I have been drawing what was in front of me these past few days. There is nothing like sketching the first thing in your line of vision to shake off the old anxiety-inducing "what am I gonna draw" question. Just sit your butt down -- or not -- and draw what's in front of you. Be it a cello or a corner of your coffee table. More on my Tumblr.
I can't think of a better exercise for sketching fast than a quick doodle before your food comes at the diner. To hell with proportions, colors and steady lines. The goal is to loosen up the hand, let go of perfection, let go of anything decent for that matter, and just sketch. And if the food hasn't arrived yet, add some color.
This is what has been going on. Some building, some testing and as always, some teaching (and hopefully some learning). The Pencil tool for the Paper app has been nothing short of a "homecoming". The comfort of being able to rest one's palm on the surface of the iPad has made Paper feel as close to actual paper (=home) as possible. And the app keeps getting better.
I found a super well-kept 1993 Volvo 240 wagon for sale but it lacks two important features: a manual transmission and a roof rack. But I keep looking. The one I used to own had over 200K miles on it, and strangely enough, I do not have a single picture of it.
I have finally received my Pencil through the mail and it's been a fun experience so far. I am preparing a full review of Pencil for which I will post a link. The mere shape of it makes so much sense: once its magnet secures it to the iPad cover, you are good to go.
I purchased a Pencil by Fifty Three and cannot wait for it to make its way to my mailbox so I can decide whether it's a big fricken deal or not. I adopted and loved the Paper app from the moment it came out, and I am curious to know what it will be like to have a tool which allows for my hand to rest on the screen while I draw. My guess is, it will most likely be a big deal.
The growing mess on my desk: lesson plans, hard drives, lip balm, a candle that smells like cookies and some store receipts.
I just bought a new Wacom Bamboo stylus to sketch on the iPad and I am wondering what I had been thinking using cheaper alternatives. The way the Bamboo glides on the surface of the tablet is what I had been looking for for months.
I have been drawing for my classes lately. We are doing classroom requests with my Freshmen ("Je peux recharger ma tablette, SVP?"), and in my mind, a little doodle is always better than a translation.