This past week I downloaded the trial version of Sketchbook Pro. Many people have recommended it to me, and one of my favorite comic artists, Skottie Young, uses it. So with that in mind, I decided to check it out.
I had created a sketch a few weeks back for Illustration Friday’s prompt “Prepare”. After loading Sketchbook Pro, I decided to paint it. I found the Sketchbook Pro software to be very user friendly. There really isn’t that big of a learning curve like Photoshop and other software paint programs I’ve used. I used it with a Wacom tablet and my computer. I know quite a few people that use it with their Ipad or Android also.
It was a lot of fun. I did find a couple of tutorials that helped me learn the basics very quickly. I really liked the pencil tool and how it seemed just like a colored pencil. I still have to figure out the brushes on the paint brush as they seemed too “soft” for my taste. It has quite a few tools, such as the copic markers and pens, paintbrush, ellipse , paint bucket, ball point pen, etc. The interface works the same for each tool, so it is pretty easy once you figure it out initially. I liked the way you can scale and rotate an image too. Very simple. And the ruler tool was a neat feature. I can see myself using that a lot.
Here is the finished painting. It’s still a little rough. I will probably go back and rework it once I get more knowledge of the program. The cat is in honor of my friend Dolly’s cat, Oreo, who recently died. RIP Oreo.