So, a few months back (gosh…it’s been many months, actually), I purchased The Doodle Revolution on recommendation from many e-learning professionals. I have yet to finish it, but largely because I did a lot of the reading, but not as much of the exercises. Anyhow, the book is amazingly well-written and is not about making you good at drawing. It’s about making you think differently and communicate in a more visual manner. It’s awesome!
However, as I previously mentioned, it’s been slow-going because I’ve been wanting to do the exercises and haven’t been particularly motivated to do so…that is until I discovered Pencil and Paper by Fifty-Three. Pencil is a stylus type of tool, and is meant to work with the app Paper (free). Last night my Pencil arrived and I promptly had my husband download the app on his iPad. I asked him what he wanted me to draw, and I ended up drawing this cat as my very first doodle:
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! I cannot quite explain (except in all-caps) just how friggin’ fun it was to make that doodle. I didn’t need to be good at drawing. All of the tools I needed and colours I needed were there. I didn’t need a desk full of implements and other crap to choose from. I just needed to DO IT. My favourite feature is the watercolour option; it makes all of my artistic endeavours seem that much more artistic. Now my motivation for completing the exercises in The Doodle Revolution have been reinvigorated, and I’m excited to get moving!
In any event…I just wanted to share these products by Fifty-Three with you (they aren’t paying me to tell you how awesome they are), because my husband and I honestly had the most fun in recent memory sitting beside each other and making silly drawings (his is less silly and more realistic, but it was so much fun)! Definitely check it out; I’ve added these items to my Resources page.