Drawing Digital

The complete guide for learning to draw & paint on your iPad

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Pub Date 17 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 10 Oct 2023

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Learn how to draw digitally and get the most use out of your tablet with this book full of helpful tips, creative inspiration, and 12 step-by-step drawing and painting projects.

In Drawing Digital, artist and teacher Lisa Bardot, the expert behind @Bardot Brush, introduces the art of digital drawing. Using your tablet and Procreate, or another favorite drawing app, you can leave behind your pencil and paper and make art anywhere and at any time.

Lisa gets you started with a range of easy-to-follow projects, including:
  • A still life
  • A snake plant
  • Cacti in the desert
  • Flowers
  • A dog
  • A school of fish
  • Self-portraits
  • Characters
  • City scenes
  • And more!

Accompanying each project are complete step-by-step instructions and Lisa Bardot’s signature, vibrant artwork. Also in the book are:
  • Tips for finding creative inspiration
  • Information on tools
  • App basics
  • How to draw and paint lines and shapes
  • Instructions for layering, duplicating, exporting, and more
  • A review that promises to help you draw anything

The author works in Procreate; however, her instructions apply to any digital drawing app, so you can use whatever you have on hand. The projects, tips, and techniques offer the ideal starting point if you’re a beginner to digital drawing, but if you’re an expert, you’re sure to learn plenty from Lisa’s expert advice, as well. Lisa finds great joy in creating, and soon you will too, wherever and whenever you like to draw.

Kick start your creativity and learn to draw on your tablet with Drawing Digital!
Learn how to draw digitally and get the most use out of your tablet with this book full of helpful tips, creative inspiration, and 12 step-by-step drawing and painting projects.

In Drawing Digital...

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It is the perfect book for beginners who are curious about digital drawing, and hence it suits me perfectly. It starts off with the necessary software and hardware and then moves on to the basics of drawing on ipads.

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Read and reviewed by my 16 year old creative and artistic son. Here’s what he had to say:

There are so many different categories in this book that gives you good support and tools that it’s hard not to want to draw straight away.

Really specific

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📖 Drawing Digital by: Lisa Bardot | 📅 Pub Day: October 17, 2023

I have been using procreate for almost 4 years, and have followed many a @lisabardot YouTube tutorial so when I was able to snag this review copy of her digital drawing book I was so excited! I’m pretty well rehearsed in using Procreate so I wasn’t so sure this would be for me, BUT THIS BOOK HAS EVERYTHING! Perfect for the newest beginner in digital drawing to the expert who thinks they could possibly not learn anything that they don’t already know!

This is truly a digital drawing “bible” that I could see me going back to time after time again. Also it not only has technical program how-tos it also has several sections of fundamental drawing how-tos which really appealed to me as I’m not the strongest at drawing! So if you see my Bookstagram pics getting even better, you know what and who to blame😂😂😂

5.00⭐️ (Even though I wish I could give so many more)

Special thanks to @walterfoster publishing and @netgalley for the copy of this book to read and review prior to publishing.

#drawingdigital #lisabardot #walterfoster #procreate

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As a professional artist working in the industry (and has to draw digitally pretty regularly!), I found that Lisa Bardot's guide, Drawing Digital, to be fairly informative and educational to a beginner that's new to art.

The book focuses mostly on digital drawing on the iPad Procreate app and I found the layout of the book to be quite aesthetic and easy to follow. Bardot includes some illustrations to follow along her instructions, which are charming and pleasing to look at. She begins the book with basic techniques, such as linework and color theory, and ends with more complex guides, such as those for animal anatomy and facial structure.

All in all, a wonderful book to gift to a budding digital artist!

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This is an extremely comprehensive guide to Procreate. It begins with very basic information for a beginner and progresses including sections on layers and colour theory. The book also includes projects for the user to try their new skills in practice.

I can’t wait to get started learning how to make the most of Procreate with this book and hopefully start drawing identifiable things!

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As someone whose always been fascinated with the art of digital drawing, this book peaked my interest straight away. I've always wanted to be able to master digital drawing, but always struggled to understand all the different types of software, brushes, techniques, etc. Hence, I've had an apple pencil that has yet to be used haha!

But this book changed that. The way it's broken down is super informative & in-depth, it really does touch on every single facet of digital art. Every question I had, this book answered in clear & concise detail. This will 100% be one that I come back to time & time again - amazingly useful & accessible, I love it!

