This quick tutorial proves you don’t need large screens and fancy tablets to create amazing digital artworks.

There’s something about watching an artist at work that can be completely mesmerising. Whether they’re putting paint to paper or chalking up masterpieces on blackboards, the smooth movements of their hands often make the task look so effortless it’s as if we might be able to create the very same images on our own.

The world of digital art is no different, and while the canvases and materials rely on the wizardry of electrical mechanics and computing, there are some artists so skilled with the digital medium that they’re absolutely inspiring to watch.

Twitter user @kkkooojiii is one such artist, and their works – which are made using the ibisPaint app on an iPhone – are so impressive that they’ve finally responded to requests asking them to reveal some techniques online. In this short clip, you can see just how much practice has gone into sketching all the small details, using nothing but a few fingers and the small screen of a phone.

That’s some fast digital drawing! Even when a friendly pet bird makes an appearance and tries to join in, @kkkooojiii remains unfazed.


Here’s what some commenters had to say about the clip:

“This is amazing! I use the same app and my lines never come out as smoothly as this!”
“These fingers move much quicker than my pen!”
“I’m going to use this as a reference for my own drawings.”
“Wow – what impressive skills!”
“This video makes it look easy but I’ve been using the app for a year and it’s hard!”

The artist says they’ve been using digital programs for about seven years now, so they’ve simply gotten used to using different tools through years of practice. Part of the process involves creating an initial set of images, which appears in the clip as blue outlines, before adding in finer details to produce the clean lines required for the finished manga.

To see more details of the process, take a look at this impressive clip below:

While that series of pictures took just 90 minutes to create from start to finish, we have a sneaking suspicion that if we gave it a go, it would take us much longer. Still, there’s no better time to try a new skill than at the beginning of the New Year. Although we might start off by using this simpler free web service instead!

Source, images: Twitter/@kkkooojiii