👩🏻‍💻 Digital Sketchbook Tour in Procreate #1

Iva Mikles

Hi, I am Iva. Welcome to a new journey into the world of digital art! Today, I’m excited to give you a tour of my digital sketchbook, created on my iPad using Procreate.

Why a Digital Sketchbook?

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Digital sketchbooks offer a unique blend of convenience and versatility. They’re an excellent tool for exploring different styles, techniques, and ideas.

Plus, with Procreate, the possibilities are endless.

Landscapes and Travel-Inspired Illustrations

In this tour, I’ll mainly showcase landscapes and travel-inspired pieces. These works reflect my love for diverse scenes, from the serene Swiss mountains to the bustling streets of Lisbon.

Early Works: Exploring Color and Light

  • Color Studies: One of my earlier works involved playing with different light settings on natural scenes, helping me understand how light and shadow interact.
  • Concept Art: These pieces were more about the exploration of color and form, rather than high-detail finishing.

Simplified Art for Client Projects

  • Flat Colors and Simple Compositions: These works were tailored for client projects, focusing on simplicity and clarity.
  • Wall Art: Some of these pieces found their way to my Etsy shop, showcasing landscapes inspired by places like Portugal’s seaside.

Travel Posters: A Blend of Simplicity and Beauty

My Pick
Alternative Pick
Best Value Pick
Upgrade Budget Pick
Portable Pick
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Pro 12.9″ is great for professional digital artists who work long hours on complex artworks with multiple layers. I love the big, bright screen which is easy on the eyes and perfect for outdoor drawing.
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Pro 11″ is also great for professional digital artists who work long hours on complex artworks with multiple layers. But they want a portable iPad Pro and they to spend less than on the bigger iPad Pro.
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Air 10.9″ is the best value for beginners, students, hobbyists and professional digital artists who want similar specs to iPad Pro, but their budgets are limited.
Who is it for?:
I think iPad 10.9″ is the best upgrade budget iPad for beginners, students and hobby digital artists who want to draw in Procreate.
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Mini 6th gen is the best for beginners, students and hobby digital artists who want to start drawing in Procreate and they are on a budget. I also think it's a great secondary iPad for drawing in Procreate on the go.
Display:
★★★★★
ProMotion True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Display:
★★★★★
ProMotion True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Display:
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Display:
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with sRGB color profile
Display:
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Processor:
★★★★★
M2
Processor:
★★★★★
M2
Processor:
★★★★★
M1
Processor:
★★★★☆
A14
Processor:
★★★★☆
A15
RAM:
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
RAM:
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
RAM:
★★★★☆
8GB
RAM:
★★★☆☆
4GB
RAM:
★★★☆☆
4GB
Storage:
★★★★★
From 128GB up to 2TB
Storage:
★★★★★
From 128GB up to 2TB
Storage:
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
Storage:
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
Storage:
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Apple Pencil compatibility:
1st generation
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Description:

Apple Pencil 2

Supports Apple Pencil hover function

Description:

Apple Pencil 2

Supports Apple Pencil hover function

Description:

Apple Pencil 2

Consider older technology to save money without sacrificing quality: Renewed iPad Air 4th generation

Description:
Description:
My Pick
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Pro 12.9″ is great for professional digital artists who work long hours on complex artworks with multiple layers. I love the big, bright screen which is easy on the eyes and perfect for outdoor drawing.
Display:
★★★★★
ProMotion True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Processor:
★★★★★
M2
RAM:
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
Storage:
★★★★★
From 128GB up to 2TB
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Description:

Apple Pencil 2

Supports Apple Pencil hover function

Alternative Pick
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Pro 11″ is also great for professional digital artists who work long hours on complex artworks with multiple layers. But they want a portable iPad Pro and they to spend less than on the bigger iPad Pro.
Display:
★★★★★
ProMotion True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Processor:
★★★★★
M2
RAM:
★★★★★
8GB or 16GB
Storage:
★★★★★
From 128GB up to 2TB
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Description:

