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Paul Shipper

This is a follow-up story about an illustration that Paul Shipper tweeted a few days ago. It's pretty cool, so we wanted to share a bit more details about this piece that "never made it to the drawing board"... And it gives us a great opportunity to introduce Paul to those who aren't familiar with him or his work.

Paul, can you tell us a bit about the Avengers piece?

The illustration was commissioned for ComiCONN and was intended for the convention programme cover... Superheroes of my choice? ...hmmm, had to be the Avengers!

Click on image to see the full image

Where did SketchBook Pro fit in your process?

The illustration came together really well, sketched out ideas, researched, then designed in Photoshop and illustrated using SketchBook Pro on the iPad. Originally just for mock up purposes... I use the app to create comprehensives for my clients mostly, its a fast way of sketching and coloring and playing for me to get the look I am after for each project.

In the case of the Avengers piece, the organizer loved the mock-up so much he decided to make it into posters for the show! He just fell in love with my iPad version and it never made it to the drawing board... they ran with the SBP artwork. Which just shows you how great the work can be straight from the app!

The Avengers piece has since proven to be very popular with fans of my work… which made me splash out and get a New iPad so I can work at higher res… the Avengers one was created in an evening on a 1st Gen iPad.

Illustration Showcase from Paul Shipper on Vimeo.


Paul is based in Hamilton, New Zealand.  You can read more about Paul or see his portfolio online at portfolio.paulshipper.com.  You can also follow him on Twitter @PaulShipper.

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Reader Comments (10)

I saw your Artworks and those are amazing!
Please help me, I want a Artwork of my City, and can you help me? I give the Images that you need for this Artwork, thanks! <3
- Milo

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMilo

Paul, I am absolutely blown away by your work. Totally impressed that you created that poster in an evening, on your iPad no less.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter@5mith

Fabulous work Paul, I love that they ran with the iPad version.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi54241

Great work, Paul. Did any post processing happen on the 1024x768 image? Or was it fine after being scaled up for print?

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob Trembley

Which stylus is that used in the photo in the article?
Do you use it for your art (or is it a stock photo) ?

Great work!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Hey guys, sorry for my lateness in replying on here... I did post, but for some reason it didn't show up.
Milo - thanks! If you'd like to talk more about working with me on your project, you can contact me directly from my website or blog...

@5mith - thank you ! Glad you like the artwork!

Suzi - Thanks to you too! The sketchbook app is really great for getting ideas down and getting them to a finished looking stage, although I didn't intend for it to be the final art, the client was really happy with it...

Bob - yes, only because of my own worries with the file size. As you rightly put, the 1st gen iPad res is quite low, and so I scaled up in photoshop and sharpened the image as much as I could. If you look close you can see some pixels, but the poster at the size, I thought it might be problematic, but it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Upgrading to the new iPad has been great though I must say... I do feel a lot more comfortable in future should a client choose to go with my iPad illustrations... Mostly I'm using it for comprehensive for the client to approve, and then on to the final actual painting which is what I do, however, the sbp app has given me a certain amount of freedom to experiment that is different to working in photoshop or even Painter, which I have used in the past.

I hope that answers your questions. Thanks for leaving your comments guys!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Shipper


September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeriner

Not really a question but an observation; someone else asked a question about the stylus used and I also want to ask: are you using one of those styluses that is meant for capacitive screens? because if you are, if it looks like I'm clearly not trying hard enough. I thought I need to buy a tablet that has a pressure sensitive stylus but clearly you make it obvious that is not the tool but the artist that determines the end result. Most impressive.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJP

Hey JP and Jon
I'm currently using a bamboo stylus. It's not got touch sensitivity but am keen to try the new Adonis jot touch which looks very good!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Shipper

Thanks for the feedback! It just proves my point. The fact that you drew that Avengers piece with the fat-headed Bamboo Stylus with the wide rubber tip just means that I need to stop using the lack of a fine point as an excuse not to learn how to draw using Sketchbook Mobile. I've always wanted to be able to create full digital illustrations on one portable device (I have a Toshiba Thrive, not an iPad, but Sketchbook Mobile/Express works well enough on it). I actually just ordered one of those Jot styluses myself today (the Classic) to try it out.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJP

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