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  • Writer's pictureSarah Loutfi

Nailed It... My Favourite Art Tools

My favourite tools for creating art has changed over the years. I first started with sketchbooks and some nice pencils or charcoal, then upgraded to acrylics and canvas and now to the iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate.

A lot of what dictated my switch from traditional painting to digital media was that I was not selling any of the paintings that I made. As a result, many of them were sitting unused, with no home on my walls. When you run out of space, what do you do with all of this old art you've accumulated? It also felt wasteful for me house my sketchbook paper if the drawings and explorations within them were only going to end up in the recycling bin.

To be honest, the weird guilt I felt for holding onto these items that I felt were going to waste was what put a freeze on my creation of new art. The freeze meant that I was not advancing or learning, or really even doing what I wanted to do in my art. Getting unstuck and stuck is a whole topic on its own, so I will leave it here for now.

I am not entirely sure how it came up for me or how the iPad even landed on my radar, but I think it was through a YouTube live stream that ended up recommending a review of the iPad with Procreate. I had just never really thought about creating my own digital art, though I loved watching other people create.

The more I thought about it, the more going down the digital art road made sense. I could use the iPad to draw and I didn't have to have every image I created committed to paper. This solved at least the problem of buildup of materials in the house. Plus, I could work from anywhere, no more need for a big set up and take down. If I really wanted to hang a piece of my art, I could have it printed.

I still just thought with the cost it was pretty unattainable to even begin to get into. Still, I dug in a little deeper. Looked at pricing, and comparison to other things on the market. The set-up still seemed unattainable, but then for Christmas, I got an unexpected bonus from work. It was large enough, that with a little help from my husband I was able to get the iPad for Christmas.

The iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate were a really important tool in me moving forward with my art. It's freed up my mind space to create art that I like vs painting things that I put on my wall as decorative pieces (which are fun too, but limited creatively).

I've noticed a big change in my art, and my drive to say the things I want to say with it. The new digital drawing tools have been instrumental in that change. I can't even begin to imagine where I would go from here, but I'm sure that there will be more advancements which I probably will want to try out too (I have to say, blender looks kind of fun!).



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