IPad Painting: Teaser

Here is a sneak peak of a great project I am excited to share when it is finished!

My sister N has a children’s book she is writing for a class project entitled “If You Give A Panda Pizza.” I was so inspired by what she was writing (and it sounded so darn cute!) that I begged to illustrate the story. (And before you are feeling she cheated off of “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” that was the point of the project, and she is writing her own original spin on it.)

So I’ve started illustrating, and the method I’m using is a blended traditional and digital media approach. See below for a sneak peak, because a more detailed entry is coming soon!


Inspiration Station: Made with Paper (by 53)

Stumbled upon a great new app this week (the basic version is free, the paid version with all the bells and whistles is $7.99 and SO worth it).  Paper, by 53.

Paper is, simply, one of (in not THE) easiest, most intuitive art app’s I have.  I love it’s ability to just have 5 tools, 9 colors, and pinch-and-zoom interaction.  The pen action and watercolor brush are so expressive and fluid.  Here’s a few examples of what I’ve made so far:

And here’s the link to their blog, where you can see artwork made by lots of others using the Paper app.  I love sites like this.  They give a great assembly of different artists and styles.  I always see techniques and new styles I want to experiment with.

Also, 1.5 million downloads of the app in two weeks? I’m impressed! And looking forward to seeing what Paper drums up next!

Must have Art apps for iPhone (and iPad)

I’ve been so busy in craftland and Puppet World that I’ve been neglecting the digital art portion of this blog. My apologies!

The thought occurred to me the other day to write a quick post about what apps I use when I created my digital art.

This is a screenshot from my iPhone 4 that lists my Must Have Apps: ArtRage, TypeDrawing, Qvik Sketch, Sketchbook MobileX, Zen Brush and Drawing Carl.

ArtRage: This is my #1, never-leave-home without app.  Art Rage is FANTASTIC (and currently on sale in the App store!) at mimicing actual media- oil paints, chalk, watercolor, etc.  You have many options for exporting the images, can change the file size up to 2048X2048 (on iPad 2), and there is also a mobile version for iPhone.  I have used this app to paint scenes that have been used by my local theatre as visually projected backdrops. (Talk about amazing! Imagine seeing your art projected 7′ high by 14′ long!)

TypeDrawing: I love this app.  I really began studying how it works after reading about the works created by Julia Kay.  Typography is so en vogue right now.  It’s fun to play around with it using this app. You have many font options, color options, opacity of text, as well as being able to draw on white paper, black paper, or a photo.

Qvik Sketch: This app is great for sketching, as it implies.  It has some fun and quirky brushes built into the app.  I especially like playing around with the one called “Chrome.”

Sketchbook Mobile X: The very first app I bought for my original iPad has found its way onto my iPad 2 and my iPhone.  This app has a mirroring function which can come in very handy!

Zen Brush: Calming and soothing, just like drawing with water on slate.  I love this app’s ability to mimic bleeding ink.

Drawing with Carl: A friend introduced me to Carl, and I have to admit, I giggle like crazy around him!  Drawing Carl is a great fun app, especially for kids, or for adults who act like kids, as I do. 🙂 There’s some fun features and stamps included with Carl.  For mindless doodling, you can’t go wrong with him.


Which app is the “best” app? I can’t answer that.  I use them all in different instances and in different ways.  I like having a variety of tools at my disposal.  Some of them are free, but for those that are not, I am pleased with their performance so much that I would purchase them again in a heartbeat.

So what are you waiting for? Go download and start doodling today! Enjoy!