How to use digital tools to create a hand-drawn look

Editing and illustrating digitally makes a lot of sense, especially for commercial illustration projects. Last year, I first started working on a tablet – the iPad Pro. Despite having worked in traditional pencil for over a decade, using Apple Pencil and the Procreate app came surprising naturally to me.

You can work on the iPad in the same way that you work on paper, using a very basic approach – an initial sketch outline layer, which you can then build up in colour. I stick to a maximum of three layers, but often just work on one.

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Irish artist Claudine O'Sullivan is known for her distinctive hand-drawn illustrations. Her work for the worldwide Apple Pencil campaign was a category winner at this year's World Illustration Awards – other clients include MTV, WeTransfer and Derwent Pencils.