Just be.

This is the first thing I’ve made in Procreate that I could see putting on a t-shirt. I fussed with the letters (esp. that darned “B”) forever but eventually found a style I liked.

The Apple Pencil makes lettering on an iPad more intuitive, but the tip of the pencil is slippery on the glass. It doesn’t have the same tactile feedback as paper and marker, so it’s harder to control the stroke width. I redrew these letters so. many. times. and my hand was cramping by the end. I’m used to drawing with the point of my finger, not my whole hand. 😀

Imaginary city

Tim loaned me his iPad so I could fiddle around with the Apple Pencil and the full version of Procreate. I need so much practice, but I appreciate the ability to work in finer detail than I can when drawing with my finger, and the pressure-sensitive features make it easier and more intuitive to write script. I may have to sneak them away again soon.

I’m rereading Stephen King’s It for the many-ith time since I first read it at 11, and it may have influenced that drippy balloon up there.

I’ve always had a fascination with horror in fiction. Like many 80’s and 90’s kids, I cut my teeth on R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike before reading my way through King’s library. I love a good ghost story.

These days, my tastes lean more toward sci-fi dystopias, but I come back to books like The Stand and It for the brilliant storytelling more so than the scares.

she shells she shells

Thinking summer thoughts! We have a busy few weeks ahead; I have a couple blocks of vacation time in July and August, the kids have camps, and there are road trips semi-planned.

I am plodding my way through art-making and working a lot in Procreate, because it’s relatively low effort, and I am tired. My iron levels have not improved from where they landed after the infusions, so I’m still anemic. Work + regular exercise + time with family + the occasional household chore is about all I have the energy for before I crash on the couch for the day, so doodling on my phone is a solid compromise. Although Tim just got a new iPad with an Apple Pencil, and I might have a little bit of tech envy…just think of the lettering possibilities!

make your own magic

I’ve had this concept floating around in my head for months. I eventually came up with this, which I like:

But I’ve had a rainbow version of the above stubby-legged pony saved as a draft ever since. I came back to it last week, and, armed with some of my newly practiced lettering skills, tried my hand at it again.

This one has a bit more of the color and sense of movement I was looking for.

wherefore art thou, spring?

I’m feeling pretty tired/run down/bleh lately; worried the anemia is creeping back, although that seems unlikely. It’s probably the weather, which has been unusually cold and rainy and lacking in sun. I’ll be heading to the Phoenix, Arizona area for a work trip in mid June, where forecasted temperatures promise to remind me to appreciate my home state’s moderate climate.

Until then, I’m sticking to an exercise routine, making time for doodling, meditating, and taking advantage of what little sun I can find. Here are more Procreate Pocket experiments. I’m slow with the creative work but still making progress on new stuff, little by little.