Hummingbirds are coming, not the Antillean Crested Hummingbird above, but the Ruby-throated hummingbirds are on the way.
Photographed Ruby-throated hummingbird shown in the gallery. Camera filter used and with soft focus.
According to the 2016 map, they are very close to us. Since they are not here yet and I can’t photograph them on the way, painting hummingbirds in Procreate has to do for now.
Procreate is a digital painting app I have on the iPad. The first image was painted with Procreate (with the use of a stylus “pencil”) of a hummingbird I saw in St. Lucia.
I can draw more detail, paint it as a watercolor, or do a quick rendering as above, just about anything that comes to mind. The very versatile app is similar to Photoshop with layers, editing abilities and opacity adjustments. But for $5.99, the similarities end there. Photoshop is much more professional and far more powerful. To see how I paint in Photoshop, see this post. Using Photoshop is a bit more labor intensive, but gives a more professional feel to the art.
I prefer the first image, so I gave it a better frame made in Photoshop. In the other images, the frames are made in a second app, PS Express (Photoshop tablet app). Other iPad apps I have on the iPad are free subscription mobile apps because I am an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber. Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix and Lightroom are cool apps that I can use for photography edits if the need arises.
What is rather amazing to me is how the iPad is becoming a more and more creative tool for artists and photographers. There are even CAD apps to use, but they are very rudimentary at this point. There may come a time when the iPad becomes the only tool artists need. They really are great for schematic presentation work.
The iPad is useful for photographers too. My camera can connect via bluetooth or the internet to the iPad so I can see what I am shooting in a much larger format on the iPad. I can work in a hidden blind for instance and snap the image from the iPad. The iPhone can play a part too as a hot spot for internet since my iPad is not cellular. This whole post was made on the iPad.
More practice will make better paintings in time using Procreate. I just have a lot more experience in Photoshop. It really is hard to put the iPad down having this much fun though.
I will be in Seattle next week and the Rufous hummingbirds are flying about. It will be nice to see them again. Spring has sprung.