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As a watercolour artist only just now beginning to expand into digital art, so this book is incredibly timely for me.

Digital Drawing by Lisa Bardot is a comprehensive guide to both drawing as a concept, and the techniques and skills unique to the digital world. While the book does specialise in the tools and features of the Procreate app on the iPad, all of these techniques and skills are easily transferrable to other platforms and software (I use Sketchbook on an Android device).

The book opens with a guide to suggested devices and a basic overview of resolution and canvas sizes. We have a refresher course in drawing - as drawing on a device feels a bit different to paper! - before launching into projects and playing with the software properly: the layers, the brushes, the masks and blends, colour theory (traditional and digital) and lighting, and much, much more.

I really like the way this book jumps between traditional art theories and techniques and the digital skills to put the lessons into practice - it's not all layers and presets but an art form of its own that still requires work. This will be a reference book I will come back to again and again as I explore my art.

~Many thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~

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I do a lot of things online and customizing images is something I’ve always wanted to do. This little manual has done the unthinkable. It’s taught me EVERYTHING I need to know about drawing digitally. From tips and tools to file formatting. from types of lines to shapes, this amazing little book needs to be in your hands if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use digital programs to draw.

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This book is exactly what I needed at this moment in my life.

I have had Procreate on my ipad for years and only dabbled here and there because I didn’t fully learn and understand the system. I wanted to always dive deeper. This books does that and more!

It is so informative and explains everything so thoroughly from start to finish. I am so thankful for this book. It has ignited my love for drawing!

Thank you to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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The best content for the ones who (like me) would like to know how to develop digital design and art skills. I liked the writing and also the apps and tools tips that has been topped to the reader. It a complete guide for everyone interested in the subject! Well done!

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After seeing this book, I'm in awe of the possibilities of drawing apps, and by that I mean all the help you get. This book is extremely educational in the use of such possibilities, and the illustrations are realistic and the layout top notch. I don't know enough to judge the content, but it's very good with what it covers.

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I legitimately squealed in excitement when I saw that Lisa Bardot had authored an all-in-one tutorial book for digital art! I’ve followed her since 2020 and have used her brushes and tutorials for almost all of my digital art learning. Being able to have all of her advice, tips and tricks in one book is GOLD to me! She has such a wonderfully clear way of explaining steps, and she seems to make sure that people from all stages of art experience can follow along. I would 100% recommend this book to any and all people who are wanted to explore digital art, or sharpen their skills.

Thank you SO much to NetGalley and Octopus Books for letting me review this amazing tutorial book in exchange for an honest review 🎨 🩷

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I normally don’t tend to go for the art “how to” books since my field of study is in fine arts. But the cover art for this one really stood out to me, so I figured why not give it a go. And I am SO GLAD that I did. This book is definitely one that once released I will be buying a hard copy. There was so many tips and tricks that can easily be translated into traditional art as well as digital drawing. I love how easy the author broke down basic shapes and basic tips that made me want to pick up my tablet and just draw. If anyone out there is also like me and struggles to find inspiration when it comes to starting a new project, or simply refining and honing in your skills, this book is for you. Thank you to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for giving me the opportunity to view this ahead of release!

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This is one of the best books I have read about using Procreate on the iPad. I would say I am very proficient in using Procreate but even I learned a few new things from this book! However, it is not just a book about the app. It is also a very useful resource for learning sketching and drawing, as you will learn how to break down complex forms into simple shapes. Drawing animals, flowers and people are just some of the topics covered in depth.

The book also takes you through a wide range of art projects created in Procreate using native brushes, so you do not need to go out and buy Lisa’s brushes to enjoy the book. The section on how to stylise your artwork was very useful, as was the chapter on colour theory. Overall, this is so much more than a Procreate instruction book, although it is a very good one. It is also a drawing instruction manual, teaching you to draw basically anything you might want to draw. I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in art; you will surely find something for you here.

With thanks to Netgalley and Walter Foster Publishing for this ARC

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"Drawing Digital" by Lisa Bardot is an exceptional guide to digital drawing that deserves a solid five-star rating. This book is a treasure trove of knowledge, creative inspiration, and step-by-step projects for artists of all skill levels who want to explore the world of digital art using tablets and drawing apps like Procreate.

