Paper, Pencil, and Mix

When I was younger, I was constantly sketching, drawing, and scribbling on things. As I got more into digital mediums and web development, I found myself doing this less and less. Then along came an iPad app called Paper. I began playing around with the app last year. Since then I’ve been drawing more often – both digitally and the old fashioned way, with a paper and pencil.

These past holidays, Alanna got me Pencil, which is a stylus specifically made for Paper. I don’t think anything can completely replace a physical sketchbook. But the combination of Paper and Pencil comes pretty close.

FiftyThree, the company behind the stylus and the app, recently created a community site called Mix. Mix allows you to share your own work and follow other artists. You can remix ideas that other people post, and they can remix yours. I’ve found that it’s a great way to find some inspiration and have some fun. You can find my profile here and you can see some of my sketches in the gallery below:

I’ve found that Paper is also great for quickly sketching ideas and wireframes. Here’s an example of a quick sketch that became the foundation for Just Write:

Just Write wireframes

And here is a quick sketch that became Loose Leaf (the current theme on my portfolio site):

Loose Leaf wireframes

So, if you haven’t done so already, go check out Mix. And if you have a profile, let me know so I can give you a follow!

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