Zero to Hero with iPad+Procreate - Hong Kong

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Workshop Information

Sunday, 11 March, 2018

10am - 6pm (with a 1-hour break for lunch)

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Instructor: Rob Sketcherman

 This is an early piece I did at a market in Causeway Bay in 2014, which helped people realize that iPads are actually a viable creative tool. The iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Procreate combination now turns what was pretty incredible into an amazing, liberating creative toolkit.  

This is an early piece I did at a market in Causeway Bay in 2014, which helped people realize that iPads are actually a viable creative tool. The iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Procreate combination now turns what was pretty incredible into an amazing, liberating creative toolkit.  

Workshop Description

Sketching and painting on an iPad is relatively new. Artists, illustrators and creatives of all stripes around the world have been turning to Procreate to conceptualise, sketch and paint on their iPads, and now you can too.

Like any tool or medium, there is a learning curve, so this workshop is structured in small steps to get you comfortable with Procreate through a series of demonstrations and exercises. Consisting of two 3.5 hour sessions over a single day, Zero to Hero with iPad+Procreate is a carefully-paced immersive deep-dive, designed to get you up and creating art on your iPad, even if you've never dabbled in digital drawing before.

You'll learn to understand the user interface and best practices for available tools. Discover gloriously juicy brushes and rich organic textures, all without having to clean another brush or pen!

By the end of the workshop, you'll have a very clear idea of the potential of Procreate + your iPad as a fantastic mobile digital studio for doodling, visualising, sketching on location and a whole lot more. Print samples will be shown so you know how screen translates to paper.

Demonstrations, exercises and time to sketch on location are carefully integrated into the workshop so you can begin to master skills learned, ask questions, and get one-to-one guidance as you work. You will leave Zero to Hero with iPad+Procreate feeling much more confident about whipping your iPad out whenever inspiration strikes!

 We'll learn key tools and principles indoors, then head out to draw on the streets... and Rob will be there to guide you and answer all questions.

We'll learn key tools and principles indoors, then head out to draw on the streets... and Rob will be there to guide you and answer all questions.

Workshop Learning Goals

Working digitally is relatively new, even for very advanced sketchers, so this workshop is designed to help you get really comfortable with Procreate, especially if you’re new to digital sketching. You can expect to:

  • See how to customise the interface for whether you’re right or left-handed
  • Collate your favourite digital tools for easy access
  • Learn to tweak Procreate’s default digital brushes
  • Create infinite palettes of custom colour
  • Think in layers for ultimate flexibility
  • Understand how your work goes from screen to print
  • Learn to handle the 3 challenges of sketching digitally on location: glare, power and weather
  • Explore various helpful accessories; styli, cases, tablet holders etc
  • Adapt your analog style to digital media

Workshop Location

This workshop will be held in the bustling neighborhood of Wanchai, at Comix Home Base 7 Mallory St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. 

 We'll be in a studio space at Comix Home Base, Wanchai.

We'll be in a studio space at Comix Home Base, Wanchai.

Workshop Schedule

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Session One: 3.5 hours total (10am-1:30pm)

Introduction and Gear (30 min)

We begin with an introduction of the instructor and potential of Procreate. Also discussed are helpful gear and accessories, especially styli and tablet holders.

Getting to Know Procreate (60min)

A series of demonstrations and quick exercises will familiarise you with Procreate and its interface. You will then learn how to customise important settings, set up favourite tools for optimal use, see what effects are possible, and create personal digital toolkits.

The Digital Workflow (60min) 

You’ll then practice what you've learned through a series of sketching exercises that help cement the concept of a digital workflow. Key tools and skills for sketching outdoors on location will also be introduced.  

Sketching Exercises (60min) 

Apply what you've learnt to sketch outdoors while the instructor goes among participants, offering guidance. The session ends with a review of work, lessons learned and a Q&A.

1 hour lunch break (Please note: Lunch is not provided. Participants can find many food options in the area.)

SESSION TWO : 3.5 hours total (2:30-6pm)

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Replicating Analog styles in Digital Media (30min)

Most users of Procreate want to know how they can get the look of their favourite traditional mediums before exploring other aspects of digital potential. This segment explores the most common media styles and how you might replicate them digitally. We then look at ways to go beyond that.

Digital Storytelling (60min)

We then look at how your workflow can be applied to tell your own story. Whether you plan to travel sketch, make visual notes on a museum visit or simply ideate, we will explore tools and features in Procreate for various purposes, including useful layer effects, planning layouts and composition, object manipulation, lettering & calligraphy.

Sketching on Location (90min) 

You now apply what you’ve learned through the day to produce a more finished composition while the instructor goes among participants to offer guidance.

Review and Q&A (30min)

We will end the workshop at Comix Home Base with a review of work, sharing lessons learned, followed by a final Q&A.

Workshop Registration and Cost

Workshop Fee: HKD 2000.00. Payments through Paypal / Bank transfer.

Please contact Louisa at louisa@sketcherman.com (WhatsApp +852 97741184) for

  • more information
  • space availability
  • PayPal link / bank payment details.

Maximum number of participants 18 (minimum 10) All levels welcome. 

*Please note: In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Paypal Fees. All payments are final, and no refunds will be entertained. Thank you for your understanding.

Supply list

  1. For best results, please bring an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. In order to not slow down the entire class, the oldest model iPad accepted at the workshop is an iPad Air 2. (If you’re not sure which model iPad you have, please refer to this chart.)
  2. Preinstalled Procreate app (HKD 78.00 or equivalent on the iOS App Store) 
  3. A stylus (You may use any stylus, although I highly recommend one that supports pressure-sensitivity.)
  4. A stool / chair for sketching if you have one.
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Sun protection: Hat / umbrella
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About the Instructor

Rob Sketcherman is an artist and illustrator from Hong Kong who has been using the iPad exclusively as his creative device for the past 4+ years. He is one of the 5 administrators of Urban Sketchers Hong Kong. While not sketching on the streets, he handles illustration commissions of all kinds, and is often invited to speak, demonstrate and run workshops internationally on his artistic and professional work on the iPad, including at Apple and various educational institutions.

 With more than 130 preinstalled brushes, all of which can be customized further, the latest version of Procreate allows you to draw and paint in a huge variety of styles. If you use an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, the possibilities become deliciously unlimited. Elgin Street, Hong Kong

With more than 130 preinstalled brushes, all of which can be customized further, the latest version of Procreate allows you to draw and paint in a huge variety of styles. If you use an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, the possibilities become deliciously unlimited. Elgin Street, Hong Kong

 Working digitally makes storytelling on the go spontaneous and fast. You can set up and pack in  seconds , allowing you to capture scenes on location anytime inspiration strikes. Canal Rd West, Hong Kong

Working digitally makes storytelling on the go spontaneous and fast. You can set up and pack in seconds, allowing you to capture scenes on location anytime inspiration strikes. Canal Rd West, Hong Kong

 I was able to do this at the back of a cab during a crazy 45min traffic jam between Central and Causeway Bay  because  I use an iPad. You could too!

I was able to do this at the back of a cab during a crazy 45min traffic jam between Central and Causeway Bay because I use an iPad. You could too!

 When you don't have to worry about space for paint, water, palettes and other gear, or people stepping on your equipment, pieces like this are possible, even in really tight, crowded (1 million+ people!), standing up at  night . Fatima, Portugal.

When you don't have to worry about space for paint, water, palettes and other gear, or people stepping on your equipment, pieces like this are possible, even in really tight, crowded (1 million+ people!), standing up at night. Fatima, Portugal.