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Digidame: Learning to Paint on the iPad

This is an ongoing series of posts on digital life and culture from DigiDame, aka Lois Whitman-Hess. 

I took a giant step forward today in my wonderful world of coloring. I actually went over to the Apple Store and took a class on Sketch, Draw, and Paint With the iPad.

I have owned an iPad Pro for a number of months now. I didn’t know how to use the Apple Pencil and most of the apps devoted to creating artwork.

I know that many of you have figured this out by yourselves, but I really needed assistance. Plus, I wanted to experience one of the workshops I read so much about.

An Apple instructor spent one hour with me and gave me the basics of what I needed to know using three apps: Notes, Adobe Sketch and Procreate. He also showed me how to use the Apple Pencil by powering it up, and applying it to the page via colors and shading.

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The class was held out in the open, and the instructor spoke through a mini mic. I could easily see and hear everything.

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This is the Apple Pencil. You can charge it through the iPad or wall socket. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to charge and lasts all day.

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I don’t know why, but my favorite doodle word is “Queens.” My first effort using the Apple Pen.

All Apple Store classes are free. Today, I was the only student. Most classes only attract a few people at a time because they are conducted so frequently.

For those of you who are artistically inclined, drawing on an iPad will just be an extension of your creative talents. For me and others like me, a whole new world just opened up.

A version of this post was first published as “Color Me Experienced” at DigiDame

Lois Whitman-Hess has been in the tech business for 50 years. She has been writing DigiDame every day since 2012 because she loves sharing information about the digital world with people over 55 years of age. 

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