Screaming Cat

I bought a stylus for drawing on the iPad. It’s far more natural than finger-painting, and a lot less tiring. Pressure sensitivity would be nice, but I don’t miss it that much.

Essence of chicken, and mini-review of Inkpad

A first experiment with Inkpad, a vector drawing tool for the iPad. Some thoughts:

  • I’ve found drawing on the iPad (previously with ArtStudio) to be much more enjoyable than on the tablet (as in Wacom). Drawing vectors is even better, since I can easily edit my usually inaccurate finger-painted strokes. In addition, editing control points feels a lot more natural on the iPad than on the tablet (problems with pudgy fingers aside).
  • I bought the app hoping I could do my comic on it, but I might just end up going back to the tablet. My main quibbles are that I can’t (or haven’t yet figured out how to) “pick up” a path to continue drawing it, and that the interface requires a bit too much tapping for my liking. For example, some operations (join, delete, bring forward/backward) are only accessible through menus, so I end up tapping in and out of them pretty frequently. Furthermore, switching between tools just feels like a huge chore without keyboard shortcuts, but I guess that can’t be helped on this platform.
  • That said, I think the design of the app is pretty remarkable, given that I could use it to draw something without reading any instructions at all. (I also can’t find instructions now, but I could just be stupid.)

Monkeyman demands to be served

Hey! HEY! YOU! Why is my order taking so long? What do you mean, it’s not recorded? Wait, what? You don’t serve monkeys here? That’s not what your other waiter said — fine, yes, she ran off screaming, yes. But I shouted my order after her! What do you mean, no shirt, no shoes, no service?! Can you tell how much bloody effort I took to make myself look presentable with this hat?! LOOK, I EVEN BROUGHT MY OWN DAMN UTENSILS. Come on, I’m hungry, I’m willing to pay, and… hey! HEY! COME BACK HERE! Man, service here is shit.

(Done with ArtStudio on iPad.)

The Miseducation of the Doodle

Sunni Brown on doodling at A List Apart:

Doodling may be better described as ‘markings to help a person think.’ Most people believe that doodling requires the intellectual mind to shutdown, but this is one misrepresentation that needs correcting. There is no such thing as a mindless doodle. The act of doodling is the mind’s attempt to engage before succumbing to mindlessness.

She goes on to explain why one should engage in “strategic doodling” at work, and introduces a basic doodle vocabulary for people who think they can’t draw. Excellent stuff.