evening just for no real purpose at all. Just like I used to with my sketch book.
I even turned one into a short animation that I posted to Facebook for fun below:
If you're interested in sketching on your mobile device and are wondering how I make my sketches look so much like actual pencil drawn sketches, the secret is to use software that has the ability to change the opacity of your brush.
Make sure you're using a pen or pencil tool. Set the color to full 100% black and the opacity to 20% for your initial sketch lines. Refine your lines and other details with the opacity set to 40%. Add further detail and refinement on 60% opacity. Finally set the opacity back to 100% and use full black on areas you particularly want to draw attention to (such as eye pupils if you're drawing a character).
Also, draw like you would in your sketchbook. Forget about layers and make use of the eraser tool the same way you might use an actual eraser. Forget about clean, crisp lines too. Scribble your lines. It's much easier and less frustrating to scribble if the response time between your stylus and the software is a bit laggy.
Once you have your sketches it's then easy enough to open them in more advanced drawing software if you want to take them up to finished art.