Conversation about digital vs. manual drawing, between me, Laura Kraft (L) and fellow Seattle artist/architect Anita Lehman (A).
L: I have seen on Facebook that you are using the iPad Pro, and are awaiting delivery of the Apple Pencil.
As you may know, I do my architectural drafting by hand, which I prefer hugely over staring into a computer doing CAD. Yet, a few years ago, I was bitten by a bug to create art using Photoshop Elements, a “junior” version of Photoshop, (now no longer available). So I ended up spending hours staring into a computer screen despite myself. The irony of my hand-drafting stance, expressed in my blog 2H Pencil, contrasting with my computer-aided art activity, has not escaped me.
But I have almost 60 years of history with the mess and delight of wet paints and inks. Few things thrill me like a new sketchbook. I think you understand these feelings better than almost anyone else.
It’s time for me to upgrade my very old and slow iPad 2. I feel the siren song of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. Yet I wonder if it is a temporary seduction that will wear off, in which case, I can just get the latest and greatest regular sized iPad. I’m somewhat torn.
So I have a few questions for you. Do you think that when the novelty of creating images on the iPad wears off, you will end up preferring “manual art?”
A: Manual art is the only way. The iPad is a great tool for teaching and to layout concepts for ‘studio’. One affects the other, however.
L: Do you think that the computer-aided art is of equal value to you?
I have so much to learn in the apps for drawing; hard to answer. The aspect of discovering color will be huge for me.
What about to potential art buyers?
A: I am not sure about this; not sure how they would sell.
L: Since you clearly have the skills to do anything manually that the Apple Pencil can do digitally, except to immediately create portable files of your work, is it really an improvement?
A: Portability is good; I wonder where the tool will take me.go to:http://painterskeys.com/pick-up-your-tool/
L: Or is it so exciting and fun that it is just a desirable and great additional tool for your work?
A: Yes, an additional tool.
L: Do you feel any need to defend/support/protect manual art from the digital tidal wave?
A: As long as folks are ‘doing’; I see the tool as a positive force.
L: Just not sure if the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil represent a colossal impulse buy, or something I will never regret buying.
A: Have you tried the pencil? Like any technology product; there is always an even better tool around the corner. I went for it; design in color is my next hurdle; the iPad will be a great aid for me.
L: Part of me feels a bit ashamed of my susceptibility to the gorgeous marketing campaign. Part of me feels I NEED these new toys.
A: All good. Pencil on Paper is still my mode; thinking and creating and falling into the zone. That is yet to happen on the iPad; soon, I hope.
L: I would appreciate your thoughts on these matters.
A: Great questions Laura. Hope this helps.
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