Lisa Bardot, known for her expertise as @Bardot Brush, brought her passion and expertise to the forefront in this comprehensive guide. She introduces readers to the exciting realm of digital drawing, demonstrating how to unleash their creativity using modern tools.

One of the standout features of this book is the 12 step-by-step drawing and painting projects it offers. From still lifes to self-portraits, city scenes to characters, the projects cover a wide range of subjects and styles, providing me with ample opportunities to practice and improve my digital drawing skills.

Lisa's instructions are clear, easy to follow, and accompanied by her vibrant artwork, making the learning process enjoyable and engaging. The inclusion of tips for finding creative inspiration and information on tools and app basics adds depth to the learning experience.

Moreover, the book covers essential digital drawing techniques such as drawing and painting lines and shapes, layering, duplicating, exporting, and more. Lisa's guidance is valuable for beginners, but even experts will find her advice to be insightful and beneficial.

One noteworthy aspect of "Drawing Digital" is its flexibility. While the Lisa works in Procreate, her instructions are applicable to any digital drawing app, ensuring that readers can use the tools they have on hand.

In summary, "Drawing Digital" is a five-star resource for anyone interested in digital drawing. Lisa Bardot's passion, expertise, and easy-to-follow instructions make this book a valuable addition to any artist's library. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced digital artist, "Drawing Digital" is sure to inspire and enhance your creative journey.

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I love Lisa's Youtube channel and was so excited to get my hands on this book. It's packed full of helpful information and I can't wait to apply it to my art

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A full, detailed and essential guide to using the brilliant Procreate app. I found this book so useful as all the tips I need are there at my fingertips. Indispensable!

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Fun book! Easy to follow directions and great ideas to inspire a fun habit. I loved it, but I also think my teens would love it.

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I recently purchased an iPad and I have been searching for a handy guide for digital drawing. Lo and behold, Drawing Digital! While most of the directions for using tools revolve around Procreate, I found I was able to follow a lot of the steps in just about any app. I also love the fundamental practice steps for drawing shapes, first use of layers, and how to apply certain effects. This is definitely a book I'll continue to reference in my artistic journey. Thank you to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I am so unbelievably happy with this book. The tips and tricks are mega helpful for a newbie like me. 5 stars!

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I’m familiar with Lisa Bardot from her YouTube channel and so was excited to read and review this book — and it doesn’t disappoint. Lisa has a knack for instruction like the art teacher we all wish we’d have had in middle school. She’s got a way of explaining things simply and clearly in her videos that translates equally well to the pages of this book so that you can follow along and learn principles of good design. Really happy to be able to have previewed this book and confirm that it’s one I’ll want to use as a reference for a long time to come. I also enjoy Lisa’s expertise in Procreate — my favorite iPad drawing app. Thanks, Lisa!

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I’ve been a fan of Lisa Bardot for years. She is a fantastic digital artist and the way she lays out this book is perfect for beginners and those that want to hone their skills.

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This has been such a helpful book. I honestly struggled with using my iPad and procreate app to create and design. The author broke the process down in accessible chunks and gave excellent tutorials to help the user determine what styles and techniques work and feel best for them. I will be using it for reference in the future and am really grateful for this book.

I received an ARC courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. My opinions are mine alone.

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I absolutely love this book & it couldn’t be more perfect for me! It’s beautifully done and I cannot wait to order a copy to help me on my journey to understanding how to use Procreate to extend my art making skills into the digital world.
I love how well tools & techniques are broken down and make them easy to understand. The illustrations help me further understand & try the techniques myself! Lisa makes everything feel very doable and inspires me to take her teachings & run with them to see what I can create myself. Thank you for this amazing book! It’s perfect for anyone wanting to get more comfortable learning Procreate.

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I saw this book on NetGalley and thought it might help me get more use out of my Apple Pencil and I was correct! The book focuses mainly on the Procreate app, which is great, but I learned a lot of things that will be helpful no matter what software I’m using. There is also a lot of basic art instruction and many fun and super cute drawing exercises. This book would be a great first introduction to digital art and is a great learning tool with some great exercises for any level digital artist.

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I’ve been wanting to try Procreate so I can design some items for my business, and this book is fantastic! The detail included is amazing and with all of the content included, I’m confident I can create some amazing designs. The book is so comprehensive and is perfect for beginners who know nothing about digital illustrations.

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