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Painting Tutorials

How-to watercolor and sketching tutorials demonstrating tips, tricks and techniques used in the Procreate app, using Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. Also, thoughts about life and architecture in NYC and the Berkshires, MA

Hand Sketching w/ Procreate vs Photo-Realistic Rendering

Photorealistic rendering has become a commodity. It makes every firm's work look the same, and commits you to a level of detail never intended for concept design. Hand rendering can help you regain control of the concept design process and focus your client's attention on your big idea--not the details. And now with iPad Pro, video replay can help you share your design process.

(Author James Akers is a registered architect and architectural illustrator with over 25 years experience. His YouTube Procreate tutorial channel has thousands of subscribers (please join us!), and he provides both in-house and studio-based sketching and rendering—what one might call "design stenography" services—to many of NYC's and Boston’s leading architects.)