iPad Art challenge 1 – Your Word

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There is a bunch of challenges out there. Everything from improving your mental health to learn how to do lettering. But so far I haven’t come across any iPad Art challenge. So why not give it a try?

I get tons of questions on how to draw this and how to draw that. And while I’m all for copying other artists work for the purpose of learning, I think it’s important to develop your own style. So instead of me telling you how to make certain artworks or compositions my way I thought I’d give you some challenges. That way you’ll cultivate your own personal style and hopefully get a little push in different directions.

This works really well if you have an iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil and the Procreate App. But it works just as well with Photoshop (or any artsy program) and a Wacom Tablet if that’s what you prefer.

So. My first challenge will be for you to:

  1. Go to http://www.dafont.com (or any other site where you can find different fonts) and find a font you like. Remember this shouldn’t be similar to your own handwriting! 
  2. Write a word of your choice in which color you want.
  3. Add shadows and highlights to your word.
  4. Share it with me! If you decide to participate in this challenge and want to share it on Instagram please use the hashtag #annasletteringchallenge so I can see your beautiful art.

That’s it! We’ll keep it pretty simple this first one. Drawing out a word is a great exercise to learn about different shapes. It might be a bit challenging with the shadows and highlights but I know you can do it!

This is just as big of a challenge for me so I’ll add my contribution as well, just to give you an idea.

 

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Font: Alba by  Fontalicious

 

Now go make your own version! Try not to get biased by looking at my word. Trial and error is your friend! Good luck!

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My thoughts on the new iPad Pro 12.9″

As some of you who follow me on Instagram know I am a total tech nerd. I’ve been using the iPad Pro 9.7″ for my art this past year and it has been working great! I have never drawn this much in my life! But my inner nerd was calling out for the bigger 12.9″ size and I knew the peeps at Apple were going to release new ones this summer so I waited. And waited…

Finally a couple of weeks ago they released a new version of the 12.9″ and also a 10.5″ iPad Pro. I decided to go with the 12.9″ since I was going for size this time!

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When I first got it I was kinda taken back by it’s size. Thinking of it as an iPad was amusing since it was so big. But once I started thinking of it as an A4 sized sketchbook I could finally see past the comical size. And all of a sudden I was like “whoa! This is so great!” If you think of it as a drawing tablet instead of an iPad it makes it less ridiculous.

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iPad Pro 12.9″ vs A4 notebook

Split screen

I have never been a fan of the split screen mode. Or maybe it’s called multitasking? I like to sit near my computer when I’m doing my drawings because I need to look up references for some of my drawings. But no more!! The size of this screen makes it possible for me to use the spilt screen without it interfering with my drawing process. This is very helpful! Which also reminds me to tell you that I can finally sit wherever I want to draw! I love that I can take my iPad anywhere (and by anywhere I mean my couch) and still have somewhere to rest my hand/arm. The smaller iPad made it difficult to draw with it on my lap because I had to hold it up with one hand while drawing with the other. This may sound like insignificant topics but I know I’d like to know these things before I made my purchase.

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Split screen

Writing

I find myself doing a lot of things on my 12.9″ iPad that I was doing on my computer since the 9.7″ was too small. Writing for example. The keyboard on the iPad 12.9″ is full sized which makes it easier to write on. It also has a few more options than the smaller one which is kinda nice. However I miss the physical keys on the keyboard at my computer. But that’s just a personal preference!

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Specs that I don’t understand

I didn’t think the Apple Pencil could be any more responsive but I was wrong! Apple introduced something called ProMotion which improves the pencil responsiveness. What do you know!? I’m nowhere near an expert on the spec stuff and frankly I don’t care. I just want everything to be super quick and super smooth. And they are! So I’m happy!

One of the reasons I didn’t get the “old” 12.9″ was because it didn’t have the true tone display which I love! I stare at my screens most of my waken hours and I think it’s really important not to strain your eyes. True tone display makes it so that the color on the screen adjusts to the surroundings you’re in. This makes it easier on your eyes. So far I haven’t found this to be an issue while creating my art.

I can tell you that my 9.7″ iPad has been lying on a shelf collecting dust since I got the 12.9″. The only reason I touched it was when I had to shoot the size comparison photos for this blog post, and then I thought it had turned into an iPad mini! So smooool.

When I first started drawing on the 12.9″ I thought the screen texture had change. Turned out it just wasn’t as greasy as my old one! Once I’ve messed around with it for a day my hand grease had made it just as smooth and non sticky as my old one. I still haven’t tried out a screen cover but if/when I do it’s going to be a matte one.

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iPad Pro 12.9″ vs iPad Pro 9.7″

This review has just been focusing on my overall thoughts and experience so far with the iPad Pro 12.9″, let me know if there is anything else you’d like me to write about!

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Thank you for reading!

 

I’m back!

Well hello there!

