Using Paper by WeTransfer for Concept Art

A SIMPLIFIED METHOD TO GET DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY, WITHOUT TOO MANY TOOLS

Being a traditional artist at heart, my go-to tools are pencil, paper and some watercolours. I can get so much done and get really creative just by using a limited palette (since I don’t have access to all colours ever made) and since my canvas is physically contained within the sketchbook limits.

Ever since I started drawing digitally (mainly with my iPad Pro 12,9in and the Procreate app), I’ve felt a sense of overpowering and subtle ‘waste’, as I thought I wasn’t using all the tools I had available (which are so many!).

TOO MANY OPTIONS ISN’T ALWAYS A GOOD THING

So, instead of improving my workflow or helping me getting all my creative juice out, I would simply freeze looking at my canvas. This would happen especially at the start of a new piece. I could access straightening tools, infinite brushes, colours and effects. It was too much and I could’t start anything without the feeling that I was picking the wrong tool.

Here comes Paper by WeTransfer: since the beginning of my adventure with iPads - which started way before they became the powerful tools they are today - I would spend endless hours drawing, sketching, journaling using just my finger or a cheap stylus and this virtual sketchbook app.

The tools available there are very limited, and yet so close to the real deal. The watercolour brush on there is still one of my favourite digital tools I’ve ever experienced. The app is free and available on iPhone as well. Although it doesn’t give the same experience as the one for iPads - especially paired up with the ApplePencil.

I decided to incorporate this app in my workflow again, and using it with my ApplePencil and iPadPro I had a whole new and refreshing experience.

CONCEPT ART MADE EASY

Within 3-4 days. I managed to fill pages and pages of ideas or ‘concept art’ pieces, without thinking about the end result or the idea of publishing my work. The result is something new for me. Something I’ll use as a reference for my more complex pieces and as a starting point for any themed series.

I never understood the real meaning of concept art (which I know is still open to interpretation) - but this is what works for me, and hopefully help someone out there getting over their art block and get their creative flow run again.

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