Loni Edwards

Illustration and Paintings in Digital, Watercolors and Ink

Sketchbook Pro & Illustration Friday

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.

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  1. Dolly 23/01/2012

    Thank you so much, sweet Loni. Oreo must be smiling up there 🙂

  2. Patricia Tilton 23/01/2012

    Am always interested in your work. I love to hear about your illustrations and the new things you are trying. Wish I had your talent! 🙂

    • Loni Edwards 23/01/2012

      Aw thank you Pat 🙂 It is hard trying new things, especially software as it is really out of the comfort zone. But, it’s the only way to grow. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Kathy Cannon Wiechman 23/01/2012

    I’m a writer, not an illustrator, but this sounds fascinating & I’ll mention it to my illustrator friends.
    Kathy Cannon Wiechman (Swagger Writers)

  4. Eric Van Raepenbusch 23/01/2012


    For a beginner, who just wants to play around with illustration — which Wacom tablet would you reccommend?

    • Loni 23/01/2012 — Post Author

      Hi Eric! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I would recommend the Bamboo by WACOM. It’s under $100 and it has all of the basic features one would need. I had a Graphire which is the older version of the Bamboo. I now work on an Intuos4.

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