The Virtual part.
This is what I did on Monday afternoon:
The long-winded part.
A few things came together:
A lot of negative emotions I was trying to get a handle on and vanquish.
Here it was, Monday, and I hadn’t drawn, sketched, painted – nada since Different Things 7. That was ok. I figured last week was pretty intense and my brain was just giving me a period to reboot. Saturday was Anna’s (Orange Head from December) last day at work (transferring to another job in another building) and she was posing and doing everything but stand on her head to get me to draw her. I just didn’t have any sketch oomph in me – too bad because she was dressed such that it would have been fun. Oh well. So, I was toying with a couple of ideas to get me jump started on sketching.
1. Patricio – a Facebook friend – did a few wonderful digital pieces (especially this one) using sketches on Penultimate as a base. Hmm. I had forgotten about that app. This was the first one I used for drawing when I was an iPad newby and was trying to acclimate to the process of creating art on the device.
2. Then I read this blog post about Virtual Paintout (see her links on the post if interested). I have frequently looked into this but every time I follow the little man on Google maps, even if it is in the most picturesque city, I ALWAYS end up in a vacant lot with dry grass and nothing else. ALWAYS. It doesn’t matter how many times I move the little man around. Sigh. Plus, they don’t allow digital paintings which is a Big Bummer and Really Crappy so I get discouraged and move on. Anyway, today I followed the link/reference for her drawing (H Street, Washington DC) and moved the cursor around until I found a trio of interesting buildings – across the street or catty-corner from her – took a screen shot, cropped it and left it in Camera Roll for one-of-these-days.
3. At one point, as I was walking around the house, I pulled out one of my newsprint figure drawing papers from the middle of the pile. A random choice. I put that next to The Recliner for later on.
4. I spotted a Meetup announcement for Sunday, RSVP’d “yes” and found myself on the waiting list. That’s not a problem because most of the people will change their RSVP to “no” and I will move up. It sounded interesting, lots of stop-and-look involved, but this was not a sketching group so the “stop” part would not be long. How will I be able to sketch quickly such that I will be satisfied with the results and not frustrated? Ah Ha. I think I’ll see how fast I can draw using the updated Penultimate.
I practiced by quickly sketching books across the room and paying attention to any lag. I sketched the figure on the newsprint. Ok.
So then I imported the Washington, DC street photo into Penultimate where it pinned itself to the page as if a reference photo was taped to the edge of a canvas. Because this was a test of how quickly I could draw in this app that’s what I did. It is an approximation and I was pleased with the drawing, the speed and the fact that I could pin the photo to the drawing and refer to it. I thought that if I go to the Meetup I could do quick thumbnail type sketches and also take a photo with the iPad for later at home. I also discovered (well, re-remembered) that a photo can be taken from within the app and it is automatically pinned on the drawing page. Perfect! Then the page can be flipped to a clean one (Penultimate consists of little notebooks) and the process repeated. No muss, no fuss with finicky apps.
I wonder how much the extra-large Dunkin’ influenced all of the above?
iPad; Penultimate (drawing), ArtRage (crayons, palette knife, mysterious farting around – can you spot it?); New Trent Arcadia Stylus.