edwinvdbogert:

Pencil by 53.
After doing only three small drawings (Eyes, Burning Match and My Happy Place) my first tip is already worn out !!! On the photo you only see one side, but it’s worn out on both sides !!!
The problem is that you have to press harder to prevent Pencil from starting unwanted blurring. Yes you can disable blur, but when you are drawing you don’t want to constantly set blur on and off (because you have to leave your drawing and go to the 53 logo to do this).
I think it would be more convenient if fiftythreenyc would move the option of what your finger should do (blur, draw or do nothing) to the tool bar, so that you can switch without leaving your drawing screen.
I’m back on my Bamboo stylus with the soft nib on it, it is more sensitive. I also use a Bamboo stylus with a firm nib on it for filling larger areas. I’ll only be using Pencil for the blur option now.
My experience with the Bamboo nibs.
Soft nibs: about 10-15 drawings, really sensitive.
Hard nibs: Don’t know how many drawing you could do this these, I use them only for filling larger areas (still using my first firm nib). These nibs are harder so you also have to press harder but they are very strong.
Besides the fact that my first tip of my Pencil is already worn out, I still think it’s a nice stylus. I guess it’s also getting used to a different stylus. Luckily I have three spare tips.

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edwinvdbogert:

Pencil by 53.

After doing only three small drawings (Eyes, Burning Match and My Happy Place) my first tip is already worn out !!! On the photo you only see one side, but it’s worn out on both sides !!!

The problem is that you have to press harder to prevent Pencil from starting unwanted blurring. Yes you can disable blur, but when you are drawing you don’t want to constantly set blur on and off (because you have to leave your drawing and go to the 53 logo to do this).

I think it would be more convenient if fiftythreenyc would move the option of what your finger should do (blur, draw or do nothing) to the tool bar, so that you can switch without leaving your drawing screen.

I’m back on my Bamboo stylus with the soft nib on it, it is more sensitive. I also use a Bamboo stylus with a firm nib on it for filling larger areas. I’ll only be using Pencil for the blur option now.

My experience with the Bamboo nibs.

Soft nibs: about 10-15 drawings, really sensitive.

Hard nibs: Don’t know how many drawing you could do this these, I use them only for filling larger areas (still using my first firm nib). These nibs are harder so you also have to press harder but they are very strong.

Besides the fact that my first tip of my Pencil is already worn out, I still think it’s a nice stylus. I guess it’s also getting used to a different stylus. Luckily I have three spare tips.

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sadhanasharma asked:

HI Michael, I want to thank you for writing amazing tutorials for Paper53. Its very generous of you to share your knowledge, learning and experiences. I have a small question.I want to know how can i fill watercolor in the app in zoomed view without it being choppy(cause i have to lift the stylus if i am in zoom to move the zooming loop) ?

I have yet to find a good solution to this problem. If I want to fill in a large area I usually do it without zooming in since you can’t move the loop without ruining the smooth tone you’re painting. Which isn’t ideal because if you’re trying to paint accurately it is really hard when zoomed out. Update. Apparently you can move the loupe while painting if you touch and hold it before starting to paint. Thanks @omstekop!

To get around that I either try to “stay within the lines” as best as I can and then correct the edges after with the pencil tool filled with a color that matches the neighboring colors.

Or I’ll paint zoomed in and as I approach the edges of the loupe I’ll fade the strokes. Then move the loupe over some and fade into the edges from the previous move to try and keep the tone smooth. Again not ideal because depending on the overlap you’ll get darker spots, but if you fade them quick it might not be too noticeable.

smoothcut asked:

Hi Michael. Just wanted to drop a note to say thanks for all the help you're giving people with Paper. I'm not a portrait artist, but I aspire to be proficient, I did a portrait of my wife and posted it on my blog if you want to see where I'm at. there's always something just slightly off. Your portraits always seem to capture the emotional feel of the person. I know - Practice! Any thoughts on the "perfect" stylus? I'm on IPad Air w/pencil. tip is so thick, getting two lines to meet is guessing

Hello hello!

Just checked out the portrait of your wife… It’s great! Black and white is a personal favorite of mine.

With regards to the perfect Paper stylus. I like the Pogo Connect because I do so much pencil and watercolor work. Both tools really benefit from the pressure sensitivity the Pogo allows since you can build up a tone with those tools in a more gradual way.

The only problem with the stylus is it kind of sucks. It disconnects all the time, prone to hardware issues, not precise at all, etc etc etc. Not to mention it really isn’t compatible with the iPad Air since Apple changed their display technology and that screws with the Pogo.

Side note I have no idea what I’m going to do when I upgrade from my iPad 3rd gen because I rely on the Pogo so much now. Really hoping FiftyThree releases a pressure sensitive Pencil or Apple takes a cue from Microsoft and builds in better stylus support.

Anyways, but back to your question. If precision is your goal I’d suggest a pen by Adonit. They have a line of styli with plastic disc tips built for accuracy. I have yet to try one myself but they’re quite popular with many iPad artists.

Hope this helps!