Apple Pencil 2

Supports Apple Pencil hover function

Best Value Pick
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Air 10.9″ is the best value for beginners, students, hobbyists and professional digital artists who want similar specs to iPad Pro, but their budgets are limited.
Display:
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Processor:
★★★★★
M1
RAM:
★★★★☆
8GB
Storage:
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Description:

Apple Pencil 2

Consider older technology to save money without sacrificing quality: Renewed iPad Air 4th generation

Upgrade Budget Pick
Who is it for?:
I think iPad 10.9″ is the best upgrade budget iPad for beginners, students and hobby digital artists who want to draw in Procreate.
Display:
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with sRGB color profile
Processor:
★★★★☆
A14
RAM:
★★★☆☆
4GB
Storage:
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
Apple Pencil compatibility:
1st generation
Description:
Portable Pick
Who is it for?:
I think iPad Mini 6th gen is the best for beginners, students and hobby digital artists who want to start drawing in Procreate and they are on a budget. I also think it's a great secondary iPad for drawing in Procreate on the go.
Display:
★★★★☆
True Tone Liquid Retina IPS Display with P3 wide color profile
Processor:
★★★★☆
A15
RAM:
★★★☆☆
4GB
Storage:
★★★☆☆
64GB or 256GB
Apple Pencil compatibility:
2nd generation
Description:
  • Swiss Villages: These illustrations feature quick, simplified shapes, capturing the essence of Swiss landscapes.
  • Lisbon and Venice: The vibrant colors of Lisbon and the serene beauty of Venice are captured in a series of posters.

Procreate in Action: Techniques and Styles

  • Double Exposure and Pastel Colors: Experimenting with these styles helped me explore different artistic expressions.
  • Tea Packaging Project: A project that didn’t materialize, but evolved into a class on composition and design.

The Journey Continues: New Inspirations and Memories

  • Flower Fields and Sunset Views: Bright, sunny landscapes filled with flowers, offering a sense of warmth and joy.
  • Travel Through Art: Drawing places like Zurich, Copenhagen, and even imaginary scenes, like breakfast with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Reflections and Learnings

  • Digital Art Classes: These artworks not only reflect my journey as an artist but also serve as teaching tools in my digital art classes.
  • Unfinished Projects: Some pieces are still in progress, highlighting the ever-evolving nature of art and creativity.

Final Thoughts

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This sketchbook tour is more than just a showcase of artworks.

It’s a reflection of my growth as an artist and an educator.

Each piece tells a story, evokes a memory, or sparks an idea. Whether it’s a tranquil Swiss village or a lively street in Lisbon, these illustrations are windows into worlds both real and imagined.

Stay tuned for more from my digital sketchbook in upcoming videos. Until then, keep creating and exploring the boundless possibilities of digital art with Procreate.

💡 Pro tip: Remember, a digital sketchbook is not just a collection of finished pieces. It’s a space for experimentation, learning, and growth. Embrace the unfinished and the imperfect. That’s where true creativity lies.

Iva

Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am a full-time self-taught artist behind Art Side of Life® and a Top Teacher on Skillshare. I have 15 years of experience in the creative field as a concept designer, illustrator, art director, and now freelance artist, content creator, and art instructor. My goal is to help you get your creative groove on with Procreate and make awesome art through practical classes, tutorials, Procreate brushes, and guides on art tools, supplies and resources. About me »

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Iva

Hey there!

I am Iva (rhymes with viva), and I'm the artist behind Art Side of Life. I'm all about helping you get your creative groove on with Procreate and make awesome art! So on my website, I share Procreate classes, tutorials, brushes, and guides on art tools, supplies, and resources. Ready to create and make amazing art? Then explore, join and have fun ♡

Grab your gear:

iPad Pro, Air, Mini or iPad

Apple Pencil

Procreate Brushes

Paperlike

Drawing Stand

Open Procreate and enjoy!

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