These are all my recommendations for everything creative from art supplies I personally use, love and recommend, books for your creative business that I've gained value from, & any other tools, & products that I find really useful in my creative business and my digital nomad life. I'll share them with you so you can gain traction in yours.
As I develop this guide for you, I will be writing about them, in depth, on my blog and you'll see the link below each recommendation when it's available. This page also contains affiliate links, so if you make a purchase (yay you) I will also get a small commission (yay me). So, thank you.
Ipad (of course)
The Ipad Pro 12.9" is the primary way I create my digital art using Procreate and a few other graphic apps. It's got more grunt than other tablets and gives me more flexibility for creating with no lag on those huge art files.
Pressure sensitivity is the thang that makes painting watercolors (or creating art) on the Ipad so authentic, by creating marks on the canvas like I would on paper. The Apple Pencil 2nd Gen speaks my love language.
Apple's Magic Keyboard
Is it a laptop? Is it an Ipad? Is it a case? Is it a stand. I'll tell you what it is. It's the bomb, and it's all of those things! The Apple Magic Keyboard / Case keeps my ipad nice n snug, and it makes it easy to type anywhere, and easy on my neck and back. Also, it says Magic in the name. Who doesn't love magic?
Creative Software, Apps & Brushes
So this is the app I snuggle up with, in front of an open fire. I do the majority of my digital artwork on this app and I can create digital raster files so big that they are super high res, even large enough for wall murals. You can produce Industry Standard files with Procreate too. In fact, I love this app so much, I even teach classes on how to use it.
Procreate Aqua Real Brush Set
Aqua Real is my favorite Procreate watercolor brush set created by Lisa Glanz, that even has a 2 toned brush so you can easily bleed colors on one paint stroke and the set also includes watercolor paper textures, as well as tutorials. . This set that I bought from Design Cuts creates authentic watercolors, digitally. This is one of my French doors watercolors (pictured) that I painted using this brush set on Procreate.
Winsor & Newton Watercolor
Winsor & Newton Watercolor tubes were the first paints I began watercolor painting with, over 20 years ago. I've recently started using their pans as well. The pans are super easy to load the brush which makes the painting process faster and clean up is efficient. I always use professional grade pigments like this one because my colors stay bright and transparent when mixed - never muddy.
Travel sized Watercolor Block
Intrend's a5 sized Watercolor paper block is a perfect size for watercolor or lettering on the go. It had a nice watercolor paper texture on one side and the other side is smooth like cold pressed, perfect for calligraphy. I painted the metallic watercolors on this paper (left).
Want to see me use it? Read my blog.