2020: a year full of online classes, life lessons, and unforeseen experiences.
A year I bet many of us would never want to remember, but ironically none of us would ever be able to forget. With coronavirus insight, the world seems to be becoming more digital than ever. Everything is changing.
Is the way we make art slowly changing too?

Since physical contact and large gatherings now feel nearly impossible, more and more artists find innovative ways to create and share their art on online platforms.
Digital art is an upcoming phenomenon, and many art-lovers are wondering what tools are needed to start with it.

I have been experimenting with certain apps on my iPad for a few months now, and I must say, I am delighted.
Procreate is a fantastic alternative for aspiring artists and beginners looking for easy ways to create digital art.

Although you have to pay for it when downloading it from the app store, I believe it could be an excellent investment.
Procreate gives you access to many cool effects and tools: vivid colors, blending ability, calligraphy, luminous brushes/effects, and much more.
The app also gives you the possibility to make time-lapse recordings of your art and to export this video when you’re finished. It is super awesome to upload online if you like the results.

Other apps or software that I have also heard good things about, but I still want to try are Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Affinity Designer.
Both the hardware and the software you use have an effect on the finished product. The latest version of Procreate requires you to have iPadOS 13.2 or newer to install, for example. Still, other versions of the app are also accessible on other devices: like Procreate Pocket, which can be installed on your iPhone.

Although having an apple pen is ideal, it is also possible to make digital art without one. I would recommend you to buy a stylus soft touch pen with a rubber stylus tip if, like me, you are still saving up to buy your apple pen soon. The rubber cushion/ stylus tip can be used on your iPad or iPhone to draw with, and although it’s still not as neat and precise as an apple pen, it’s an easy and cheap alternative.

All in all, it’s not that difficult to start creating your digital art, if that’s what truly makes you happy. For me, the key is to follow my gut & heart and to let my pen flow intuitively. Art is a form of self-expression, and by genuinely being your true self and expressing it, you subconsciously inspire everyone around you to do the same.
Before you know it, you’ll be sharing your talents with the world, and it feels so liberating! For example, look at me a girl from a small island but always following her big dreams. A few months ago, I picked up that pen for the first time, and now I’m fearlessly sharing my journey online with the word. Although I’m not perfect, not always consistently posting, and my art account @goldnnotes on Instagram is still small, I am not even a teeny tiny bit ashamed of it. We are all human and a work in progress.
If I can do it, anyone who truly wants to can too!

Allow yourself to explore, grow, and be yourself unapologetically.

After all, Who could be you better than you anyway?

-Amanda Tromp

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