Famous television painter and instructor Bob Ross may have passed away in 1995, but Adobe has resurrected him for a series of tutorials on using Photoshop Sketch. The first in the four-part video series, titled “The Joy of Sketching,” is available now on YouTube, if the embedded video below doesn’t load.
In the video series, children’s book illustrator Chad Cameron channels his inner Bob Ross – afro, “happy little clouds,” and all. Cameron demonstrates how to use Adobe Photoshop Sketch, the iPad Pro, and the Apple Pencil to create a digital painting, in hopes of inspiring a new generation of creative artists.
Bob Ross Inc. loved working alongside Adobe on the project. Joan Kowalski, media director of Bob Ross Inc., pointed out that Adobe worked hard to ensure the video was an homage, not a parody, to Ross. “For example, they asked us about the brand of clothes he wore and the types of easels he used. It showed us they really cared.”
The first video was published Jan. 25, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ross’s series, “The Joy of Painting,” and covers the basics of Photoshop Sketch needed “to create a mighty little painting of your own.” With all of the jokes that have been made at Ross’s expense, it’s good to see Adobe taking his legacy and using it for what it was intended: to teach art to others.
Adobe Photoshop Sketch is designed for iPad, and requires iOS 8.1 or later. It’s a free download on the App Store without ads, but it does include in-app purchases.