Creating ‘La Vida Loca’ in Affinity Designer for iPad

Steve Simpson combines the Vector and Pixel Persona in Affinity Designer for iPad with amazing results. Watch Steve in action creating his stunning Day of the Dead inspired artwork ‘La Vida Loca’.

As you can see Steve takes full advantage of the dual Vector and Pixel Personas in Affinity Designer, building the foundation of his illustration (the block colours and shapes) using the Pen Tool and flat colour fills, then switching to the Pixel Persona to do much of his fine detail and shading using textured raster brushes to give this artwork a vintage look.

Here are the main tools and techniques used:

  • Pen Tool to create vector shapes
  • Node tool to edit/refine shapes
  • Pixel Persona Brushes Studio for fine details such as the stitched looking parts and large areas of shading using textured brushes.
  • Clipping textured brushes to vector shapes

If you’ve been inspired by Steve’s stunning artwork created in Affinity Designer for iPad, you can find out more about his work over at

Want to learn more about Affinity Designer?

Having been hailed as a viable, feature-rich and cost-effective alternative to Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer has become a go-to app for graphic designers, illustrators and web developers all over the world, who love its silky-smooth combination of professional vector and raster design tools.

Available without subscription on macOS, Windows and iOS, it contains everything you need to create stunning illustrations, branding, icons and UI/UX designs, print projects, typography and concept art either from your desktop or on your iPad whilst on the move.

Feeling intrigued? Why not try it out for yourself? Its creators Serif offer a 10-day free trial of the macOS and Windows app which allows you to play with all its awesome features before you buy.

And the icing on the cake − Affinity Designer is not linked to a subscription model. It’s available for a one-off payment of £48.99/ $49.99 USD/ € 54.99, for Mac or Windows, and £19.99/ $19.99 USD/ € 21.99 for iPad with free updates until version 2!

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Affinity is a next-generation suite of award-winning software for creative professionals, comprising Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, with Affinity Publisher coming soon.

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