Recent App Excursions

I’ve been playing around with these Mac apps recently, planning to incorporate them into my workflow.

Mail Designer 2

This is a nice little app for email newsletter campaigns. Although you have to pay more for responsive mobile ready viewing (bummer). You can layout your graphics in the app and send your final design from the app or through Mailchimp etc. There is a drag and drop Html 5 rendered layout. There is a bevy for fine templates to fuss about and some eye catching gif icons to woo your customers!

Yes your designs can jangle and jingle if you want them to. After buying it on initial discount, I’m expecting this will give some visual kudos to my mailouts!. You can check Mail Designer 2 out in the Mac app store.

Flowboard

This is an interactive slideshow maker that can be viewed on multiple devices. With the use of galleries, inline links, videos, and standard slideshow presentations, makes it a very adaptive way to present content online. Actually your content is hosted in the the cloud and assessed through public or privately shared links. Its gaining momentum in the Educational Sector for mobile rich content. Get more info at the Flowboard site.

Sitedrop

My favourite at the moment because it is so easy to use and looks lovely and is free! This is Sitedrop and converts your dropbox folders into and web based interface with each sub folder being a menu link. The folders content be it pdfs, jpgs, links etc are displayed beautifully. There is a slide show for images and text content is wonderfully formatted using Markdown. There is premium features to come and your limited to 5 sites to each dropbox account.

I’m already using it to share my prototyping ideas with colleagues for feedback. Did I mention that comments are available and its can be shared publicly or password accessed for private sharing.

Bird Drawing for Art Class Prep!
Here’s a flavour of drawings I did for art class worksheets(using biro/ballpoint pen). I’ll hone in on a few and treat them in various media buildups as art class tutorials. Birds are just one of the thematic ranges. Others include landscapes, people and portraits!. This is mainly for beginner and intermediate classes. I’ll be uploading more on this Flickr Album

Birds species do have such a range of character types!

Flyer I did recently

I’m not a big on straight forward text layout in the Graphic Design end of things, but I can have pull it off if I have to!

Flyer I did recently

I’m not a big on straight forward text layout in the Graphic Design end of things, but I can have pull it off if I have to!

Poster made using Comic Life 3

A UCD committee led Poster Campaign highlighting social prejudice was the source of this piece!

I enjoyed using Comic Life 3 It’s definitely an app to keep handy for sequential presentations and quick comic strip layout. The fact I can drop in speech bubbles and edit all the content is way cool indeed!!

Every now and again I do a drawing practice blitz to familiarise myself with how other artists use line and hatching to create figures and portraits. I usually go from one image to the next and render as quick as I can, learning along the way.

Over the years I feel this process has paid off as I get better results without excessive handling. This helps ease the tension when when it comes around to actually making finished pieces.The fluidity hopefully is retrained. Given that its a spontaneous exercise I end up using a ballpoint pen on A4 printer paper. That way I get through lots quickly and it doesn’t allow for any cover ups!
I have more form this exercise period on my flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/126259180@N04/sets/72157645764222971/

Hermitage Blitz Watercolour Practice session Series 2.
- All done sequentially in quick brushwork, inspired by paintings in Russian Hermitage Museum.

Hermitage Blitz Watercolour Practice session Series1.
- All done sequentially in quick brushwork, inspired by paintings in Russian Hermitage Museum

Here are some quick sketches in watercolour to get me going. I did them on crappy A4 paper so they are crinkly. Not too bothered though, as there just a few samples form a large pile of throwaway sketches I’m doing to reconnect with this medium.

In this bunch, there is a few quick sketches I did off the cuff inspired by a friends photos on Facebook. I often feel drawing has lost its power to all that can be done with digital photo manipulation. But in a few minutes sketch, I realised it can still trigger an emotional response. Hmmm better explore this further ;-)

I spend a lot of my time doing digital artwork. This year I hoping to ‘rediscover’ the power of paint and traditional media all over again. Its been far too long !

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More sketches with the same rapid pen strokes. I’m just using a black biro so I m not interested in finished studies .

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Quick practice sketches I did in around October 2013. I often draw from paintings in art books as its very informative. My sketches are done sequentially, usually just a few minutes for each as otherwise I get bored. There is no other aim than to get familiar with the artist work I’m looking at, and just to practice drawing.

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Tools of the trade -> Biro’s, yes basic pens I’ve got used to for making sketches of my digital work. It helps me think about whats going in the image and how it all works together.

I go through a lot of pens. Usually their lost before the inks runs out but I seem to be gathering a collection of empty ones. The current one has a broken top and its cool because it reminds me of school and having an irreverent attitude when sketching with them.

I called this ‘White Cow’ and its part of a series I did that had a folk stylistic influence.

I called this ‘White Cow’ and its part of a series I did that had a folk stylistic influence.

A barefooted Farmer blends into the surrounding landscape.

A barefooted Farmer blends into the surrounding landscape.

Being up this tree is like a mandala inscape of mysterious spaces. Never got to finish off this image. I must  

Being up this tree is like a mandala inscape of mysterious spaces. Never got to finish off this image. I must