Some designers don’t draw. And some analog tools are hard to find.
When I sketch on paper, I prefer to use non-photo blue pencils. But they’re practically obsolete. My work around is a regular blue pencil. Then I scan my sketch into Adobe Photoshop CC, kill the color frequencies to just have the black and white ink levels.
Draw’s been cool to work with. It’s got layers and the convenience of digital environment. Here are a few tips to help you get your footing in Draw:
1. Change the location of your toolbar. I’m not left-handed so I changed my settings to put the tray on the right side of the screen.
2. Set up your toolbar with brushes you like. Long-press on a brush to change the individual brush. I like taper.
3. Associate your brushes with colors. Since I’m working with blue and black, I’m going to set up those brushes and colors from the get-go. Tap the brush once and see the color menu that’ll let you change the color, opacity and size of the stroke for that specific brush.
Let’s get started.
• Sign into Draw and start a new Project.
Now I got to figure out how to capture reflected light into my piece… stay tuned.
Robert Generette III is an illustrator, teacher, and vector art monster based in Maryland. He is sharing his workflow to create and build a Blurb book, Eject.