“Beginnings,” A Commissioned Digital Drawing of a Sculpture on the Campus of UC Merced

Several months ago I was commissioned to render a digital drawing of the “Beginnings” sculpture situated prominently on the UC Merced campus. The image was printed on fine paper, matted, framed, and presented as a gift. “Beginnings,” was conceived by noted American sculptor Aris Demetrios, and according to the official website “consists of two gently curving, vertical stainless steel arms, each about 40 feet high, rising from a large circular base.” (Click here for further details)

Digital image in Procreate on an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil:

Video display (effects in iColorama):

Old TV Shows and nihil moderate

I don’t usually name names, so I won’t identify any of the other members who make up a clandestine cell of hedonists known as the NIMs, which stands for Nothing in Moderation or nihil moderate, NIMSTERS, Nimsticals, Nimrods, Nimphiles, and quite a few other clever monikers. Members of this profligate group of revelers, while not armed, should be considered dangerous, when it comes food and drink. I am a member of this group; there are others, and that’s all I’ll say.

Ideally, we meet in person at semi-annual, extravagant NIMfests; however, in recent years we’ve been forced to convene online. Our NIMfests usually have themes. Several years ago, for example, bacon was our theme; this year one of our themes was TV Shows.

My contribution to this year’s NIMfest is a series of four digital, iPad drawings all done in Procreate over the span of 10 hours on December 30, 2016.

All in the Family

All in the Family

Beverly Hillbillies

Beverly Hillbillies

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy

Hogan's Heros

Hogan’s Heros

Nēnē

Branta sandvicensis, also known as nēnē and Hawaiian goose, is a species of goose found on the Hawaiian Islands. We certainly saw our share. They’re tagged because they’re endangered. I wanted a proper reference photo, and did I ever hit the jackpot with this one on Flickr.

 nēnē

iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate

 

Hybrid Hibiscus at Kuaui’s NTBG

Annyth and I were both enchanted by the conspicuous subject of this iPad painting in Procreate, a hybrid hibiscus at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kalaheo, Hawaii on Kaua’i. It was about 12 inches in diameter and had enough texture and color to elicit a deep silence.
hybrid hibiscus

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

My 3rd Merced Art Hop 

October 15, 2016, Brightdart Print & Design, 528 W. Main St., Merced, CA

This time I dragged along an easel to hold my iPad and positioned myself out front on the sidewalk, which coaxed a few people into the shop, where I had paper, canvas, and metal prints for sale. As night fell, I drew this portion of Main St.. A colleague of mine at the Enrichment Center, Ashlee, was tabling right next door; so, I had a familiar subject in a familiar setting. Next time I’d like to add a larger monitor or even project the unfolding image onto a wall or screen.

click on image to enlarge


iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Paper by Fifty Three

At the Bar for Hours

A couple of days ago I woke up and found that my iPad Pro hadn’t charged at all even though it was plugged in all night long. A subsequent series of frustrating online chats and telephone calls with several technicians, and even a brand new, replacement iPad Pro that, for some reason, wouldn’t allow me to restore two recent backups from my iTunes drove me to the nearest bar! Yes, the Genius Bar, 35 miles away.

I’m up and running again, thank goodness (and Apple Care), but I did have to spend several hours at the bar trouble shooting. Plan A didn’t work. Plan B didn’t work. Finally, Plan C worked; and I walked away with most of my data, a new device, and this image, which I started in Sketch Club and finished in Procreate.

At the bar for hours