Artist uses iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to chronicle the faces of Juneteenth
As part of this year’s June 19 celebrations, illustrator, comic book creator, and researcher Ajuan Mance was asked by Apple to create portraits of black historical figures using an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil. Apple shared details of Mance’s project in a new post on its newsroom.
Apple says that Mance is using Adobe Scan and Procreate, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Fresco to create stunning images as part of the June 19 celebrations.
To celebrate Juneteenth, Mance revisits a series of digital drawings created on the iPad Pro titled “The Ancestors’ Juneteenth,” in which he places historical Black figures in current contexts to reflect on Black’s journey from the 19th to the 21st centuries. . In these illustrations, Mance draws with ink on paper before taking an image in Adobe Scan on his iPad Pro. In Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Fresco, he colors his scanned image blue that isn’t a photo, simulating the process of creating a photo. comics, while using Apple Pencil to add layers of color, a workflow he’s previously done using a light table and analog tools.
Mance says that the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil allow him to “draw, manipulate, and add color and effects at the micro level,” thanks to their ability to zoom directly into images. It’s something that only digital art can truly offer, giving artists a new way to create.
Throughout the article, Mance explains that he’s worked with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for years, saying that “you can create a sketch and then ink it in the same app on the same device. It’s this level of capability and flexibility that makes iPad Pro such a unique device for artists. Mance also believes that without the iPad Pro, artists wouldn’t be able to reach the same audiences they do today.
You can read more about Mance and Juneteenth in the full Newsroom article, while their website showcases some of the art that has been created.
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