Procreate is a popular drawing app among artists, and uses a native file format which includes unique metadata, such as a time-lapse recording, that documents the artistic process. How should cultural heritage institutions be approaching the preservation of born digital artwork made in Procreate?

This presentation by Sara Sarmiento outlines the unique documentation and metadata provided by the Procreate file format, explores the challenges and considerations of working with the program and file format, the advantages and disadvantages of migrating files to more known file formats for long term storage verses preserving the original file format, and proposes a three step strategy for preservation that starts with artists themselves. Her own artwork is used throughout as an example.

Preserving Born Digital Artwork Made in Procreate Slideshow

Sara Sarmiento
Sara is a Library and Information Science student in Pratt's School of Information. She previously attended the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she received an MFA in cartooning, and Sarah Lawrence College for her undergraduate degree, focusing in Latin American Studies and Visual Art. A long time New Yorker, she has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector, writes and illustrates her own comics, and spends her free time doing capoeira and social dancing.
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