Recently I have been getting asked a lot of the same questions, and whilst I don't mind answering at all, and love to help all of those who ask questions and want to learn, it's becoming very time consuming so I thought I would just make a post that can be updated/people can refer to as and when they like.
Q; What tools do you use?
-3rd Generation iPad Pro [12.9"] w/ Apple Pencil + Paperlike screen protector.
-Procreate for all digital work.
-Photoshop for colour corrections and editing.
Q: What brushes do you use?
Brushes usually alternate between two different Procreate standard pens depending on the look I wish to achieve, these are the Techincal and Studio pens.
If you wish to see a video demonstration, you can check it out here: https://twitter.com/SarahMasonArt/status/1225048188589133825
Q: And tips on starting out with Procreate?
It all comes with practice, like any program. If you're familiar with Photoshop, Procreate shouldn't take you too long to adjust and transition to.
If you want to learn the entire ins and out, there are plenty of YouTubers out there doing lots of tutorials, you can also check out SkillShare where you can participate in some classes to get you up to speed!
Apart from this, press everything, test the brushes and their settings along with layer and colour settings. You can learn an awful lot just by playing with the app and pressing all the buttons!
Q: I want to start out in digital art, should I get an iPad?
This is a question I really can't answer for you. It's a personal thing but I will give my two cents as it's a common question for me.
If you are literally JUST starting out with digital art, I would say perhaps give an on screen cintiq-proxy tablet to see if it's something you would like. This will save you heaps of money instead of splashing out over £1K on something you won't use much. I would recommend either a Huion Kamvas Pro 13 or XP-PEN Artist 22 [which I can personally vouch for, having used it myself.] Both of these are under £400 which is really well priced for on-screen tablets.
I wouldn't recommend Wacom anymore, due to it's price range not really offering much of value compared to it's competitors.
Q: Can I use your art for a tattoo?
Yes, but please ask me first which one you would like tattooed. There are a lot of commissioned pieces that are for the client and the client solely. If it's something personal that I have created, all I ask is for you to purchase anything from my Etsy and to sent me a picture when it's done!
Q: How much do you charge?
I have a price list of commissions over on my website here: https://www.artbysarahmason.com/prices
Commissions are open in intervals depending on the work load. Send me an email if you would like a quote.
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If you have any other questions, I will be happy to add them here! But these are the biggest I am getting right now, so it's much easier to link people here as opposed to personally typing every answer. I hope this helps anyone!