Lately, I've been creating art on my iPad using an app called ASKetch. I stumbled upon this drawing app one night and pretty much fell in love with it. It gives me the outcome I feel I'm missing in my regular work: spontaneity. Lately, I've been struggling with allowing "happy accidents" in my client work and fear that my illustrations are becoming stiff and overworked. This could be a result of becoming co-dependent on Photoshop and it's magical "Ctrl-Z" key combo. I'm know it's also a result of my artistic insecurities, as I spoke about in this recent blog post.
Using ASKetch completely takes me away from overdoing a drawing to the point of it being too slick and polished. For some, that's a great goal, but lately for me, experimentation and getting messy has been a real priority. It's time to branch out and let loose!
The result I get from using this app is a sketchy, charcoal-y piece of art that is a lot more free than my usual work...and I LOVE it! There's a vibrancy,movement and spontaneity that I can only otherwise find using real, tactile media.
My late-night iPad sketches are definitely helping me move in a new and exciting direction! Onward and upward!
Give ASKetch a try--it's fun!
So I just finished up a project, and am getting ready to begin a new one! In the meantime, I'm going to bank up my hours of sleep and do some ipad sketching on the side!
In other news, I must make an obsession confession: over the past couple of weeks, the London-based folk/rock band Mumford & Sons has been playing on a continuous loop in my car. I've had their cd for a long time now, but for some reason their music struck a major chord with me recently. Why? I love their sound, their lyrics, their look/style, and they have a book club on their website. A BOOK club! Now THAT'S impressive. Love.
Every once in a while a band or musician comes along that transports me and inspires me creatively. This is that band right now. Amazing. I'll stop now as I can go on and on.
Rock that banjo, boy!
I am an illustrator for the children's market as well as a mother of two little ones. Sleep is for suckers!
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