Here is the first public art piece I’ve completed on my new iPad!image

I’m loving working on the iPad. I realize some artists will hate the lack of sensory feedback… it’s a very sterile way of drawing and it almost feels like cheating. But I love how much control I have over everything, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to simulate the appearance of a number of different media without having to go through the long process of each. Ok, I suppose it’s notĀ almostĀ like cheating, it flat out is cheating. But you know what? I’m 34, no one is grading me, and this is the deepest I’ve immersed myself in making art in several years. So I guess I’m ok with cheating.image

This drawing was inspired by a visit to the zoo back when Ender was a baby. I looked over at the reindeer on the Northern Trek, and 3 reindeer were lounging in a perfect line from where I stood. Their antlers merged into an indistinguishable tangle. I took a photo, but that was probably 4 phones ago, so it’s long lost, and I had to recreate it. I sort of lost the bloom of antlers from my original vision, but I’m very pleased with the final composition nevertheless.

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IF Tree

This Week’s Illustration Friday was “tree,” and since I’m in the middle of a tree (sort of) drawing, I thought I might as well post my in-progress drawing.
This is a still life drawing of one of the tree lights we made for our wedding. I’m happy with the result so far, but since I’m only working on it 0-15 minutes a day, progress is not exactly light-speed. I might finish it by 2013. Might.

I’m doing this drawing (and really all drawing currently) on my iPad 2. This means I’m stuck with relatively low resolution images, but it’s helping me became familiar with drawing using a screen, and with luck it will keep my skills sharp until I can work with higher resolution or, you know, paper.

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Bonus Gift

Matt’s had his color Nook for a while, and he likes it (It’s really just an Android Tablet) but it DOES give him eye strain. So he asked for a Kindle Touch for Christmas, and my parents gave him one.

We tried to keep it a secret, but the shape of the box is pretty obvious. At any rate, when I found out they were giving him a Kindle, I thought it would be cool to draw him a back for that as well as the nook. I was on a bit of a time crunch so I kept it pretty simple.

Click on image for larger version. Will actually look more like:

Since I wasn’t sure I’d finish one image, much less two, I also ordered him this ridiculous Guild poster from Think Geek. We’re trying to figure out where to hang it in the studio/office.

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