Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Age Etch-a-sketch


WHAT FUN I HAD TODAY PLAYING WITH SKETCHPAD ON MY IPAD!


I don't have it down pat yet, but I'm loving the learning process and don't care how long how painful the curve is. I traded  the portrait of the children for the IPad 2. Being that it was my first portrait in oils since I don't remember when and it is taking me forever to finish it. I thought it was a great exchange.  I'm now "with it." What fun it's going to be polishing my skills while watching some of those silly TV shows--Practically Legal comes to mind--or in waiting rooms where the others won't know I'm sketching and not gaming. --I already have a complaint though. There's no gray and I can't mix the colors. I'm going to have to think David Hockney and cross hatching. Oddly enough, Hockney is the book on the table in this first attempt.


19 comments:

  1. Looks great. What a great tool - enjoy!

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    1. You'd love it Evelyn. I think it has the potential to do graphics. It has photos, text, copy and drawing tools-- but only about eight colors and you can't mix or glaze LOL. Sitting around and playing with it however, you can sketch ideas while waiting in drs. offices and all those kind of what-am-I-going-to-do-with-myself moments. I like the idea that the person sitting across from you wouldn't know you were sketching them. They would think you were gaming--particularly folks my age who are mostly reluctant to take a look at what's going on electronically and give a click or two. I've already put away my small handbag and gotten out my small tote. I have a strict rule about getting weighted by my purse, but I do think this might be something to take along. It weighs about what a camera weighs.

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    2. At least your ipad 2 is nice and light. Mine is the earlier version - it is much heavier (even if just a little). Yes, I love mine.

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  2. Oh, you are lovely - thank you! And your sketch is great!

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    1. I didn't want you to think I was such a sour-puss without a romantic bone in my body Marias. You are welcome, but I had to explain to save my own image. Selfish really. The photographs are lovely--nothing I can do with this new age etch-a-sketch--or my camera for that matter. LOL.

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  3. That's interesting ... I'm still trying to master the quill!
    I could see that hanging on a wall and nobody would ever guess how it was done.

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    1. You are a funny guy John. Nice to drink my AM coffee laughing. Thank you. I think folks like us might guess John. A tad more finesse is needed to make art from this, but it sure was intriguing--and I do think the fun will increase with the continued development of the AP (application?). I did notice the drawing zapped a bit of energy, but I was also able to transfer it to computer--where there could be additional painting done in "Paint." Hmmm?

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    2. As I see it, I have three granddaughters, all over 21, all with iPads ... if I work things properly, they can do the artwork for me and and I won't have to learn a thing.

      Did I ever tell you about how I became a Systems Manager that had never used a computer? ...another time :0)

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    3. John, I became an architectural interior space planner without ever becoming an architect. You being shy of having a lot of computer skills doesn't surprise me a bit. We are artists. We understand concepts. We have a gift. The IPad is the newest form of staying in touch. The whole industry has come from the minds of babes--YET you and I both comprehend and we're about the same age. We have a gift. It's to be celebrated.

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  4. Looks like you have mastered the sketch programme already. Apparently Hockney has done trees recently on a very large scale, following different seasons in one position...personally I think it is a bit ordinary, on the other hand I haven't actually been to the exhibition to see it, so perhaps I should keep quiet. Heyho.

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    1. I don't know. I like how Hockney simplified the woods. Used bright colors and painted a large painting by painting a number of units that connected together. I'd love to see the piece. All of Hockney's work telltales his profession: stage design. What appeals to me is his simplification--elimination of details--and use of pure colors. The IPad sketchpad AP still needs development, but one can sketch with it without anyone around knowing they are the subject--then transfer the drawing to their computer where more can be done with the Paint software. I like the potential.

      I just came back from visiting your site. Your sketchbook project is stunning. Each page spread is so well organized, it looks effortless. Beautiful work Ann.

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  5. oh you are definitely "with it". Pretty good how one can read the title of the book! (and it calls for the use of an exclamation point). Well done. I don't have an ipad yet. This makes me want to get one.

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    1. Hallie's drawing made me make the trade: painting for Pad.

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  6. I am sure you gonna love the iPad :-)

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    1. Already do--but Honey won't let me try it out at restaurants--he says that's rude. I just want to see how it works when it's not close to my wireless network. He's right, of course. So I left it home today. I cannot wait to go to lunch with my gf next week. She and I can play at the lunch table as much as we please. Some old people are really old--and a bit stodgy. LOL.

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  7. I really like this, modern, clean and fabulous fresh colors. Doesn't look as if it were done with IPad.

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    1. That's what I thought Jane. The question is how much control and finess can be achieved?

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  8. That's fantastic! I'm learning sketchbook pro on my ipad too! It's so fun. I think David Hockney used the Brushes program. Both are a blast!

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    1. OOOOOOOOOOOOOsketchpad PRO OH. Gotta Have it. It's got brushes. I wanted to fill in with brushes. Thanks Nora! I'm going to give it a look-see. I used to love finger painting--still do it on a pesky stroke--and this is finger painting. --But I have to learn a few other things too--like how do you get rid of a free app when you discover it falls short of what you want? There are videos on YouTube and I think I have to watch them. There doesn't seem to be a "delete" offered on a menu, nor is there a control panel--just settings and it's not there. How to spend a week or two? Hmm.

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