It turns out I miss my blog and I thought I’d pick it up again. I miss the flexibility of being able to add different photos and mixing things up a little. I have such a hard time keeping the consistency with posting on social media (except for my Instagram). I really want to make my YouTube channel work, but I absolutely hate filming my creative process. It gives me an art block like you can’t imagine, so until I find a way to get over that I thought I’d give my blog another try. This is supposed to be fun right? Not filled with anguish and stress.

I will probably be posting similar content as on my Instagram account. It’s just that here I can customize things. Well, I don’t have to tell you this, you know how a blog works! It’s 2017 for crying out loud! 😂

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Some of you might have noticed that I upgraded my iPad to the new iPad Pro and also the bigger size (12.9″). The idea was to make a video of me reviewing it but I keep procrastinating it because like I said, I hate the filming part. Sooo… I thought I’d make a blog post about it instead. Stayed tuned for this amaaazing upcoming review 😉

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Instagram is getting my best

Hello friends! I know I have a few followers here on WordPress. I just wanted you to know that I post way more on my Instagram than I do here. I just find it easier and more accessible to post my thoughts there. If you don’t already follow me on Instagram you can click on one of my pics at the ”Stuff from Instagram” and you will be taken right to my account! Isn’t that neat!?Untitled_Artwork 17

Speed Daily Doodle thing…

So here is a screen caption of me making my dailies in Procreate that I post on Instagram. I’m a real mess when i do anything creative so you’ll have to excuse the canvas zooming in and out and rotating like a mary go around.

In the beginning you can see me duplicate a template I already created. Whats the point of doing the same thing over and over again when you can just copy it and then do some tweaks?

The film is of course sped up. I tried to keep it as quick as possible so you don’t loose interest, but slow enough so that you can keep up. I don’t know if I succeeded!?

I know the music is annoying, mute it if you want to!

Please let me know if you have any questions about the video.

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A break from my inner demons

I’ve had four weeks off both work and school, the last week I spend in Mallorca. And I have to say.. That week made wonders for my mind. I got a break from my anxiety and my inner thoughts. Maybe it was the change of scenery or the fact that I wasn’t alone all the time. It doesn’t matter, all that matters is that I finally got a break from my inner demons, from the past that’s, otherwise, haunting me every waking minute.

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Look at that serenity

I am prepared for the anxiety to return now when I’m back home, but at least I got a glimpse of what could be. I actually can have peace of mind. It gave me a little hope for the future. Which I have not had for the last six months!

On another note: I’ve done some updates in the download department. I added a September layout (a few days late, I know) and also a ”coloring pages-section” where I’m going to upload pages for you guys to download and color in! Occasionally I doodle my brains out and maybe someone would like to color that mess in.

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You break me down

Why do you do this to me? Why do you tell me I am beautiful, kind, a good friend, a role model, a wonderful human being? Only the next minute you turn around and tell me I am worthless, ugly and useless. You tell me that I don’t deserve happiness and I need to be punished. My mind gets fucked up! I don’t know what to believe. You manipulate me in ways I never thought possible.

You’re like a prison guard holding me locked up until I find the courage to do what’s necessary to get out and leave you behind. As for now I’m evidently to weak. You’ve been a part of my life for so long now, I don’t know how to live without you. Some days you’re quite nice to me and let me unwind for a bit. I like those days, they make me think life is pretty good.

Then you get upset over something and take it out on me. Why do you do that? Just when I manage to catch my breath and start to gather all my pieces together you knock me down all over again. And I’m scattered.

You scare me when you act like this. I’m afraid for my own safety, but I guess it’s better you take your frustration out on me than anyone else. It’s like you are feeding on my misery. The more I suffer the more power you get over me. You break me down, taunt me, then you walk away…

… but don’t leave me, you’re all I’ve got!

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Independence makes you feel lonely

My parents raised me to be as independent as possible. They had good intentions with this of course, but somehow I managed to twist this around and felt that I had to do everything alone. Go through life all alone and manage everything by myself. The result is, as expected, that I feel very empty and deserted.

Everyone around me knows that I manage life by myself. I’m this independent, strong girl (woman now, I guess) who never needs a hug, who never needs a sincere “how are you really feeling?”. I joke around with everyone and everything, being sarcastic and saucy.

It’s all fun and games until you get depressed. Of course no one would’ve guessed that I’m breaking on the inside. They can’t read my mind! And as the independent human being I am I don’t tell them how I feel either.

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do this by myself self any longer! Somebody has to help me! But nobody noticed… Well maybe they noticed but didn’t act on it. Perhaps they did not want to interfere, I don’t know… I don’t know if things would be any different had I been someone else, I can only speak from my own experience.

Eventually I had two paths to take. End my own life or do one last effort to help myself. So I contacted the local health centre and the rest is kind of history. Now I sort of know what’s “wrong” with me, and I am going to work on my distorted thoughts of independence. I guess I have to come to realise that it’s okay to be dependent on other people and I don’t have to do everything on my own.

As usual I don’t know where I’m going with this other than I wanted to blurt out my thoughts and feelings. Take care everyone.

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