15 Procreate app tips for aspiring digital artists


Procreate has quickly become one of my favorite iPad apps. 


Over the last two years, using the Procreate app — a CNET Editors’ Choice Award winner in 2021 — to draw on my iPad has become one of my favorite hobbies. The digital illustration app costs $10 to download, but its suite of art tools and creative features make it well worth the price. 

Procreate is accessible whether you’re a design professional, a seasoned digital artist or a beginner to the world of digital illustration. Even though I’m on Procreate almost everyday, there are still features I’m discovering that improve my artwork and try new things.

Whatever your art style, you can explore the app and try out all of the different features it offers. Here are 15 tips that I’ve found most useful in my time with Procreate to work smarter, not harder:

Gesture controls


Here’s what the

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Newton artists sell their wares at New Art Shop

The New Art Shop launched a three-weekend pop-up shop at the end of November selling the various wares of 45 local artists, with more than half of the artists from Newton and the rest from the Boston area. Emily O’Neil, executive director of the New Art Center, said her goal is to turn the space into a cooperative-style shop for local artists to sell their pieces while simultaneously running the shop themselves.

Currently, the artists earn a minimum of 65 percent of the profit from the sales of their work, O’Neil said, and if the shop fully becomes a co-op, the artists running the shop will also earn an hourly wage. The works sold in the shop vary from homemade candles and soaps to ceramics and wall art to books written by local authors.

“Our hope is at the culmination of our nine shopping days, we will have enough evidence

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Ukrainian Artists Focus of Dodge Collection Exhibition at the Zimmerli

Ukrainian Artists Focus of Dodge Collection Exhibition at the Zimmerli

The exhibition Painting in Excess: Kyiv’s Art Revival, 1985-1993 explores the inventive new art styles by Ukrainian artists responding to a trying transitional period of perestroika (restructuring) during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

On view at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University from November 6, 2021 through March 13, 2022, the exhibition highlights an explosion of styles, rediscovered histories, and newly found freedoms that blossomed against economic scarcity and ecological calamity, creating an effect of baroque excess.

Organized by guest research curator Olena Martynyuk, Ph.D. with assistance from Julia Tulovsky, Ph.D., the Zimmerli’s curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, Painting in Excess: Kyiv’s Art Revival, 1985-1993 is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title, co-published with Rutgers University Press. The public is invited to two free programs this fall: a hybrid curator-led tour on November 12, with an onsite tour that also will be livestreamed; and

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Ann Arbor Art Fair returns July 15 with more than 600 artists, some COVID protocols

It’s Michigan’s ultimate outdoor summer art bonanza: three art fairs with more than 600 artists in one downtown area.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair, considered the largest juried art fair in country, returns to downtown Ann Arbor on Thursday and runs through Saturday. Originally canceled earlier this past spring for the second year in a row because of state COVID restrictions, organizers changed course in late May after guidelines changed and the show is now on.

There will be some changes this year — about a third fewer artists so organizers can spread out the ones they have and the festival timeline has been shortened from four days to three — but the art fair that “people know and love” will be pretty much the same, said Maureen Riley, executive director of the Ann Arbor Steet Art Fair, The Original.

“The thing about the art fair and what’s new every

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