SOMETIMES I GRAB A BIC PEN


I have been drawing a lot on my big iPad, but I know that the possibility of erasing and undoing makes digital art a bit fraudulent to some. With a Bic pen, you are all in. No pre-sketch in pencil, just pen and a ton of uncertainty. I had drawn Mitch McConnell before (using the ink bleed pen in Procreate), but never his complete face. 


I SPEND MY EVENINGS WITH PROCREATE

Two minutes of crosshatching from wagonized on Vimeo.

Most of my evenings, that is. I don't know about the latest iPad Pro, but the one I have (last year's 12.9") is such a ridiculous joy to work on.  Pencil is by far the best stylus I have used (though I will sometimes revert to Pencil by Fifty-Three for the Paper app, because they go so well together, especially for the darkness and thickness of pencil strokes). There is zero lag, and the pressure sensitivity is spot on. The ink bleed pen tool in Procreate allows for a wide range of strokes, depending on how firmly you press the  Pencil against the surface. 

CROSSHATCHING IS MEDITATIVE

Perhaps less meditative to watch when re-played in a video, but to me, the action of hatching away -- be it on paper or on the iPad -- is the closest I have gotten to peace of mind. Here is the six-minute timelapse: 
Crosshatchingcrosshatchingcrosshatchingcrosshatching from wagonized on Vimeo.

THE WHOLE CONTINUOUS LINE THING


The drawing funk I've been in has taken me by surprise. Drawing continuous lines has freed my hand (and most likely, my brain) a bit. 

SHOWING UP AT THE PAGE / THE IPAD

Sktchy profile from wagonized on Vimeo.
The biggest disservice that we can do to ourselves when we follow this creative path is not show up at the page. Showing up means "I'll make a mark on this page, come what may. Will it suck? Perhaps. But I cannot NOT do it." 
I have struggled these past couple of days finding the drive to draw, even as I grabbed my iPad. I have felt sluggish -- no, not uninspired, just... ponderous I guess. As if the fall was already starting to impose its rules: you will be inside, static, cold, and question all the reasons why you do what you do. So I am going to blame my usual seasonal depression on the weather and fight it, as I usually do, with an attempt to draw. Tonight, maybe. 

APPLE STORE EVENT ON OCTOBER 8TH


I will be at the Apple Store on the Upper East Side (perfectly located across from the Met Breuer) doing a Sketching On The iPad Pro event on October 8th. Join us!

END OF SUMMER SKTCHY GOODNESS

A couple of days ago, I did a live Sketchy session on Facebook. I had my camera perched on a gooseneck, clamped onto my drawing board, and I drew for 45 minutes. I couldn't imagine it would be so much fun to interact with people who were asking questions in real time. Here is the picture of the set up, and the results, as well as the link to the Facebook post where you can see the replay (should you have that much time to kill).