Procreate – Overcome some forms of creative block with this tool!

Procreate is a great iPad App that works in a similar way to Photoshop. This week I came up against a creative block in my current painting. I am working on an image that I have adapted from a photo. The problem I faced was converting a largely monochromatic image into one that celebrates colour. However as I was doing this, I didn’t pay enough attention to what was going on tonally and so ended up not being able to get the colour flow happening properly.  Below is a photo of the image at the point I became stuck.

Working with Procreate

Working with Procreate

After sitting and looking at it for a while, I suddenly remembered I had Procreate on my iPad.  So I took this photo and imported it into Procreate.

I then proceeded to try out some different colour solutions.  First I changed the colour of the sky…. put a pinkish brown rock in the front and coloured the rocks behind the figures…..

Yellow Sky in Procreate

Yellow Sky


I didn’t think this entirely worked so I changed the front rock to green and the rocks behind.

Green Rocks in Procreate

Green Rocks in Procreate


Nope….. not really happy with that either!  I decided to change the front rock to Orange next and see how that went…..

Orange Rock in Procreate

Orange Rock in Procreate

Ah now I’m getting somewhere!  This is as far as I have got so far.  But now it’s beginning to hang together.

If you are like me and have trouble visualizing in your mind’s eye, how something will look, this tool – Procreate is just awesome.  It saves so much time and paint this way. Of course it won’t look as good as when you actually paint it, however it can certainly help you solve colour and tonal problems.

The only downside to Procreate is that it doesn’t have a crop facility – really dumb! You have to export images into PS Touch to crop them.

Watch for the Thursday post in a few weeks to see how the painting eventually turned out!

This Week’s Question: Have you tried Procreate ? Are there any other apps you love that you would be willing to share with us?

Look For Thursday’s Post: The Dragon And His Mistress

Next Monday’s Post: Emotions in art and Abstraction. How do these things relate to each other?