I would highly recommend Procreate to any beginner in the digital arts -- you won't find better value for money anywhere with respect to quality graphics, and it's a great interface for learning how the more comprehensive programs work.
Here are some links if you are preparing to take the course:
Official Forum and Tutorials Site (with login).
The most common problem we face in class is iPad freezes. A few things you can try if this is a frequent occurrence on your device:
- Reboot your iPad by pressing both the power button at the top and the circular button at the bottom together until the screen goes blank. Give the iPad a minute or two and then turn it back on.
- Identify whether you have an interfering app loaded that needs to be uninstalled. After removing it, you can download it again. Sometimes having too much running at once will put a strain on the working memory of the device.
- Worst case scenario, you can restore the iPad to factory settings and this will help it run smoother.
To get the most from the course, make sure you have some uploaded images you would like to work with. Photos, scanned artwork, or transferred digital drawings will all work, generally stored as JPEG files for starters.
See you in class!