Recently I have been using Procreate’s excellent Reference Panel tool to create quick “Ruff” paintings on my iPad.
You can watch the 7 min video of how I made the painting below by clicking here.
I call them “Ruff” paintings because the idea is that they’re not supposed to be a finished painting – they usually take around 10 mins – but just a mapping out of the main blocks of colour with little detail.
I find these “ruff” paintings help me to build confidence in digital painting and give me great goal-based short exercise practice with Procreate especially with selecting different brushes and also helping to develop a better colour sensibility.
Although I use the original photo to reference and choose the colours with Procreate’s brilliant touch-screen colour picker, the colour choice isn’t always the best one so I will often need to manually tweak it, hence developing my sense of colour. Developing your eye for colour comes with practice.
Procreate’s “Reference” companion recently became available for Pocket Procreate, the iPhone version of Procreate.
Watch how I created the quick painting in the short video here.