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Read it daddy!


Today’s sketch is in support of @readitdaddy and his campaign to remind parents why it’s important (and so much fun) to read to your little ones.

For more information about the campaign, and to read some great reviews on books perfect for reading to and with your kids, head over to the Read it daddy blog.

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Paper. Thanks FiftyThree!

I’ve been creating a lot more doodles lately, and I hope I can start making a few more comic strips like the ones I did yesterday. They’ve all been created on the iPad and stitched together in an app called Strip Designer. It’s exactly what I was after. Something to create simple (and not so simple) panels of drawings or photos, add the occasional piece of text, and fiddle with frames. Lovely.

My app of choice for sketching, is Paper.

I was told about Paper by FiftyThree by a friend, many moons ago. It seemed alright, bit basic, but alright. I did like the pen tool a lot as it made my silly doodles seem… alright.

I dabbled with Paper on and off and soon the simple design of the app made me appreciate it even more. So much so that I began to use it as my go-to app for doodles over the technically superior (on the surface) Sketchbook Pro.

There’s a reason Paper was named the way it is. With no zoom, no expansive tool list and to start with, a limited colour palette, it’s clear that the developers wanted to offer you the same experience of that you get with a sheet of a4 paper, and a pen. They nail it.¬†Clearly I’m not the only one that thinks so. Paper won Apple’s App of the year award in 2012, and is continually being updated to offer more fantastic features – a lot of which seem to come from listening to the vast community of users that Paper has amassed.

Anyway, I didn’t set out to review this app. I’m not particularly good at that sort of thing. I just wanted to show my appreciation and say thanks FiftyThree. Thanks for a super app that is helping me to get more and more creative day by day!


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The fly


Ok, so I’m rather enjoying learning to use the Strip Designer app. Hopefully someone out there gets a kick out of these doodles as much as I am.

I dislike flies. They bother me. They make me irritable. I wish I had the ability to stay calm like this guy but alas I tend to flail my arms, clench my fists and gnash my teeth. Once I even moved house.

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Elation. Grief. Suffering.

A fellow blogger suggested to me that we start doing some artistic exercises. This coming off the back of me getting him hopelessly addicted to the Draw Something app and us having the same mentality in our execution – that being you draw the most over elaborate sketch for something like “carrot”.

Using the oddball Drawing Brief Generator that Peej found on the internets somewhere we discovered that this weeks subject was:

Within one piece, express the qualities of elation, grief and suffering. Subjects need not be human.

Peej blogged this last night, so I set about sketching as my arm throbbed from being a heroic blood donor (more on that later). I’d already set my mind to doing something with robots but the blood letting sent me in a different direction and I quickly sketched this.

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Bustin’ makes me feel good

A quick doodle created on iPad app, Paper.
Sent in reply to a twittering iOS developer chap tweeting the words “/Takes aim at bug“.

This is, of course, what my mind saw.

Taking aim at a bug. Vroom Stylee.

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